Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Oh my goodness..What did I just read?? This is my 3rd book by this author and I will say that I have to break this review into 2 parts..first the story and characters themselves…I’ve never read a book and finished it where I was sad and angry through 80% of it, Van and Valencia’s little sister who was the absolute star in more ways than one in this story was probably the strongest most pitiful person I have ever read about. Her resolve with the way her life was was both heartbreaking and sort of inspiring..this still confuses me so I can’t explain what I mean by that, but I’ll just say this, I absolutely loved her. Then there’s Adrian, I think I’m still a bit confused on him, I feel like I need more, maybe from his POV…I was left thinking positive about him because that’s the way I wanted to end that part of the story, for me..
I really can’t say much more about the actual story itself, so now I have to move into the writing of this story. AMAZING!! When I got done reading I sat for like 30 minutes with question marks over my head blinking in bright neon, trying to digest everything that happened, then thinking back wondering if I missed something…I actually picked it back up and read the last few pages over again, praying there was more, wishing there was more and absolutely needing more. This was yesterday and I’m still struggling with how to write this review…I’ve finally decided it’s just like one of those movies you get done watching and are like wth, it can’t end like that…I’ve finished this story in my head and made each aspect end the way I wanted it to end and I’m happy with that 🙂 This was a brilliant read, I’ve read some of the reviews where so many were confused and I don’t understand that because I followed every word and every thought and I was literally consumed with the writing of this book. I have to say that this has already been placed on one of my favorites so far this year and I know that it will stay with me for a long time and I also know that I will reread this book, maybe many times in the future.
I would not be heartbroken if there was more of this story to come in the future, I would be the first in line if this happened and I can’t wait for more from this author.
I 100% loved this book, I 100% recommend anyone that wants to read quality crafted writing to sit down and tune out everything around them and read this story!!
Review by @debikircher