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Posted May 19, 2013
4.5 rating. Derailed: Verb- Cause (a train or trolley car) to leave its tracks accidentally
The title for Derailed is beyond perfect. I have never been one to give recognition to a title for a book mainly because I feel a lot of times there isn’t much thought put into them, but this title just sits with the book so perfectly and I love it.
Moving onto what’s important.
It’s odd to think contemporary use to be my least favorite genre, and now it is all I ever feel like reading. At first when hearing about Derailed I figured it would be like a lot of the other New Adult contemporary romances that have been coming out lately…I figured I would enjoy it, but really didn’t expect much from it. I expected a predictable storyline, a sappy romance, and whiny characters.
Thankfully that was not the case with Derailed at all. Derailed was a great New Adult contemporary romance, that kept my attention from start to finish. Had an enjoyable cast of characters, and a memorable romance.
Molly our main character was great, I felt so sorry for her with everything she was going through. I felt all her emotions she had, and the way she reacted to things was very justifiable. Never once in this entire book did I find myself getting annoyed with her or rolling my eyes, which is always nice. I felt like she was a very real character right from the start.
Ben who is our main love interest I also very much liked, although I didn’t really buy the whole “he still has feelings for his high school sweet heart 5 years after she dumped him” thing, he was still an enjoyable character, I love how passionate he was about Molly and protective, without being creepy protective. He was also very persistent with getting Molly back once she got back in town, which I just , well thought was cute, even if I didn’t really believe his 5 years of missing her.
Overall I recommend Derailed to anyone who likes contemporary romances, new adult novels, or enjoys reading novels of someone overcoming the struggles of losing a loved one. Derailed was not a light cutesy read, it was emotional, and raw. I found myself laughing and smiling during this book, but I also found myself feeling sadness too while reading this. It had a mixture of all emotions and I loved it, and I hope you love it too!
Posted May 17, 2013
Posted February 3, 2013
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It was a sweet, coming home story with a happy ending. It was a relatively quick read and I connected with the characters fairly well.
Molly left law school before her last set of finals of her first year. (I'm sure this is something that a lot of law students - past and present - have thought about doing!) She went home...home to the house in the town where she grew up. Things are different now for Molly but the town, and its residents, are basically the same. She feels lost and guilty for the deaths of her father and her fiance. This guilt is hard for her to overcome except with her high school sweetheart. I got Molly for the most part but sometimes I just didn't understand her reasoning behind not telling everyone about Adam's, her fiance's, death. I don't see how telling people that they broke up is easier than telling them that he died. I don't know.
Gavin is a nice guy...a bit too sure of himself though. Ben was sweet and still in love with Molly. I can't believe he still held a flame for her after so many years. That was sweet. Molly's best friend, Kelly, is a true best friend...even though they hadn't really been together or talked for a few years, they were still there for each other. Molly agreed to be her maid of honor despite the date of the wedding which, to me, was not very considerate of Kelly.
All-in-all, a good story and a light read. Did I want more? Yes. More of the back story between Molly and Ben. I also would like to have had more story about Molly and Adam. Everything just fell into place...which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it made the book predictable. However -- Will I read the next book in the Clayton Falls series? Yes, I will read Veer.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you are looking for a sweet, quick read.
Will I read it again: I will not read this book again. However, I will read the other books in the Clayton Falls series.
Posted January 28, 2013
Sometimes you can't let go of the boy you left behind.
Derailed was a sweet romance filled with hope, grief and denial. It tells the story about a girl who returns home to find herself after her fiance dies. There was something so lovely and yet terribly sad about coming to terms with grief and the past. I loved the sense that Molly could go home again and find the thing that had been missing all along - contentment.
The story line is simplistic, and even though I've read the same similar story line over and over again, there's no doubting that it's always done differently - such as it has been with Derailed. In some ways, I feel like I'm returning to my roots with books like these. I cut my teeth on them.
The characters were delightful. There wasn't a character I didn't like, even though there was a sort of love triangle going on. I can't say it was a convincing one because I knew right from the start who she would end up with. -sigh- I'm having a real problem on knowing just what to write in case it reveals something you would rather read about. Anyway, Molly was very human in the fact that she had issues she had to deal with before she could move on with her future and that included her father, her dead fiance and Ben - the main male character.
