BOOK REVIEW: I’ll Meet You There – by Heather Demetrios

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Title: I’ll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
First published: February 3rd 2015
Finished reading: January 23rd 2016
Pages: 388
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“I don’t really know what it means to move on, but lately, with Sky, I’m starting to feel like I want to because when I look at her, I don’t see you or the war or any of the shit in my head. I just see her, and it’s like suddenly I can breathe again after holding my breath for so long.”

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I have seen I’ll Meet You There around a lot ever since it came out, but somehow I never wanted to pick it up before because I was afraid it was going to be a sappy romance story. I couldn’t have been more wrong. First of all, kudos to Heather Demetrios for bringing awareness to what war veterans are going through and how it can affect those around them as well. It’s an important theme that helps explain what it’s like to people who haven’t experienced it firsthand (like myself). I’ll Meet You There is full of raw emotions and especially the parts where we read John’s thoughts make this book into something special. He is a Marine who lost one of his legs and his best friend during the war in Afghanistan, now struggling to find out how to deal with all of it. This novel by Heather Demetrios has no love triangle, interesting and real characters, intriguing character development and theme, well written prose… What more can I ask for? I’m having the feeling this one will appear on my Best of 2016 list… Recommended!

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Skylar Evans and her friend Chris have made a pact to make sure they will not stay in Creek View after graduating high school. It seems that practically nobody ever makes it out of the small town, and both are determined to prove otherwise. Sky has a full scholarship to an art school in San Francisco, and during her last summer in Creek View she can already taste her freedom. But everything seems to change when her mother relapses, loses her job and starts drinking again… Sky doesn’t want to leave her mom alone with her problems, but is she really ready to throw away everything she ever worked for? To make things more complicated, John Mitchell is back from the war after his leg was blown off in Afghanistan and Sky feels obliged to cheer him up. They have been working together for years at the Paradise motel, and even though they didn’t really hang out before outside the motel they slowly start building an unexpected friendship…

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I have the feeling there aren’t that many fiction novels out there starring war veterans (tell me if I’m wrong!), and I’m glad Heather Demetrios chose to write about it. I’ll Meet You There is well written, full of raw and honest emotions, flawed characters you cannot help but fall in love with and just the right dose of romance. I practically flew through this book and it’s without one of my favorite reads so far this year. Definitely recommended if you like the genre!

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WWW Wednesdays #75 – January 27th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started reading Confessions by Kanae Minato earlier this week, and although it’s an intruiging read I’m not sure if I actually like the writing style so far. I’ve also finally picked up my last TBR jar pick, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. So far it looks really promising!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished was The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings, which means I’ve finished my first series this year! I enjoyed this sequel just as much as the first book and I would really recommend it.
* I then finally picked up I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios, a book I absolutely loved. Kudos to the author for raising awareness to what war veterans are going through and doing that by writing this beautiful story in the process!
* The last book I managed to finish was my pending ARC Eternal War Armies Of Saints by Livio Gambarini. I loved the general plot and worldbuilding behind this story and it was really interesting, but it was quite a slow read and I did have some minor problems with it. More in the review!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I loved the first book in the Veronica Mars series, so I’m probably going to read the sequel Mr. Kiss And Tell by Rob Thomas next. I have also been thinking of finally picking up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken… Although I might read Defending Jacob by William Landay first. Last but not least, Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider is my new TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #74 – January 20th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started reading my pending ARC, Eternal War: Armies Of Saints by Livio Gambarini yesterday. It’s a historical fiction/fantasy read and I’m really enjoying it so far! I’ve also finally picked up The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings… I have been wanting to read this sequel for too long now so I’m glad I finally did.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. People kept recommending this book to me and I have to say it was just as good as I thought it would be. Minor complaint: I NEED a physical version because the creative layout doesn’t look nearly as good on my kindle. 😦
* I then finished Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, which turned out to be quite a slow read and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I though I would. It’s more about the family history than it is about the missing girl… And somehow it didn’t manage to convince me completely.
* The last book I managed to finish (I DNFed Death Of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood) was The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas. Finally a good mystery read and a new series I can add to my favorites list!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I might try to read I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios next, although I’ve heard mixed things about it… Confessions by Kanae Minato is also still on my list as well, but I might read Defending Jacob by William Landay first since I’m in the mood for mystery/thriller reads. Last but not least, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is still my newest TBR jar pick…

Friday Finds #22 – February 6th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at Should Be Reading and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last week and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Before I continue with this week’s finds, first a small kitty update: the little ones are now 9 days old and growing fast! They already start opening their eyes; they are just too cute, I wish I could keep them all! ❤

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On to my finds:

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