Today is my stop during the blog tour for The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I share my review of this book, there is a pre-order giveaway. I share two teaser images and there’s a tour wide giveaway.
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.
For some people, silence is a weapon.
For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield.
Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.
Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.
Praise for THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER:
“The intensity between Mouse and Rider is palpably sizzling… romance aficionados [will] lose themselves in Mouse and Rider’s smoldering glances and steamy kisses.” -Kirkus
“Armentrout’s effort to gradually coax her protagonist from her shell via a supportive, loving community succeeds, and readers looking for an inspirational comeback story will find Mallory’s to be satisfying and hopeful” –Publishers Weekly
Initial Thoughts: Unbelievably brilliant. I’m pretty speechless right now.
It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Jennifer’s work, and I devour everything she writes the minute it’s released. Well, The Problem with Forever elevates my admiration to a whole new level of awesomeness. I am completely blown away after reading this book. So much so that it’s taken me a few days to gather my thoughts into some kind of logical order. Without a doubt, this is one of the best books Jennifer has written (and I don’t admit that lightly.)
One of the things I loved the most was the refreshingly different characters. Both Rider and Mallory were complex characters with plenty of strengths and weaknesses. Character development was steady and well balanced as we gradually got to peel back the layers to understand exactly what had happened to them in childhood and how that had shaped the people they were today.
Mallory struggles to articulate herself because of her past. It is not shyness; it is a protective mechanism that has become a habit. She understands that she needs to stretch out of her comfort zone because she wants to have the type of future that once seemed impossible. What she didn’t expect was to bump into Rider again after a four-year separation.
The moment they rediscovered one another was electrifying. Honestly, I think my heart damn near stopped in my chest. I felt the raw emotion as if I was living the scene myself. And from the minute Rider came back into her life, he became her protector again, and I swooned along with Mouse.
Oh, Rider! (I’ll talk about him in a bit.)
Mallory suffers intense anxiety as she attempts to overcome her fears and the obstacles holding her back. There were plenty of scenes where she couldn’t speak and I felt her anguish, her self-loathing, her frustration. It was downright cringing at times, and if this was a movie I would have had my eyes squeezed shut and my head in my hands. I felt all the feels while reading this book and in my opinion Jennifer NAILED the emotional complexity perfectly. I’ve suffered panic attacks and anxiety in the past and the way it was described was exactly my experience of it. Seriously well done for that.
Rider. Oh, Rider. How on earth am I going to find a place on my already-crowded book boyfriend list for you? I don’t know how I’ll manage it, but there is no way you are being left out. Rider is Mallory’s perpetual savior and he resumes that role the minute they become reacquainted. I felt this gave him the sense of purpose he was lacking and it made him feel better about himself. Because on the inside he’s destroyed; a total mess thanks to the horrific upbringing he endured. But he won’t even admit that to himself, and my heart bled for him the entire way through this book. He put her needs before his own time and time again, and while she was capable of standing up for herself in the end-and she needed him to step away to let her do that-I couldn’t fault his loyalty and commitment to her. It was so obvious he was completely in love with her before he ever admitted it.
I loved how Mallory matured and progressed during this book, and how it was a realistic gradual progression. I especially loved how she took charge toward the end and forced Rider into confronting his demons. It showed strength, bravery and above all, love.
I didn’t like how Mallory’s foster dad treated Rider and it was so unfair given their past.
The chemistry between our couple was scorching hot, though nothing much happened until the second half of the book. But I really felt the intensity of the attraction and the bond between them.
While I most definitely swooned over Rider, I didn’t think he treated Paige right. I didn’t like Paige, and she was cruel and hurtful to Mouse, but I could understand where she was coming from. It was a messy situation.
I totally predicted the speech at the end and how that would all pan out, but I still lapped it up. God, it was so emotional to read! I had tears in my eyes. It was genuinely brilliant.
I liked all the secondary characters and they were well-developed too.
My only complaint is that the inner monologue became a little repetitive toward the end, and I felt some of it could have been cut. However, it in no way dented my enjoyment, because this was still an amazingly perfect read. I stayed up until 4am the first night, and 2am the second night, and I only do that with books that I truly adore. I only put it down the first night because I literally couldn’t keep my eyes open and the words were blurring.
In summary, this is a superbly written tearjerker filled with plenty of raw emotion and tons of swoon-worthy moments that will leave you breathless and speechless. Another truly incredible read from an author who can do no wrong in my book.
I received an ARC from the publisher via Jennifer’s publicist in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:
# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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