Tuesday, June 25, 2013
ARC Review: Unbeautifully by Madeline Sheehan
THAT is how it's DONE.
"Writing this book beat my fucking ass, raped me, threw me down a flight of stairs, dragged me out into traffic, let me get smacked around by a couple of semis, then left me naked and bleeding in a sewer full of garbage." -Madeline Sheehan
Yup! That about sums up how I feel! NO. FUCKING. JOKE.
Madeline Sheehan did me dirty.
And I loved it. Like love LOVED it.
Unbeautifully is one of the most angst ridden books I think have ever read. And damn, how it felt so good. So amazingly damn good. There must be something wrong with me if I like the way pain feels. This book pretty much sucked the life out of me. If I could give Unbeautifully book more than 5 stars I would- and I hardly ever say that. In fact, I want to lick Madeline's face when I get to meet her.
Don't judge. You will too. Mark my words.
I LOVED Undeniable, it's clearly evident in my review, but this one tops Undeniable for me. Unbeautifully more RAW, more GRITTY, and more EMOTIONAL than ever before. How is that even possible, you ask? Trust me, it is! There were times when I thought, Oh hell no! He did not just go there! but he did and I can't even complain. My only complaint is that I want more...like now!
I don't think I have ever read a book so fast in my entire life! There was no way that I was going to be able to put Unbeautifully down once I started. NO ONE will be able to.
I'll be back in a few to review this. I need to pour my usual drink which is a 7&7- but I'm leaving out the ginger ale tonight. Honestly? I feel like a crack head right now who needs its next fix!
I don't even know where to begin! My mind is running a thousand miles a minute, my stomach is doing back tucks and I have the shakes. There were times that I'd bust out laughing, and times I was sick to my stomach. Not a dull moment while reading this book.
Unbeautifully picks up right where Undeniable left off. AND. IT DOES. NOT STOP. It keeps going and going and going until the very end. Just when you think you've seen it all, BAM! the story takes a turn and you're like, W.T.F..
Madeline's style of writing is one I have never seen before. It's provocative and abrasive yet sexy. She doesn't hold back, and for me, it doesn't get much better than that. She says it like it is which is why I think I love her books- and I don't love books often.
What was so great about this book is that all the characters from the past are present. I love when that happens, and not just making a cameo either. They have full on parts. Deuce fans can relax! He has a huge part in this book. We get to see more of Deuce and Eva's story, which was extremely emotional to read. Talk about heart aching and gut wrenching! I wanted to cry for them.
Oh Cage... *sigh* How I cannot wait for your story and that little spitfire who I just know you're going to be paired with.
Kami and Cox?
They are a hot mess of epic proportions. The woman is always screaming at him. I was ready for her to punch him at some point! But watching Cox be so in love with her was something else. Crazy? Probably. I found myself busting out laughing quite a few times with them when they came onto the pages. Hysterical! They might be a hot mes together, but they work and that's what matters. Loved them! They counteract the pain and sorrow with humor which creates a nice balance throughout this story.
But don't worry! Even with so much going on with other characters, this is very much Danny's story...as well as Ripper's and ZZ's...? I can't say much, only that this needs to be read!
Ripper is a deeply scared man inside and out. He's imperfect and doesn't believe he deserves Danny, yet there is no denying what he feels for her. I love flawed heroes. It means they come with baggage and add drama to the story, which is what I love. He's fierce and loyal to those around him but when Danny comes into the picture he falls for her fast. They have this forbidden kind of romance going on which adds adrenaline to the story. Danny and Ripper are H.O.T. together, but when Ripper makes a hasty decision (which I wanted to kill him for), Danny is left to pick up the pieces. And oh god, did it hurt. It hurt so freaking bad. I hated some of the choices she made... They hurt! Uggghh!
Madeline really knows how to get under the skin and pinch and pull on every nerve in the body. And truthfully, isn't that what we all look for in our reads? That feeling, that emotion that takes hold and runs wild, unable to to know where it's leading us? It's raw and uncut, and honestly it doesn't get much better than that. There wasn't a minute that went by that I thought this book needed more or that the story was lacking in any way. It is filled to the top with a very moving plot that made me ache and rejoice at the same time. I was in near shock and then near crying thinking, Good God, Why! Why did that happen? Yet, in some strange Madeline way, it all works out perfectly. It's not so far fetched because in a biker world, this is how it goes down. Like I said, real and raw and just right.
"Look at me, Danielle."- Ripper
Each time Ripper uttered those words, I melted a little more.