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Posted June 6, 2012
THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY DARN AMAZING! After really getting into the story, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down!
Heather Robbins is trying to escape the small town she lives in where her family history is anything but ideal. Leaving her alcoholic step-father, the memory of her deceased mother and her best friend, Creed, with a promise ring between them, she sets off to St. Louis to attend college. Living on her own in a cute little apartment, she starts the summer semester where she meets new friends, new adventures, makes an enemy or two and meets the incredibly hunky Nick Richards who’s detached composure, easy going monosyllabic nature infuriates but intrigues her … and sets her world on fire. Life is confusing but exciting for the first time. But when she suddenly wakes up to a reality where things have changed and the wonderful life and the new love she made for herself may be a figment of a coma induced imagination, she has to figure out what’s real and learn to accept what she might have lost.
This book was completely different than anything I've read before. It was a bit confusing at first, wondering what was real and what wasn't, but once I got into the story and saw the direction it was taking, I really began to enjoy it a great deal! It drew me in from the beginning and captivated me to the very end. I became lost in the pages and my mind raced to figure out what clues lead to dream vs. reality so I could get an accurate picture of what was happening. It was smartly executed and the writing was inspired.
Heather’s character was a delight to read. She was original, she had spunk and she was compassionate at the same time, taking no pride when her broken thought-to-mouth filter got the best of her. Her circumstances made her stand out and I enjoyed her uniqueness.
Nick.. now what can I say about this mysterious hottie! He was fascinating from the first time we met him and Im so glad the romance between he and Heather was drawn out instead of instant. He had tragedy in his past too, which left him scarred and jagged and watching those walls break down was monumental.
I really loved Creed as well. His devotion to Heather was amazing and heartwarming. I really hope when the dust settles, he has a love of his own and not just a broken heart.
The colorful supporting cast was fun to read, even the class mean-girl, who gets slammed by Heather, much to Heather’s shame.
The Wrap Up:
I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel, Reaction, to be released so we can see what happens next! I REALLY hope we get a positive resolution to the ending of book one, Reflection. When I read the final page, I wanted to scream! Poor Heather.. Poor Nick… Poor Creed! Its just a heartbreaking mess! I kept waiting for the author to reveal how long she’d been in a coma, thinking things might not be so bad… Gah!!!
I think I read Reaction comes out later this year (fall of 2012). Is it bad that I WANT. IT. NOW?!? =)
NOTE: Reflection is a YA contemporary romance written by Jessica Roberts. I read this as a R2R with The Nexus! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
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Posted April 20, 2013
Let’s take a moment of silence. Now, bring your hands in front of you and put them together, then apart, together, apart, together, apart. Yes, we are clapping our hands guys. THIS BOOK IS SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS! And yeah, I did Google that word cause I had no idea how to spell it. I really don’t know where to start. This book had me at the edge of my seat from the first page till the very end. I caught myself laughing, smiling, and even tearing just a little bit. Every single page was full of awesome-sauce and excitement! I am so happy and lucky to be part of the virtual book tour and I’m glad I decided to squeeze Reflection in my schedule as I’m fully booked for November!
Reflection is one of those books that gives you something to think about. Like it says on the summary, the protagonist – Heather – was in a coma which I didn’t even know till I was almost done with the book because I didn’t read the whole summary! Lol. I just had this feeling that I will like this book after reading the first two sentences in the summary. I predicted that it would take me a week to read it, but I ended up finishing it on the 3rd day after I have started. So it’s basically about our 18 year old protagonist thinking, rather dreaming (literally) of her college life then waking up realizing that everything that happened didn’t happen… :O . The readers will definitely ask “were the characters in her dream true or were they just made up by Heather?” It is told from the point of view of Heather, and when the book was ending, it switched to 3rd person point of view, then switched back to 1st person a couple of times, but wasn’t confusing at all. It made sense to why the author did that, and I think that’s kind of hard to pull off so I salute you, Ms. Roberts *puts two fingers on my temple*.
