Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday's Reads: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

I love to read as you can tell by my book reviews but I figured if I dedicated one day a week to it I would be more likely to actually write about all the amazing books I read. So each Thursday will be some bookish post. It might be a review, or a list of books to read, or a playlist with a book. Today I am writing a review for Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino. 

Blurb from Goodreads: 

Mia Kelly is a twenty-five-year-old walking Gap ad who thinks she has life figured out when her father’s sudden death uproots her from slow-paced Ann Arbor to New York City’s bustling East Village. There she discovers her father’s spirit for life and the legacy he left behind with the help of an old cafĂ©, a few eccentric friends, and one charming musician. Will Ryan is good-looking, poetic, spontaneous, and on the brink of fame when he meets Mia, his new landlord, muse, and personal heartbreaker. A story of self-discovery and friendship, Sweet Thing shines light on the power of loving and letting go

A Playlist: 

This book was amazing. It's a simple fact. It was a type of book that I just love, a simple sweet love story between two people just trying to figure out life. Add that with the element of music and I was sold.

The book is called Sweet Thing which I can only assume is based off of Sweet Thing by Van Morrison. That alone made me so happy. Mostly because I am a huge Van Morrison fan. Sweet Thing played at my weeding because it is one of my top Van Morrison Song he plays. All the music actually was great and was full of amazing artists I love (Nick Drake, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Bob Dylan, The Smiths)

You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together...then you'll hear the sound of your soul

The book starts with a pretty interesting prologue, I thought it was so creative how Carlino goes about it and wonder if there was any truth in that small glimpse before the story starts. I was sold on Will from the get go and his quirky personality. It was a great view of fate and how love can heal and bring strength.

Like the rest of us, she will have to learn the hard way that we are not always in control. Sometimes it takes the love of others to show us who we really are. 

There were so many great moments in this book. When Will plays and sings Sweet Thing to Mia,  I melted. It was one of the most cherished beautiful moments in the book for me. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the depth of their emotion.

We've got this, you and me, remember...mystical alchemy

This book was more than just a love story too, it was a story of Mia trying to find out where she really belonged as well as giving up the ideal notions of where her life could go. Her ideal and her reality are different and sometimes that is hard to deal with. Add that with the gorgeous Will and his easy and loving ways, things get complicated. Mia is trying to steer away from complicated, but sometimes you just have to realize that life is complicated and what best way to go through it then with someone loving  along for the ride. 

Overall, this is easily one of my top books of the year. I couldn't but it down and I didn't want it to end. I was happy with the ending, happy to see the HEA rather than more heartbreak. These two deserved all the good in the world. 

And because I loved this book so much I am giving away a Kindle Ebook version of Sweet Thing away!! Giveaway ends Sunday night (6/16) at Midnight. 

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