23 March 2016

Through Her Eyes - Tour & Review

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Meet Chase Porter in Through Her Eyes by Ava Harrison!

NOW AVAILABLE!

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What they say: One phone call changed me.

Three simple words and I was shattered.
Damaged.
Broken. 
Alone.
So I started over.
And my journey of rediscovery led me straight into his arms.
Chase Porter.
The stranger who showed me life from a different perspective. 
But we both had secrets…

His would destroy my world.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: Ugly cry alert!!! Ava Harrison really puts her characters and readers through the wringer in Through Her Eyes. It's an emotional, stressful and at times, heartbreaking coming of age story. I can honestly say it wasn't anything like I was expecting and bought out all the feels!

I often moan how tricky it is to review certain books without posting any spoilers but with Through Her Eyes it really is difficult! The beauty of the story is in not knowing the secrets and experiencing Aria's trauma and joy right along with her. 

I really liked Aria and felt as though her pain was palpable, hence the ugly crying - never has a title been more apt. Her doubts and guilt came through with every page. I could visualise the different locations and I kept arguing with myself as to exactly what had happened. Did I figure out the big reveal? Yes I did, but it really didn't matter as I found myself asking what I would have done in her situation, then rapidly hoping I never am. 

Chase was almost everything I could hope for in a BBF. I did think he was almost to good to be true at times and couldn't decide whether I found his eagerness endearing or somewhat stalkerish?!

It did seem as though events conspired a little quickly at times, but I really felt as though I had seen Aria's story from her POV. My only real complaint was that I read the story before bed and spent most of the night awake snivelling afterwards...


4 - 4.5 Stars in my Sky!


Prologue:
I was a horrible person.
        Truly.
        But I had goals, and he didn’t fit into them.
I didn’t know how to take back the words I’d said. They filtered through my brain like a bad dream that I just couldn’t awaken from. Just when they started to slowly slip away, they resurfaced. Rooted so deeply in my psyche, there was really no place for them to hide.
        If only I’d known the ramifications of my actions. If only I’d known how my decisions would hurt me beyond repair.
        But at the time, I couldn’t let him halt my progress. I was so close . . .
        “Are you in love with me, Aria? Do you want to be with me?” Parker asked, and my heart completely stopped. I had waited so long to hear those words, for him to see me as more than a friend.
        “No. I don’t want to be with you,” I replied. Even as the words left my mouth, I knew they were a lie.
        I didn’t just love him. It was so much more than that. So much more than love. He was my rock, my friend. He was the lifeline that ran through me.
        At the time, I thought I had no choice . . . I thought he would be able to see that after everything I’d been through I needed to succeed. I needed to make up for the loss of my brother Owen. In the end, though, my decisions were always toxic.
        Toxic to him.
Toxic to Owen.
        Toxic to everyone.
“No, I don’t love you.”
Those were the last words he heard as he turned and walked away.
        My heart tightened in my chest as the words replayed over and over again that afternoon. A record skipping that I just couldn’t turn off.
Then the phone rang.
Three words were uttered.
Three words that changed my life.
The phone slipped from my trembling hand, and I dropped to the floor.
I couldn’t swallow. I couldn’t scream.
Cemented in place.
My shoulders curled in, and I clutched my stomach through dry heaves.
I’d lost my soul mate, and now I’d lost my future.
Everything I’d worked for crumbled, and it all no longer mattered.




Author Spotlight:

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Ava Harrison is a New Yorker, born and bred.
When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.






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