Review: I Wish I Could Remember You by L. J. Epps

I Wish I Could Remember You by L.J. Epps
Format: PDF, 270 pages
Published: March 26th 2016 by L. J. Epps
Rating: ★★

Emily wants romance in her life—the kind of romance that leads to a perfect marriage. She dreams of having a husband who loves her and treats her with respect, someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She meets—and marries—Steven Montgomery, hoping he will make all of those things come true.

Everything is wonderful, at first; until things start to slowly change. Steven begins to mentally, verbally, and physically abuse Emily. Through it all, Emily tries to be the best wife she can be.

Finally, after so much devastation, Emily leaves Steven, files for divorce, and moves on with her life. Her sister, Monica, introduces her to a wonderful man named Robert. Emily falls in love with him. He is kind, gentle and sweet—all things now missing from her marriage. She is happy, in love again, and well on her way to divorcing Steven.

But, Steven doesn’t want the divorce; and, since he is a savvy lawyer, he tries everything to prevent it. Although Emily still has residual feelings for Steven, she knows that it could never work between them. She wants to move on with the new love of her life, Robert.

After a horrific accident, Emily can no longer remember Robert and all the things he has meant to her, and she can no longer remember all the horrific things Steven has done to her.

Emily has two men professing their love for her. She is confused; she doesn’t know where she belongs or who she should be with. And, she has a hard time deciding who to choose. Emily is being pulled in several different directions by her loved ones. They all mean well, but only Emily knows how she truly feels. She has to decide, on her own, what to do.

All Emily wants is to start over, but that isn’t so easy, since everything in her world is broken, and she isn’t sure how to fix it. All Emily wants is to be happy, healthy, and whole again, but that may not be in the cards for her, either.

Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Format: Hardcover, 522 pages
Published: October 6th 2015 by St. Martin's Griffin
Rating: ★★★★½

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.
Simon Snow was a normal kid before he realized he had magic -- lots of it. Too quickly, the responsibility to save the entire world of magic was thrust into his hands. But between a troubled relationship, fighting his nemesis, trying to finish school, and staying alive, saving anyone at all seems kind of impossible.

Magicians are rallying against each other, the creatures are stirring, and the Great Mage is who-knows-where. In this adventure, we follow Simon as he tries to navigate through magickal high school, and along with that: friendship, love, and discovering who he is. All the while, he must fulfill his destiny, and defeat an evil being who wears his face. Who says being a teenager isn't hard?

I was completely thrown off by this book. It's so incredibly different from what I've experienced from Rowell's stories, but it's entirely her at the same time. I love, love, love this book, and it made me realize just how much I missed her writing.