Sunday, February 2, 2014

Book review of Running on Empty by Colette Ballard

      ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.



What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember.


       ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

WHOAH! WHAT. A. BOOK. What really grabbed my attention was the synopsis. I didn't think I would love it based on the cover (I know, I know... Shame on me!)

Right from the very first page I was totally hooked. The pacing and the flow to this was absolutely wonderful! Yes, some of it is far fetched but that's what makes this book so enthralling.

OK- so River kills her boyfriend, Logan, in self defense and has to skip town because his family is very powerful in their community. The minute I met Logan I thought "This bitch can't possibly be digging this jerk!" BUT she was. River has incredibly low self esteem and a real shitty family life which leads her to make some really stupid choices when it comes to Logan. She is blind to what everyone around her sees because she truly thinks that Logan loves her even though she has friends who truly do care for her. #frustrating but realistic. 

River's childhood friend, Justice, wins book boyfriend of the year so far! What a sweet and caring man. I fell head over heels for him. Swoooooooooon. Right off the bat I was rooting for Justice and River. I know that they've been biffles forever but I kept cheering them on! I LOVED THIS romance. It made such perfect sense.

The only thing that kept this from being five stars is that there was a point where the story felt too long. But other than that this book is quite the thrilling emotional roller coaster. The depth to the characters and to the plot makes it so believable. Betsy recommended! :)

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