A Different Blue - Amy Harmon from pagetrotter.blogspot.com

This book has been popping up all over my Goodreads and Amazon recommendation pages, but for some reason I've been reluctant. Maybe it was the whole teacher/student thing? Maybe it was the emotional roller coaster I knew I would be on? Either way, I finally broke down and read it last night and let me just say that I am so glad I did. I can't even remember the last time I legit cried (not teary eyed, full on cried) in a book. Maybe it was the beginning of Shadowfever when Mac thought she killed Barrons? I have no clue, but I legit cried in this book. I was heartbroken for Blue. Dear God, I've never wanted to hug a fictional person so bad! She's so layered, but the more she reveals of her past the more we understand her reactions and motivations. Her fear was so tangible that it made me anxious for her. "I was terrified that my story would end tragically." Gah, how do you not feel for her in a statement like that? She's tough and probably one of the most vulnerable people I've ever read about and I absolutely adored her.

Now Wilson. First name Darcy. I was worried that when this began it would be some trite forbidden romance between student and teacher, but not so. First of all, him being her teacher only lasted for half the book until she graduated. And even after it wasn't like that for a while. They truly were friends. We saw their relationship grow and change and it was exactly how it should've been. I loved that he didn't push her and was just literally THERE for her whenever she needed him with no expectations. He gave a shit when no one else did and I just want to face plant into his lap. I know, I was pretty eloquent for a while there, just had to remind you who was reviewing this! ;) ANYWHOOOO, yes I think I truly love anyone named Darcy. The story of his past is just as important to Blue as her own and when she finds it out her world is rocked. But at the same time Wilson comes to terms with so much in his own life, forgives and understands so much, while helping Blue. It's like they were healing each other and it was beautiful.

The secondary characters are fantastic and they are all important to Blue's story. Every single one of them teaches her something and helps her grow. Even the douche lords. I loved it. It seemed like the author really took her time in writing this. There was nothing unnecessary, no fillers, it was straightforward and precise. I feel as though she had to be to do everyone justice. I'm glad for it. The emotions in this story are very real and sometimes incredibly tough to read, but I'm happy the author didn't pull any punches. This is one story that is going to stay with me for a while and I'm glad. I recommend this to everyone. Please go read it! It's one of the best books I have EVER read. And at .99 cents I feel like it's almost stealing to be honest. I would have paid a hell of a lot more for this. I got so much out of it so thank you Amy Harmon!!