Sunday, September 6, 2015

Unlike Any Other by Claudia Burgoa

      When I read the synopsis, it went straight to my Amazon Wish List but sat there for weeks. After reading it, I am kicking myself for not buying it and reading it when I first found it. It is not my usual cup of tea. It so much better and it opened doors I had intentionally kept closed. This book isn’t just a romance. This book is an EPIC love story of self-discovery, love, loss, holding tight and letting go…all rolled into one complicated story that really is unlike any other I have ever read.

      Unlike Any Other is told from the perspective of a father (Gabe) and his daughter (AJ). It goes back and forth between the past and the present as the main characters share their story with each other in the hopes of repairing their relationship with each other, themselves and their loved ones. Readers are immediately tossed into the middle of a family crisis and it is easy to get confused during the first half of the book. I often found myself backtracking because I was sure I missed something. It can be frustrating but I think that is the point. To tell the story any other way would take away from the emotional impact.

      With the rise of Indie authors, it is easier than ever to find a good book for little to no money. It is easy to find a romance novel that will entertain me for a couple of hours before moving on to the next. Avid readers can binge read the same way some people binge on television thanks to DVRs and Netflix. The thing is, it is not easy to find that magical book that makes you think and feel deeply. You know, that book that is so well written, you can feel every emotion of each character as though their experience is yours. I laughed, cried, feared, fell in love, grieved great loss and began the long journey of healing right along with AJ and her family…and when I read the last word, I immediately had to download the next book in this series because I had to know more about this unique and amazing family. But before opening the next novel, I had to sit back and digest everything because it was profound and I didn’t want to forget what I had read. It is also hard to find a full length novel that inspires me to read the entire book in one sitting. This book did just that. It was part love story, part mystery and I couldn’t stop reading until I had all the answers. While reading, I found myself trying to figure it all out. I managed to figure out bits and pieces but even with the trail of breadcrumbs left for me, I was so caught up in the story that I didn’t put the puzzle together in time for the grand reveal and I thoroughly enjoyed the surprise. The mystery, once solved, took me to a place I have never been and wasn’t sure I was ready to go there but I am so very glad that I took the journey.

      This book left me with that ever elusive “book hangover” avid readers long to experience. It now has a place on my “Best Books I’ve Ever Read” list so when I need a cathartic release and an epic story, it will be there for me to enjoy again and again.

Have you read Unlike Any Other? If so, were you surprised when the mystery was solved?


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