My name is Reyna Miracle. Even though a part of my name is Miracle, there's nothing miraculous about me. My body portrays the tales of my life. Every feeling, every heartbreak, every emotion. Marked. Inked. Stained. A walking canvas of my messed up truth.
But there's one confession I can't put in a tattoo. A confession that will kill me to tell, but my best friend died before I had the chance.
Now I'm left with him. The only one who can hold me in the night and squeeze that spot on my neck that feels like my lifeline between sanity and chaos.
But we don't work together. We're absolute poison for each other. We're a stifling, suffocating, sickness of darkness.
But I feel safe...because I've made an art of pushing people away.
Now he's pushing back....
And making me believe....
Making me wonder....
Maybe, just maybe....
I could be the one.
©2015 Amy Daws (P)2016 Amy Daws
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"Something different for a change!"
I had a hard time rating this book. I enjoyed the writing style and the story line but I did have a few issues with this book. The characters for one were very hard to connect with for me. Reyna was way to much a drama queen for me. I get that she knew loss but it felt like an excuse to be damaged too me (especially the whole sisters thing). She was a love tornado, taking down every man in her wake and turning a blind eye to their feelings claiming no one could love her. Her now best friend Hayden is an alcoholic with issues stemming from his sisters death. They are a terrible pair, they fed into each others problems and she is blind to all the issues their friendship creates for him especially. Liam is her "dead best friends fiancé", she has a history with him and she runs, crushing him when he needs her most. I loved his character even though he dealt with way more crap then I would have. In the end I love that all of these characters found their way and grew. Even though I had things I didn't like, this book did exactly what a book should, it sucked me in from page one and I didn't stop until it was over. The story line, the writing, the narration and the great cover is why I gave it 4 stars.
The narration was good. At first I didn't think I'd enjoy the accents but I got used to them very quickly.
"Interesting Emotional Story"
The narration was great and brought the book to life for me.
This was a realistic story that goes back and forth telling the story about Reyna and Liam.
Reyna is broken and carry the burden of having cheated on her best friend Melissa. Reyna has spiraled out of control after the death of her best friend. Flashbacks from 3 years prior show just how deep the past still haunts her.
Liam sees her 3 years after their graduation and tries to approach her. She is full of doubts, regrets, and unwanted feelings. She doesn't usually let anyone in but when things go too far, she has to evaluate her life, get help, and see herself in a different light.
Reyna has vivid dreams that caused a bit of confusion for me a few times. The timeline back and forth is a bit choppy at times.
One of my favorite characters was Frank.
Overall, this is a very emotional story and truly quite different than what I'm used to reading. I did enjoy it quite a bit.
I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
"Poignant, realistic story of life, love & loss"
Not the One is a beautiful story about Reyna Miracle and the tragedies that have shaped her life. There were so many powerful moments that anyone who has experienced loss can truly identity with. This isn't your typical boy meets girl, things go awry and then they make up and the world is perfect. You really feel the struggles of all the characters. It's imperfect and touching and will reach your heart in a way many books don't. There is also humor from the wacky Brits that Amy Daws loves to write about that will keep you laughing.
The narrator definitely had some issues with the male voices/accents but I still HIGHLY recommend this book. Looking forward to more from Amy Daws!
Absolutely, because this book is about second changes and conquering obstacles if one is dedicated .
The most memorable moment was when Rena's mom tells her how she really feels about Rena's choices for the first time.
She brings life to the story and her British accent was right on. She brings out Rena's spunky attitude.
Yes I really wanted to know what happened because I got caught up in the story with the characters.
"Wonderful story of heartbreak and redemption"
I love this narrator. She breathed life into these characters with her accents and her tone. I still hear them in my head. I am new to audio books but if this is th etalent I have been missing I am definitely gonna start buying more.
This book hurt my heart. It was such a sad, tragic story that I thought for sure was not going to end the way I expected it too. I have never been so happy to be wrong!
I get her guilt, but the real stand out for me was Liam. His vulernability still gives me the shivers. And Hayden's downward spiral was painful to listen to as well.
The ending kinda blew me away, it wasn't rushed, like, she wasn't better overnight. She had a constant struggle to come to terms with her skewed verson of herself she saw in the mirror every morning. It fit in just right for me. I am for sure going to read the next one.
