Book Review: Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

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Title: Withering Hope
Author: Layla Hagen
Goodreads Link:  Withering Hope – Layla Hagen

Type: Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance | New Adult | Adventure | Survival

Withering Hope is a sensational love story about Amie (bride-to-be) & Tristan (private jet pilot) who crash landed in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. Layla Hagen takes us through a journey of tears and hope, as Amie & Tristan struggle to survive and make it through until they’re rescued!

This is my first Layla Hagen book and I have to say, I’m more than just impressed! This book broke my heart! It’s definitely one of my favorites! I have to say that not many books make me cry, and this book was so well written and it was so sensational and breathtaking that I found myself crying more than once (and they were ugly tears)! It’s definitely one of those books you wish would never end!

I loved Amie & Tristan! I loved how they worked together in order to survive! I’ve read a lot of survival kinda books, it’s always the alpha male who takes control and protects the heroine! Amie was a strong heroine and definitely one of my favorites!

“Tristan slipped into my soul the way mist travels in the forest after the rain: Unseen, unstoppable, and ubiquitous.”

There’s something very addictive about this book, I just couldn’t stop.. I just needed to finish it and see what happens in the end! There’s nothing usual about this book! It’s very unique and it just pushes it’s way into your heart! It’s a must read! 

What I found unfortunate was the second epilogue! I just had to say this! I felt that the second epilogue was quite unnecessary really! I felt that it just took away a bit of this book’s perfection! However, that’s just a matter of personal taste! I still am very much in love with this book!

“My peace carries her smell and sounds like her voice.”

Book Review: Asylum by Lily White

 

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Title: Asylum
Author: Lily White
Goodreads Link:  Asylum – Lily White

Type: Fiction
Genre: Mental Illness | Dark | Abuse | Suspense | Romance | New Adult

Asylum is the story of the young women, Alexandra Sutton, who is the prime suspect in the murder case of her former lovers. The story begins when Alex wakes up confused and lost in an Asylum with no recollection of the past four years of her life. She doesn’t understand why the staff and the nurses fear her or why they accuse her of being a murderer. Dr. Jeremy Hutchins is the Psychiatrist responsible for aiding Alex through her journey of remembering her horrible past…… annnddd that’s enough about the plot I guess, I don’t wanna spoil it!!!

So…

This story is not a lovey-dovey romance, since it is a bit disturbing and dark. This book tackles issues such as deception, brainwashing, manipulation, abuse, and rape.

You have been warned…

The reason I decided to review this book is because I believe that its one of a kind. This book was a lucky encounter for me since I came across it while surfing the internet and I think it should be given more credit because of the fascinating subject it tackles.
So, this book is narrated from Alex’s point of view and it very much introduces the readers to the abuse and mistreatment that patients of Asylums/mental institutes are exposed to. I think this is a very interesting subject that isn’t usually addressed in many fiction books and it kind of paints a picture of the type of inhumane treatments that were inflicted in mental institutions in the past! So, you get to learn a bit more about the history of psychology and all (Don’t worry, now its much better, and mental institutions are governed by laws and stuff).
Without delving much into details, this was a very interesting read! I loved the twists and turns and how the author keeps you guessing till the very end! However, it didn’t meet my high expectations since I found myself a bit disappointed towards the end.
This is not a medical book and its a bit stretched here and there and that’s fine since its for the sake of entertainment and all.

Honestly, my favorite parts of the book were the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the writing style… very deep and very nicely written!

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.” -Carl Jung