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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Carrie Reed

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord
My rating 5 out of 5 stars

WOW! This was a brilliant book and a crazy ride. The characters are wonderful and the story line is amazing and original. Once I got started, I could not put this book down.

In this book almost every other chapter is a switch between present day and the past when our narrator was a kid. Her older brother Van and his twin Valencia die in a car crash when she is around eleven years old, after that her life became even more bleak than she already felt it was. I feel devastated that she grows up the way she did with her parents treating her as if she was invisible and forgetting they had another daughter. She basically lives her life believing she is ugly, untalented, dumb and not worth anything to anyone. She has no friends and the only person she can rely on is her husband Adrian.

Adrian is a touchy subject for me. On one hand I do believe he has fallen in love with her, and does want to spend forever with her, on the other hand there are many secrets that his wife discovers that basically ruin anything they would have in the future. I solely blame him for not being completely honest with her from the beginning and letting her know what happened when he was younger that lead to them meeting and knowing each other.

There are so many twists in this book, some I saw coming and some I did not. The ending is left somewhat open, so I am hoping for a second book to continue on the crazy information we find out in the end. I would definitely recommend this book, it is very entertaining, mysterious and a great story.

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord

5-stars

Surviving Valencia was an interesting novel that seemed to be a coming of age novel with a bit of mystery. It was a difficult book for me to put down. I was addicted to the storyline from start to finish. I loved the main character and how she finally came to her own. I loved how in depth the author was about her character and how different she was from her twin siblings. I did not expect the crazy twist and I was amazed how the past came back up like it did in the present. This novel was excellent and I definitely feel it deserves its 5-stars.

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Michelle Austin

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia was an emotional 5 star read.
This was my first read from this author. She pulled me right in with her writing.

We jump from past to present as we learn about Valencia’s past growing up with her siblings. She is now happily married to Adrian trying to move on with her life.

Growing up Val’s parents were always falling all over her siblings and treating her like a nobody. They were the popular kids in high school and could do no wrong. Your heart broke for the things this poor girl went through.

Things take some interesting twists when Adrian gets a mysterious letter in the mail. She’s not sure if she should confront him with what she finds or if she’s misinterpreting the contents. Are things as great as they appear to be in their marriage?

There is so much more that goes on in this great read. There are several twists and turns. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I despised Valencia’s parents, they were horrible. Overall I really enjoyed this read, I was pulled in by the story, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see my home town mentioned as well, considering we are in a rural area of Wisconsin. I look forward to reading more from this author. 1-click and get started today.

Reviewed by @mab54615
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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Emily Walsh

Surviving Valencia
By: Holly Tierney-Bedord
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord was an okay read, that will keep you guessing.

Not my first read from this author, so I was excited to get my hands on this read. This book was interesting, and has a good plot line, but at times it fell flat, and there are some loos ends that aren’t sitting well with me.

The transitions between the past and present were done well, and it helped tie some of the plot points together. The ending was a little off putting as well, and I do kind of get it, but at the same time it was bittersweet and not satisfying. But again, in a weird way, it fit. One point I would love to make, is that, you never find out what the younger sisters name is. And it was something that I didn’t notice until I stopped reading and started to process, and forming my review. Very well done, and a nice added touch to make this read more layered and complex.

Overall this isn’t a bad story, it has lots of good things, but at the same time, when the MC was narrating it was like she rambled and nothing came to a close. This made certain plot points confusing and unbalanced. But, this book will keep you on your toes with its unfolding mystery, and trips to the past.

This books gets my recommendation and my stamp of approval.

Happy Reading

-Review by @eawalsh

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Chantelle Smith

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia is my sixth book by Holly Tierney-Bedord, and it has definitely got to be the best by far! I was totally hooked with this read, I couldn’t put it down until the very end.
I liked how we got flashbacks from the present and past but it was done smoothly and effortlessly that it flowed each time.
It’s an emotional read, and also a read that stays with you even after you have finished reading it.
This book was filled with twists and turns that kept you turning the pages continuously. Holly Tierney-Bedford has an incredible writing style and has a way of making even better characters. This is an incredible story that should not be missed! This author has become one of my go-to favourites and I can’t wait to see what else she brings, and hope this isn’t the last we read of these characters.

