Book Review! *~* Dear Ava *~* by Ilsa Madden-Mills

 

DEAR AVA

BY Ilsa Madden-Mills

a gripping enemies-to-lovers, secret admirer, high school romance.

 

 

The rich and popular Sharks rule at prestigious, ivy-covered Camden Prep. Once upon a time, I wanted to be part of their world–until they destroyed me. 
 
The last thing I expected was an anonymous love letter from one of them. 
 
Please. I hate every one of those rich jerks for what they did to me. The question is, which Shark is my secret admirer? 
 
Knox, the scarred quarterback. 
Dane, his twin brother. 
Or Chance, the ex who dumped me. . . 
 
Dear Ava, 
Your eyes are the color of the Caribbean Sea. 
Wait. That’s stupid. 
What I really mean is, you look at me and I feel something REAL. 
 
It’s been ten months since you were here, but I can’t forget you. 
I’ve missed seeing you walk down the hall. 
I’ve missed you cheering at my football games. 
I’ve missed the smell of your hair. 
 

 
And then everything fell apart the night of the kegger. 
 
Don’t hate me because I’m a Shark. 
I just want to make you mine. 
Still. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Definitely was not expecting the amount of emotion the author delicately portrayed in this intensely rich drama about real life problems.  This super charged poignant tale read like an auto biography, a thriller, a suspense, and an angsty romance.  The connection between characters was instantaneous and unexpected, I felt like a friend to each one of these people, adults as well as young adults.  The fact that the author had the versatility to write about this highly sensitive and taboo topic was epic to the extreme.  Ilsa Madden-Mills put a sharp and immediate emphasis on spreading awareness of abuse on all genders. 

 

The Heroine, and I do mean heroine, Ava is a literal survivor, a true slayer and the epitome of a fighter.  I have never fell for a female character as I did for this beautiful soul and all I did throughout this thought-provoking tale was scream out loud, NO, DON’T HURT HER, NOT HER! 

The charming hero, Knox was utterly divine in his alpha protective role but not just to females, no his course was for all friends and especially FAMILY. 

 

The attention to detail the author pens about mental illness, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse is something that will stick with you for all times.  AND I THANK YOU, Ilsa Madden-Mills FOR THIS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR! ✺✺ Amber Alert Series ✺✺ by Sara Schoen!

 

AMBER ALERT (Amber Alert Series #1)

 

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to

violence and sensitive subject matter.

Anna was taken…

Taken from her home to live out a sick game that a guy has been

playing for the last ten years.

With no certainty that anyone is looking for her, and seemingly

hours away from home, she’s forced to play housewife with a man that has had

twelve other ‘wives’.

Each of them now dead…

With 12 rules and the obvious exits blocked, from the previous

girls attempts to flee. Is Anna’s only way out to play along and become a

‘loving wife’? Or will she die during the chase?

Would anyone even know what happened to her?

Or would she be labeled as a runaway?

And where is she in the

first place?

ABDUCTED (Amber Alert Series #2)

 

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to

violence and sensitive subject matter.

Audrey Thomas had been raised by overprotective parents and is sick

of it…

After the kidnapping and recovery of her mother, Anna Cowles,

eighteen years ago, parents had a harsh awakening as they realized any child

could be taken for any reason.

New laws were set in place to protect children, but those same

children ignored the rules and went out of their way to get into trouble.

Audrey has always done what she wanted, no matter what the

consequences were…

But what happens when her choices lead her to being taken by the

one man people feared everyday for the last eighteen years, right up to his

execution.

Will she make it out like her mother did?

Or will she suffer the

fate of the previous twelve girls?

 

APPREHENDED (Amber Alert Series #3)

 

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to

violence and sensitive subject matter.

There’s a copycat on the loose…

He’s playing the part of the notorious Steve Bennett, a serial

kidnapper and killer.

Twelve known girls have already been taken from all over the

country, but none have returned. With the orignial house of the mass kidnapper

and murderer destroyed, where is he hiding the girls?

Jessi Sparks is about to find out for herself…

This is the case she’s been waiting for, and she won’t let it

slip through her fingers. She will risk everything to finally put an end to

mass kidnappings.

