Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Eternal Flame by Alexa Kang

Title: Eternal Flame
Author: Alexa Kang
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/YA
Series: A Love of Anzio Novel
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
Synopsis"Last night, I loved you a lifetime and more." 

16-year-old Julia Olsen’s world is falling apart. Her quarterback boyfriend broke up with her. Her family’s new home under renovation is a mess. Her high school counselor won't stop harping on about her grades. A time-traveling WWII soldier crashing into her room is the last thing she needs. 

In 1944, 18-year-old Edmond Ferris answered the draft and headed to war in France. A chance discovery brought him home to Chicago…in 1989! He's back in his own room, except a strange girl is living in it. She drives a Japanese car and she listens to Milli Vanilli, a German band. 

Is their encounter an error in time or a will of fate? 

Find out in this timeless tale of two young people whose love for each other knows no bounds.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

This book is hauntingly fantastic!

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Julia thinks her life is over when her boyfriend suddenly dumps her for no good reason. But what she doesn't know is that her world is about to get a whole lot more complicated. After winding an antique clock, Julia is surprised to find a strange soldier in her room. Even more shocking? He's from the past and was in the middle of a war before he fell through time.

Ed can't believe his eyes. Not only has he somehow managed to temporarily escape the harsh reality of his wartime duties, but he's also in the company of a pretty girl who is nothing like the girls from 1944. And the more he learns about Julia and her life in 1989, the more he wants to be a part of it.

However, if Ed were to leave the past behind him, it could have devastating consequences. Julia's own life could be threatened if history is altered too much. The only way Ed and Julia stand a chance of being together is if Ed waits until the war is over to travel to the future for good. But he has to survive the war in the meantime and the front line is a dangerous place to be.

Is it possible to love and hate a book at the same time? Because that's how I currently feel after finishing this one. I originally saw it in the nominations for the Kindle Scout program and while this book wasn't chosen, something about it stuck with me. So when it was released under KindleUnlimited, I decided to give it a try. I'm both extremely glad and very sad that I decided to do so.

This wasn't the story that I thought it would be. Yet, I can't really say anything bad about it. There is an easy acceptance of the time-travel element that isn't necessarily realistic but neither is time-travel in the first place. The pacing was steady, the characters were great, and the plot really sucked me in with ease. I fell right in love with Ed and while I do wish we could have seen things from his point-of-view some, I also couldn't have asked for a better hero. He was kind, loving, loyal, and deserved a happy ending. 

It's hard to talk about this book and how I feel without giving away some key elements of the story. But I will say that I cried. Big, fat, ugly, crocodile tears. And in more than once scene, too. It's rare for me to cry when reading a book so that should tell you just how well I connected with these characters and their situation. 

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As I read, I was torn in two different directions, the same way the characters were, trying to figure out how the book would end. No matter which choice was made, it seemed inevitable that tragedy would follow. And it was heartbreaking to watch it enfold. I'm still upset over it and it's been several hours since I finished the book. They say that crying is good for the soul. I say that those people are jerks. Even if they're right. Ugh.

In closing...
A beautiful love story with great characters and a side of time-traveling fun. Five suns!

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