Time Stands Still: Book Two of the Emi Lost & Found series
Okay for all of you who haven’t read book #1… come with me. *points over there* —-> start at this review (Emi Lost and Found), and avoid comments, etc… ’cause #1 has stuff that happens in it, and so does #2. Stuff that if you know about it beforehand, will alter your reading experience. ‘Kay? So don’t scroll down. I’m gonna try to do this review spoiler-free, but just in case. Don’t. Look. Down. (but know that I loved book #2 BIG time!)
For those of you going into #2…(maybe wait a bit before reading this review, too.) You’ll know when you can come back and read it.
Okay so… you’re here, and you want to know why I continued reading, right? And wondering if you should too. Here is an important letter from the author for YOU, and me… all of us that got to this point.
Okay – onto the review!!!
Gah!!!! OMG that was so beautifully bittersweet. I loved it!! I cried in the beginning, held back tears throughout… smiled, swooned, and stressed. There is a quiet intensity to this book.
Denisa: Just finished Finding Emi the whole series. I really didn’t think I could get on after the 1st 2 chapters of the second book, heartbreak!
Maryse’s Book Blog: I’ve started #2 and wow. Soooooo real. The author captured it perfectly.
Joanna: Such good writing…
Denisa: Couldn’t agree more about the writing fab!
Maryse’s Book Blog: I can’t wait to be done work so I can get back to it. My goodness it was pulling at my heartstrings SO MUCH!!! Since because of that spoiler, I already “knew” stuff I didn’t know if I’d be as affected, but the author wrote it so well that I was right there with her.
Detailed emotions, played out slowly, sometimes excruciatingly so, but at a pace that it never gets to be too much. And by the end, you realize you’ve been gently caught up in a whirlwind. Experienced a myriad of hurt, happiness, doubt and growth. Peace and pain and peace again. And pain again.
I stare at the bouquets of flowers. In the moonlight, they all just look grey. Grey daisies, grey roses, grey lilies… a few grey potted plants. Everything looks ugly, lifeless.
At times slow, even a bit exasperating in it’s gradual pace, but by the end, it all made sense. Complete and utter sense. While I wanted “Emi” to plod ahead, and make decisions, and jump in already, the main character, as real as she is to me, has to live it… And the reader does, too. Experience everything. Question everything. Hesitate like crazy. Heal. Not heal.
I don’t want closure. Closure means I begin to put him behind me. I can never do that.
I sometimes wanted to rush her. She, too, wanted to rush at times, but… *shakes head* sometimes realizations collide and what your subconscious throws at you at the most inopportune times can really throw a monkey wrench in where you “thought” you already were. And what you thought you were ready for.
I would walk away from it all. Run from the reality of my life.
So what’s this one about? Remember how book #1 ended? Well… this one explores the aftermath. The days, weeks, months… as Emi struggles to live again, and then eventually picks up the pieces of her life (and meets someone new). But will her love for Nate always take precedence? Is she getting close to Jack for the right reasons? Quite an emotional journey in all respects of Emi’s life and sometimes so sad, so real. And often… wonderful. Patient.
An honest story willing to play it all out and have the characters truly live out every detail. And when I finally reached the end of book #2… again. Something I didn’t see coming had me hooked. I was already into it, but by the end of #2 *sob* Oh wow… just… *my heart*
I’m dying for #3 now. I have to know!!! I’m not ready to walk away and luckily I don’t have to, as #3 is ready and waiting.
4.5 stars for that incredibly heart-wrenching beginning, the sweet tentative romance (oh how I love Jack – at one point he gave me full body shivers… goosebumps) and the heart-wrenching ending (but just… in a different way).
Here is the reading order guide: Emi Lost and Found Series