četvrtak, 18. veljače 2016.

Review/recenzija: Claire Contreras: Hearts Duology



I started writing this review the minute I read the second book in this duology. The reason for that is simple- I couldn't wait to share how perfectly beautiful those two novels were.
Kaleidoscope Hearts and Paper Hearts (don't forget a novella Torn Hearts) will stay with you for the lond time after you finally close their pages, and that fact only makes them worth your time.

I don't even know how or where I first heard about this duology, I only remember seeing it on my eReader and, well, putting my finger over the icon to start reading the first book. 



In the first novel, Kaleidoscope Hearts, we meet a group of friends and the first thing we notice is that some of them are much more than just a group of BFFs.
The story beginns with Estelle moving out of her house a year after the death of her fiancé. She is still heartbroken and sad, and can barely stand all the memories that surround her. After finally moving in with her brother, the first person she sees is his best friend and the love of her life, Oliver.
No, wait...wasn't her late husband the love of her life?
Well, you can already see how coplicated things will get from that moment on.
Estelle is free again, and even under those dark circumstances, Oliver feels the Heaven has given him another chance. And this time he means business.






Paper Hearts will bring back two people that youth and stupidity have torn apart (thus Torn Hearts, the name of early mentiones novella). Mia and Jensen were made for each other, but life had other plans. After he made a stupid decision and got another girl pregnant, Jensen neded to put his big boy pants on and take responsabilities for his actions. He left Mia and their home town to be a father.
Now, a few years later, Mia is moving to new York to work for the same papers Jensen is working. But she still can't erase the memory of him being in another women's arms. Having a life away from her. Having a child that wasn't her own.
Will Jensen be able to make her see the people they've become? Will his love be enough to remember her of her own?




Do you know the feeling you get when you start reading a book and things just happen in there that make you stop and stare at your plain white wall, for whatever reason? I was so overwhelmed by these books, especially Paper Hearts, that I read it in a day notice. I was just sitting in my room and reading (neglecting things that had to be done instead, but what else is new?!). then just staring at that same wall thinking OMG, is this really an invented person speaking? There are parts of this second book called "Jensen writes" (cuz he's a journalist), a column that this character is writing, and they are a sort of a public diary. Those parts kept me glued to the pages. They're so real. There's nothing in this book that would make me think those people didn't actually live and breath the same air as me.
The plot is so fluent and credible, the characters are true like our first door naighbours and even the happy end isn't cheesy or inauthentic.
In short, both of this books teach us that life is a b*tch and will sometimes (mostly always) try to force it's own will upon us, but in the end, we're the one who will let it do that or deny it the pleasure. We can never say never, we always have to fight for what we hold dear, because we may find our chance in the most hopeless of places.

I honestly have trouble by believing those two stories are a work of fiction or a product of someone's imagination. I would not be surprised if tomorrow I met some of this characters by passing the street. They are as real as they can be. And I love them.


With this thoughts and a recomendation for you to read Hearts duology, I'm whishing you a great week. See you soon!

Rose :*




Ova recenzija je nastala pola sata nakon što sam pročitala drugu knjigu u ovoj duologiji. razlog tome je taj što sam jedva dočekala da s vama mogu podijeliti ova dva savršenstva. Kaleidoscope Hearts i Paper Hearts (uz novelu Torn Hearts) dugo će vam ostati u sjećanju, a to po tome se svaka dobra knjiga poznaje.


Ne sjećam se zapravo gdje sam za te knjige čula, a ni kada sam ih nabavila. Znam samo da sam nešto vrludala po svom e-čitaču, naišla na njih i automatski krenula čitati prvu.




Kaleidoscope Hearts uvode nas u društvo nekolicine prijatelja, koji su ponekad i više od toga, ali tek nakon što upoznamo Estelle i preživimo s njome godišnjicu smrti njezina zaručnika i iseljenje iz kuće koju su do prije godinu dana dijelili. Nakon useljenja u stan svog brata, Estelle se i dalje bori s tugom i uspomenama, ali uskoro doživljava iznenađenje u obliku ljubavi svog života, Olivera, koji se vratio u grad.
Ne, čekajte malo, pa zar nije njezin zaručnik bio ljubav njezina života? 
Da, pa...očigledno će ovi zamršeni osjećaji malo zakomplicirati stvari.
Sad kada je Estelle slobodna iako pod ovako tragičnim uvjetima), Oliver uviđa svoju bogom danu priliku da je napokon osvoji. I ovaj puta to misli zaozbiljno.



U romanu Paper Hearts sastaje se dvoje ljudi koje nekoliko godina ranije razdvojila mladost i opća ljudska glupost (zbog čega je naslov noveli između dva romana Torn Hearts). Mia i Jensen suđeni su jedno drugome, ali nakon što on slučajno napravi dijete drugoj djevojci, Jensen preko noći mora odrasti i preuzeti odgovornost za svoje postupke. Ostavi Miu i odseli se iz grada kako bi brinuo o ženi i djetetu.
Danas, pet godina kasnije, Miu posao odvodi u New York, grad novih mogućnosti- a ujedno i mjesto u kojem živi Jensen- kako bi radila za iste novine za koje on piše. Unatoč ponovnom susretu, Mia još uvijek ne može iz glave izbrisati Jensena kao muškarca koji pripada drugoj ženi. Ne može prihvatiti da je živio život odvojen od nje. Pomiriti se s time da ima dijete s ženom koja nije ona.
Na Jensenu ostaje da dokaže Miji da su oboje danas drugačiji ljudi. Hoće li njegova ljubav biti oružje dovoljno snažno da ju uvjeri kako i dalje imaju šanse za zajedničku budućnost?




Je li vam poznat onaj osjećaj potpunog zadovoljstva za vrijeme čitanja neke knjige? Ono kad se nađete da buljite u zid razmišljajući o nečemu što ste pročitali, a u potpunosti se vašim viđenjem određenog problema i napokon ste pronašli nekoga tko shvaća? Ove knjige (pogotovo druga) su jedne od takvih.
Postoje dijelovi u Papar Heartsu zvani "Jensen writes", koji su zapravo Jensenove kolumne u newyorškim novinama i neka vrsta javnog dnevnika. Tih nekoliko stranica u ovoj knjizi dižu ju na potpuno novu razinu, dajući liku Jensena potpuno novu perspektivu i dimenziju ljudskosti. Autorica je uspjela likove prikazati toliko prizemnima da je ponekad teško zamisliti da se radi o ljudima koji su plod nečije mašte.
Radnja oba romana razgranata je, dinamična i najbolje od svega, bez imalo pretjerivanja na kakvo običavamo nailaziti u ljubavnim romanima. Emotivnost je pobuđena, ali nije rastezana do bolnih granica i nema nekih ekstra fantastičnih scena kojima bi se likove uzdizalo do junačkih, nerealnih razina.
Ovdje možemo naići i na poneku životnu mudrost, poput one do smo sami kovači svoje sreće i da nikad nije kasno boriti se za vlastitu sreću i uspjeh u životu.

Duologija Hearts priča dvije prekrasne priče o četvero posebnih ljudi koji se bore s problemima s kojima se lako možemo poistovjetiti. Toplo ju preporučujem.

Vaša Rose :*

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