Review: ‘Silent Waters’ by Brittainy Cherry – story about how silence can speak more than words

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Format: e-book, paperback
Format read: e-book on Kindle Unlimited
Series: stand-alone
Rating: 15+ sensual content, language
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29963453-the-silent-waters

All I could think about when I was reading throughout most of this story was the song of ‘Sound of Silence’. I think that the song speaks volumes to what the story tries to cover just how important it is to listen to not only what people are saying but what people are doing. Maggie experiences a horrific event that not only has scared her emotionally, but has stolen her voice. She struggles with trying to find her way back but only falls further and further down the rabbit hole.

Brooks is that typical 10 year old boy that doesn’t want to admit that he likes someone but he reluctantly lets Maggie in. When he does, he can’t let her go. He is riddled with guilt and it’s a part of why he feels connected to Maggie, but as time passes, he realize that it’s not guilt that keeps him there. It’s because she knows him better than anybody else and he can’t let that go.

As time passes, Brooks goes on with his life but he can’t let Maggie go. Maggie tries to live her life as best she can but can’t because she feels guilty for holding her family back.

I love the many many many references that Cherry makes about books in this book. I am an avid reader, like Maggie was in this book, and I loved the many things that she wrote about the love Maggie had with books. The many different universes that she traveled to with each book. It’s her love of books that brings Brooks to her and its her love of books that brings them together. Books are not only a way to escape the stresses of everyday life but also to show us how it can shape us if we let it.

The author’s note is what skyrocketed my love for this book. To know that the author went through something similar to this (the not talking part) speaks volumes (pun intended) for the story. You can feel the pain that comes with not talking and how much it can hurt those that are in their lives.

Rating: A

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Review: ‘The Fire Between High & Lo’ by Brittainy Cherry – Logan and Alyssa find that it takes work to love during someone’s highs and lows

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Format: e-book, paperback

Format read: e-book from Kindle Unlimited

Series: book 2 of The Elements series

Rating: 16+ sexual content, language

Genre: Romance/Fiction

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26615962-the-fire-between-high-lo

In this book, we follow Logan who grew up on the rough side of the streets. He has a druggie for a mom and a dead beat for a dad, but when he meets Alyssa, he sees that not everything in life is crap. Alyssa is the black sheep of her family and is always thought of as second best, but with Logan she feels like she is the top of the world.

I wanted to love this book. I really did. The first book I read from Cherry (The Air He Breathes) completely captivated me and made me want to read more of her books. This one didn’t quite reach the potential that I had hoped I would get. The overall story was interesting enough but it was the relationship between Logan and Alyssa that I had a problem with. That relationship seemed very toxic to me that I just couldn’t understand why she would let him basically treat her like dirt and keep coming back to him. His personality is very bipolar that I am surprised that it didn’t come up as a possibility.

What I loved the most was one of the themes from the story: that we are in fact a product of the environment that we grow up in. Each one of the characters is a victim to their parents and how they treated them growing up. Perhaps this could explain some of the issues that I had with Logan and his relationships with people. His relationship with Kellan I got. Kellan felt responsible for him because he felt guilty that he had a good dad.

The writing style continues to shine in this story. Cherry is able to paint the picture in a way that will have you so immersed in the world that you think that you think that you know these characters personally. The small moments between Logan and Alyssa are beautiful but it was those dark moments that I had a hard time accepting as part of their relationship. I know that you are supposed to love through dark and light but some of the things that Logan did seem a bit harder to forgive.

Rating: B-

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