For the characters, wow, they were so real! Either they were jumping off the pages or I feel as I am a part of the story. I was surprised by Heather’s character because we were similar in numerous ways… O_O Haha. She was your awkward, funny, cheery protagonist, but behind her happy face, she hides a past that she has no intentions on sharing with other people. In the book, you’ll find her often telling herself to not become too close or attached with the people she became acquaintance of, but that was hard to accomplish with Nick Richards. Yep he’s the prince charming in this novel, and there’s some sort of love triangle too because of Creed (Heather’s best friend). Anyways, Nick was always reserved in school and kept to himself. Like Heather, he too has a terrible past, but he opens it up with Heather. Because of his past, he became studious, but at the same time he was very masculine and tough. Let’s just say he’s very well built, and very good looking but not perfect. I really love how from start to finish, we were still getting to know more of our characters.
This book is just perfect. It’s everything in one package. I was soaked into the story like water soaked into a sponge. It’s one of those books that I can’t believe I just finished reading because I didn’t keep track of the page. The ending was just a big O M G. So much stuff was going on and left me predicting. I super duper cherry on top recommend this book to EVERYONE. Please don’t miss out on a great book! It truly deserves a 5 star rating. I can’t wait to read Reaction!
Posted January 23, 2013
Posted December 21, 2012
Roberts’ novel Reflection is one of the most unique stories that I have read in a long while. It is full of imaginative descriptions while remaining clear in all situations. All situations and medical terminology is explained throughout the novel, without detracting from the storyline or speaking down to the audience. Roberts’ writing has a way of making you smile, even during the sad moments.
Throughout the better part of the story you know that something is not right, but you do not know exactly what it is. This is coupled with a sense that one character’s reality may not necessarily be the same as the reality of the person standing next to them. As a reader you find yourself in a world full of illusions pulling you towards a discovery.
The main character is living with the heartache of a true love gone wrong while dealing with the reality of rebuilding her memories. While reading her story you feel that you are living her reality rather than listening to her tell a doctor about her memories. She knows that there is something wrong but keeps fighting, trying to piece everything together. By the end of this first edition in the series we leave the main character determined to rebuild her life and relationships when everyone else has moved in different directions with their lives.
Posted November 6, 2012
This book is really different. At first, I thought that it will be paranormal, but no. It is contemporary with a very mysterious touch. I LOVE it.
Heather is thrilled to finally leave for college. She can't wait to get started on her new life. But the next thing she knows, she is lying on a hospital bed. She had a college life, she had friends, she played track, she even had a close relationship with the guy of her dreams. But was that real or was it a product of her imagination during the coma? Heather doesn't know what is real or what is not. The only thing that might help her is trying to remember every moment of the months she spent in college. And then, she has to decide which moments are real and which are not.
What happened to Heather? How long has she been in a coma? Was every moment she spent with her guy friend just in her imagination? Will she ever know what is normal and what is not? Find out much more when you read this heart-wrenching tale of a damaged memory, but a heroine who is set on fixing it.
I LOVE this book. I had to read it since I am in the book tour for book 2, Reaction. But other than that, i heard a lot about this book, many positive reviews, so I had to get my hands on it. I LOVE Jessica Roberts' writing. After reading only a few chapters, I was engrossed in the story so much that I didn't know what was happening around me.
"Indeed, when his face bent toward me, his lips hovering just above my neck, I was enthralled; completely his. Against my will, I gasped when his lips brushed over my skin."
I LOVE the characters. Heather is such a broken girl after the coma. She is confused and unsure of everything. I LOVE her and I felt for her. The two boys, well, they cannot be compared. Because they are polar opposites to me. Creed is so sweet and protective of Heather, although he only made a few appearances through this novel. Nick, oh Nick. He is lovely, mysterious and the ultimate bad boy. I couldn't stop swooning over him.
