6/26/2012

A Fisher Amelie Moment

DOUBLE REVIEW (it's like a double feature only better!)


The Sleepless Series

Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie
★★★★★ and more
Release Date: December 24, 2011
Age: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Love, Friendship, Drama, Ophan
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Life sucks for orphans Callum Tate and Harper Bailey.

Kicked out of their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease' with nothing but a hundred dollar check from the government and a pat on the back, they're forced to rely on a system that failed them miserably.

So they sit. They sit inside Social Services, waiting for their social workers to call their names and offer them the miracle they know will never come but they sit anyway because they have nowhere else to go, no other options on their very literal and figurative empty plates.
But as they sit, they notice the other. Although captivated, they each come to the conclusion that life is complicated enough without throwing in a boiling tension that can't ever be acted upon because they're both too busy thinking about where their next meal will come from but when their names are called and both are placed on a year long waiting list for permanent housing, suddenly relying on each other seems like a very viable plan B.

And, oh, how lovely Plan B's can be.

Well, except for the psycho from Harper's past that haunts her and, oh, yeah, there's the little issue that neither of them knows they're in love with the other.

Needless to say, Callum & Harper's life just got a bit more complicated.
“One day, you and I are gonna’ wake up and be alright. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but one day. One day. I promise you.” - Callum Tate
Two things occurred to me after meeting Miss Fisher Amelie on Saturday. 1). I hadn't finished reading Callum and Harper and was definitely getting my butt in gear. 2). She is amazing!

Ok. So. I went home, ignored my husband and plowed through the book. Tears streamed down my face, I slammed my fist into my pillow (more times than I can accurately remember).  IT WAS PHENOMENAL. It's been awhile since I was that entranced in a story. It is pretty freakin powerful. Ok. Really powerful. It's a powerhouse of power. Callum and Harper have amazing spirits and strength and together create just about the best LOVE story ever.

This author is as real as it gets. Her writing is flawless and poetic, her characters are amazing, she is amazing, and the book is set in NY. Who doesn't love NY? But, it's a side of the big apple rarely seen, it's from the point of view of two down on their luck teenagers. But, it's so uplifting even throughout the drama. I could gush about it all day. It was a beautiful and moving story.

Callum is my new book boyfriend. He has pretty much dumped all of my previous book boyfriends on their butts, they don't hold a candle to his brilliant and funny attitude. Then there's Harper, who is extremely beautiful inside and out, but has the ability to be a doesn't-take-crap-from-anyone kind of girl. Love, love, love them.

The advice that I can give you right now is, don't wait and don't hesitate for even a second. Go run and buy this book (and Thomas and January) because they will forever change you. Seriously. Go.


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★★★★★
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Age: YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Love, Friendship, Drama, Music
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Thomas Eriksson thinks he has it all figured out.
"People crossed the street when they saw me. I’m not really sure why that was. I mean, okay, I might have looked a bit intimidating if I was being truthful with you. I’d changed since New York. New York represented a life that wasn’t real, not truthfully, anyway. No, New York was the “young, immature, in love, idiot" side of Tom. The “Tie-Dye Tom of New York City” didn’t exist anymore. Tie-Dye Tom was dead."
January Mac Lochlainn thinks she’s her own worst enemy.
"I quit Berkeley. Threw away a full scholarship. Plans, you ask? What plans?"
But they’re both wrong.
***
Tom approached me slowly and met me under the light on the stone walkway. He leaned over me so closely, my neck craned to see his face. His expression was one of confusion as he studied my own.
“What is it about you?” he asked me.
I gulped. “What do you mean?” I whispered, closing my eyes and swallowing again, my breaths becoming labored.
He lifted his hand and dragged the backs of his fingers across my jaw so lightly I barely felt them, but they made me feel dizzy all the same.
“How can you be this extraordinary, January MacLochlainn?” He leaned closer, a look of pure frustration and anger lit his eyes and pressed his lips. “And why couldn’t I have met you before I realized I didn’t want anyone...ever?”
Life for Thomas and January will never be the same again...whether they like it or not.
I went into Thomas and January's story with some extremely high expectations. How can Tie Dye Tom hold up next to Mr. Callum Unbelievably Amazing Tate. Spoiler: he's not Tie-Dye Tom anymore he is yummy Tommy ;) And you know what. Fisher did it again. She took my heart and played kick ball with it, yes you-you devious author you. It's still what I would call a Fisher Story, it's her style and feel, but it's its own in its own way.

Thomas is a completely different character than Callum (Harper and January as well), you can't even compare the two because they are both well rounded and unbelievable in their own ways, but nothing alike. Where Callum is strong and independent (except when it comes to Harper, of course); Tom is emotional and raw. This book tore me to pieces, much like former, but in a good way. Fisher Amelie makes the reader experience feelings foreign and long forgotten, she has a gift and I can't wait to follow her stories.

Thomas is a band scout (how cool is that). I'm a big music girl, so this book hit me in all the right spots. It's also a see Europe kind of book, ahh, it is great. I want his job. I could do it. Maybe.

My favorite aspect of this book was the teasing and banter between T&J. They begin the story with a bang that quickly shatters into something less positive, but so entertaining and hilarious. As she did in Callum and Harper, Fisher switches back and forth between Thomas and January and it makes the book three dimensional and real.

In case it's not clear and I haven't expressed my feelings well enough. I love this book and this glorious author. Absolutely positively love it. Fisher Amelie is the baddest ace of all time, she rocks. She has officially joined Abbi Glines and Tammara Webber in the true literary rock star category. I am officially a fan girl! Thank you maam for coming to Tulsa, OK!

"I knew nothing of romance, but it was love at second sight."- fun.

And, I leave you guys with this. ;)

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