Ben was a character who was hard for me to understand. His reactions to things was so different then what I would have imagined they would be. Maybe it represented his maturity from days gone by. I honestly don't know. Actually, when I think about it, perhaps there is a sense of unpredictability in this book.
The characters' relationships with each other reminded me of a real community. The friends hang out at bars, gossiped about the opposite sex, dated, fought, made-up and had each other's backs when needed. Maybe the writing wasn't as prosy as some other books I've read, but there was enough of it that it gave me a sense of what the characters were feeling.
Overall I have to say that if you're looking for a complex, thought-provoking book, well, I wouldn't say you've found it here, but if you're looking for a light read and something that will make you roll your eyes, smile, sulk and go 'awww' then this is definitely the right book for you.
I would recommend this to anyone who's a hopeless romantic.
Book review by Sandy from Magical Manuscripts.
Posted January 28, 2013
Derailed is a story about a girl who is trying to mend her broken heart by learning how to forgive, not only others but herself too. A journey to trust in herself and that it is okay to give love a second chance.
Molly has hit rock bottom - she's been going through the motions for a long time and she's finally realized that she can no longer go on this way. She drops out of law school, and having no other place to go, she decides to go back to her hometown for a while to hopefully bury her feelings and figure out what she's going to do with the rest of her life.
But before she even gets to Clayton Falls, we already know, it is definitely not going to be easy hiding out in a small town where everybody knows everyone's business before anyone else does. Especially when no one knows why she's left school and the true story as to what happened to her fiance.
Throw in a bad break-up with her childhood sweetheart and other ghosts from her past - Molly's need to keep a low profile and out of the town's gossip is impossible to fathom.
Molly is heartbroken in so many ways - I found it hard to relate to her, she blamed herself for everything that had happened to her fiance and her father. And I felt that she completely over-reacted to what happened with her ex-sweetheart; but she was 17 when that happened, and I have to admit, at that age, I know I wasn't one to be so reasonable or easily to forgave people over things that meant the world to me... but I was able to sympathize and feel her sadness and guilt. She wanted to be independent, protect herself from everyone - but in her situation, I knew that it wouldn't last that long. Especially after her first run-in with her old beau, Ben. Some feelings run deeper than you realize and it takes a strong, loving person to help you realize that.
Some would say that there is a love-triangle that happens in this story, and I am going to disagree. Yes, there's another guy who is introduced and tries to force himself into Molly's life - and I have to say, he was so arrogant and pompous, I truly disliked him from the start. But, and I won't be spoiling anything by saying this because right from the start there is no denying that this guy gives no competition with what Molly is going through nor her "non-relationship" Ben.
There are some secondary characters that are quite memorable, fun and at times hilarious - I adored Ronny the most! There's always that one person in the group that is always happy and their happiness is so contagious that you can't help but smile when you're around them. Kelly, Molly's childhood best friend - I really loved their relationship; it's one of those where even if you don't talk to each other for months on end, you always pick up right where you left off without a second thought.
Alyssa Rose Ivy has written a wonderful contemporary story that I highly recommend to all who love romance, second chances and swoon-worthy guys...
Posted January 26, 2013
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A review copy was provided for an honest review. Derailed is fast-paced, utterly captivating, and incredibly well written. I don't feel the covers old and new do the book the justice it deserves. For this reason I was determined to not like it but that became hard to do when I ended up staying up till 5 am in the morning just to finish it. The story is straight forward but in a good way, and the leading lady Molly is easy to connect with. I really enjoyed Derailed from beginning to end it had just enough of everything to keep me hooked. From the sweet blossoming romance to the importance of friendship, and the overcoming of fears to live freely this book will capture your interest.
Molly is a 22-year-old woman whose fiancé dies and she looses her way. Devastated by this she decides to drop out of law school which she never even cared about to begin with and returns to her home town in North Carolina. While she may be running away from her problems in Boston moving back home creates even bigger ones. Her high school sweetheart whose heart she shattered when she decided to leave remains an unresolved and complicated mess. Is she willing to rekindle an old flame or forever carry around her past's burden?