"Nick grasped my waist, slowly drawing me in to him. My breathing stopped as I stared into his face. His eyes were a deep sapphire, a mixture of fire and ice. My nails dug deeper into the wall of rock. My body scared itself into stiffness and yet it called to him at the same time."
Everything about this book was to the point and perfect. It was just a little slow and confusing at the first few chapters, but then, it got much better. I LOVE this book, and I can't wait to start reading the second one. Every book lover, you SHOULD read Reaction. A beautiful story that tests the power of love against time.
"And then his lower lip brushed against mine, swirling the world around me. My body tightened, my heart stopped. He withdrew an inch, his fingers stroking over my jawline like I was a delicate, porcelain doll, soothing the tension in my face, leaving traces of fire."
Posted September 16, 2012
Reading Reflection was like getting to know a new friend. At first, I wasn't too sure about it, and it took a little time for me to get into what was going on, but the more I read the more it grew on me. Page by page I felt more connected to he characters and more engaged in the story itself. Heather and Nick have layers to their personality and what makes them who they are. I enjoyed getting to know them. The book was a roller coaster of emotions between fun and intense, and all the while I'm wondering is this real or her imagination? It's gotta be real right? No, it could be her imagination? I couldn't read the pages fast enough to find out, and it ended way too soon! The wait for the sequel, Reaction, will be impossibly hard! I want, no I need to know what happens!! Reflection by Jessica Roberts was sent to me from YA Bound 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 September 16, 2012
Reflection follows the story of Heather Robbins who just woke up in the hospital after an accident that left her in a coma. She doesn't remember what happened or how long she's been there. Even more worrisome is that the things she does remember could be false memories she's been living during her coma; the memories could be a combination of real memories and things she heard and smelled while she was in the hospital. The story starts out like a prologue about what led Heather to go to college and explaining her dysfunctional family life. Straight from there it goes into Heather waking up in the hospital. The story then splits from Heather telling the doctor the memories she relived in the coma (from when she went to college til the accident) to present day in the hospital. You don't know how long she's been there at first.
Although I liked Heather's story, I skipped a lot of scenes where she was doing things with her friends or just thinking about stuff in order to get to the nitty gritty. This book is a primary example of good, interesting plot but bad pacing. I wanted to know what happened between Heather and Nick (how they got together, if they stayed together, where he is, etc.) and what her coma means for their relationship now, not any mundane activities of her life. I might have skipped a third of the book but I didn't miss anything important which says a lot.
As for characters, Heather was a bit annoying at the beginning but I grew to like her as the story went on. She was supposed to be the quirky, different girl but she came of as whiny and judgmental. In her first day of class, she got so freaked out by people looking at her but then would say how she never got flustered. It didn't make sense. I connected with her by the end but she wasn't my favorite character.
Nick was really the redeeming character in this book. He was withdrawn, quiet, and utterly mysterious. His avoidance of people was understandable when you hear his full story. Of course he was completely gorgeous too but just didn't care about it which is attractive. I really liked how calm and unconcerned he was. He is unlike any male interest I've ever read in his quirks and personality which is saying a lot with the amount of books I've read. What I had a hard time understanding was why he liked Heather who was admittedly weird and awkward. It's like every uncool girls' fantasy that a cool, hot guy will look past the weirdness and find it all oh so cute (in my experience, it doesn't happen like that.)
Their relationship wasn't insta-love (thank God!) but I didn't really think the connection was strong enough to span all the problems that they encounter. Heather is even more unwilling to open up emotionally than Nick. Her reason was similar to Nick's but I still didn't understand the logic. I wanted to shake the crap out of her and say just get over it. It warranted a few emotional issues but not to the point she took it.
The ending really makes me overlook the problems I had with the book because I need to know what happens next! Talk about an ending that leaves you wanting more. I think the story next will probably be better than in this book.
I had a lot of issues with his books. Redeeming factors: Unique male love interest and a great set-up for the second book.
Posted September 9, 2012
This is an great story! I like that stories like this get so in depth with emotions and time!
