Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Reaction by Jessica Roberts Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the Reaction blog tour hosted by YA Bound! 
Follow the full tour HERE 
I really enjoyed the first book and you can see my review HERE
Today I have a review of the second book and a giveaway open internationally!

Reaction (Reflection #2) by Jessica Roberts

Release Date: November 5, 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: eBook
Genre: YA Coma/Memory Loss/Romance
Source: Tour for review
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Harmony… I’ve previously had that in my life, but only once, briefly, a while ago. It was during the time I’d started my first year of college. My own apartment, a new old car, and a life free of deadbeat stepfathers, all of which was fulfilling enough. But if it wasn’t, I also had a best friend, soul mate, and boyfriend all in one. Yes, life was near perfect. But one stormy night can change everything… For many months I rested in a prolonged sleep, fighting for my life. Well, more than fighting for it, also dreaming of it. Dreaming of him. Thank goodness, the dream is over and I’m back in the real world now. And all I want is for everything to return to the way it was. But nothing’s the same; most of all, us. Once again, I find myself at the crossroads of a ruthless battle, this time not for life, but love. Do I fight for the guy I twice fell for, or do I let her take him away?

Heather woke from her coma but now everything is different. Almost three years have passed and her boyfriend is now engaged. She is going back to college but finding it difficult to move on when she feels like she just fell in love. During her coma she relived her first six months of college and falling in love with Nick. She doesn't want to give him up. Does she move on or fight for a taken man?

Heather was lucky enough to have Creed with her every step of the way. Creed visited Heather in the hospital every single day while she was in her coma and got her a place to live once she came out of it. He was the greatest friend any one could have. I was partly rooting for Heather to move on and be with Creed. Creed dropped hints that he wanted more and they really understood each other. All the times Creed was there for Heather was real love but maybe only in friendship. No matter what happened I knew they would stay friends. Since Nick was now engaged I was really unsure which way things would go.

Nick is a good guy and really wants to keep his word. He had a long history explaining why that was so important to him. Keeping a promise is important but not at the cost of hurting everyone anyway in the end. I grew to like him a bit more in this book. In the first book I felt like Heather thought of him as too perfect. I wanted Heather to be happy but at the same time I did think it was wrong to keep pushing Nick when he was engaged. While Heather feels like they were just together it has been three years for Nick. I wanted Nick and Heather to really face up to what happened and have a good talk about it but they avoided it for a long time. They would just mention little things here and there and that kind of drove me nuts.

I felt this book was even more emotional than the first. The first was so much about falling in love and this one was all about love, friendship, moving on, and doing what is best for the person you love. Heather did what was right in her heart but also knew that she could let go if that was what was best for Nick. As a fan of happy endings I think everything worked out really well. But I also wouldn't have minded it go either way and for a while I was really unsure how it would end. Heather had great friends and would have found happiness no matter what happened. A really beautiful and emotional story that had me tearing up and thinking about love in different ways. 

"But it was a hobby from so long ago. Three years ago. Could there be pleasure in that again? Could there be happiness within a lonely little sphere, without the man who once made it so happy? Knowing what companionship felt like, was it possible to go back to being alone? And feel any level of contentment? That's the problem with being in love; if your heart's been there, it wants to go back."

"I don't know what I'd do without you."
"You don't have to think about that. I'll always be here." And their arms latched together.
Yes, he would be. Because she couldn't imagine life without him.

Rating: 4/5

Reflection by Jessica Roberts

Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards. But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten. Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance. And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?  

JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children. http://www.jessicarobertsauthor.blogspot.com @JRobertsAuthor



  1. This sounds like such a great series. I remember your review of Reflection and happy you've enjoyed both. Great review, Jennifer!

  2. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this as much as the first book. Awesome review, Jennifer!

  3. This really sounds like a great and touching series. I love books that let you explore different sides of things. Thanks for the fantastic review!!

  4. I'm glad you liked this one too. I'm hoping to find time to read it this week.

  5. THat would suck losing three years of your life and waking up to find your boyfriend with someone else. this is a very interesting concept and I am intrigued!

  6. Thanks for the review, this sounds like a very emotional read, hving awoken from a coma to not only find your boyfriend with someone else, but engaged must be awful.

  7. I've been seeing these books everywhere lately. I need to check these out. Thanks for sharing :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  8. Even more emotional? I will get the tissues ready. Great review, Jennifer! :)

  9. I've debated on reading this series, because I wasn't sure how I can handle it. If you were happy with the ending, I will definitely check them out. Thanks for a great review!

  10. This series sounds very good. I didn't pay much attention to it when I heard about it, but now I am reconsidering. I definitely want to know what happens amongst the characters and just what the story is about! Plus, emotional books are always good, right!? LOL ;p I'm glad you enjoyed it! Great review, Jennifer!

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair


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