"Lost in Translation"
It was a very well written and thought out book ,but the lead female got on my nerves from the beginning of the book until the end. She was a whining ,simpering mess that I could not relate to. By the end of the book I wasn't even sure if I wanted her to have a happy ending or not.
"A heartbreaking beautiful story..."
I liked this book! It is heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. I loved the ending! Reyna is a beautiful young woman who falls in love and tries to fight it the entire time . Reyna also is the sole living child of quintuplets. As life come full circle for her, we get a birds-eye view of how she feels fro the inside.
This is my first read by the author, Amy Daws. I have to say I liked the book. Miss Daws has a creative view for books and a way of expressing emotions thru her words.The narrator, Cassandra Trullo did a great job o the delivery of this story. I loved all the different voices and her accents are spot on! It was a very smooth read.
I received this audiobook as a gift to introduce me to author's writing. I liked it and decided to leave a review for it.
"4 Searching Stars"
This was a pretty intense book, emotional, and a little heart breaking too.
So much loss it’s hard to see the light with how much Reyna has to go through. I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say we have familial loss and friend loss and then a lot of self-destruction.
But it’s also a story of hop and finding yourself through the darkness. Maybe even a little self-discovery and know when something is bad for you when to let go. And when to fight, for what you truly want.
Some of the time I didn't really like Reyna I kind of wanted to shake her and be like it’s not all about you!! Can’t you see what you’re doing or what is happening around you!!
I loved Hayden her best friend, you can’t help but feel for the guy and understand why he does the things he does.
Liam I kind of wanted to punch in the face too esp. near the endish.. I mean dude… DUDE!!
But I guess that kind of what makes a good book right when you want to shake and hug and punch the characters and you still want to finish the book?? So over all I enjoyed this book!!
*All my Reviews are 100% honest and my own.*
"I love book"
This was a tragic and love story that is of epic proportion I would recommend this book to everyone. It helps us understand the struggles of every day life.
"Tired of women with built in excuses to be lousy."
I have been reading so much fantasy, blood and swords, I needed a reprieve, something light and enjoyable. This book missed the mark. The protagonist had no reason to be such a mess. I could not sympathize with her, I could not feel her pain. Her pain was her own invention. Also, the dreams utero/neonatal memories were a bit much. Her self esteem was so low and she was a royal muck up, but she was able to get into Oxford. Some reality would have made this better. Seems like I'm still reading fantasy. Abercrombie, I'm back.
No, I can't condemn an entire genre for the failings of one book.
When the protagonist got busted by her "desire" after sleeping with her "safety". This is after sleeping with her heart's desire the previous night. Oh yes this is forever material.
Disappointment. I always finish books no matter what, I knew an hour in that little adventure would be a regret.
The author actually had good technique, the story was just a mess.
Loving this series so much, but I've got to say I struggled to be sympathetic to Reyna. I found her to be cruel, selfish and pretty much, not a nice person. She was a dreadful best friend, girlfriend and daughter. I loved the story, and I loved the the characters (all except Reyna). Liam was adorable, maybe even perfect, I loved that all the characters tie in with each other from previous and future books. Second chance, friends to lovers, love story. A must for Amy Daws fans. I can't seem to get enough of this series.
"Love this book"
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I have to say that when I started this book, I really thought I wasn't going to enjoy it. I didn't take to the lead Reyna and thought I was going to struggle but then boom, I was 50% in, really routing for Rey and thought there's no way I can stop now, I have to finish this book to see how everything pans out.
This is not a sickly sweet romance. The characters are dark and gritty and the story covers some real emotional topics, but for me, that's what makes this book stand out. Interesting and engrossing characters that are multi dimensional and when the characters do have that edge to them it makes the romance and HEA all the sweeter.
I had not read anything from Amy before but that won't be the case after this. I hadn't read the previous books in this series and didn't feel I missed out so would definitely say this could be read as a S/A. I would more than happily recommend this book.
I have to say that when I initially started listening to this, I wasn't sure I would be able to continue as the British accents were too Dick Van Dyke circa Mary Poppins, but thankfully I did get used to it and once I was able to push it to the back. That being sais, I did enjoy this on audio and it is a great book.
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