Saturday, January 17, 2015

Review: Learning to Live (Infinite Love Series #1) by Kira Adams

Title: Learning to Live
Series: Infinite Love Series #1
Author: Kira Adams
Genre: New Adult | Romance
Publish Date: January 11, 2015
Review Source: eARC

Ciera Nelson wants what any other outcast wants, invisibility. If she can just make it through the rest of her year with minor incidents and a head held low she will be able to put the hell hole they call school in her rearview. Unfortunately, life has different plans for her. 

Topher Carlson is one of the biggest jocks on campus. All the guys want to be him, all the girls want to claim him. When secrets are uncovered, Topher’s life spins wildly out of control.

They are far from friends when the school year begins, but each will impact the other’s life in ways they never dreamed possible. Can Ciera help Topher realize that popularity and status mean nothing in the real world? Can Topher help Ciera learn the true meaning of living?

Sometimes you have to let go to really live. Sometimes being alive means taking risks.

"I love how romance authors can make you feel every emotion in their books that you feel invested in the characters. By the end of the story, you feel as if you know them on some kind of a personal level, and you mourn the loss of them when it's over."

Upon opening Learning to Live I was thrown into Topher, and Ciera's life. Into the chaotic, insecurities that come with being a senior in High School. For Topher, there is so much more than just school, his girlfriend of four years, and a father who doesn't seem to respect himself, or the choices in his life that may affect his son. 

Ciera is the quiet girl in the class. Ridiculed, pushed around, and constantly being made fun of, she cannot wait for graduation to come. And it can't come soon enough. But for her, nothing can come soon enough. With her own clock ticking, there isn't really enough time for her to do the things she wants to do with her life. And the "A-Team" doesn't help with her insecurities that she faces on a daily basis. 

When Topher finally notices her, she can't believe her luck. Thinking it can potentially be a bad sort of notice, she hides. She hides her life from him, she hides her secret from him, and she runs. She runs away from him, on a constant basis. It was heartbreaking how she refused to let him into her life. When the smoke clears, it is even more heartbreaking the reason why she doesn't want him getting close to her. 

A friend steps forward. A friend that Ciera never knew she would have the opportunity of knowing had it not been for a group of the A-Team ridiculing her in the bathroom, and making her life a living hell. This part of the book saddened me off that someone as sweet as Ciera was getting this kind of treatment. I understood as more came to light throughout the book as to why she sort of just took the A-Team's horrid antics that they kept swinging at her. 

I cried as Topher, and Ciera's story came to an end. As soon as the blackouts starting happening to Ciera, I knew something horrid was coming. I wasn't prepared for the heartbreak that Kira brought to her readers. I was not prepared for the absolute empty hole in my heart that I would feel after finishing Learning to Live. I swear...I moped around my house for a few days before I could even think about picking up another book. 

I loved that Kira brought a very controversial piece of reality into her book. With a particular person who recently just took an Oregon law to heart, it was nice to - not relate to - but understand the reasoning as to why someone would choose to do what happens in this book. Kira did a wonderful job bringing this controversial topic to view for her readers, and it wasn't overkill in the book, either. 

If you haven't bought this book. I highly recommend it. I am looking forward to the second book in the series, My Forever that comes from Madalynne's point of view in her own life. 

Thank you Kira, for the opportunity to review Learning to Live!

Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.


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