At Any Turn by Brenna Aubrey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I love it! I just read At Any Turn for the second time. I'm also enjoying reading it alongside a friend whom supplies me with texts of her own reactions, thoughts and guesses as to where the story is going! It's been so fun to share this series with friends. Anyway, I should get on with my review...
The tone changes from book 1, in that we are no longer dealing with the exciting virginity sale and the anticipation of how that will play out. At Any Turn has now focused on Adam and Mia attempting a "normal" live-in relationship. They both have troubles verbalizing how they truly feel about certain things. Mia wants to go to school on the other side of the country and Adam is terrified of her moving away. Adam's abandonment issues he has from losing his sister make him hold onto Mia by any means necessary and that fear-induced controlling attitude drives her away.
Eventually, Mia begins to behave strangely and harbor some secrets. Adam senses something is not right almost immediately but she refuses to trust him enough to share it with him. It becomes infuriating really, but in the best way! If a book makes me feel then it has done its job.
There is so much angst and desperation in this novel that it frustrates the reader so effectively that you can really empathize with Adam as well as the other supportive characters. The shock factors are equally effective... And there are shock factors!
Both Adam and Mia obviously still love each other deeply but are unable to figure out how to form a healthy relationship. Neither want to cede control. Adam continues to hold on too tightly, while Mia keeps him in the dark and pushes him away.
Eventually, life gives them a painful, devastating shove and they have no choice but to come together again and work out the new issues at hand.
Be prepared to immediately read book 3, At Any Moment, after finishing this book.... the cliff hanger at the end will have you reeling!
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