So, the part that I enjoyed most about the story, is when Heather wakes up. I really like her searching her mind for clues, lost pieces of what is and what is not. Though, the reader doesn't get much of Heather in the present tense, but more of the past tense, For me, the present tense is much more emotional. The confusion and anger that she bears really spun me for a ride!
The love interest is okay but not completely set. Oh, it may seems like it, but I have a strong feeling that in the next book the author is going to through a fast one on the reader. Heather is a type a girl who won't let things go. And that frustrates me! I mean really CHICK! Really!
Now, my only gripe about this book is the switching back and forth from past to present tense. Just when I am getting use to being in one period the author changes to another. Not to mention that it just landed on you. One minute past, the next BOOM!, the present. Even though I did like going back and forth, I felt the transition was too much. Know what I mean?
Reflection is a wonderful start to a great series. Vivid and life-like, the reader gets a great in-depth view of being in Heather's shoes. The reader gets a good sense of the plot pacing allowing the reader to immerse themselves in the authors writing. Blending a real life situations, it doesn't take long for the reader to get caught up inn moments. Reflection is awesome.
Posted September 8, 2012
This book touched my soul! Honestly! I loved this book so much. It captured my attention right from the beginning, and left me open mouthed and gaping for the next installment, Reaction, ASAP! It ended off at a great moment leaving me yearning for more.
I loved the story of Heather and Nick. Reflection reminded me of a The Notebook type feeling…kinda sorta. It was a true love story that you get to watch unfold before your very eyes. The characters of Heather and Nick were real and raw, and there is absolutely no way that you won’t fall in love with either of them. Reflection played out like a movie in my mind. The role of Heather was played by Rachel McAdams, and Nick was played by Channing Tatum. Not like that will leave much relevance to the book for you, but just wanted to let you in on the scenes in my head.
The story pretty much opens up with Heather waking up from a coma after being hit by a car, and is now rehashing her memories to her doctor, trying to discern fantasy / dreams from reality. It is with these memories that we are allowed a glimpse into Heather’s soul. We learn of her fears and apprehensions of leaving her small town and her best friend Creed towards a new life in College.
We watch as Heather tries to adjust to College life, and her attempts in making new friends. We are introduced to many characters that provide the perfect backdrop to this love story. Among these new found friends, we also get to meet Nick Richards. Sexy, mysterious, sweet, gorgeous Nick. As I’m sure with many other readers of this book, I though Nick was a bit of a jerk in the beginning. What, with his all too sure of himself attitude, and his snappy remarks to fellow classmates. But underneath all of that, we find … dare I say… the perfect guy. I kid you not, I fell for Nick more and more with each passing page. I saw Nick through the Heather’s eyes, and I couldn’t help but feel how she felt. With Heather’s simple ways and adorable personality in contrast with Nicks quiet, more stand offish ways, these two individuals finding each other was really a wonderful thing to witness.
The beautiful thing about Reflection is yes, we are aware that the tale being told by Heather is from her memories, but we get to watch this couple slowly come together and find love. After the darkness and sadness in their lives…there was love. And not only was there love, but we get to witness Heather fall in love all over again with the help of these memories. It was truly, a beautiful thing.
Reflection brought out a lot of emotions in me. Happiness, sadness, heartbreak, worry… you name it, and I probably felt it. And with a story of rollercoaster of emotions, you know there’s gonna be tear jerking moment. Yup, that came for me. I mean, yes, I knew that it was coming from midway through the read, but I was so absorbed in the story that when it came, it still rocked me. And then author, Jessica Roberts, does what great authors do best…they leave it with a cliff hanger.
I didn’t think that Reflection would affect me the way it did, but I would have to say that it is right up there for me alongside Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry type read. This was a fantastic read! I need to know what’s going to happen next! I need to know where things will go from here!
