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Posted May 11, 2014
This book should have been longer. Too much happened in this story, so much so that I didn't find any of it believable. The character development was lacking (Victoria's didn't seem believable in such a short time) and the plot was mostly filled with useless and irrelevant information that didn't really relate to anything that was going on in the scenes they were in. And I actually felt that a 1st person narrative would have been much better for how this was set up. Also, the book needed to be seriously edited. Stealing Promises had such... Well, promise. I'd been really looking forward to this book, but nothing about it worked for me.
Posted February 9, 2014
Stealing Promises is a book about grief and how you overcome grief. This book was given to me by the author and Paranormal &
Romance Authors That Rock for an honest review. Victoria Blane is a pre-law college student in her last year prior to going off to law
school at Yale or Harvard. She is a type A personality who doesn't like surprises and likes to plan her life out. Victoria's father is an
accomplished lawyer himself and has always provided for the family. Victoria is in love with her best friend, Levi Manor, who we discover
in the beginning of the book becomes her fiance. Victoria's life is turned upside down when she witnesses Levi's death. She is
overcome with grief and doesn't know how to live her life anymore and doesn't know if she wants to without the love of her life. She
experiences an overwhelming grief and doesn't know how to get past it. Her parents hire a grief counselor, Kate, to help their daughter.
This book is mainly about the persevering nature of love and life and how friends and loved ones must continue on after the death of
someone you love. Victoria goes through some very dark periods, but eventually does move on with her life. In the end, the experiences
Victoria has shape her life and take her in a different direction than she had originally planned. Overall this book was good, not great. It
was a short, easy read. I give it 3 out of 5 fangs.
Posted January 22, 2014
Victoria and Levi are childhood friends turned lovers. They didn't save themselves. They dated other people. Had a life. But they just realized that they were better together. Their relationship is sweet and genuine and you can tell that they really adore each other. However, the happily ever after and the life that Victoria and Levi had planned is shattered when Levi is ripped away from her. This throws her into a depression that she can't make it out of alone.
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand I really enjoyed it, but on the other, I feel as if there are one too many issues with it that kept me from loving it.
There's a lot of time spent building up Victoria and Levi's relationship. I know we're meant to try to understand how much he meant to her, but for me, it was lacking passion. However, I didn't really start feeling anything until it hit the pivot point. When Levi was taken away, I felt for Victoria. She was destroyed and that I understood. Her grief, her depression, I felt. It wasn't until he was gone that I felt her love for him. Everything before that felt... well, routine. Victoria's anguish was well-portrayed.
I also think something that would have made me love this book would have been more time spent with Victoria and Brighton. He was a new start for her, but his part of the book was really short and lacked substance. Victoria and Brighton had a lot in common, and he had the potential to be a great character if more time had been spent defining him. I get that this part of the book was about Victoria learning to live her life, and learning to rethink what she thought was her future, but if Brighton was going to be a part of that, why not carry it all the way through?
I love the relationship that forms between Victoria and Kate. Even though Kate was just doing her job, the two quickly began to deeply care about each other. I think this showed most when, even though Kate's job was done, Victoria still cared about Kate's input and opinion on her choices. She didn't lean on her to the point that she couldn't think for herself, but more that she wanted her approval, since she knew that Kate was one person who would tell her the truth. I feel she was trying to prove herself to Kate. Trying to prove that she could live again like Kate had told her she could.
Overall, I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. I would like to love it. Since I felt like Stealing Promises was rather short, if there were a second, I would probably love it. But as it stands, I enjoyed it.
Posted January 20, 2014
Victoria Blane and Levi Manor have already planned their lives together. Their relationship might not be perfect, but they knew they were in for the long-haul. Then, a tragedy strikes, promises were broken, Victoria was left alone, consumed with grief and struggling to move on from the horrific event she had experienced.
She had loved Levi all her life, and to live without him – she did not even consider it possible. It took some time, a desperate cry for help and a very determined friend to pull her up from her stupor.
Then there’s Brighton Hanley – he too have lost someone. He knows what it feels like to have a heart filled with grief that you think you have no room for more in there. When he met Victoria, he understands how she felt, the pain was radiating off her. But it didn’t stop him from wanting her –
Victoria likes Brighton – but she never knows if she’ll ever be ready to replace Levi in her heart. Brighton is patient, he’s always there, he never pushes himself, and he had given her the time and space to heal. The real question is though, is she ready to give him a piece of her heart?
Stealing Promises is a short, emotional read. You will feel Victoria’s struggle to go through with life, her intense grief as she wakes up and realize Levi would never be able to fulfill his promises, and hope as Kate and Brighton comes into her life. It’s a story of love, second chances, moving on and life filled with hope and endless possibilities.
¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
Posted January 16, 2014
By Brina Courtney
¿¿¿Given a copy of this book for an honest review for Nerd Alert Book Love Blog ¿¿¿
At the start of the story you meet Victoria, a college student, a very type A personality, and comes from money. She is studying to be a lawyer and following in her father's footsteps. Her biggest decision right now seems to be deciding between Yale and Harvard.
"...Levi? Do you promise to take care of me?..."
Victoria is in love and dating her long time friend Levi. They met as children because his father, a a cop, works closely with her father. They grew up very close. They decided to take their close friendship to the next level one night at a party together.
"...and I never had a choice in loving you..."
Levi struggles with commitment because of his mother leaving when he was a young child. But after a weekend alone together in a cabin Levi gave Victoria a promise ring.
"...A promise that I will never stop loving you..."
A night out to celebrate Victoria's best friend Claire's twenty first birthday, Levi surprised Victoria with keys to an apartment for them. A night of celebration turned into the ultimate heartbreaking tragedy.
"...I'll always be close, I promise. Love you..."
After losing what she loves the most Victoria falls into a very dark place. And family is so worried about her after she locks herself in her bed for days and does not come out. They hire a grief counselor, Kate.
"...He was my life..."
Victoria's world got a little darker and she attempted to end her sadness and nightmares. But with the help from Kate, Victoria fought through her anger and her guilt and looked to find some kind of closure. Kate and her best friend Claire helped her find the ability to save herself through the grief and the pain.
"...You can do this, just one step at a time. .."
Victoria finally decides to move on with her life by moving away and finishing school. She gets an apartment with Claire and decides not to pursue becoming a lawyer. Taking advice from Kate, Victoria decides to attend a grief counseling group on campus.
"...We're so glad you decided to join us today Victoria. I know I am..."
Victoria meets Brighton, who is in charge of the grief counseling group. They share and instant friendship. With a bit of a push from Kate, Victoria and Brighton begin to build a close friendship with the possibility of more to come.
"...I'm not ready yet. I want to be, but I'm not. .."
Brighton has experienced his on tragic loss as well which gives him the compassion to understand what Victoria is going through and the patience to not push her. But they work together to help each other move on from their grief and build a new life and future.
Brina Courtney is a young adult author who really knows how to tell a tale of great tragedy and the rebuilding of your heart and life after moving on. This is a beautiful tale of a young woman's struggle after losing what she loves the most and finding the ability to move on and find love and happiness again. I look forward to seeing what else Brina has written! I gladly give her a Nerd Alert B++ or 4.5 stars.
Posted January 15, 2014
Stealing Promises is a book that starts out with the love story of Levi and Victoria. The beginning of the book takes us on their journey of love, and the hope of so much more, a future together, forever. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes leaving Victoria alone, with feelings of guilt.
Her parents try everything to get her to overcome her grieving by hiring a grief counselor who continually pushes Victoria to start living again and after awhile, she is finally able to.
She ends up moving and trying to finish up her college career, and trying to be comfortable with her new life, when in comes Brighton. Someone who can understand her past, someone who might just want to be a part of her future.
This is a really good read. It certainly made me cry because I was expecting a little bit of a different story, however, that is how you grab a reader's attention. I was definitely pulled in and did not take long to finish the book at all. While it was necessary to have Levi and Victoria’s story, I would love to see more of Brighton and Victoria’s story as well. If you are looking for something new to read, get a copy today, you will be happy that you did!
Posted October 5, 2012
To be honest... It's just too depressing for me. I try to stay on the life goes on and were happy kind of books so I just didn't like the ending I wish there was something more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2012
Their Promise is a sweet short story. The description leaves much to the imagination and I had no real idea of what this book was about. I won't go into it because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I didn't think I'd cry because it was so short, I didn't think I'd connect with the character's pain; but surprisingly, I did. Very well written. Only gave it 3 stars, but it was more like 3.5 stars.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2012
I though this novella was a great look into young love and how powerful it can be. Young people are often told because they are young thatthey don't know what love is. In all honesty I believe the opposite is true. They know real love because young love is uncomplicated and not usually messy. Wish it had been a bit longer with more time to get to know Hannah and Chase.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 4, 2012
WOW! I love it when I find a book that just reaches in and rips the emotions right out of you. I had read other reviews where people said the cried thru half the story. Well I've heard that before about other books. Once in awhile it holds true, most often it does not. This time it was true. I found myself tearing up, weeping and outright sobbing during this book. Typically with young adult and many times with adult romance books, we get carbon copy happily ever after stories not that there is anything wrong with that because I do love happy endings. However this one takes you on a ride. It is certainly not what you expect going in. And that is not to say that it doesn't have a happy ending. I believe it does... just a completely different one than you'd expect.
