Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Take It All by Emma Grayson

***Inspired by true events***
Judy Garland said it best, ‘For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed but my soul.’

If you asked her why she loved him, she would only be able to tell you it was because he was who he was and well, she was who she was.

Plain and simple.

All her life Lennox Ward felt incomplete. That her heart was always searching for that one special thing; that special someone she had yet to find.

Then Caleb Kingston came strolling back into her life unexpectedly, and little did she know her world was about to come crashing down around her; forever shattering it.

Is love enough to conquer all?

Will she be able to lead them out of hell and off their path of self destruction?

Or will Caleb take it all?

*This book contains mature subject matter and is not intended for those under 17 years of age.*

My Thoughts:
Take it All tells the story of two souls destined to be together but have all the odds stacked up against them. Caleb and Lennox were childhood best friends who secretly loved each other. They lost touch with one another when Caleb and his family moved away. As fate would have it, they meet again ten years later through a chat forum online. But they don't know who the other one is until they decide to meet for a date. When they realize who they've been chatting it up with all along, they decide they want to try and have a relationship.

Where to start? I am still sort of emotionally drained after reading Take it All. When I first started reading I was somewhat annoyed with Lennox. After all, characters like her usually annoy me. But Emma writes a note before you begin reading that the story is based off life events. So I stopped judging and ended up getting engrossed in a world that I am unfamiliar with. Such as the main character, Lennox.

Take it All deals with a very heavy subject matter. I repeat very heavy! This is not a light read about two people reconnecting and falling in love. Well it is about that but not so much a light read. It's dark and dangerous. It's opened my eyes into a lifestyle that I can't fathom being apart of.

Emma states that you don't know what a person would do for love and what you are capable of until you are put in that type of situation. I'd have to agree with her on that. The whole time I'm reading I keep wanting to hit Lennox upside the head and ask her what she is thinking. Caleb on the other hand I felt anger and resentment towards.

But as I read on, I started to feel for these characters. Caleb in particular. It was a complete 180 from how I had originally felt about him. For some reason I found myself shedding some tears for the situation he was in, then the compassion and pity came in. Like I stated above I can't even imagine being in his position! To the real Caleb out there, I'm sorry you had to go through what you did.

Before I said that it was an eye opener for me. And it was. I've never known anyone to be in the same predicament as Caleb. In a way, I am ignorant in that subject matter. But afterwards, when I finished the book, I feel like know a little bit more.

Even though Take it All has a somewhat depressing feel to it, it does have some great parts. Such as Lennox and her friends. Well, more like Raine. That guy is awesome. Lennox and Raine meet one night in a bar and the two decide to be friends. He is the epitome of what a good, no great, friend is. I think I loved him at first sight. The things he does for Lennox when she is in an emotional bind or when she finds out Caleb's secret, is just amazing.

Caleb and Lennox's love is wonderful. It's not what you would say is rainbows and unicorns. Lennox knows no boundaries. She is loyal, strong and such a good person for sticking by someone when they needed her the most. I'm ashamed to say I don't think I would have done the same. Which is why this story has had such an effect on me. I feel like if someone in my life is going through what Caleb is going though, I will think of this book and stick by that person. I will channel Lennox's strength to be compassionate to a person in need.  So i want to thank Emma, for making a person on the outside see how hard it is when you are put in a situation as hard as Lennox and Caleb.

I highly recommend reading Take it All. A book I thought I couldn't love has been bumped up to one of my favorites of the year.

*thank you to Emma for providing me with a copy for an honest review and for letting me be apart of the blog tour.
*also a huge thank you and shout out to Book Geeks Unite for being freaken awesome.

Peace out and have a lovely day<3
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  1. Ok I have read alot of reviews on this book and you have blown it out of the water, I thank you for your insite and how honest you were...I will follow your blog from this day...

    1. Anon-Thank you for your kind words, it means a lot<3


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