If you’re looking for a read that will make you smile as you read, pull at your heartstrings at just the right moments, looking for unforgettable characters that will easily find a way into you
Posted September 8, 2012
This book got a 4.5
The beginning of this book starts us at a 'before' time. Heather, the main character, is talking with her friend Creed about her leaving for college. Heather almost regrets changing Creed's plans for them, but she doesn't regret the feeling that she felt about needing to go elsewhere, and succeeding at it.
Next is 'After'. Heather wakes up in a place that she's not sure of. She comes to figure out that she's in a hospital and that she was hit by a car, her brain stem was injured, and she was in a coma. She can't really remember much until the doctor, Dr. Adams show her pictures of people she knew. He then gets her to recount her last memory, which was dreaming of a lighthouse and the ocean. Dr. Adams tells her that patients in a coma usually dream about that type of stuff because of the going on around them, i.e. an ocean for the regular intervals of food through the feeding tube, and a light house 'bright light' from the near death experience. Finally, he gets her to tell him all that she remembers of her life, thus starts the chapters of the book.
Throughout her recounting of her life at college, there is a recurring appearance of Nick Richards or 'The Hat'. Heather feels strongly for him, but she's not exactly sure why. Also, in this recounting-- or is it a dream?-- Heather keeps having dreams about an ocean, a lighthouse, and walking down the beach, holding cuddling with someone. Who is this unknown person?
During the whole story, Heather needs to figure out (mostly) one thing... What is real and what is dreamed up?
This book started out kind of confusing for me. I wasn't exactly sure at first about what was happening during the 'after'. But, then again, I did eventually get it, since I wrote a summary about it for you all.
Then, the story did start out going kind of slowly, but eventually, it did get better. I found that I actually liked this book, once I gave it a chance.
The whole time I was reading this, I was trying to figure out what Heather was trying to do... Was it real or dreamed? Sometimes, I got a little frustrated trying to figure it out, but I got through it!
I loved the whole romantical thing going on between Nick and Heather. It was... addicting. They had a lot of chemistry, and it was curious because at the beginning of the book, Heather is kind of hesitant when it comes to Nick. I'm actually kind of glad the romance thing is between Nick and Heather, and not Heather and Creed (at the beginning, that's where I thought it would be at).
So, I really did like this book. But... the speech of Heather's seemed a bit... stuffy. Every so often, I felt like I was reading one of the older novels, like Jane Eyre or Pride & Prejudice. That really bothered me a little because I kept feeling like the era was different than it really is. Otherwise, I liked the book.
BUT.... Guess what happens.... CLIFFHANGER ending. If you read this, you will NEED the next book, Reaction.
So, I gave this book a 4.5 because I couldn't give it a perfect score because of the whole... vocabulary border?
Posted September 6, 2012
First, I want to mention that this novel is New Adult, and that it is a genre that I have really grasped this year, and Reflection is just so perfect for this genre!
OMGosh this was soo good!! I was just, I don't know what to say, but this is a MUST read, and if you are just getting to read some works of New Adult, this is one to buy! Heather Robbins is one anxious young freshman girl going to college, that wants to get away from bad memories, some that include the loss of her Mother, and living with her step-father. What is hard is leaving her childhood friend, Creed, behind, but she is determined to make something of herself in a new city and new school; to start out some sort of new beginning. Her summer semester starts out with History, Creative Writing, and Track, but what she does not expect to see, or meet, or really feel anything instantly for is, Nick Richards. They do not have an easy start but something definitely forms, and for once Heather feels so comfortable, but wait...she wakes up. Heather finally wakes up from a Coma that she has been in for a while, and as she is reflecting back towards her dreams/memories, she's trying to figure out what's real/not and Heather might not be happy with the end result.
