Okay, here is another one that spontaneously rushed it’s way to the top of my list this week. I heard about it for the first time a few days ago, but over and over again, the enthusiasm was making me antsy. I just couldn’t put it off and had to see what all the craze was about. And… you guys did good! I’m on the fence with just how much I liked/loved it. I’m literally half and half with this book and I can’t commit to a grade, because there were some parts (big parts) that were full-on five star for me (loved and hated parts, but they affected me SO much that I was all “OMG this just became a 5 star read!!”) and theennnnn….. some other parts (or maybe just my “issues”) that give me that “3 star” urge. Half and half.
Either way, I have been talking Kirsten’s and Christina’s ear off about it, so it definitely affected me, and will be one I won’t forget. Some parts were so titillatingly tense, and angsty. My heart was about to explode. Sure enough I CRIED my eyes out at a certain point (big fat non-stop tears that I couldn’t keep up with). True ALMOST *sob-like* tears that should make my “Books That Made Me Cry List” (the only reason I didn’t let go fully was ’cause yet again, husband was in the same room, so you know.. I have my pride. He wasn’t looking in my direction, so I got away with it. Tee hee!!). Had I been alone… OMG I would have been a wreck.
I gritted my teeth, I raged (while at the same time… delighted in the emotion). I felt guilty for… well… “getting” her. There were moments of … “Yep. I can see that.” It’s one of those books for sure, so if these things aren’t your kind of read… this one definitely plays in that “arena”. What arena? Just look at the cover. You know. Just sayin’… or warning.
Kirsten: “Right up your alley Maryse. Keep the tissues handy!”
Lucy: “maryse you have to read taking chances by molly mcadams…it is soooo good…although i’ll warn you to have the tissues at the ready..i’ve had to take a break because i can’t read any more without crying (still crying now ha )…its kind of like beautiful disaster in some ways…put this to the top of your reading list
Nicki: Just finished Taking Chances by Molly McAdams. Reads alot like BD fanfic, but I liked it!! Super long, but you get the whole story, so totally worth not getting any sleep..lol.
Jill: The reviews leave me hesitant. The ending does not sound happy! Did it ruin the book for you?
Nicki: Not at all. It’s a longggg book, but I actually like it for this story Yes it has a super sad part, but (not to give the book away) you get the ending. The author could have easily divided this book up, but thank God she didn’t because that would have ruined it for me..lol. I really did enjoy reading this one!!!
Brooke: Thanks for recommending it! I just purchased it and can’t wait to get started. The reviews on good reads help sell it too, others loved it and anything like BD!
Erin: … today’s read is nothing short of breathtaking. The beginning was a little too much like Beautiful Disaster and Thoughtless combined into one book (I kept asking myself have I already read this book), but the book did take on a life of its own and I could not put it down. I cried and cried and cried… all while sitting at my desk in my office trying to pretend I was working and not reading this beautiful story. This one has definitely been moved into my top 10!
Maryse: Yep. I have it. You guys are killing me. Another book where I’ve had it recommended 5 times at least in 24 hrs… YAY ME ’cause I have a feeling it’s going to rock my world. *hug* to you!!!
Guys I had no tissues ready despite your warnings. No need. I have my pajama top!! I soaked it, but it did the job great!
Okay so I’m gonna give you some of my reaction “highlights” (no book quotes, y’all can get ‘em in the book. Hee hee!! We’re doin’ this one different!)
Maryse: Oh wow do I like the sexy buzz cut dimpled MMA fighter, or the longish haired tattoed tattoo artist?
Christina: Yesssss! Two yummies!!!!
Maryse: Ohhh nice. MMA fighter IS tattoed. Ok I choose him!
Maryse: Oh no. *spoiler*”s too sweet I decided I’m not gonna want her with *spoiler*. I’m nervous…
Christina: Haha ohhhh just wait
Maryse: Ack! Oh my gooooodness. This is crazy now. Wow quite intense and sad and now I feel bad. Hehe…. Ohhhh noooooooo!!!!
Christina: Oh it gets worse.
So what were my “issues” with it? Well, I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to give it away, but I’d say… hrmm. I needed more “growth”. Depth. More time. Lots more of that. Oh and this book is LONG (I love long books, so I’m usually good with that) but I feel the “extra length” of this book would have been better served… in another part (or two) of the story.
For this to have been a 5 star for me, I would have wanted more…. realism (and I’m not saying we aren’t slapped with a few doses of reality with this one, OMG be prepared for some surprises that are not in our usual “light-hearted reads”). But if you read this, you might notice the same “things” I did. These are the issues that I feel I need to point out. In this case, I don’t want to gloss over some of the stuff that made me cringe, or roll my eyes (let’s just put the word “convenient” in there), huff in exasperation, purse my lips, and raise an eyebrow… and I had those moments with this one. I loved the heroes. Reaaaally felt them. The heroine on the other hand… *purses lips*
While I won’t forget it, and it made me feel a ton, and I was barely able to put the book down, it is not “the perfect” read for me. I did find myself skimming towards the end. Huffing and puffing. Some eye rolls, here and there. When (if) you catch yourself eye-rolling. YES! There. ME too!!
Is it worth reading? If you’re in the mood for a SUPER-angsty, super-dramatic, somewhat over-the-top read, where you can overlook the issues I’m grumbling about, and just “go with it” (enjoy the ride, without getting too serious about the backstory, the “but what if’s…..” the OH PLEASE! moments), then yes!! Read it and have fun with it.
I loved it!
Annnnd….. I didn’t.
*shrug* heheheheh Oh come on. You know I kinda did.
Either way, it’s pure guilty pleasure. Go into it for the ride, and don’t think too hard, and you’ll probably have a good time. And you’ll likely cry no matter what.
Read it and weep.
P.S. I’m not gonna tell you what it’s about. Just look at the cover, and you’ll get the gist. College aged kids. Drinking, life situations. Stupid decisions, indecision, more… life situations. Sort of reads like a YA, but there are seriously steamy (yet not so detailed) moments, adult situations and shock-value drama.
P.P.S. —> The girls have already created a discussion forum for it, in the Spoiler Room. Even the author was (is?) there, answering questions. Have at it, if you’re so inclined. http://talk.maryse.net/threads/taking-chances-by-molly-mcadams.244/
ALSO her next book in the series will be called From Ashes with an expected release date of December 11th 2012.