While I usually prefer more angst and conflict I still found this to be a great read especially for romance lovers alike. Alyssa Rose Ivy does a wonderful job at creating a story that touches the heart and makes you smile. Her words are beautifully delivered, and her writing talent is obvious. I'm really excited to read the sequel to Derailed - Veer (Clayton Falls). I'm also greatly looking forward to any and all books penned by this relatively new author! If you enjoy romance with a side of southern charm this novel is for you! Great great great - that's what I thought of this book. Fantastically done 4.5/5 stars.
Posted January 25, 2013
I know that I've said it a lot lately, but I love "going home" stories. I love stories with the high school sweethearts, who've split up, tried to make their separate ways, and maybe (?) end up back together. That is why I was so excited to read book one in the Clayton Falls Series, Derailed.
And I am so, so happy with what I got. Molly left town at eighteen, leaving her boyfriend Ben behind. A tragedy that she felt responsible for had her head in bad place, thinking that she wasn't good for those around her. She wanted a clean break. Another tragedy, which she also feels responsible for, sends her back home. And there she reconnects with her old friends, and Ben.
Ben was a treat. He loved Molly fiercely, and she left him brokenhearted. He wasn't perfect when they dated, but he was just a kid. When Molly comes home, she expects an icy reception from Ben; but what she gets is a matured version of her first love. And he's never stopped loving her.
Surprisingly, Derailed did not have a lot of angst. I was actually really happy with that. Since she's not in the best of places, I had expected Molly to be more angry, to push Ben away. She swore she wasn't staying in Clayton Falls, but it's immediately clear that she's not going anywhere. So the fact that the Derailed is more of a "coming to terms" story, in regards to the loss she's endured, and that this is a second chance at first love, made me really happy and was exactly what I was looking for in the book. It was less angst, less drama and that made for a Happy Andrea. The ending was so sweet and romantic, and I'll admit, I had a few tears in my eyes. Hold your surprise.
Book two in the Clayton Falls Series is Veer. It's about Gavin and Becca. I didn't really like Gavin at all in Derailed, but I'm hoping Ivy will change my mind about him. I did like what I learned of Becca. I'm always excited to read companion stories like this, and am so excited that Wrecked, about Ben's brother Jake, is coming!
Derailed was a great start to the Clayton Falls Series. I'm expecting good things from books two and three.
Posted December 21, 2012
Derailed is a story of the heart. It shows what the heart can survive and still carry on. This book was sent to me from the author for review. The opinions are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 16, 2012
Molly decided one day she had enough of Law School...so she packs a bag and heads back home to North Carolina. But no matter where she goes she is always surrounded by her past and haunted by her dreams. Going home unearths old feelings and new fears for Molly. But will she be able to overcome her fears that are trying so desperately to overcome her?
I am on the fence about this one. I love Ivy's other work (Flight, Beckoning Light, Perilous Light) but this one was just ok for me. It was good don’t get me wrong but it just wasn’t great. I think to me it would have been a lot better had there been a little more history to Molly and her friends back at home. Had we known a little more about them I would have connected more with them and the book. The story had great potential to be one of a kind, but with history lacking it was just a good read.
Like I said, I didn’t connect well with the characters, but I enjoyed them none the less. I liked Ben from the moment he was mentioned. I would have loved to hear more from him and what he does during the day. You know…working on the boat…getting sweaty…out in the hot, hot sun. Yes I think a book solely about Ben is just what I need. Perhaps reading it while gazing at him? Ivy, you realllly need to get me a story about Ben. I loves him so.
But I did not like Gavin, well I didn’t hate him, he just gave off the creep vibes. At first I thought he could be the one that helps Molly overcome her past and helps her move on. But as time went by, and he kept popping up everywhere he clearly was not wanted, I felt he came off a bit stalkerish. I think I liked Molly ok. I like that she took the initiative to leave school when it obviously wasn’t working for her. But I just felt like we didn’t know enough about her to love her. I will say I liked her a lot better after her sister comes, giving us that much needed look into Molly’s life.