I really liked the concept, the story. It had a pretty good flow, and was written wonderfully, and I could not stop myself from turning the pages; it was definitely an addictive read! I liked how the POV shifted, but mainly we are in Heather's mind, and I really enjoyed reading her feelings/thoughts; it was just perfect. I also liked the characters as well including, Heather of course. She has a likable personality and she's a 'New Adult' trying to find herself in a new environment, and all of that is relatable, so having this story primarily in a college setting was excellent! Now...Nick. He was a very interesting male lead. I really liked him, but sometimes ok, thought he was a tad bit on the jerk side, but we get a glimpse of his mysterious past that has some traits of tragedy, and then I understood, why he is the way he is. But then the ending was...WOW...not kidding. I really don't want to give too much, but by the end, you will definitely want to read the next book in this series: Reaction. And yes, there's a second book, and just so much needed!! I have read the first chapter, and instantly know this is going to be a tear jerker, but I'm so ready to read this, when it comes out, sometime this Fall! This is a Novel, that I really hope you read, and I so Recommend it! 4.5/5
Posted September 5, 2012
Reflection took my breath away. Jessica Roberts stole ever piece of my heart with Heather and Nick’s romance. Reflection is a totally heart-wrenching love story. I have read many, many romance novels, but this is beyond the most beautiful love story I have read in a long time. Roberts absolutely blew my mind with this story. Roberts is an incredibly talented writer and storyteller, I'm so glad she's writing a sequel and there’s more to come with Heather and Nick’s romance.
Heather is off to College and leaving her best friend, Creed, behind. After her Mother died four years before to cancer, she must get away from her stepfather who's a drunk and the small town she grew up in Nevada. Heather has two rules she lives by since her mother's death. One: don't get close to anyone, and two: don't talk about her past. Creed and Vindra are the only ones she has let into her life, and only regret of leaving her small town. But she feels like she has to do this if she’s ever going to have a life.
When Heather gets to college and meets the mysterious gorgeous Nick, he turns her life upside down and even though she doesn't want to fall in love with the rude bad boy, she does. But she’s unsure of this life with Nick after she wakes up from a coma in the hospital. Now she has to find the truth; if Nick is the guy she fell in the most beautiful once in life love with? Or is he just a dream she’s had while in the coma? Heather finally finds out from Creed, who’s been by her side the whole time in the hospital that she has been in the coma for almost three years. Heather’s love for Nick and the life she thinks she has with him is what kept her a live the last three years in the coma. But know that she awake why isn't Nick the one that’s been by her side for the last three years? I can't give anymore away with Heather and Nick’s heart-breaking romance, you will have to trust me when I say, that it’s so intense, unique, and beautiful romance, that you need to discover the truth for yourself.
Reflection’s cliffhanger ending left me in aching torture with my heart bleeding for Heather and Nick’s once in a lifetime true love and with the sneak peek of the first chapter at the end of Reflection that Roberts give you to her next book Reaction only made me scream that I need this book now! I highly recommend Reflection has a must, must read!
Posted September 5, 2012
Stick with it to the end, it is really worth the read.
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. It took awhile to get into it. In fact, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it. But once I was about halfway through Reflection, the story started moving and I couldn't put it down. I read every free chance I had.
Heather is in a coma. When she wakes up, she begins to tell the memories she has to the doctor. These memories were so well written. The reader could see in the "reflections" what were true memories and what parts of those memories were influenced by her hospital surroundings and environment. Heather had amazing recollection and details in her memories. (And, yes, I realize this is a book and that these details are important to the story but my impression was that of amazement at her retelling.)
The two male main characters - Nick and Creed - were also great characters. They are very different from one another yet you can see how they each would fit into Heather's life. Nick, the boyfriend, seemed rather aloof to me even when they were together. I think there is more in his past than what we are told. We are given brief glimpses into his history, but not too much because the glimpses are only what Heather remembers. Creed is the old friend who has known Heather for a long time. He is a true friend and I kind of feel bad for him.
I was happy with how this story ended. It ended in the right place and in the right way, in my opinion. The story would not have been as believable had it ended any other way. I can't wait for the sequel. I want to know what happens next.
Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. Stick with it to the end, it is really worth the read.
