Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: The Light of Day by Kristen Kehoe

The Light of Day 
(Beyond the Horizon,#2)
by Kristen Kehoe
New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.92
Published on: October 2014 

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

Every action has its own consequence… 

Cora Whitley has learned the hard way that there are some choices you can’t escape, you merely survive. And she is, surviving that is. She’s living, breathing, eating, sleeping, working, all of the things you do when all you’re trying to do is get from one day to the next without truly remembering who you were. 

Jake Ferrari recognizes Cora the minute he sees her. Maybe it’s because somehow he knows she’s as broken as he is, or maybe it’s because when he looks at her he sees that the life he thought was over when his elbow blew out and his pitching career came to a halt can now be something different. Something better with her. 

But nothing comes for free, not even love. Follow Cora and Jake as they piece together their lives and deal with the consequences of falling in love with the one person they know they can’t have. 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? Look at the cover. That's why. I loved it. Then I read the synopsis and thought this is something I think I'll like.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The first in the series was 99 cents on Amazon, so I decided to read that one first. I really loved the first one, so I was excited to read the second one. 

The two novels are very distinct and different. The writing of The Light of Day seemed much more for an adult audience, whereas Beyond the Horizon seemed more for young adult readers. The Light of Day also had a much sadder tone and message. 

It dealt with some heavy issues, which honestly, I thought the author could have delved into more. 

However, having said that, this novel is an emotional, intriguing read. It was very different from what I expected...heavier even, and yet heavy in unexpected ways. 

I thought the romance was well developed, but there was something off about the couple for me. 

Anyway, if you're looking for a book that tackles serious issues without diving too deeply into them, this book deals with depression, family issues, diseases, addictions, and many other issues. 

A deeper novel than you'll find in many other New Adult novels. 

The Characters: Liked Jake. Had a hard time connecting with Cora. However, having said that, the characters were intriguing. 

Major Strengths: Surprisingly deep. 

Major Weaknesses: Moved slowly at times. 

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite hit 4 stars for me. 

Can I read the series out of order? It alludes to events from the first novel and characters from it are mentioned in significant ways; however, it can be read as a stand-alone. 

Warnings/Side-notes: I honestly don't remember. I know it was for a more mature audience. 18 plus. But I can' remember if it was more on the young adult side or more on the adult side. 

The Wrap-up: An intriguing, albeit unexpectedly deep read that I enjoyed. I'll be interested in what the author comes up with next. 


Danica Page

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