Friday, March 21, 2014

Review of All About You by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Title: All About You (Love & Hate #1)
Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz
Genre: New Contemporary Romance
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: March 7, 2014

I start hating Oliver just after his older brother Christian’s death. I drag him down a road of humiliation and pain to try to cope with what his brother did to me.
A few months after Christian’s passing, Oliver leaves town, and for the next two years, he is absent from my life. The demons claw their way back in, and I must learn to live with the secret that has destroyed me. 

Now I’m starting a new life, away from Gargle and away from my past, but everything crashes when I see Oliver the first day at university. It’s clear that many things have changed since we’ve been apart. Now he is captain of the rugby team and the most popular bloke on campus.
Then he makes a bet and gives me an ultimatum: I leave Braxton forever and start somewhere else, or I stay and play his game… because he’s never forgotten that it was me who ruined his life two years ago.

It seems to me our world has changed so much since I was of college age. Now, young women have to deal with a lot of problems that somehow never affected me when I was their age.

This is the case with India. She has already survived abuse of the worst kind at the hands of her high school boyfriend Christian. She has even survived the death of Christian and the implosion of her feelings for Oliver, Christian's brother.

She has been trying to pull herself together and move on with her life. She has kept the secret of Christian's abuse all this time. Only one other person knows the truth... Christian's mother. She has also kept the secret and never shared it. Not even India's mother knows what Christian did to India.

Now that Oliver and India are both at the same college, I was hoping that somehow they would bridge the hate gap that developed after Christian's death. India has a lot to account for since she was the one who hurt Oliver; bullied him and drove him to this hate relationship with her.

The love affair that develops between India and Oliver is heartwarming. Just when I thought things were going to work out for them...OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! The biggest plot twist of them all!

I warn you, this ends in a cliffhanger ... heart wrenching! All About Me will be the sequel. It is my hope our author will produce this gem in the near future and will not leave us hanging for a long time.

About the Author

Joanna Mazurkiewicz was born in Poland. She moved to United Kingdom when she was only nineteen and just finished high school. She had aspired to be a writer upon completion of the Harry Potter series but also enjoyed reading books like 'Gone with the Wind', 'Animal Farm' and 'The doll'. She graduated from Swansea University with a bachelor degree in American Studies. While studying in the UK she made a decision to start writing fiction in English.

The "Whispers of the Sprite" is her first debut novel and she is currently working on the second book in the series. Joanna lives in Cowbridge, a small town in South Wales near Cardiff with her boyfriend Bruce. She enjoys cycling around Welsh countryside some of which has become the settings in her first series.

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