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Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie Mcguire (Maddox Brothers #1)

2 Stars

A lot of people will probably hate me for this review but I have to be honest. How do I even begin? I feel so many conflicting emotions right now but hovering above them all is disappointment. Beautiful Oblivion left me with a strong feeling of dissatisfaction. I think the only thing worse than starting a book with prejudice is starting one with too much expectations.

I loved Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster so I was very excited to read this one—which I think contributed to the frown on my face as I write this review. Most reviews I’ve read from fellow book bloggers and in Goodreads have been positive and everyone talked about this big twist—people were shocked, upset, surprised, you name it. I blame the lateral-thinking addict in me for being so epicly let down by the twist that shattered the Jamie Mcguire fanbase because I was not surprised at all. I figured it out very early on in the book, probably too early—that it killed all the excitement. I believe I’m not the only one who had it all figured out from the start. Was it because I knew there was a twist and I was actively looking for it? Honestly, I felt that the secret was laid out so clearly throughout the story it was almost impossible to miss! This is why I’m baffled as to how many have failed to see it.

The “Big Secret” aside, let’s get on with the story. This book is about a different Maddox brother, Trenton. What is it about the Maddox boys? There’s something about them I can’t quite put a finger on. Maybe it’s the darkness in them? Come on, I’m sure every girl dreamt of taming the bad boy , being that one girl that finally gets the wolf settled—I think this is where the charm of this series comes from. Trenton definitely lives up to the Maddox name. He has the looks, the charm, the fighting skills, almost everything Travis—only, he’s not Travis. Sorry but I’m still a Travis girl through and through. The story runs parallel to BD and WD so we get to see snippets of events as seen by the people around Abby and Travis. We even get some “deleted scenes” so to speak–things that happened off-text from the original books. I thought those parts were interesting.

Beautiful Oblivion is supposed to be the first part of a series focusing on the Maddox brothers and I’m guessing all of them are just as hot as Travis and Trent, and I’m sure Mcguire fans will devour them just as eagerly. The truth is I didn’t enjoy this book as much I would’ve liked. It’s hard not to compare it to Beautiful Disaster, impossible even, and that’s where lies the problem for me. Travis and Abby’s story was volatile, tender, destructive, innocent and all-consuming all at the same time—this one just didn’t have that same fire and gentleness. That doesn’t mean this is a bad book, it just didn’t hit the right spot for me. Anyway, I’m sure fans of the original books will still find themselves engrossed regardless of its shortcomings.

“I wish you could see yourself through my eyes. Every woman who’s met you wants a shot at you. How could you ever think you’re the consolation prize?”

 

My Goodreads Review

Read my other reviews for Jamie Mcguire’s books:
A Beautiful Wedding
Walking Disaster
Beautiful Disaster

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A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie Mcguire

1 star

Sometimes, the best endings are those that leave room for imagination.

That’s exactly what I thought after reading this novella. I wish Jamie Mcguire just stopped at Walking Disaster because I felt that the first two books already concluded the way they should have. Beautiful Wedding just killed all the charm that ending had. Filling in every single bit of information missing from the other two books was a total miss for me. I felt like readers were deprived of imagining and filling in the missing bits for themselves. I was hugely disappointed with this novella, especially concerning Abby’s reasons for marrying Travis. I just ended up feeling bad for Travis instead of being happy for the two of them.

There is a point of telling too much, and this was telling too much.

Know when to stop. If you don’t want to spoil the spark that Beautiful and Walking gave you, skip reading this novella. Trust me, it’s better that way.

Read my other reviews for Jamie Mcguire’s books:
Beautiful Oblivion
Walking Disaster
Beautiful Disaster
 

Walking Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

4 Stars

I’m love with Travis fucking Maddox. There, I said it.

Yes, I just finished Beautiful Disaster yesterday in one sitting, and today I devoured Walking Disaster in three effing hours. I couldn’t help it. I needed to. I loved this fictional tortured bad boy that much.

Sometime between the moment I turned the first page of Beautiful and the last page of Walking, I fell in love with him.

“One of these days you’re going to fall in love, son. Don’t settle for just anyone. Choose the girl that doesn’t come easy, the one you have to fight for, and then never stop fighting. Never.”

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Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire

4 Stars

I need my own Travis Maddox right now. Dammit, where’s my own Travis Maddox?!

Kidding. Well, okay, not really.

I was such a girl while reading this. My emotions see-sawed from annoyed, excited, angry, really annoyed to giddy butterflies. Beautiful Disaster was like Pride and Prejudice mixed with the passion and intensity of Crossfire, sprinkled with a little Sarah Dessen.

“It’s dangerous to need someone that much. You’re trying to save him and he’s hoping you can. You two are a disaster.” I smiled at the ceiling. “It doesn’t matter what or why it is. When it’s good, Kara… it’s beautiful.”

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