Saturday, June 15, 2013

Book Review~Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Title: Beautiful Disaster. Walking Disaster.
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1 & 2
Publisher: Atria Books
Pub Date: BD:May 26th 2011. WD: April 2nd 2013
Format: ebook
Pages: BD: 310. WD: 433
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads: BD WD ~ Amazon: BD WD ~ Book/Author Site

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

WD: Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. 

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Rating: BD: 8.5/10. WD: 6/10. Overall: 8/10
Source: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: I read Beautiful Disaster last year but I didn't write a review because I was very confused about my feelings about the book. I'm still just as confused, if not more, but I need to get this off my chest so here goes...

I enjoyed the story. Honestly, I liked Beautiful Disaster better than Walking Disaster. Maybe because it was from a girl's POV and I could understand it better? Anyway, I enjoyed reading it but it wasn't a story that would stay with me. Which is why I had forgotten most of it by the time I read Walking Disaster. Which leads to my first problem: Jamie McGuire did not tell the details in Walking Disaster which had already been mentioned in Beautiful Disaster which sometimes caused confusion for me. I felt like I had to read Beautiful Disaster along with Walking Disaster to understand the story better. I think writing one book with alternating POVs would have been better.

The writing was pretty good. It kept me interested and I didn't wander off in my thoughts, which is always a good thing. But then again, it wasn't one that would leave an impression on me. And I found the writing in Beautiful Disaster better. I think I got much more emotionally invested in the first book than the second one.

I'm very confused about my feelings toward the characters. I'm not sure whether I liked them or not. I really don't have anything to say about them. In Walking Disaster I didn't even care about them. 

Another reason I didn't like Walking Disaster was because of the Epilogue. It was so unrealistic, and wasn't needed at all. Firstly, with such a dysfunctional relationship, it would've been more realistic if Abby & Travis would've ended up divorced. Secondly, seriously? Seriously? *SPOILER ALERT* FBI? Unrealistic much?

So all in all, I'm not sure how I really feel about this book. I liked the story. But then again, I'm not sure I liked it enough to recommend it to anyone. Maybe I'd recommend Beautiful Disaster but advice you to skip Walking Disaster.

Favorite Quotes:

“To douchebags!" he said, gesturing to Brad. "And to girls that break your heart," he bowed his head to me. His eyes lost focus. "And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.” 

“I knew the second I met you that there was something about you I needed. Turns out it wasn't something about you at all. It was just you.”

About The Author:

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She was raised by her mother Brenda in Blackwell, OK, where she graduated high school in 1997. Jamie attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with four horses, four dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Books published by Jamie include the Providence trilogy, and The New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, a contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Jamie spends her days letting her four dogs in and out.

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