I actually would love to read book 2, Veer, to see where things go with Gavin and Becca. I think with the right woman he could finally redeem himself in my eyes. So if you are looking for a story about a girl who can (hopefully) overcome the sadness and pain of her past and (hopefully) find a future full of love and happiness, then this book is definitely for you.
Posted December 15, 2012
I chose to reaed this book being that I have recently read another book by this author and love it. Again, her writing is awesome, but I found myself at loss with this book.
First, I want to mention what bothered me so much. It was the love interest. Particularly the characters. The author created a great romance between the main character Molly and her two love interest. One being a past love interest and new one. What bothered me is not the old love interest but the new one. Usually when you read a book, you can pretty much tell which love interest the character is leaning towards. In this book the line is blurred. It bothered me cause this is the first time I had a real problem figuring out which guy Molly was going to pick. Not mention that it seem all backward. Molly is having a fling with one guy but something serious with the next guy. I honestly thought she pick the serious one cause it seems more....grownup?? Know what I mean.
Other than that, the story is pretty good. It has a well thought out plot that keeps the reader entertained. It's filled with a great back round history on both characters giving the reader a goo insight on their thoughts and emotions.
Derailed is a great contemporary romance with a compelling story line. It has a great concept of finding love where it all began. And of course, learning to let go of the past. Derailed is an charming story.
Posted December 10, 2012
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Derailed is a nice story that gives readers a taste of Alyssa Rose Ivy's writing for an older audience. Molly drops everything, leaving behind the tragic memory of a fiance and her goal to finish law school, and moves back to her small town home in North Carolina. She doesn't exactly return to happy feelings and wonderful memories, though. All that she ran away from in the first place, including high school sweetheart Ben, rushes to meet her at her front door.
Derailed's story line is interesting and definitely romantic, but I didn't go gaga over the main character. Molly was kind of flat and didn't have a unique characterization. I enjoyed reading her story and trying to figure out what was going through her mind, but Molly was very forgettable. Her high school sweetheart was determined, a gentleman, and the kind of guy every girl would love to meet. Ben didn't have as much page time as Molly but I felt he had more personality and was more well-rounded. He was the exact personification of a small town guy.
The romance of the novel is the better part of the plot. It's consistent, hot, and the kind of romance that radiates comfortable vibes. Molly and Ben's reconnection is sweet with hints of sultriness. I love that it was rough at first, their new connection began slowly and grew into something completely unexpected.
Derailed end on a note of Molly's closure with the past and opening to a future of new beginnings. It's like her story came full circle and she realized that she's found the place where the pieces fit and she can move on from past hurts. The Clayton Falls series is just beginning and I'm excited to see where it's headed!
*eARC provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*
Posted December 8, 2012
I think this was just a great love story, that included second chances and forgiving oneself because mistakes/final decisions ultimately happen, and to take the blame of something that you should just not have to bear, is just overwhelming and Molly goes through that, for two different people that were in her life, and I felt for her because she keeps so much guilt and grief inside. She leaves her adopted home of Boston, for her hometown in North Carolina, and she realizes that she left behind the person who cared and still cares about her the most, her ex, Ben. In her hometown of Clayton Falls, she begins to be her self again and reconnects with Ben, and it's just a beautiful outcome :)
I felt that there were tense moments here and those emotions/dialogue was written very well. There was a bit of an easy relationship to get back together between Molly and Ben, but I understood why they first chose the relationship that they were in. The environment of Clayton Falls was written realistically well and I can just feel what the environment would be like. There were great characters written, including Molly's friends and even Gavin, who tries to steal her heart, but I gotta say, I look forward to read his story in Veer, because he is a great male character, and I just look forward to what happens to him :)
My Rating: 4.5/5
Posted December 8, 2012
Molly Sanders is in her first year of law school in Boston. The life she had planned out, the goals she had for herself, her dreams are all falling apart, and she realizes that she doesn't want to be a lawyer at all. Her fiance's death has left her rattled, really rattled, and this isn't the first time that tragedy has overtaken Molly's life. It was a tragedy that caused her to leave her home and the love of her life to go to Boston, and now it is a tragedy that is bringing her back to Clayton Falls and all the memories that are held there. Burdened with grief and guilt over Adam's death and the death of her father so many years ago, has taken its toll on Molly. She doesn't sleep much anymore because the nightmares consume her. Upon returning to Clayton Falls, her best friend Kelly immediately pulls her out of her shell and back into society, even trying to fix her up on a date, which doesn't go over well. Then, when does see Ben again and looks into his eyes, she remembers why she loved him so much. Unwilling to admit this, and feeling like she doesn't deserve it, like she is poison, she is determined not to let things get serious between them again. Ben has other ideas, and he doesn't give up easily. Can love that is lost be found again?
