BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert
One city of 600,000 people.
One broken girl.
One mysterious boy.
One fateful night,
Two worlds collide.
Seattle, Washington. The sprawling, industrious city set in a blanket of pine. I have never known a day that wasn’t spent inside this concrete jungle. It’s my home, and for that I love it. But it’s also the setting for the tragedy called my life, and so I loathe it.
I live alone in a cold, empty studio apartment. The tiny square room closely resembles a cell. That’s my life: solitary confinement.
Here, in this desolate place that perfectly reflects my soul, my story begins.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Olivia, who is only 20 years old, feels she has already reached the lowest point in her life. So low, in fact, that she’s decided to end it. But luckily for her, she is not successful.
Her rescuer is Jude, an impossibly handsome neighbor who caught her just in time to get her to get her to the hospital and save her life. As Olivia struggles to overcome the physical and emotional fallout from what happened to her, she finds that Jude will become much more than her life saver.
But can Olivia, who has been left by everyone she’s ever loved and trusted in her life, open herself up to someone long enough to form a legitimate relationship? And can Jude let her know the truth about him, without breaking her trust all over again?
I can’t say too much in this review because I don’t want to give away the main plot points…you can discover those for yourself.
Olivia is an empty shell of a girl who has already been through so much in her short life. It saddens me so much to know that there are so many people in the world who get to the point where they think their life is so horrible that they have to take it. This book was an eye-opener in terms of suicide and learning to deal with extreme situations, and losing hope.
I’m glad Olivia grew throughout the novel, but I hope it was not only for the sole reason that she was with Jude.
Jude is the quintessential perfect guy of course–model handsome, polite, not pushy when it comes to sex, sensitive enough to talk about emotions. I wish I could have seen a little bit more from him–but I know that would have been difficult, given what he is.
I was wondering why the setting was Seattle–I guess I felt it could have been anywhere. But the more I think about it, I have to guess that the somber mood and constantly unpleasant weather may have had an affect on Olivia–it was just another ugly thing that she couldn’t control.
I liked the author’s writing style, but I feel like some of the book was just filler. I think it could have been at least 50 pages shorter. Nonetheless, it did give some things to think about, and I always appreciate when a book can do that for me.
About the Author:
I always knew I wanted to be a writer, ever since Career Day in first grade when I walked around carrying a notebook and pencil. Twenty-some odd years later, after a short stint in high school where I dreamed of being an actress, a whirlwind Internet romance including a blind proposal that led to a fairytale wedding and two pretty-near perfect kids, my lifelong dream came to fruition with my first novel, Emerald City. I live with my small brood in my beloved hometown of Pasco, which is located in the only part of Washington state that isn’t green. When I’m not writing, I can be found decorating novelty cakes and taking naps–my other two passions.
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