ABOUT THE BOOK: Harlow Jones has a troubled past, and a questionable future. Surrounded by death, tragedy, and intrigue, she is forced to mature long before her time. Plagued by anxiety and depression, she hides her inner turmoil with spite and sarcasm. Her thick skin is impenetrable…or so she thought. Until she becomes involved with her grade twelve English teacher. In this exclusive entry into the new adult genre, with raw style that is as dark as it is poignant, Collide presents the ultimate choice: forbidden love or doing the right thing.
REVIEW: This story is about a girl who has experienced many hardships in her past but forced to relive them again during her senior year in a new Catholic School. While there, she meets Iain Bentley, but must decide whether to use her heart or her head because she could get into serious trouble with this one. She also has to face some major allegations and terrifying situations along the way. The author allows the reader to have their own opinion about the story regarding morality but ultimately describes the subject of this book in a balanced fashion.
I really enjoy how the author captures the emotional side of her characters. These characters have flaws and they ultimately pay the price with the consequences of their actions. This story does not end in a “happily ever after” way; however, the reader is provided with enough detail to make the book appear to have ended in the best possible way.
This story is told from Harlow’s point of view. The author provides detailed information that allows the reader to relate to her character; yet, the pace is still fast and does not linger on scenes too long allowing the reader to become bored with the story. Upon reading this, I already knew what was going to happen because it is a bit predictable. This by no means ruins the story though; it makes it better! Just because the reader may know that the end is lingering somewhere in the near future, in my opinion, this makes the details more intriguing. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with anticipation. I would recommend this book to my club members because it is a wonderful read. Some of the information in this book may be for a mature audience because it does have scenarios that high school students could face at any given time. I am really excited to read J.c. Hannigan’s next book in the sequel called “Consumed”!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: J.C. Hannigan’s love of reading was spawned from a very early age. She inhaled novels with an unquenchable thirst. Eventually, that love of reading turned into a love for writing. She started to pen stories at the tender age of nine while sitting at her white desk, pencil posed over lined paper, writing countless stories about a girl, her best friend, their horses and the adventures they’d have going on trail rides together. Born with a chronic pain bone disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, she didn’t get to play sports or run amuck like her siblings and peers. Writing kept her company amid a world of surgeries, bad pain days, and isolation.
She started a blog when she was fifteen-years-old, chronicling the challenges of high school, dating, and coping with her chronic pain bone disorder. That blog went on to win a Bloggie for Best Teen Weblog, and J.C.’s ego inflated quite a bit over it (enough to continuously mention it even today).
J.C. currently resides in a small town in Ontario with her husband, their two sons, and dog. When she isn’t trying to wrangle the kids and dog, she can be found writing. In addition to writing new adult romance and suspense novels, J.C. writes a blog for the MHE Coalition, discussing the struggles of living with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. She also contributes to several other websites, including her personal blog, the OCH Literary Society, and she is the content manager for Stigma Fighters Canada. Through her writing, J.C. brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges. Her writing has been described as edgy, bold, poignant, and raw.
Other hobbies of J.C.’s include hiking, camping, binge-watching shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead, eating dill pickle chips and daydreaming of travelling around the world. J.C. adores interacting with readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi! She tries her best to respond to every message. To learn more, visit her on Facebook and follow her personal blog of random ramblings.