Friday, August 23, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Take it All by Emma Grayson + GIVEAWAY!

My Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Take it All
Author: Emma Grayson
Release Date: August 9, 2013

***Inspired by true events***

Judy Garland said it best, ‘For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed but my soul.’

If you asked her why she loved him, she would only be able to tell you it was because he was who he was and well, she was who she was.

Plain and simple.

All her life Lennox Ward felt incomplete. That her heart was always searching for that one special thing; that special someone she had yet to find.

Then Caleb Kingston came strolling back into her life unexpectedly, and little did she know her world was about to come crashing down around her; forever shattering it.

Is love enough to conquer all?

Will she be able to lead them out of hell and off their path of self destruction?

Or will Caleb take it all?

My Review:
This is one of those stay up all night, finish in one sitting books. Take it All is a heartbreaking story of a love that can destroy you and it leaves you feeling you got hit by a semi... in a good and bad way. This was not what I was expecting at all, I imagined a good-feeling, HEA, love story like most of the other New Adult books out there. While Take it All does have some feel good moments do not expect to walk away feeling light-hearted and mushy. I think this is one of the grittiest, captivating, and heart-wrenching stories I have ever read. I am normally a HEA junkie, but Take it All is so worth the read, I cannot even fully explain it. Lennox and Caleb's relationship gave me a total love-hate feeling.
I think what made this book was that it was inspired by the author's real life experiences. I cannot applaud Emma Grayson more for her bravery in sharing her story with us. It may not be all happy and rainbows but this book deals with real situations that will hit home with some, and will expose others to a world that is dark, dangerous and seductive. I don't know how she does it, but Emma Grayson pulled me in and made me feel like I was seeing everything happen real-time. I wanted to reach out and shake and hug both Caleb and Lennox, and bow at Raine's feet for being such a world class friend.

These are real life circumstances, that no one can begin to understand unless they have lived it and even then no one is ever ready or prepared to deal with this sort of heartbreak. I think everyone should have a bit of reality tucked between the fiction on their bookshelves and Take it All is definitely that douse of reality. One of the other things I loved about Take it All is that it does not read like a biography. If I had not read that it was based on true events I would have never known. I have to be truthful, I almost set the book down because I kind of knew where it was leading and it made me a bit uncomfortable. I have not been more grateful for my perseverance before. I do not regret for a single minute reading this book and I am anxiously awaiting the conclusion that is coming in the winter. Even though,  this is an profoundly intense book it is not without its comedic relief provided by Lennox's best friends Londyn and Tatum and, of course, Raine and a few other secondary characters. I don't want to send the wrong message and put people off of this book, it is not all crying, heart break and despair, you will get a dose of happy, loving and a few laughs as well. Take it All has all of the elements of a best-selling novel, and all of the intensity of a book that will break your heart. This is by far one of my favorite books of the year. If you have not picked up your copy of Take it All go for it, I promise you will not be disappointed and make sure to show your love to Ms. Emma Grayson. There is also, a blog tour giveaway, the rafflecopter is below!

Happy Reading!

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Meet Emma Grayson:

Emma Grayson is a Canadian author who resides outside of Edmonton, Alberta with her family and six year old son. She is Amazon’s Bestselling author of Unbeautifully Loved, the first book in her Breathe Again series and Take it All, the first book in her two part series, Blinded by Love. She is currently working on Unbearable Guilt, Breathe Again book two, as well as Promise it All the conclusion to her Blinded by Love series. She is also in the prewriting stages of her new trilogy series, Saving You; a spin-off from Blinded by Love. When she’s not writing she enjoys time with her son, going to movies, reading, enjoying Starbucks latte’s with her girlfriends, or watching rerun episodes of Criminal Minds and Flashpoint. She’s the lover of music of all kinds, television, coffee, all things purple, Oilers hockey, Bradley Cooper, and doesn’t leave the house without her iPhone, Kobo, flip flops and a pack of gum.

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