Can the best thing happen at the worst time?
Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.
My Rating: 5/5
**I would like to start off by saying that I received This Raging Light by Estelle Laure for free via HMH Books in exchange for a review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways/work materials do not impact my reviews.**
I received this ARC from work and boy am I glad I decided to snag this one! This Raging Light is emotional, raw and so inspiring! I could not put it down! If I weren’t getting slammed at work, I would have finished it the first day I picked it up. Still, it only took me a few days and what a great few days it was.
When I first picked up this book, I really was expecting a dark, depressing ride through a story of 2 girls abandoned by their parents. After I finished the first chapter, I was put in my place and found that this book was going to have it’s fun moments as well. Even with the unfortunate circumstances that these girls have dabbled in to so far, I’ve still managed to giggle and relate. At this point, I was only going in to the book with little curiosity. After the first chapter ended, I needed to find my way to the end of the story.
I think Estelle Laure does a fantastic job with mapping out the relationships between Lucille and Eden – Lucille and Digby – Lucille and Wren… she made them real. A real best friend shuts down for unknown reasons at inconvenient times. A real crush who’s involved in another relationship will give out mixed signals, will be confusing as all hell, will not be what you need them to be WHEN you need them to be. A real sister-to-sister fighting for survival will do all that they can for each other but will also come with peeves and hardships. I don’t want to read about the super awesome bff who’s always happy and is always there for you even when there’s a gun to her head or the crush that drops everything the very second the girl hes crushed on finally shows interest. Save that for the fairy tales.
I will be watching this author for more books in the future (so please write more :] )
If you want a real book full of struggles, break downs, conflicting emotions, good day one minute – bad day the next, if you want a book that focuses on REAL relationships whether is be with family or friends or love interests, get your hands on this book when it comes out on December 22, 2015!
Happy Reading! xo