Bad Romance

Bad Romance

How did I get it?:
It was a present from my sister, Beth!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it’s too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she’s unable to escape. 

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

Thoughts:

Oh my goodness. This book was absolutely incredible. I had high expectations for this book. I really did. I love Heather’s writing, but this book was something else. I think it’s such a powerful read that I wish was more widely read. I might as well just end this review here and just say BUY IT BUY IT READ IT READ IT!… but I think you need more convincing than that.

Bad Romance centres around Grace who has a pretty tough home life. Her stepfather scares her and her mother’s OCD makes Grace’s life incredibly hard. Grace is constantly doing jobs for her stepfather and scrubbing away making sure everything is super clean for her mother. Grace wants to escape her life. She wants to direct in NYC. She certainly has big dreams. She then meets Gavin. He’s totally gorgeous and talented. Grace can’t believe her luck. However, poor Grace actually finds herself in a controlling relationship. Grace and Gavin fall in love quickly and deeply and before she knows it, Grace is trapped in a dangerous relationship…

I love how Bad Romance is told. It recalls what has happened in the relationship with Gavin. Right from the start, the reader knows it’s not good news, but she slowly tells us the downfall of the relationship. Oh my goodness, it was such an intense read. It’s not easy to read but at the same time it was easy to keep turning the pages, desperate for Grace to escape from her toxic relationship and rubbish life.

Grace is an adorable character. She puts up with so much crap from her family. It was easy to see why she fell for Gavin’s advances so quickly. She just wanted to be loved. He was her hero, helping her get away from her family and it was easy to see why she was taken by him. I loved that she had strong friendships and I loved her theatre adoration. Even though we didn’t see Grace’s sister so much, it was nice to know she had that support system there as well. It was so tough to read about Grace’s experiences with Gavin and her stepfather because I was rooting for her to have her happy ending. I really grew to care for her over the course of the story.

I think this book is so vital because it sends a warning about how easy it can be to get into an unhealthy relationship. Gavin made my skin crawl. He really did. I hated how he made Grace feel and how he controlled her so much that she wasn’t even allowed to be friendly towards her male friends. He also affected her dreams. Grr, Gavin made me mad!

I will remember this book because I think it’s such an important, educative read. It will stay with me for a while.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

An incredible, intense read about a very dangerous relationship!

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5 Potential 5 Stars On My TBR List #2

This is the second post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 1 5 star out of my predictions… but at least it was one hey? Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

They Both Die At The End- Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

I’m so excited about this book. I loved History Is All You Left Me so I have high hopes for this one. I know it’s going to make me sad.

Bad Romance- Heather Demetrios

Bad Romance

I bloomin’ love Heather Demetrios. Really looking forward to reading this one soon!

A List Of Cages- Robin Roe

A List of Cages

I want to love this book. I have such high hopes for it!

The Heart’s Invisible Furies- John Boyne

The Heart's Invisible Furies

I have heard such amazing things about this book. I can’t wait to read it!

Sky Chasers- Emma Carroll

Sky Chasers

I am super excited to read Emma Carroll’s Sky Chasers. She’s one of my favourite middle grade authors.

I wonder if I’ll be more successful with my predictions this time around? Only time will tell! Have you read any of these books? What do you rate them?

This Week In Books #98

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

They Both Die at the End The Marriage Pact: For fans of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR Bad Romance

NOWThey Both Die At The EndAdam Silvera– I’m currently over 2/3 through this book. I’m totally going to finish it today. I have fallen in love with Adam Silvera’s writing since his sophomore novel. I absolutely love his writing style.

THENThe Marriage PactMichelle Richmond– Urgh. I have such mixed feelings about this book. It’s going to make for a very interesting ‘Talking About’ discussion with my sister, Beth. Hopefully we’ll have a review up next week.

NEXTBad RomanceHeather Demetrios– I love Heather’s writing and can’t wait to pick this book up next!

What are you reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post or similar and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books That Have Been On My TBR Forever

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

Magic Under Stone- Jaclyn Dolamore (added to my TBR in 2013)

Magic Under Stone (Magic Under, #2)

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so goodness knows why I haven’t read it yet!

Mistakes In The Background- Laura Dockrill (added to my TBR in 2013)

Mistakes in the Background

I fully intended to read this when I added it to my TBR. Yet it’s still there…

The Chance You Won’t Return- Annie Cardi (added to my TBR in 2014)

The Chance You Won't Return

I loved the look of this book, but never got around to actually reading it!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios (added to my TBR in 2014)

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

I don’t know why I’ve not got around to this one. I love Heather’s writing!