Will I read it again: I doubt that I will but I definitely want to read the next book in this series, Reaction.
Posted September 3, 2012
This is one of those books that I'm happy that I haven't read a blurb. I had no idea about whole coma story and I was really surprised when I figured it out. I believe those who know first part of the book could've been boring. But let's start from the beginning.
Heather is a girl living in the small town and after a lot of bad things that have happened to her she wants to escape and start all over. Only person worth remembering is her friend Creed and well her employee Grandma V. She moves to bigger city and starts college. She has her apartment, job, finds new friends and among them is mysterious guy called Nick. As you start enjoying the story you find out that those are actually her memories and that she is in coma. Suddenly you start reading faster than you can just to see what on earth happened. You're confused cause you don't know what is real and what is her imagination.
I've read other reviews and talked to some bloggers and few of them said that they were confused with the point of view. Cause while you're read the book you mostly read about Heather's memories, but from time to time the doctor jumps in with some question (FYI, she is telling the doctor her memories). For me sometimes I was confused as well. Another time I was happy for that switch, cause Heather's story at some point became little bit boring. Too much details and sometimes repeating for my taste.
Then after you're so close to the ending of the book...how to put it you survive one shock, at least I did. When I figured what and how everything happened. For those people who don't like unfinished ends this end could be a problem. Until you find out that there will be a sequel!
Speaking of which I can't wait to read it, cause I really, really, really wanna know what will happen. But really, you know REALLY! Uh, this is killing me!
All in all...solid 4 stars for this book.
Posted July 2, 2012
Words elude me. This story is so intense, so real, so affectingly beautiful and heartbreaking. Reflection is full of emotion and by the end, my heart was ready to burst.
We start off Heather, who wakes up after being in a coma for two years and seven months. Then, we get a retelling of her memories six months before the accident. Her start of college, and the amazing moments she has with Nick Richards. The memories of her growing into someone new and the beautiful memories of her falling in love. But, was everything she dreamed real or a lie? And now, two years later, will her life ever be able to be how she wanted it to be?
Once we start getting into Heather's memories, the book completely takes off and captures all of your attention. She was definitely different than most protagonists you read about. Ever since her mother's death, she's created a wall, sworn off getting to close to any one. She's also so curious and inexperienced that it was fun to watch her discover the world around her. By the end, I commend Heather for her strength. She's just come out of a coma, and her world is so altered, so unsure of anything she missed, so heart-breaking. I cannot wait to see how she continues her life in the sequel.
Nick.. Oh Nick. I loved watching him slowly crack open through Heather's memories. He's so brooding, so closed off in the beginning, and watching him taunt and smile and just be his sexy self made me grew to love him. Or maybe it was the fact that he wears sweat pants and a tee to a party, or that I want to play the torture game with him. Or that he draws and plays guitar. Regardless, Nick is so intense and I loved every moment of his and Heather's relationship.
Another thing I love is that this book is considered what we call "New Adult". It's a college setting and I absolutely adored it. It made so, so happy to see such an amazing book in this category! Plus the cover... is stunning!!
I was so silent reading the ending, I actually think I held breath while reading. Then, the preview for the sequel completely jumped on my heart and stomped it to a million pieces. Basically I was like "there goes all my hope..." but alas, that spark is still there and I am rooting for the happily ever after. Reflection was absolutely amazing and by the end emotionally draining. I absolutely am counting down the days until the sequel, Reaction, is released.
Posted June 25, 2012
I thought Reflection was perfect, my emotions were everywhere and the chemistry between Heather and Nick OMG! In Jessica Roberts novel, Reflection the characters, writing and romance where out of this world beautiful! The setting is college which is unique because there is independence, and romance. This was different than any other novel I have read. It started off a little slow but then all the events of her being in a coma. It is written with Heather past as she remembers her past as well as where she is when she wakes up in the hospital. Jessica Roberts writing is addictive and beautiful that you will not be able to put this book down.
