Book Review | Exodus

Exodus by Kate Stewart

Publication Date: August 4th 2020

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Can you live a lie?

It’s a ghost town, this place that haunts me, the one that made me.

It’s clear to me that I’ll never outgrow Triple Falls or outlive the time I spent here.

I can still feel them all, my boys of summer.

Even when I’d sensed the danger, I gave in.

I didn’t heed a single warning. I let my sickness, my love, both rule and ruin me. I played my part, eyes wide open, tempting fate until it delivered.

There was never going to be an escape.

All of us are to blame for what happened. All of us serving our own sentences. We were careless and reckless, thinking our youth made us indestructible, exempt from our sins, and it cost us all.

I’m done pretending I didn’t leave the largest part of me between these hills and valleys, between the sea of trees that hold my secrets.

It’s the reason I’m back. To make peace with my fate.

And if I can’t grieve enough to cure myself in my time here, I’ll remain sick. That will be my curse.

But it’s time to confess, to myself more so than any other, that I’d hindered my chances because of the way I was built, and because of the men who built me.

At this point, I just want to make peace with who I am, no matter what ending I get.

Because I can no longer live a lie.

I’ve been ruminating and I think I’m finally ready to talk about my feelings… Maybe.

I’ve NEVER been or felt this emotionally attached to a book or characters before. I’m still shaken, upset and mad about this book. I truly don’t want to say anything else about it because I’ll give something away. This book was horrible, tragic and heartbreaking and yet gave me all the feels, and made me happy. It FILLED me with all the possible emotions I could ever think of. I’m still so salty about who Cecilia ends up with. I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. Who she’s with isn’t bad, I like them. I’m just unbelievably mad that it’s not who I wanted it to be. No matter what reviews you read or how many you read it’s NOT going to prepare you for anything that happens. Do yourself a favor and go into this book blind. The audio performance on this book by Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden was unlike anything else, which made listening to this book even more painful. They did such a great job with this book. So if you’re looking for an additional heartbreak listen to the audio as well. For reasons I can’t explain without giving something away, I’ve been jumping back and forth between giving this book either 2 stars or 6 stars. So I’ve settled and am giving it 4. Maybe if I reread it one day, NOT anytime soon, I’ll change my mind.

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate’s title Drive was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodread’s Choice awards for best contemporary romance for 2017. Her works have also been featured in USA TODAY and BuzzFeed, and translated into five languages. 

Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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