But will she be risking

her own life?

 

“No! Andy…please!”

I was roughly shoved into the back of  a black car. The door slammed shut, the front door opened soon after and he got in. There was a click, as the car was locked. He threw the car into forward, and took off at an insane speed leaving everyone I knew and cared for behind.

I watched in terror as trees whizzed by, leaving the familiar surroundings behind as the road went from pavement to dirt and the buildings were replaced with large trees and fallen branches. I didn’t know where we were going, but I wanted to go home. The locks wouldn’t budge; the child safety lock prevented my escape the moment he had locked me in this god-forsaken car. I had lost my phone in the struggle, and I was stuck in here.

 There were scratch marks and dark spots on the seat. It looked as though someone had tried to claw their way out and I couldn’t blame them. Every hair on my neck were standing on end with fear blazing through me. My throat was sore from the screaming, but all the drivers had ignored my pleas for help. They simply kept driving without another sideways glance in my direction.

“Where are you taking me?” I asked again, my voice hoarse from the screams and crying. It was answered the same way, with silence that slowly crept in and made me shudder.

“Shut up!’

“Where are we going?”

“Be a good girl and take orders. Now shut up!”

I wished more than anything to be back at home and under my bed, away from him. The road turned to gravel as we came upon a rundown house, its shudders were falling of the hinges, but what caught me was the windows were boarded up. To prevent escape, I felt a shiver travel up my spine as the car came to a slow stop.

He got out of the car and didn’t unlock the doors until he was at the door. That small click would have brought me relief at any point in the car ride other than now. I pushed against the other side of the car as he reached one long hand in and grabbed me by my ankle and roughly yank me out of the car on to the gravel. A scream ripped through my throat as the gravel cut into my skin and my head hit the side of the car.

“Get up!” he ordered. My head was spinning from everything that had happened, but when I didn’t move, he moved me.

His hand grabbed take a large chunk of my hair before he lifted me out of the car, ignoring my cries of pain. He roughly dragged me to the house, I couldn’t get my feet to walk and fell often.

The door was solid, he had to slam his body against the wooden blockade and force it open. There was a creak as it slowly opened from his blows, and he threw me inside onto the hardwood floor. There was no carpet, anywhere It would be possible to hear every step from anywhere in the home. The house was bare to the bones, the walls held no photos or phones, rooms remained empty of furniture unless it was bolted to the ground. A new wave of fear ripped through me in realization that he had done this before, he had taken precautions for it.

Sara Schoen began

writing in middle school, but did not officially dedicate herself to writing

until high school when encouraged by her writing partner. Before then, Sara had

not thought about trying to publish her works because it seemed unlikely that

anyone would take a chance on someone so young. Despite her previous thoughts,

she published her first book, Amber Alert, at the age of nineteen, and began

rewriting and editing a spy series that she spent years writing when she was

younger. With a lot of hard work and determination, now that same series, which

is close to her heart, is a bestseller.

Sara is a Biology

Major with a minor in Environmental Science and a minor in Spanish at James

Madison University, and spends her time writing, studying, and ghost hunting.

While writing is a great hobby that turned into a passion to share with others,

school is her priority.

Throughout her

publishing journey, Sara has had an amazing support system from her family,

friends, and significant other, who were with her every step of the way. She

hopes to continue to write, and wants to inspire others to reach for their

dreams no matter how far they may seem. She truly believes that dreams can come

true at any age, if you put in effort and chase after what you want.

Social media links:

Twitter: @SaraNSchoen

Instagram:

@Stolen_Glances

 

Sara Schoen

 

Guarded Secrets Series

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Covert Operations: http://amzn.com/B0172DGCE0

Left for Dead: http://amzn.com/B01AKV9H8O

 

Waking Up Blank: http://amzn.com/B00YTB0EZM

 

 

Sara Schoen and Taylor Henderson

 

The Dying Game: http://amzn.com/B00SU83M68

 

Deadly Hallows: http://amzn.com/B01BI3ZQA6

 

Bad Publicity: http://amzn.com/B00VUCLQWI

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