Thursday, September 6, 2012
Blog Tour ~ Reflection by Jessica Roberts *Review/Giveaway
I am thrilled to be hosting the next stop in the Reflection Blog Tour! Reflection by Jessica Roberts is an intense look into the mind of Heather Robbins, a young woman who has just awoken from a coma and is trying to sort through the life she imagined living. Don't forget to click on the banner to visit other stops along the tour!
by Jessica Roberts
Published: February 17, 2012
Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.
But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.
Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.
And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?
I really enjoyed Reflection, and although there were a few things that bothered me, I thought it was well written. Roberts presents Reflection in a really interesting way, and most of the time I liked it. But at the same time I found it a bit frustrating. The flashbacks and embellished memories were excellent, drawing me into the romance. The way she slips in the subtle hints that what Heather is experiencing might not have really been happening was great. I loved that the further we got into the story the more aware Heather became that something wasn't right. It was the occasional intrusion of the doctor that threw me off.
Heather in an intriguing character. She's described in the synopsis as spunky and bright, but I don't think this is really reflective of her character. She's not exactly a door mat, but she's standoffish and rarely stands up for herself. I found her internal struggle to understand what she wanted to do and say with what she did the most interesting part of her. There are moments where she puts forth a more assertive side, but she immediately questioned her actions.
Nick, her love interest was a bit hit or miss with me, but I feel like that was intentional. He's very mysterious and almost surreal during the first part of the book almost to the point that I wondered if he was a figment of her imagination, even within the dream/memory she is experiencing. Yet as the story progressed, he became more of a real person, and by the end I was hoping he really was real.
As for the end, well, I don't want to reveal anything, except it did not go either way I was expecting. It was this, and the sneak peek at the sequel, that kept me up until two in the morning on a work night thinking about it. I am definitely going to be reading the sequel, although I have no idea where I would want the story to go.
About the Author
JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.
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