Walking Disaster

Book Blurb

Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

My Synopsis

When Travis lost his mum she told him to the one worth loving is the one you have to fight for and when he finds her to not stop fighting. Now in college he casually sleeps with many girls and is yet to find someone worth fighting for but when his cousin falls in love with a girl from Kansas her friend is about to turn his world around.

Unlike all the other girls Abby isn’t phased by Travis and seems to be disgusted by him. This however make her interesting and he just can’t help trying to work her out. The more he gets to know her however the more he respects her and slowly he beings to fall for her. Her past however is a mystery to him and she insists that they should just be friends. He knows she could do so much better than him but he can’t help how he feels and he wants to change for her. 

The book is his perspective of the ups and downs of their relationship. They both have dangerous hobbies that keep them on their toes throughout but in the end they have to accept that not being together is worse than being together. 

Review

I have to admit that I think this is the book I’m most excited about this year. Although I can’t explain why I adored Beautiful Disaster and to be able to hear it from Travis point of view was something I couldn’t wait for. The wait however was worth it. I loved getting read all the crazy things that went on in his mind. Even though some of the stuff he did was idiotic when you read what his reasoning was you can’t help but forgive him and his love for Abby is really what he needed to help him move on from his mum. 

For a lot of this book I had a silly grin on my face. The things that Travis though made me feel his love for Abby and that made me happy. I think for a girl being able to read about romance from a mans point of view is really interesting as they are famous for being very closed off about their emotions. Travis was the ultimate hard man so to be able to hear the emotion being the tough exterior was fun to read. 

There isn’t that much more to say about the book if I am honest. I don’t usually read just a romance but these two books felt different to me. I really enjoyed them both, and I am consider that I might like this one better. If you have read the first one then you really should read this one too it will make you smile and there are even a couple of points that made me cry. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Was Also A Fictional Character

After a few weeks of what have been easy topics for me this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish I found quite difficult. I think because a lot of the male characters I read about are seen from a girls point of view and many are the romantic interest in the books so they are written to be crushed one. However I tried to imagine me as a fictional character with all my interests in a boy and how characters compared to that and I do have a list, just not quite of ten.

  • Xander from Matched by Ally Condie Although I appreciated that Cassia was in love with Ky for me Xander would have been the one I think. There was just something about him and the way he thought that drew me to him and I liked that he had made the decision to be part of the rising before anyone else. He was clever and I like clever boys.
  • Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer Edward was my very frist fictional crush. I am quite old fashioned and his traditional views on relationships won me over straight away. Don’t get me wrong he frustrated me too but I saw so much of the guy I fancied at the time in him too that I definatly crushed on him when reading the books and I’m sure would if I was in then.
  • Peeta Melark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins This is a bit of an odd one to admit if I am honest becuase when I read the books I wasn’t convinced who I liked. When he lost his memory however I realised just how much I like his devotion to Katniss and I missed their romance. Its this devotion and his innocence that would make me fall for him if I was a charcter but it also helps his actor in the film it really cute. 
  • Alex from Angel by LA Weatherly Alex is probably the only real bad boy on my list and he isn’t really that of a bad boy. I just enjoyed reading about him when I read the books. I was furious when Seth was introduced because to me Alex is so lovely and the person I think Willow should be with.
  • Mikey from You Against Me by Jenny Downham Mikey is just a really good guy. He wants the best for his sister but also the truth. I think I could easily fall for him.  
  • Adam from Before I Die by Jenny Downahm I am unsure about putting Adam on my list because I think he is partly here because of the gorgeous actor that plays him in the film. However in the books he is also lovely and I feel like we could help each other through this madness of making decision about uni. 

Which Fictional Characters Do You Have A Crush On?

WOW! – Flowers In The Attic

Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

‘Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive….

I don’t even know where to begin describing this book. It is the traggic story of how 4 children living a perfect life are thrust into a horrific situation that will change everything. Stuck up in one room with just the attic to play in Cathy and Chris become substitute parents to their twin siblings trying to hold onto whatever hope they can to get them throw each day. With a terrying Grandmother devoted to religion and a mother who is trying to win back her father effection they are left to bring themselves up. However being locked up alone isn’t how children should live and somehow they have to stay strong and try and escape.

This book felt really intense to me. What happened in it still seems uncomprehensible and I can’t believe someone could imagine the things that written in this book. Throughout the first part of the book I felt a lot of suspicion. Mostly for the mother as how could she put her children through it but also for Chris because he acts as if he trust his mother but how can he? He must be hiding his feelings as I suppose most teenage boys do.

In the second part of this book the suspision is overtaken by more a feeling of horror. They way the children become more and more abbandoned andthe extreme actions of the Grandmother blow me away and at times I could feel myself welling up. Despite this thought there were a few moments that showed of the beauty of life. There is one chapter where they experience a little bit of freedom and it shows how important the simple things about life are. The other thing that I felt was powerful was the stregnth they had mentally to carry on when they were physically weak.  They knew they had to carry on for the twins as week as for themselves.

There is so much I will take away from this book but thing I feel I took most is the different age experiences. The characters in the book are all at different stages in their lives and so are effected differently by what is happening. The Grandmother as an older person has strong religious morals she feels must be upheld. The mother is trying to move on but being back with her parents is changed her with the selfishness having lots of money again brings. The twins are just starting their lives but their freedom and a loving structured family life it has been taken from them so they are unable to develop properly mentally and physically. Chris and Cathy I can sympathise more with as they are teenagers growing into young adults. They are struggling with sexuality and wanting to gain the futures they desire. I particularly felt for Cathy when she first learns about periods and her frustration that men don’t get a similar pain.

As you might be able to tell this book has had a bit impact on me. I don’t know how to talk about it without giving to much away but I hope I have managed. I think this is a good book, it was written in an approachable way and I was taken in by it to carry on reading. The story will stay with my for a long time I think I am interested to see what is going to happen in the next book.

Beautiful Disaster

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Abby wants to get away from her past. Her old life with her dad was an unhappy one and she is hoping to start fresh at college. Best Friend America is along too but when she gets involved with Shep, Abby is introduced Travis. Travis is the bad boy at school. Drinking, smoking, fighting, tattoos and lots of women. Just the person Abby doesn’t want anything to do with. Travis however isn’t use to women not wanting him and he can’t keep away from her.

As much as Abby tries to ignore her feelings her relationship with Travis grows. The ride isn’t an easy one though. Travis is a typical bad boy and Abby keeps trying to push away from that life she came to avoid. However they are about to go through a roller-coaster of events that will shape their lives for the future.

I was addicted to this book. I am not totally sure why though. In essence it is just a love story. A book about how you have to accept what you feel and the strength or true love. What is good about the book is the characters. They all have a story that we get to explore through out the book and they aren’t your typical past. The characters were all written very well and I found it easy to like them all. I even found myself loving Travis, but I guess all girls secretly like the bad boy. I also enjoyed the relationships the characters had with each other. I found it easy to agree with Abby’s actions but I also knew that I wanted her to always be forgiving.

The only thing  I found strange about this book was there were several points throughout it that it felt like it could end. However that didn’t make the rest of the book bad. I was worried that it was going to drag but I found that how the story progressed worked and it provided the point that true love can survive through anything. Overall I loved this book. It was a refreshing love story in my recent dystopian based reading and I will definitely be picking it up again to re-read it.