REVIEW : Even When I’m Gone by Nicole Fiorina

blurb

Ollie.
Forget everything you thought you knew. Hell, I don’t even know myself anymore. For seven months I’ve been gone only to come back to be tested in every way possible. They say keep your enemies close, and my demons welcomed me back with open arms. My downfall is a necessary evil. But Mia is my endgame.
The second book in a heart-consuming series.

Ollie.
Forget everything you thought you knew. Hell, I don’t even know myself anymore. For seven months I’ve been gone only to come back to be tested in every way possible. They say keep your enemies close, and my demons welcomed me back with open arms. My downfall is a necessary evil. But Mia is my endgame.

Mia.
Seven months ago, Ollie surrendered to the darkness, abandoning me in the process. He stripped me of my walls only to leave me defenseless. Now he’s back, along with fresh new faces and obstacles standing in our way. He says trust no one. Not even him. How am I supposed to be strong for us both when I’m losing my grip?

“Just stay with me, Mia.”
“Even when you’re gone?”
“Especially when I’m gone.” 


Doctors saw imperfections, a mental illness, but all I saw was strength: a powerful mind and the ability to protect the rest of herself from it when needed.


my review

I don’t even know where to start with this review. It is hard to find the right words that would do this story justice. Even When I’m Gone is a beautifully written, emotional story that will capture your heart and never give it back.

I fell in love with Ollie and Mia in Stay with Me and I didn’t know it was possible to fall even more in love with these characters but boy was I wrong. Mia is a fighter! Seriously, this girl is a total badass! She’s been through so much and still continues to struggle, even more so with losing her love. Ollie. I just want to hug him. He has been through so much, he has struggled through so much. My heart literally was breaking for him, for me and for the both of them.

Ollie and Mia’s relationship is truly beautiful. There is so much more to their relationship than just a teenaged/young adult romance. Their bond and their connection transcend everything. It is truly poetic. Their souls were meant for each other. Despite the heartache, the pain, the separation they will always find each other.

If you thought Stay with Me was emotional, Even When I’m Gone cranks up the emotion notch tenfold. Not only was this story emotional, but it was full of drama and suspense and tears. There is a certain part towards the end that had me balling my eyes out, and I’m talking full on ugly crying. Of course, just when you think everything is going to be fine, BAM! Nicole throws in a massive surprise at the end that may or may not have had me wanting through my kindle across the room.

Even When I’m Gone is a MUST READ and you must read Stay with Me first. Grab the tissues, some ice cream and maybe a drink because you’ll need it all.


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