New Bloom (Bloom Duet) by A.E. Gamrat was a coming of age story that will grip your feels and take you on a emotional rollercoaster.
My first read by this author, I didn’t know what I was getting into, as I don’t really read these types of books. But it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone. I will say this book wasn’t what I was expecting, and I do have some mixed feelings about it.
Let’s start with some aesthetics, the writing was smooth, clean, and easy to follow. The detail was rich and painted a vivid picture of the world that A.E. Gamrat has created for us. I felt like I could jump in and be apart of the story. I loved how the tone shifts matched the scenes and added to that emotional kick that this story will give you.
Now, why do I have mixed feels. Well, it has to do with how sheltered our MC is. It was borderline abuse, and as someone who grew up in a very rural town, I’m talking the middle of nowhere, about 200 people give or take. I know what it’s like to be sheltered. But at the sametime I wasn’t naive about. There is just so much information in the world, that the way our MC was present it, made me feel like she was locked in a box most of her life. That part of it was a little, unrealistic for me. So I did have a hard time connecting at first. But she did grow on me as the story went on. Now the mother… she had more mood swings, and character shifts then I could shake a stick at. I didn’t care for her, and frankly the I didn’t feel much for her, just for Gwen.
Overall this book is a engaging, entertaining read that will hook you. The overall plot, and storytelling is addictive and you can’t help but keep reading. So please take my high recommendation and my stamp of approval that you will get lost in this tale about what it is to grow up and make those adult like decisions.
Review by @eawalsh