This is a novella so less than a 100 pages. Normally novellas leave me wanting more but with this one I am not sure that I would've been able to handle a longer book. Great story!
Posted September 4, 2012
I have been wondering what can I possible say about this story that will be helpful for other readers, and the only thing that comes to mind is to say is READ IT. I am sure this story will touch everyone in a different way, because well... we are all different, but I can guarantee that it will be a story easy to relate to. I have to admit this book made me cry several times (tear-Jerker story for sure). I had to take breaks often because it just was so touching, so real. It is very easy to relate to the emotions throughout the story. This book truly submerges you into the character's emotions. Some readers might think this book is about love, loss, heartbreak, survival and everyone will be correct. It is about life. It is about living. It is about surviving and living through the gifts and obstacles life throws at us. I love the fact that at the very end (this is not a spoiler), it provides enough information that would help others. I can't wait to read what else this author has to offer. Brina Courtney... thanks for sharing your work and for reaching to help others with your story. Good Job!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 3, 2012
I went into reading Brina’s novella with no knowledge of what it’s about. (Aside from it being New Adult contemporary.) I’m so happy I did! Because of the length of shorter works, I’m always hesitant to review them. There’s not much you can say without spoiling the entire thing!
Hannah and Chase are young, but completely devoted to one another. It’s the sort of love we imagine and hope to one day have. It is perfect. Typically that would be dull, but Courtney manages it so well that you can’t help but fall a bit complacent in this happy place.
Then comes along major twist comes from out of nowhere and shattered that “happy place”. Their Promise captures that pain so well. I’m a super sensitive person – one of those that can’t watch some commercials on TV without tearing up (or, you know, sobbing in some cases).
I’ve always lived with the assumption that a truly fabulous book (or novella) will bring out a variety of emotions. It will make you feel. Courtney’s Their Promise fits in that category flawlessly.
I received my copy of Their Promise from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Posted August 31, 2012
I have been a Brina Courtney fan ever since I read the first Chapter of reveal ( #1 in the Crypid tales series ), and then wanted to bow at her feet when I finished Capture. So it's no surprise that I was jumping on the bandwagon to check out her first YA contemporary!
Now.. I am not a contemporary fan to be honest. Mostly just because... well it's too.. real! I tend to be an emotional person and get really sucked into the stories and end up far too attached.
BUT this was Brina's writing and I had to give it a shot.
Cried, glared at the pages, shook my fists. And wished for more!
I will always hesitate when opening a contemporary book. But I have faith now that if Brina Courtney is writing it, I won't be disappointed, and all the emotions will be well worth it.
It is a heartbreaking story that will have you totally invested in the characters. The only downfall is that it is a novella! I want more Brina! MORE haha. I cannot wait to see what else this Author has in store for us readers. Whether it be paranormal or contemporary, I will be waiting in line.
Posted August 29, 2012
It’s not often that a book has a description as short as this book does. It’s just three sentences, but those sentences tell so much. The description sums up a key moment in the book, but there is also so much more before and after that moment that adds to the readers enjoyment.
This novella was recommended to me by another great author of contemporary YA and I’m glad I didn’t hesitate to buy it. I started it in the morning and had to force myself to put it down every now and then to get “real world things” done. I was hooked from the beginning by the very well written romance between the main character Hannah and the love of her life Chase.
When I got near the halfway mark in this book I had a clear prediction of where I saw the story going. Then it was shattered completely without much warning at all. I was completely caught off-guard by the major plot twist that occurred and I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It’s hard to shock me like this, I applaud the author here.
From there the story continues, sometimes at a slower pace because not as much happens. This isn’t a terrible thing. The story needs to slow down and have nothing happen in order to convey just what’s going on in Hannah’s life. I can’t talk too much on that in order to avoid spoiling too much. Spoilers would be very easy to give out for this story, so I’m trying to be very vague. Especially vague for the second half.
For this second half, unlike the first, I couldn’t really make a clear prediction of the ending. There were so many possible outcomes, but I was happy in the end. It was what I wanted, especially out of the more severe situations I could have thought up.
This was a great novella to pick up. It wasn’t the happiest at time, to put it kindly. There are many emotions that get played with throughout the book. Be ready to smile, laugh, and cry with this one. I mean that in the best way possible.