Oct 13, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #29 -- Beautiful Disaster Review

This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.


So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
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  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)

We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 

11505797Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Author: Jamie McGuire
Release Date: August 4th, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback, bought

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Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Review:

Read my recap for this book Here.

I devoured this book the first time I read it and I devoured it this time around. I remember a lot of it, but I also forgot so much. I knew how it ended but I forgot so much in the middle. It was nice because I felt like I was reading it for the first time all over again but knowing there would be a good ending. The first time around I was biting my nails to see how it ended.

I like knowing when a book actually ends well because I hate bad endings. If I spend the time reading the book I don't want it to end badly and waste my time. I am a hopeless romantic and always want them together :)

I liked reading it all in Abby's point of view, but I also felt like she was going about things wrongs a lot. She is so afraid to be with someone that is close to her past, but not seeing that sometimes your past isn't always wrong. Sometimes parts of it can be bad, but not all of it. Her stubbornness got annoying at times, but you also were able to understand as well. I just think she should have listened to her friend America more, because she was pretty spot on most of the time when it came to knowing what was best for her best friend.

Travis is the typical bad boy that is the man on the campus. He has all sorts of girls throwing themselves at him. He doesn't seem the type to settle down, but when the right one comes along, even the bad boy doesn't give up what's good for him. I loved Travis's character. You know his past and you learn so much about him, you can't help but feel bad for him with the things Abby puts him through at times. He breaks your heart with the pain you see in him. You get to know him more in Walking Disaster. A book that is the same story, but in his POV instead.

This book is set between campus of their college, Travis's apartment as well as some bars and parties they go to. There is also a little Vegas swirled through the pages. I do wish some of the parts were a little more detailed. Say Travis and Shepley's apartment. I had a hard time seeing it because it wasn't detailed much. You hear at the end how Travis finally decorates his room. You get told there are posters of girls in the living room and a couch and recliner, but that is all the detail you really get. I wish I was able to get more so I was able to picture it a lot better as I was reading it. But if that is the only thing I can really complain about then I think we are good :)

This definitely a romance book, but it is nice to see how it shows that some people aren't what they seem to be. You can't always judge a book by it's cover because most of the time there is a reason that people act a certain way and it is up to you if they are worth climbing the wall for so you can really see who they are. Books like this are what I prefer to read because you always get a lesson as well as a wonderful story!


We will be back next week with our review or recap!

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1 comment:

  1. I don't think I had heard of this book until your memory post last week. I may have to check it out sometime. Great review! <3


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