Review: Reclaiming The Sand #2, Chasing The Tide by A. Meredith Walters

21914535Blurb from GoodReads

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating. But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.


Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published December 14th 2014
edition language: English
series: Reclaiming The Sand
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
I love Flynn Hendrick and Ellie McCullom I felt like I’m not ready to say goodbye by the time I reach the last page of Reclaiming The Sand. And since then I’ve reread a few times, or just skimmed it to my favorite parts whenever I need to let me out from reading slump. And boy does it work every time. So you can tell how happy I was when I knew there will be another Flynn and Ellie’s story.

This time is mostly about Ellie’s life. I love I got to see more of her past life here, from her childhood to her college life. The author didn’t tell Ellie’s past in much description. It’s only in two or three pages in each chapters but it tells a lot about her. I think that way I can understand her better while at the same time it didn’t overlap the main story, her relationship with Flynn.

Their relationship is still hard, sometimes harder than in previous book. I really like when characters have to struggle and fight hard to get what they want, just like Flynn and Ellie who push their limit to make their relationship works. But I also felt the middle part of the story was a bit drag on and was kinda repetitive. I understand that Flynn needs consistency and routine but when I read the same thing happens I have to say that it was quite annoying and boring. So Ellie doesn’t want to be in Wellstone then her dislikes of her town effects Flynn’s mood. They yell and mad to each other and then she realizes that Flynn is all she needs. I know it means to show how hard they have to work for their relationship, with their own issues. But I think maybe their struggling can be in a different way to avoid the same thing over and over.

I still think that this is a nice story though, more than nice, to be honest. And I still love Flynn and Ellie and am still not ready to say goodbye. That’s how much I love them and their story.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Review: Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters

20749039Blurb from Goodread

Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie Mccallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger’s. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

Kindle Edition, 295 pages
Published March 17th 2014
language edition: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
This book, just like Find You in the Dark teaches me something new, about Asperger’s. I never heard about it till I read A Song for Julia, it doesn’t mention much there, but it gets my attention. So when I knew A. Meredith Walters has new book and that her other mental illness story was really good, I know that I have to read it.

And I’m happy I read it. I know now about Asperger’s more than before. It’s so sad to know that Flynn has to struggle really hard every minute yet so damn proud when he can do thing that he’s afraid to do. I think it’s because the way Ms. Walters writes it. She describes it so clear at some part I hate the way Ellie and her friends treat him. I was just so angry I want to scream at her and ask her how can she do that, doesn’t she have a heart? And when they finally realize their feeling I was wondering how they make their relationship work because I know it will be so hard.

Reading the story from Ellie POV brings a lot of emotions to me, sad, sympathy, proud, happy and mostly angry and hate are there along the story. However, I wish I get more Flynn POV, especially regarding his feeling about his present relationship with Ellie while I only get his story when they were teenagers.

However, the plot is quite predictable I can see it clearly. There isn’t anything that surprised me. It’s like I don’t need to wonder what will happen next, instead I only read and waiting for it to happen.

This is definitely one hard reading for me. Again, there are so many emotions in it and so much dislike toward Ellie. And at some point I also couldn’t quite believe how easy it seems for Flynn to forgive Ellie. But in the end, I think to forgive and forget is their way to make their relationship work because they believe that they do have relationship.

Result: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Find You in the Dark #2, Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters

17155039Blurb from Goodreads

How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?

Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to.

Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.

When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face to face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?

The thing about love, is even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.

ebook, 202 pages
Published March 26th 2013
edition language: English
series: Find You in the Dark #3
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thought
Again this series torn me apart successfully, similar feeling like I had when I read its prequel, Find You in the Dark. There was a time I’m tired of Maggie’s thought and Clay’s mind battle. I understand Clay has to face his demon. I feel sorry for him, I really do. It must be hard for him to live his life one day to another. Not knowing that will he be able fighting over his demon.

While Maggie, once again I have a hard time to understand her. Her depression was quite drawn me. At some point I want her to understand Clay’s reasons leaving her. I want her to forgive him for abandon her because I know what Clay thought it’s the best for them, was the best for them. And I agree with Clay, in some way it was the best way for their relationship and their selves, whether Maggie like it or not.

Then, I think Walters did a great job she can make me feel all those feeling, even the tired feeling. Because somehow I can understand more about Clay’s illness, Maggie’s depression and their relationship through those feeling. The way she builds the story slowly made me see things through Clay and Maggie’s eyes clearly. She gives me times to understand their story. As much as I want to know about two and half months their separation, she prepares me to understand the good and the bad decision they chose and how it affected their life and their relationship, both in the present and in the future.

