Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review - Only for You by Tista Ray

Today, I'm posting a review of Tista Ray's second novel called Only for You. Tista is an award-winning young adult romance novelist.

A copy of this book was given to me for a review.

Here are my thoughts on the book:

This book is a young adult romance written from the male point of view which was refreshing and very personal. It’s a story of young and troubled love – real, vulnerable and very beautiful.

I’m amazed at Tista’s ability to get the reader inside the character’s head and heart to the point where you feel so deeply for someone who is flawed, confused and broken. Many romances seem to come from the perspective of the writer, no matter how much they make us feel. In this book, you really become the character. You become confused, na├»ve, desperate, passionate. She allows her characters to falter and fall even to the point of total destruction. Then suddenly they rise above, strong and new. You think they’ve messed up for good and that there is no hope yet you cannot help but continue to read.

I loved the way she steeped the book in their weaknesses – like you knew Edward was too possessive at one stage, yet you understood why he was like that and then he changes. I love the way he changes and grows throughout the story. Each character has a transformation, subtle yet real.

Tista has a unique writing style that feels just like the characters she writes about.

The only part I struggled with was the song at the end. Personally, I think the book would have been complete without it. I understand why it was written, and there was some beauty in it, but at times, it was hard to read.

This is a story with a difference – with a brutal honesty and tender love that reaches the depths of your soul.
All in all, an excellent young adult romance.

You can purchase the Kindle version of  "Only for You" here: Amazon and the paperback version here: Amazon.

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