The Queen Of Bright and Shiny Things- Ann Aguirre (added to my TBR in 2015)

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things

This book was everywhere! I put it on my TBR and never got around to it…

Seven Ways We Lie- Riley Redgate (added to my TBR in 2015)

Seven Ways We Lie

Another one that was all over the blogs, but I’m still yet to read!

The Killing Jar- Jennifer Bosworth (added to my TBR in 2015)

The Killing Jar

I was put off by mixed reviews, but I am super intrigued by this book still.

Tell Me Three Things- Julie Buxbaum (added to my TBR in 2016)

Tell Me Three Things

I really must read this book soon!

Broken Dolls- Tyrolin Poxty (added to my TBR in 2016)

Broken Dolls (Broken Dolls, #1)

I’ve just been reminded how much I want to read this!

The Sisters- Claire Douglas (added to my TBR in 2017)

The Sisters

I fully intend to read this as soon as I can. Too many books…too little time.

What has been on your TBR for ages? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #179

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Presents:

They Both Die at the End

I have such high expectations of this book, I really hope I haven’t created a hype monster! I shall hopefully be reading this book soon.

Bad Romance

I have wanted to read this book for the longest time, so I was super happy to receive it as a gift!

Goodnight Mister Tom

This is one of my favourite children’s books and I didn’t have my own copy so Beth kindly bought me a copy alongside the previous two books for Christmas!

Bought:

Some Kind of Wonderful

I really enjoy Giovanna’s writing, so I’m excited to read her latest book.

The Disappearances

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book so I’m super excited to see what it’s like!

A List of Cages

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017 so I knew I had to get it, to hopefully read ASAP in 2018!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know!

Top Ten Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is about the upcoming releases for the rest of this year. I feel like I’m behind on the releases in the first half of this year. I really need to sort that out!

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The Art of Feeling

Love the sound of this book! 🙂 I enjoy exploring books that centre around mental health and this one includes a character with depression.

The Nowhere Girls

This book sounds incredibly heavy-going as it explores rape culture.

Words on Bathroom Walls

I am so intrigued by this book, it centres around a character with schizophrenia.

Kaleidoscope Song

I am super excited about this books release! It sounds fantastic and I love the cover.

There's Someone Inside Your House

So intrigued by this one. I only know cutesy from Stephanie Perkins.

The Disappearances

I absolutely adore this cover and the synopsis has me very curious.

Little & Lion

Ooh, another mental health plot line. I enjoyed Pointe by Brandy Colbert, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Lucky in Love

I have to include a typical contemporary on this list, since it takes us over summer. Kasie West’s writing is adorable and so easy to read!

How To Disappear

I enjoyed this author’s debut novel, so I’m intrigued to pick up another book by her!

Bad Romance

This is one of my most anticipated releases this year! Let’s hope I haven’t hyped it too much!

This is another list that’ll make my TBR grow! Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under The Tree For Me

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, it’s all about what we’re wishing to receive under our Christmas trees!

For the Goodreads page, please click on the book image!

Replica- Lauren Oliver

28448287I am really intrigued by this book and would love to find it under my tree this year!

Furthermore- Tahereh Mafi

Furthermore

When I read modern day fairy tale I knew this book had to be on my list…

Stars Above- Marissa Meyer

Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles, #4.5)

I have been meaning to get this book for a while now. I’m not sure why I haven’t yet!

Exquisite Captive- Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)

This is another one that’s been on my wishlist forever!

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

I’ve heard good things about this series. Keen to try it!

A Madness So Discreet- Mindy McGinnis

A Madness So Discreet

I want to read this one too! I have only read Not A Drop To Drink by the same author, but I loved it!

A Mad Wicked Folly- Sharon Biggs Waller

A Mad, Wicked Folly

I’m intrigued by the good reviews for this book.

Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

This book has been everywhere! I can’t believe I haven’t bought it!

Behind Closed Doors- B A Paris

Behind Closed Doors

Another one that appeals to my reading tastes!

What’s A Girl Gotta Do?- Holly Bourne

What's a Girl Gotta Do? (The Spinster Club, #3)

I adore Holly Bourne. I’m intrigued to read this book!

What are you going to ask for this Christmas? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!