Yet, at first, I’m not quite believed of Clay and Maggie’s love to each other. I mean, they are so young to know that kind of love and they build their relationship with an unhealthy one. So, I’m waiting for one make sense reason that they truly have a worth fighting for relationship, not just based on undying love declare in such a young age. I’m glad I found the reasons. I can see their willing to make their relationship work, not only based on their heart but also based on their head. I love knowing that Maggie has so much issue with Clay. It made her human, a kickass normal girl. I love that she never gives up on Clay and eager to take part of his medication together. And accept Clay decision though she didn’t agree while she knows it is better for Clay’s illness. And I love they trust and honest to each other. They took a very hard road but in the end I know that their love is worth fighting for.

PS: I don’t know with other readers but I kind of want to read Maria Cruz and Jake Fitzsimmons own story.

Result: 4 out of 5 stars

Review: Find You in the Dark #1.5, Cloud Walking by A. Meredith Walters

16163857Blurb from Goodreads

While Clay and Maggie were falling apart…

Daniel and Rachel were falling in love.

Rachel Bradfield has loved Daniel Lowe for most of her life. She has had to sit quietly by while he throws his feelings away on a girl who doesn’t deserve them. Rachel knows she can be everything he needs.

Daniel has always known Rachel was special. She is one of his best friends. But what Daniel doesn’t realize is that the girl he has known forever might just be the one he really wants.

Love pulls two people together, while tearing two others apart. As Daniel and Rachel discover the beauty of first love their best friend loses her heart to the deepest darkness. Unable to hold Maggie together, Rachel and Daniel find out that love doesn’t have to hurt and that it can change your life.

Kindle Edition, 127 pages
Published January 22nd 2013
edition language: English
series: Find You in the Dark #1.5
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
I love Rachel and Daniel as much as I love Maggie and Clay. While Maggie made me quite irritated in the beginning of book 1, I enjoyed reading about Rachel. She’s a great bestfriend for Maggie and Daniel. Since this is a novella and took place straight from Find You In The Dark, readers already known pretty much about their story but it told from both Rachel and Daniel POV so we get more story from each voice. That makes me understand more about them.Yet, it still has typos and the inconsistency I found in Find You In The Dark.

Daniel’s friend’s name becomes Jack Fitzsimmons here after back and forth between Jack Fitzpatrick and Jack Fitzsimmons in Find You In The Dark. It just a tiny teeny thing but I noticed it and quite bother me. So does Rachel’s spell name, from Kaitlyn to Kaitlin.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: Find You in the Dark by A. Meredith Walters

16081754Blurb from Goodreads

Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades…normal life.

Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness.

Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life.

That together, they could face the world.

But the darkness is always waiting.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself

Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published October 10th 2012 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
edition language: English
series: Find You in the Dark #1
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My Thoughts
There is a part of me that didn’t quite like this book. I like how Maggie is straight forward, witty, bold and know what she wants but then after she met Clay she’s kind of insecure girl. She kept thinking that she’s not worth enough for Clay and her jealousy a little bit irritated me. Her behavior contradicted for me. I also have to admit that I have to try really hard to understand her. This story told from her POV, reading her contradiction behavior, her feeling for Clay and most importantly their relationship quite exhausted me.I think they have an unhealthy relationship. What she has with Clay is a dangerous relationship, he never hurt her physically but it still count that Clay abuse her mentally, though he never meant it and mostly didn’t realize it. The pattern of their relationship makes me want to scream at her to get professional help for Clay or at least tell Ruby or Lisa or even her parents what really happen to him.

Then, the other parts of me try to picture myself as Maggie. What will I do if someone I love has the illness, how do I feel about it? Maggie is a teenager who doesn’t know about her boyfriend’s illness and she is in love with her boyfriend. She tried very hard, in the name of love, to help him the way she knows. They said love is blind, Maggie’s love blinding her judgment for Clay’s condition. And whether she realized it or not it didn’t make Clay better. After my second thought, I cannot blame Maggie either for being a naive 17 years old. I, as adult, didn’t even know that Clay mental illness can attack at early age. Before I read this book, I used to think that it mostly happen to adult. I don’t realize how serious it is since I never witness it firsthand. At this point I think I finally can understand and feel Maggie voice.Although I kind of exhausted after read this book because the story is quite painful for me, I think Walters did a good job playing readers emotion through Clay and Maggie’s story. I can feel it, she describe the emotion well.

I don’t know if other readers realize but I found a tiny inconsistency in Daniel’s friend’s name “Hey, Daniel! Maggie! Want a Long Island Ice Tea?” Jake Fitzpatrick asked, pushing a full cup in our direction. then his name change into I felt the bench beside me dip as someone sat down beside me. I looked over to see Jake Fitzsimmons grinning as he snuck a piece of my brownie off of my plate. and then back to “I was talking to Jake Fitzpatrick the other day and he was asking about you.”

Despite the inconsistency, typos and other technical errors I liked the way Walters wrote it. There is words/sentences/phrase that told over and over but she brought her story with honesty. Her description when Clay’s mood swings and his depression are poignant and vivid. I get a better look about his illness. And for that I thank her. Because if she didn’t write it clearly I’m sure I don’t understand what she said through this book since Clay illness is a rarely subject I read.

Result: 4 out of 5 stars