Blog Tour: What Beauty There Is – Cory Anderson

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?

Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.

Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.

So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.

Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.

Looking back, I think I did . . .

My thoughts

I really didn’t know what to expect with this book. The blurb was so mysterious and that I honestly had no prior thoughts other than that I needed answers!!

What an amazing debut from Cory Anderson!! First of all the pacing of this book was spectacular and I honestly couldn’t fault it. At no point was I bored and it really held my interest the whole time. The plot was full of mystery and I loved not knowing what was coming after each chapter.

I thought that Jack’s character and background were developed incredibly well and I found myself really liking him. I pitied Jack and his brother throughout the novel and I really just wanted the best for them. I also loved the idea of Ava’s characters. I would loved to have known more about her though because at times I felt I couldn’t connect with her fully.

This is such a thoughtful and emotional rollercoaster and I can’t recommend this book enough to those who love any genre. I love the dual perspective aspect and I really felt it added to the overall impact of the book. Jack’s story will stay with me for a long while.

There will be many trigger aspects of this story so please check these before picking this book up to read.

This is a book that forces you to experience all emotions and I loved the journey of Jack, Ava and Matty. I really would recommend this to all but please be aware of trigger warnings. Also be prepared to shed a tear 😭

Thank you to Penguin and The Write Reads for sending me a copy and allowing me on this incredible tour!

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