By : Charity Ferrell
Releases on : November 4, 2014
When I lost him, I lost myself.
Tessa Benson is lost.
The most important person in her life is dead.
And everyone she loves left with him.
She’s doing everything she can to mask her pain.
Even if it means traveling down the road of destruction.
Dawson Thomas has loved her for years.
But she’s his dead best friend’s sister.
He made a promise to stay away from her.
He also promised to always protect her.
She’s destroying herself and time is running out.
Will he hurt her by keeping his word or break it to save her?
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~~ 5 Healing Stars ~~
Revive Me is the third book that I have read by Charity Ferrell and I just have to say, I think this is her best book yet!!!! This was such an emotional roller coaster and I had a really hard time putting it down, even to sleep. I will warn the readers that this book does touch on some really serious subjects, like suicide, depression, drug and alcohol abuse and self harm. If you have trouble with those types of topics then this book probably isn’t the one for you.
Charity is becoming one of those authors that is an auto read for me. I love her writing style. Her books have intriguing plot lines and her characters are both relatable and believable. She knows how to draw out the emotions of the readers. This book will have you giggling at times, crying at times and definitely yelling at your kindle at times. I know I was ready to throw my iPad across the room after some of the crap Tessa pulled. But to me that is exactly what makes a book a 5 star read for me. Each of her books are standalones but are kind of interconnected with the characters. Each book has a different storyline but you do see some of the other characters from the other books. You don’t need to read all the books to read this one, but it is good to get the background of all the characters.
In this book we meet Tessa and Dawson. We met them briefly in Beneath Our Faults, but this is their story. This book starts out with a tragic event that happens at their school, which leaves Tessa’s twin brother dead. From here this is the story of how Tessa , her parents and friends deal with this loss. Tessa has a real difficult time dealing with the loss of her brother and begins a downward spiral after she meets Bad Boy Reese. I didn’t like Reese at all…..I truly thought he was a douchecanoe right off the bat but as the story goes on he proved me correct in that assumption. I don’t want to give away the whole story, but just know that Tessa actually hits rock bottom, but Dawson is the amazing Hero that is there for her when she falls. Tessa and Dawson have been friends for many years. Dawson was her brother’s best friend. Both Tessa and Dawson were secretly in love with each other, but Dawson wouldn’t do anything about it because he made her brother a promise not to be with Tessa. Let me just say that some promises are made to be broken 😉 I loved Tessa and Dawson’s relationship/friendship.
I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. I will say that this story revolves around high school aged kids but there is some steam added to the story, so it wasn’t completely a YA story. This truly was a heart wrenching journey toward healing for a family who loses someone tragically.
Charity Ferrell resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up riding her bicycle to her small town’s public library, and reading anything she could get her hands on. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or caving into her online shopping addiction (mainly shoes and handbags).