Blog Tour Stop: Reflection by Jessica Roberts- Review

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by: Jessica Roberts

Release Date: February 17, 2012

Publisher: S/P

Summary (Goodreads):

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?

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.

My Thoughts:

The beginning of this book starts us at a 'before' time. Heather, the main character, is talking with her friend Creed about her leaving for college. Heather almost regrets changing Creed's plans for them, but she doesn't regret the feeling that she felt about needing to go elsewhere, and succeeding at it.

Next is 'After'. Heather wakes up in a place that she's not sure of. She comes to figure out that she's in a hospital and that she was hit by a car, her brain stem was injured, and she was in a coma. She can't really remember much until the doctor, Dr. Adams show her pictures of people she knew. He then gets her to recount her last memory, which was dreaming of a lighthouse and the ocean. Dr. Adams tells her that patients in a coma usually dream about that type of stuff because of the going on around them, i.e. an ocean for the regular intervals of food through the feeding tube, and a light house 'bright light' from the near death experience. Finally, he gets her to tell him all that she remembers of her life, thus starts the chapters of the book.

Throughout her recounting of her life at college, there is a recurring appearance of Nick Richards or 'The Hat'. Heather feels strongly for him, but she's not exactly sure why. Also, in this recounting-- or is it a dream?-- Heather keeps having dreams about an ocean, a lighthouse, and walking down the beach, holding cuddling with someone. Who is this unknown person? 

During the whole story, Heather needs to figure out (mostly) one thing... What is real and what is dreamed up?

This book started out kind of confusing for me. I wasn't exactly sure at first about what was happening during the 'after'. But, then again, I did eventually get it, since I wrote a summary about it for you all.

Then, the story did start out going kind of slowly, but eventually, it did get better. I found that I actually liked this book, once I gave it a chance.

The whole time I was reading this, I was trying to figure out what Heather was trying to do... Was it real or dreamed? Sometimes, I got a little frustrated trying to figure it out, but I got through it!

I loved the whole romantical thing going on between Nick and Heather. It was... addicting. They had a lot of chemistry, and it was curious because at the beginning of the book, Heather is kind of hesitant when it comes to Nick. I'm actually kind of glad the romance thing is between Nick and Heather, and not Heather and Creed (at the beginning, that's where I thought it would be at).

So, I really did like this book. But... the speech of Heather's seemed a bit... stuffy. Every so often, I felt like I was reading one of the older novels, like Jane Eyre or Pride & Prejudice. That really bothered me a little because I kept feeling like the era was different than it really is. Otherwise, I liked the book.

BUT.... Guess what happens.... CLIFFHANGER ending. If you read this, you will NEED the next book, Reaction.

So, I gave this book a 4.5 because I couldn't give it a perfect score because of the whole... vocabulary border?


* Disclaimer: I was given this book from the author, for free. I was in no way compensated for a review, whether positive or negative. The Blog Tour company, YA Bound may have been paid to book the tour, but I was not.


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10 September, 2012 delete

Thanks for the great review, Cierra! And thanks for allowing Reflection to stop by your blog on the book tour. You're awesome!


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