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Series: Contours of the Heart

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Breakable by Tammara Webber

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Breakable by Tammara WebberBreakable by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart, Book 2
Also in this series: Easy
Published by Berkley Books on 06 May 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Easy

Place(s) Traveled To: Arlington, VA // Washington, DC // Unnamed, Texas

First Line(s): Landon. Eight years ago. I woke with a jerk, screaming.

 Breakable by Tammara Webber is a companion book to her bestselling novel, Easy. In Breakable we get to see Jacqueline’s story from Lucas’s POV and we also get to see a little more of his backstory. The story shifts from right after his mother’s death, when most people still called him Landon, to the present where he runs into Jacqueline. I liked how Webber did a back and forth with the present and past as it helped to break up the different aspects of Lucas’s story and it didn’t feel like the lead up to meeting Jacqueline was slow and weighted down. Overall, Breakable is a quick read and it took me only a few hours to get through but I felt that it was missing something and so it wasn’t as good as Easy.

Part of this I think is because I felt like I was missing part of the story. There were things and dialogue that were glossed over in Breakable because they were discussed in more detail in Easy. This made me wish that I’d re-read Easy right before starting this book in order to have all the details super fresh in my mind. I also felt that not a ton of new information was given in this book. Yes, we got to peak into Lucas’s past but there was nothing new on the Jacqueline/Lucas story. Also, because Lucas was the savior and not the victim this one didn’t have the same emotional impact. Although, Lucas’s past does give the reader its own set of emotions and feels.

The parts I liked best about Breakable were the ones that took place in his past before he left home for college. I really liked seeing the kid he was and the man he became. It was heartbreaking at times to see what he went through after the death of his mother and it makes him an even more endearing character than before. Without those life experiences he wouldn’t be the Lucas that we know and love and there is also a good chance that he may never have met Jacqueline if things didn’t happen as they did.

Even though I didn’t like this one as much as Easy I still liked the story of Lucas and Jacqueline. I liked seeing thing through the eyes of Lucas though in someways I wish that Easy had been a dual perspective story. I think it would have been betting to get both sides at the same time or at the very least, as I said above, I really should have read Easy again before picking this one up. It just felt like there was a little more distance between what was happening and the reader that it didn’t suck me in as much. This could be because of the male POV which isn’t always an easy one to write when you aren’t a male. But it could just be because all those details that got glossed over. I enjoyed Breakable and I do recommend it but in my humble opinion this one isn’t a standalone book and really does need to be read with Easy to fully appreciate Lucas’s story.



Saturday, October 6, 2012

Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult12 Comments

Review: Easy by Tammara WebberEasy by Tammara Webber
Series: Contours of the Heart,
Also in this series: Breakable
Published by Berkley Books on 06 November 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 336
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Breakable

Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed, Texas

First Line: I had never noticed Lucas before that night.

For a while now I’ve been hearing about this book called Easy by Tammara Webber and ever where that I’ve seen it mentioned its all been high praise. I’m always wary about hyped up books and then when you add in that it was self-published well I was even more hesitant. But I’ve recently read some really excellent self-published reads and so my hang ups with that form of publishing are diminishing. And they’ll continue to lesson the more I read books like Webber’s Easy.

Easy falls into that emerging category called New Adult where the characters are older than high school (often in college or recently graduated) but aren’t quite fully in the adult genre. New Adult is that bridge that’s been missing in books that brings teens into adulthood. The story takes place on a college campus and the main character, Jacqueline, is dealing with being dumped by her boyfriend. Not knowing a ton about this book before I picked it up (other than people were loving it) I thought it might be a cute, contemporary romance about a girl moving on and finding new love. And while that is part of the story that is just a very small part.

Easy was a darker story than I was expecting and dealt with some serious issues for both of the main characters. The story was told from the POV of Jacqueline but through her eyes and ears you got to learn all about Lucas as well. And Lucas…oh….wow…if ever there was a swoon worthy character! I just loved him so much. He was such a contradiction  He looked liked your bad boy sort but underneath the trappers he was just so much more. I loved the relationship between Jacqueline and Lucas and I loved all the secondary characters (well except for K and B) and I just loved this whole story.

I had made the mistake of starting this book late and right before I went to bed and I only intended to read a couple of chapters. Well, before I knew it I was at the end and the clock was telling me it was way too late at night for me to be up. Easy just sucked me in and I couldn’t stop reading until I hit the end. Then when I finished it I wanted to flip to the beginning and start it over again. I know this is a book that I will re-read and its a book that I already wish I could read again for the first time. It was so well written and plotted out and everything about it just felt so real.

If you’ve been on the fence about this book for any reason then hear me know when I say to stop hesitating and buy this book. Easy was such a fantastic story that it was hard to decide what to read next. I loved everything about it and now want everyone I know to fall in love with it as much as I did. This is a must read and a definite contender for October’s Top Twelve pick.