Holy Christmas trees people. It has been an INSANE December around the Corner Table House and in all honesty, these days I’m sort of feeling as if I’m hanging on by my fingernails. (The ones I’ve been looking at for days and thinking ‘I’ve got to remember to cut those damn things!’) As ever, reading is the break I can use to escape all the shit storm of my own life and focus on something else, at least for a little while. This month hasn’t been too different on that accord, so now it’s time for me to share with you my thoughts and feelings about one of the A.M. Johnson books (she is the December Featured Author of the Month, after all).
Avenues Ink series, book 1
I’ve gushed about this book more than once since I read it earlier this month and then proceeded to mow through the other two books in the Avenues set. Needless to say I really loved them all – the brothers Declan, Liam, and Kieran each have compelling, interesting, heart-wrenching stories. Each of them has demons that he’s trying to overcome.
For Declan, those demons are a very real, very threatening, thing.
His mental illness is one that has made him different from a young age. It made it difficult to be with people – to interact or to connect with them. The voices in his head are relentless and have driven him to the brink more than once. Then Paige appeared in his life. She brought acceptance, love, and silence. And when she left it destroyed him.
This book is about being willing to open up again. It’s about being willing to be vulnerable and to put yourself and your heart at risk again. For Declan it’s about putting his sanity at risk.
I’ve read a few of A.M. Johnson’s books now and I can honestly say that each one has touched me in a different way. Each one has moved me to tears, to laughter. Each story has reached into my chest and squeezed my heart to bleeding.
Possession did all of this and more. I finished this story a little bit in love with Declan myself – at least part of the reason why I dived so quickly and thoroughly into the rest of the series was simply to see more of Declan. (But then there was Liam (oh my God!) and then Kieran, LOL!) I adored Paige and Declan’s story because it was raw, it was emotional and real, and it left you – aka ME – dying for more.
So obviously, I recommend this book and the others in the Avenues Ink series as must reads. I think you’ll enjoy them. God knows, I did.
I hope everyone has had a brilliant Christmas season and that their holidays have been wonderful. Until next time, happy reading!