Review: Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Posted May 10, 2016 by Quinn in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Aflame by Penelope DouglasAflame (Fall Away #4) by Penelope Douglas
five-stars
on January 1st 1970
Pages: 262
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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.
The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
Everyone wants to be me.
Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.
I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?
But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.
Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

REVIEW

5 “This is my last race” stars

I don’t think that I can ever give anything less than a 5 star rating for anything that Douglas writes. Why? Even if it isn’t my favorite book, it is 100% the most perfect way for the storyline to go. And Aflame is the perfect example of this.

I’m a die hard Bully fan, hell, I’m a die hard Penelope Douglas fan. I will automatically buy anything that she writes. I will follow her wherever she will go. I was hesitant going into this. I knew that she was going where I didn’t want to follow, but I trusted her to do so. I didn’t want to have to see Tate and Jared struggle again. To feel the hurt that I felt for them in the first 2 books.

What I started to realize was how simple their story was in comparison to Madoc and Jax’s stories. When I was reading Bully, I was overwhelmed with the pain that Tate and Jared went through, but after reading Madoc and Jax’s stories, Tate and Jared’s did appear more juvenile. Yes, they struggled, they hurt, they forgave, but what the other 2 couples went through was so much deeper. I appreciate the fact that Douglas wanted Jared and Tate’s story to live up to the other 2 as well.

This book took me 3 days to read. It’s only 260 pages, that would normal take my 1.5-2 days to read. I just wasn’t ready to let go of these characters. Not just Jared and Tate, but the whole crew. I loved how Douglas let the other characters shine through in this book. This wasn’t just Tate and Jared, it was Fallon, Juliet, Madoc and Jax. Madoc will be forever one of my all time favorite characters. I loved him in this book. I loved his and Tate’s relationship, how he was there fore her 100%, choosing her over Jared because she needed him more.

I talk about how Douglas ends her books like a perfectly wrapped present. This is another perfect example of that. These books will definitely stay with me for a long time. They will be tattered from re-reads and from being shared to my friends. They will be used, abused and loved.

five-stars

About Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her cleaning or trolling the IMDb message boards, arguing with other Star Wars fanatics. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for her recent standalones, Corrupt and Misconduct. Available now.

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