I fell in love with Taylor's writing when I read the first book in her Curse Books. When I opened this book I wasn't positive what would be waiting on the other side for me, but I was certain it would be a reading adventure. Taylor didn't disappoint.
I love/hate the characters. Is that possible? I don't know. But I do! I hate how naive Natalie is and I hate how self-destructive Sam is. But I love them. I love that Nat will go and look for the good in everyone- the true result of not having her own independence before, I think. I love Sam when he's not being a total duche. I wish that he could be saved, ya know? He is so damn hard on himself.
This isn't one of those easy to stomach stories if you're sensitive to vocabulary or adult substances being tossed around with ease. Personally, I can read it all but I have no real life association to it, ya know? I've been a straight-edge my entire life so for me drug scenes and substance abuse is just stupid- what do they really think will happen if they stick the highly addictive thing into their body? I mean, really?! Okay, okay, I'm coming off my soapbox. Ignoring the fact that I obviously have a little bias when it comes to being stupid enough to use drugs in the first place, I think Taylor handles the storyline very well. I like how she uses Nat's obvious real-life nativity to Sam's "benefit" (not sure what I should call it), but Nat learns... she isn't just stuck in the land of make-believe where s*** isn't hitting the fan. Nope, she comes back from it with knowledge.
This is a real story. That doesn't mean that all stories aren't real, but Taylor bases this one in a real world, with real problems... namely drugs and the world that falls apart around them. She doesn't force the world into a shades of pink. There is no perfect solution for the bad crap that goes down, but there is some good.
If you enjoy gritty stories and don't mind some swearing or drug abuse, dive in. Taylor is a great author and I'm always glad to read what she's putting out!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
-Angelica Berglund for For The Love of Hockey
"I never thought I would read a "zombie book", much less love one. The Last Legacy really surprised me. Even with the whole people-eating-people thing, it was a fantastic book"
-Melannie S for The Last Legacy
"I could not wait to start book two. If this book was as good as book one, then I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It wasn't as good as book one...it was better. "
-Keely Retchloff for Finding Sam
"The powers, the love, the excitement, the drama kept me so enthralled. If you are looking for a GREAT series about true love and mythology, look no further... I wish I could rate 10 stars! Definitely recommend this whole series to all my book loving friends!"
-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
For The Love of Hockey | January 2016
The Price of Love | 2017