I loved all of the characters. After reading the novel you really bond with them all and I love how everything unfolded. You can really relate to Heather's personality because I was nervous, shy a little nerdy. Heather wanted to be somebody new when she came to a different school. Her relationship with Nick Richards was out of this world romantic and swoon worthy. Nick is one of those mysterious guys that you have to know and once they meet its like love at first sight but they remain friends before they enter a relationship. Nick is adorable, unique and I want one of him! I loved how the relationship wasn't a insta-love thing also because everything they did was adorable. All the secondary characters were hilarious. I could gush about this book all day because its amazing, emotional and full of twists and turns.
As the book goes on the relationship and the novel takes a turn as we learn how Heather got into a coma. But looking into Heather's memories of Nick were unforgettable moments because it made you laugh, and I loved how they started to fall in love by starting to be friends. Now the ending, the ending was mouth-dropping because it had me in tears, and now I get to wait for the sequel which comes out in the fall 2012 which seems like forever because that ending was OMG and I think I am addicted to this author now. I definitely recommend this book to ANYBODY because its amazing and Jessica Roberts is a great writer!!
Posted June 23, 2012
Heather or Heath as her best friend Creed calls her is about to take a very important step in her life since graduating from high school. She's going to college at Washington University starting in four days. Creed isn't happy about Heather leaving yet accepts her reasons why she's doing it this soon. Heather isn't like most young people going off to college she is trying to move forward with her life yet shuts people out of getting to know her better. Since Heather's mom passed away she's afraid of love and friendship Creed knows about Heather. Heather has rules like don't get too close and keep to yourself. All this is about to change when she meets Nick or Hat as she likes to call him. Heather is drawn to him like no else in her whole life except for her mom, Creed, and Grandma V. Nick remains aloof to her while they share two classes together. Heather wants to get to know him yet struggles to do so because of her rules. Heather slowly lets's Nick in yet doesn't tell him the truth about her family for fear he won't love or accept her. Nick likes that Heather fixes things on her own. He doesn't understand the meaning behind the ring Creed gave her. She tells him it's a promise but doesn't explain further. Heather asks Nick to talk about himself yet he counters no promises. Heather has been in an accident and coma yet remembers dreaming about Nick. Where is Nick? Why is Creed here? How long was the coma? Why did Heather dream and think while in a coma? Your answers await you in Reflection.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2012
Reading the synopsis I was interested in reading this. I started the book and was at first frustrated because I wanted to know exactly what was going on, or at least a clue. I wanted to know why Heather is so insecure and why she is afraid of making close relationships with others. Soon though, I was immersed in Heather's world and her feelings for Nick. As I got further enmeshed in Nick and Heather's exchange I was almost fearing the end. I had several thoughts of what was going to happen. And while the ending was bittersweet for me, I can't wait for the next book and see where things go from where it left off. So many questions spinning through my head as to what happens next. Hope and fear. As you can tell, I really got sucked into this book and I am so glad I signed up for it. Many thanks to the author for letting me read this! Now I just hope to be in the know for when the next book Reaction comes out in the fall of this year. I just have to know what is to come for Heather. Over all I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was just that damn good! Not to mention the sneak peek didn't help at all...
*Note to self (that's me) mark the calendar to keep an eye out for Reaction later this year...
Posted June 12, 2012
This story was unlike anything I have ever read. At first, it made me a little frustrated. I kept thinking, can we get on with it?? Stop interrupting Doc! Once I got the hang of it, I was eager for more. This book will draw you in and not let you go!! I did NOT know it was the first of a series, but liked the sneak peak of Book 2 included....Cannot wait for the next one which is due to be released this fall!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2012
I won't make this review too long, but this book has a great story and serves as a thoroughly enjoyable read. I didn't know that there was to be a sequel to this book when I started to read it, and now I'm anxiously waiting for it to come out in the fall. I recommend this novel to anyone who favors romance. I can't wait to see how this love story turns out in the end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.