BEAUTIFUL by Ella Bordeaux
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Skylar Woods unknowingly drew Wyatt Smith toward her. He wanted … needed to learn everything about her. Though he sensed her beauty was more than just skin deep, Wyatt struggled to understand the sadness she attempted to mask with an amazing smile.
When Skylar’s eyes met Wyatt’s for the first time, her breath caught and she couldn’t look away from the new guy standing in the school office smiling at her. The connection only grew when Wyatt sat next to her in English class, allowing Skylar to dare to believe he might actually be interested in getting to know her.
For the first time in months, she felt alive.
The moment Wyatt expressed an interest, the notes started again … the ones that reminded her of a past she could never move beyond—the event that changed her life forever and robbed her of any chance of happiness.
Never believing the rumors being spread around school about Skylar, Wyatt made sure he went out of his way to prove how much he cared about her.
But when the past resurfaces, will Wyatt stand by her side? Or will he turn against her like everyone else?
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 4.5 Beautiful Stars ~
Beautiful is the debut novel for Ella Bordeaux. Well I think we have a winner here!!
I know this book was classified as a Young Adult book, but I have to say that I think it leans more towards a Mature YA book. This is a book I don’t believe anyone under the age of 16 or 17 should read. Not because it is loaded down with sex, because it isn’t, but the theme of this story is about a very serious topic. Ella also touches on a date rape situation that could be a trigger for some or not appropriate for someone younger.
I do feel I need to give the readers a warning though….this book is NOT a standalone novel. It ends with a Cliffhanger and it wasn’t a very nice one 🙁 That is why I personally took off a 1/2 star from this rating. I really don’t like cliffhangers, but I will read them if I am aware of them. There is nothing worse than going into a book and being completely shocked at the end of the story….that’s not the end, but you have to wait to get the ending you were hoping for. So if you aren’t a fan of Cliffy’s then I would wait until the second book comes out in the fall.
Now that I got that off my chest….let me tell you how much I actually LOVED this book and these characters. I am a complete sucker for a sweet High School romance book. I love when a story and characters can take me back to my school days and have me reminiscing 🙂 Even though this book touches on a serious topic, there was still a great message behind it and a very sweet love story!!! I believe that this book will touch many readers and for many different reasons. It covers something that we see in schools everyday and it is so sad that it happens. But what I loved was how the author portrayed these characters. Not only Skylar and Wyatt but some of the secondary characters also…like Mitch, Michelle and Skylar and Wyatt’s parents. They played an important part in this story as well.
But it was both Skylar and Wyatt who stole my heart in this book. Wyatt is the boy you want your daughter to find while in school. He was sweet, strong and also very patient. I loved that he thought for himself and never let anyone sway his beliefs. Even though he is high schooled age in this story, he still had me swooning 😉 As for Skylar….she was phenomenal !!! I loved her character. She was such a strong girl, in amongst such serious heartache. My heart broke for her on so many occasions, but I also felt proud of her for enduring everything she did and coming out stronger in the end.
I would recommend Beautiful to everyone who loves a sweet high school love story, but that touches on your inner most emotions too. I know I am looking forward to the next book to see where Wyatt and Skylar go from here.
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ABOUT ELLA BORDEAUX:
Writing young adult fiction under the pen name of Ella Bordeaux, Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author.
Finding her way back to one of her favorite genres, Ella will be publishing her first young adult fiction book, Beautiful, June 7, 2016.
Ella lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter and two puppies. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.