Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOOK TOUR, 5 STAR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Hallowed Ground (Flight & Glory #4) by Rebecca Yarros



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There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.

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My Review

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

First of all, if you haven't any of the books in this series STOP. READING. NOW. Now go back, read the rest of the series and them come back (bookmark me) when you're done. ;-) 

Pro tip from one reader to another: DO NOT read this book in public. I basically cried my freaking eyes out all across Manhattan. Good lord. I cried sad tears. Happy tears. Tears of joy. Scared tears. And most of all "Oh my god I don't want this series to end" tears. If I didn't love Rebecca so much, I would hate her.

Confession: It actually look me about a month to get through this book because once I started it I realized this was the beginning of the end and I was NOT okay with it. I love everything about this series and I am sad to see it end. And the fact that we are ending it with Josh and Ember's story...they are the reason this series exists. SO. MANY. TEARS. 

I really don't want to say anything specific about the story because I don't want to give anything away. So if this seems a bit vague, I apologize. I've read plenty of books in the military setting and the one of the things I have learned is that military life is hard. And boy, did this book reflect that. Josh & Ember faced some extremely tough situations in this book. It wasn't always pretty and there were moments that were downright ugly & heartbreaking (cut to me, crying like a baby). And I couldn't help but think, "My god. How are they ever going to get through this?"

Ember. That girl is AMAZING. We already knew that she was a strong woman, but in this book she proved that point over and over again. Full Measures was about Josh and Ember finding each other and in some ways Hallowed Ground is her story. And yes, Josh is very present in this book, but for me, Ember's journey was the heart of the story. Her maturity and personal growth were at the forefront of everything. Especially when she had to make some pretty serious decisions regarding her career and relationship. Deep down I knew that things would work out in the end, but I also knew that it wasn't going to be easy. And I wasn't always prepared for everything that happened, but that is kind of how life works isn't it?

So that's it. We have re
ached the end of the Flight and Glory series. *Sigh* While this series frequently brought on the tears, it also made me laugh. Especially the scenes when everyone was all together. I think those lighthearted moments are the ones I will miss the most. 

By gang. I will miss you.

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I pulled her onto my lap, gently squeezing the sweet curves of her hips.
“Behave,” she whispered into my ear, but ran her tongue along the edge.

My fingers flexed, teasing under the edges of the black skirt that had slid higher on her thighs as she sat. I couldn’t help it—her skin was a magnet for my hands. “You like it better when I don’t,” I answered.

She locked those blue eyes on mine, and for that second, I wanted everyone to go the fuck away so I could get my remarkable girlfriend out of her clothes. Not a girlfriend for long. Not if I found the perfect moment for that little velvet box hidden upstairs.

Mrs. Walker. December-fucking-Walker. Sounded perfect to me.

“Earth to Josh and Ember,” Jagger called, waving his hand like he’d been at it a while.

“Yeah, yeah, a toast,” Ember said, wiggling against my now-hard lap. I locked her down with my hands, and she threw me a smug grin, well aware of what she’d done.

Jagger raised his beer. “To friends. Hell, that doesn’t even cut it. You guys, all of you...I wouldn’t be here”—he looked over to Paisley—“or even the man I am, without you. So more than family.”

We glanced around the fire at the family we’d made, and I felt it—one of those moments you can’t forget, the kind that stay with you when it’s long past, so you try to memorize everything. It was a deep peace, a contentment laced with the silent knowledge that we wouldn’t be together again for far too long.
“To family,” we all said in scattered rhythm, and I kissed the underside of Ember’s jaw.

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Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years. They finally can call Colorado home along with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog.

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