Reviewed By @tillytillzz

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Karyn Taylor

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia is book by Holly Tierney-Bedord that will really make you evaluate your life. I really found this book very different from anything else I’ve ever read. For a start, you never find out what the main character’s name is! How weird is that?
This book is the story of a woman on a voyage of self-discovery. In her younger years she lived totally in the shadow of her siblings, twins Van and Valencia. Her parents doted on the twins and acted as if the main character didn’t exist. When her siblings died in a car accident her parents became even more weird than they had been before. Her parent definitely acted as if they had some sort of personality disorder.
Always they strange left out kid growing up, our main character is now married to artist Adrian and is trying to find her way in life. Her endeavour to find out more about the twin death leads her and Adrian’s lives in danger.
Jumping back and forward from the present day to the past, I did at times find this book a little difficult to follow. The author does a great job of developing the character and we really get into the head of the main character.
This book is really interesting and thought provoking and I enjoyed it very much.

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Katie Matthews

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I have read quite a few books by this author now and I do really like her writing style. Her stories are always engaging and great to read but Surviving Valencia wasn’t what I was expecting at all and it actually was great to read something a little different from Ms Tierney-Bedord! The story was a little slow to begin with but within a few chapters I was really into what I was reading. The more I got into the story the more I began to understand about the characters and their story. I sometimes find books that go back and forward in time confusing but I think that this book needed that to enable me as a reader to fully understand how the events of the past have influenced the lives of the characters in the present.
I think I will say that this isn’t an easy book to read, it makes you think a lot and there were a few times I had to stop and go back re-read things but once I had finished it everything kind of made sense! I think that the author wove a very original tale that whilst it took while to get into I am really glad that I read it!

@katiem
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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Sam Sheerin

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord, 4 stars.
This is a story that twist and turns your heart strings. It really does make you think about your own childhood life experiences and how that has possibly shaped you into the by person you are today.
I absolutely loved how Holly integrated the past and present tense to build up the story of mystery, secrets and life changing events that led the main character where she is now.
This isn’t the first novel I’ve read by Holly and it most certainly won’t be the last.

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord is much different to her other stories and I must admit I skimmed over a lot of it because it was a little confusing at times and I found it hard to keep my interest and it was a little slow. The story alternates between the past and the present and is told by a younger sister, who remains nameless, which is fitting because she always felt invisible to others. The story is a mystery suspense and there are lots of twists and turns that keep you on your toes.

When a tragedy strikes and the twins are no longer around the family fall apart. Little Sister is haunted by her past and the story unfolds. There were times when I wanted to shake her and tell her to grow up and grow a backbone but I guess it makes sense within the parameters of the story. The end is interesting and leaves a lot of questions. Now I have to wait to see if there is a follow up to find out the answers.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Surviving Valencia by Holly Tierney-Bedord – Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Surviving Valencia is definitely one of those difficult books for me to review. I am torn in a lot of ways. First off don’t get me wrong for one second I truly enjoyed all of my time spent reading it, even during the moments where I struggled with the slow pacing of the storytelling. I think the one major part that I am left struggling with the most however is the fact that I am left still feeling empty, for lack of better words. I can see where we could almost get another novel someday out of this storyline from Holly Tierney-Bedord, and I would not complain. I would simply hope it would maybe answer some of those gaps that are still there. I truly felt a lot of compassion and longing for our main character here throughout the entire novel and truly wanted to just hold her. It is very difficult to live in the shadow of someone else, let alone two someone else’s, and to have to feel so imperfect too… I just can’t fathom that emptiness. Anywho, the writing it strong and beautiful, vivid and flawless much like all of Holly Tierney-Bedords novels, and I am eager to see what we will get next from her!

Review by @lizaileen
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