Thursday, March 10, 2016

Happy Happy Release Day!!! eARC Review: For Never and Always by Ana J. Phoenix

For Never and Always

Seth finds himself alone at an abandoned train station, with no idea what happened, or how he got there. He boards a train, only to discover it’s a special express transporting the recently deceased to their final destination. The conductor tells him he’s having a near-death experience. Seth wonders if it has something to do with his violent boyfriend, but that doesn't matter. All that matters is getting the hell off the train before he actually dies. But when he spots his best friend and secret crush among the traveling dead, the urge to leave fades...

Review by: multitaskingmomma

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

There are readers who love tearjerker books and then there are those who hate them. I am an in-betweener. I like them but I also hate them with a passion. No, not because of the content, but I cry ugly if you know what I mean. And let me tell you something: I needed a whole roll of bathroom tissues with this one because I ran out of Kleenex. Now that I've got that messy information out of the way? Look at the rating. This is a 5 Star read guys. It is a 5!

I will try not to get into so many details but the gist of it is, Seth finds himself on a train to...somewhere. He is in between life and death. He does not remember much but does know he should not be in this place. Especially when he realizes that his best friend Carter is on it as well, he does not feel the need to rush back to his body. This place in between, it opens up his mind, his heart and his feelings. He does not feel the need to hide from the truth anymore. And as he's feeling these, so does Carter. And this is when the tale really begins.

This story addresses a whole lot of questions, answers them and leaves your mind wondering. The what ifs in life, they are all faced head on. The violence we face in life, imagined and unimaginable, they're all here and both Seth and Carter face them.

At the end of the story, we see a future and a present. We see that no matter how much we dream and strive, there are just some relationships that would never work. At least, not in this life. But the one after it, the one where we are taught we meet a heaven or a hell, Seth and Carter face that. It will take time for them to face the realities of their lives/deaths but in the end, they face it with grace and love.

This story made me cry buckets, not because of the star-crossed situation these two men faced, but because they lived and died knowing they could never be but will forever be. 

If you are looking for cry-ugly reads, this is it. No regrets and the story is fast and moving and overall romantic and beautifully loving. It's an unusual read and I was honestly scared to open this until the last minute. Put it down after... yeah, the roll of toilet paper.

Note: eARC received from Pride Promotions for an honest review.

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