I enjoyed Derailed very much. My heart broke for Molly and all that she went through, and rejoiced with her as she tried to find joy, forgiveness, and love again. I really liked Ben. He's hot and he sings in a band. He was relentless and even though Molly pushes him away, he doesn't give up. He has a temper and has a tendency to be possessive, so he isn't perfect, but that made be like him all the more. Kelly, Molly's BFF was a lot of fun also. I didn't care for Gavin (the guy from the date she wasn't crazy about). He was kind of a jerk, though he did have a few insightful moments. I liked the relationship and romance between Ben and Molly, and enjoyed seeing that being rekindled and developed in the story. I especially liked the ending. It even has an epilogue, which is something I love. Derailed is a great story and if you are a contemporary romance level, this book is something you should check out. .
Posted December 3, 2012
I was so excited when this tour came up. I had my eye on this book and I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. It's a bittersweet story of love, loss, and finding your way back home.
Molly was a bit lost. I felt so bad for her. Not only has she lost her fiance, but tragedy seems to follow her. When she went back home I felt a little nervous for her. She was trying to keep the details around her fiance's death a secret, but I think that only hurt her more. When she gets reunited with her old boyfriend, her feelings for him resurface.
I felt like Ben was exactly what she needed. He was an important person from her past that knew her. Ben helped her cope with the loss of her fiance. Even though he wanted their relationship back, he was patient with her feelings. Ben is a bit possessive, but to me it showed how much he valued her and their time together. I was really happy with the end.
I loved the supporting cast. There was a point that I was pulling for Gavin just a tiny bit, but Molly and Ben really were meant to be. I just felt bad for Gavin. He's such a great guy. SO, I was thrilled when I found out that Gavin would have his own book! I went out and bought Veer on it's release day this past week. I can't wait to read it. It's about Gavin and Molly's friend Becca. Exciting!
If you are looking for a heartfelt love story, look no further. Derailed takes you through a tragedy and turns this sadness and loss into an endearing love story.
Posted December 2, 2012
Alyssa Rose Ivy is an amazing author, her work always seems to amaze me. She has a way of captivating her readers from the start. I would highly recommend Derailed, it was full of passion, excitement and so much more. I feel most readers will be able to relate to what Molly has experience in her short life, and I love when I read a book I can connect with. I can not say enough about how truly amazing this book is, I can't wait til the sequel is released with Jake's story. I think it will be very interesting to see inside his head.
It seems as if Molly has lost everyone she has ever loved. She has hit rock bottom and can't take it anymore, so she drops out of Law School and moves back home to her parents house, which is now empty of her family. Being back home though isn't as easy as she thought it was going to be, she has to face reality sooner or later, but doesn't know if she can do it alone.
When she's forced to face the ex-boyfriend she left before going away to college, her emotions run wild and her feelings return as if she never left, but in the mean while that meant facing the fact she just ran away from another situation that she doesn't really want to acknowledge. Besides that there were reasons why her and Ben broke up and can she really believe he has changed.
With her best friend, Kelly's wedding just around the corner, and having two men fighting for her attention on top of the recent loss and guilt, Molly is ready to crack at any moment. Read this epic novel to find out so much more, I didn't want to dive too much into it and give away any spoilers. You will not be disappointed by Derailed.
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