Thursday, June 11, 2015

Review ~ Blurred Lines by Chloe Walsh ~ JMAC


Mackenzie Moore's world came crashing down on her when she was just a child. Her innocence was robbed. Her future was corrupted and dismantled.

The events of Mackenzie's past have morphed her into the heartless creature she comes across as. She trusts no one, feels nothing, and avoids everyone... everyone except her step-brother Cade.

Cade is the one person who can shake Mackenzie's icy facade.

Cade is also the one person who is utterly forbidden...

But living together in such small quarters leads to blurred lines...

***Warning Explicit Content 18+***

This fictional story focuses on the lives of high school students and contains graphic scenes of sexual violence, promiscuity, bullying, physical violence, excessive bad language, self-harm, rape, abduction, cheating, child abuse, and substance abuse. Some scenes in this book may be extremely upsetting for some readers and due to its explicit content, Blurring Lines is recommended for mature readers of eighteen years old and above.


As soon as I read the synopsis for Blurred Lines I knew I had to read it, and once I read the prologue I knew I was going to love this book.   

I honestly had no idea what to expect, being that the synopsis isn’t very detailed.  At first I thought ‘this is going to be a cute love story, maybe a little emotion, but def a happy ending.’ Boy was I freaking wrong.  Goodness the freaking emotions that were etched in EVERY SINGLE PAGE was beyond anything I was expecting.  I never read anything by Chloe, so I guess I was just shocked, in a good way of course.   

Blurred Lines touches on a lot of hard topics.  Some scenes were hard to get through, but it made the book that much better.  I always feel like if an author can project so much emotion in a book, like truly make me feel, they did their job. 

The characters in this book were ones I never wanted to part with.  Both Mackenzie and Cade were friends since they were young.  They were two best friends who kept their true feelings to themselves even though anyone who was around them knew what they really felt.  Finally Cade had plans to really tell Mackenzie how he really feels about her and how he’s felt since she came into his life.  Mackenzie and Cade were 18 years old when both their lives changed for the worst.  A day that was supposed to be the beginning to a happily ever after for the two of them, turned to a nightmare that would never end.  
Mackenzie, once a carefree girl, had her world taken away from her in the blink of an eye.  She had no idea where she was or if she would ever return to her life.  The things she had to endure would bring anyone to their knees.  My heart physically hurt for Mackenzie.  I so badly wanted to jump into this book and help her, save her, encourage her to not give up.  What Cade didn’t know was that he was her savior.  His name, his everything is what saved Mackenzie from Master.  It was her memories, her thoughts of Cade that go Mackenzie through the hell that was her new life.  Neither Mackenzie nor Cade thought they would ever see each other again.  After years passed, Cade felt it was only right to move on with his life, I mean he couldn’t just wait for someone he didn’t think would ever return.  They were supposed to be each others.  Their hearts belonged to each other there was no doubt about it.  I hated and felt bad for Cade at the same time.  Like once he gave up hope it made me give up hope a little too.  And that made me mad.  I didn’t want to think that Mackenzie was going to be stuck at such a young age where she was.  I wanted her to have a happy ending she deserved.  Then something happens that changes both Mackenzie and Cade’s life all over again.  The person Cade thought was dead, is back, and everything is COMPLETLEY DIFFERENT.

They will never be able to be what they were.  I think what I loved most about this book was the realness that came from it.  Mackenzie was a girl who went through a lot, she never pretended to be that strong girl that could get through what she went through.  She was damaged, and struggled a lot, as anyone in her situation would.  Chloe’s writing was just so descriptive, I felt like I was in the pages of the book, going through everything with Mackenzie. 

I felt everything.  I felt the pain, the hurt, the abandonment, the shame, all the emotions that Mackenzie went through, I felt. 

Blurred Lines isn’t a book for the faint of heart.  It isn’t some sappy romance with a happy ending.  It is a story of losing everything you have, in the most f***ed up way possible.  It has a lot of hurt, confusion, pain, but somewhere in it all there is love.  But love doesn’t always end up with a happy ending. If you don’t mind some hard topics I recommend this book.  It’s so amazingly written that I feel everyone should give it a chance and read it. 

There’s a lot of jumbled parts in this review, and it’s because the littlest detail could ruin the book for those who haven’t read it.  Just please trust me when I say it’s a must read!!

I’ll be honest, when I finished reading Blurred Lines I thought Chloe was playing a huge joke on me.  I thought the words “the end” was a silly game she was playing.  Once I realized it really was the end of the book I was left wanting so much more.  I NEED MORE.  When I found out that a sequel is coming I was soooooooo happy.  I can’t wait to read more of Mackenzie and Cade’s story.  Do yourself a favor and read this amazing 5 star book!

Chloe this is my first book of yours that I’ve read, but I know it won’t be my last.  I applaud you for this amazing book!



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Chloe Walsh was born and raised in West Cork, Ireland. From a young age she became engrossed in the world of books, devouring work from authors like Bernadette Leach, Claire Hennessy & Enid Blyton.

As a teenager, Chloe excelled in most subjects at school and shone on a football pitch, yet socialising proved difficult – she has suffered all her life from depression, acute social agoraphobia and OCD.

Plagued with mental health issues as a young teenager, Chloe relied heavily on her flair for writing as her own personal form of therapy when she was unable to interact with the outside world. She wrote vividly and passionately in her bid to relieve her festering anxiety. She wrote about a world she was unable to interact with.

With the support of the tremendous teaching staff at St Brogan’s College, even though she was unable to attend school on a regular basis, Chloe was able to sit her Junior Certificate in 2005 and six years later – at the ripe ‘old’ age of 21 – her Leaving Certificate.

College, even though Chloe was certainly bright enough to attend, was neither an achievable nor a realistic goal for Chloe – though she futilely tried to make it work.
Inevitably, because of her illness, Chloe had to reluctantly let go of her dream of attending university and instead took several long distance correspondence courses – in psychology, childcare and counselling – where she learned on her own.

In January 2014, Chloe started to write about a cocky, self-assured man named Kyle Carter, and five weeks later, on Valentine’s day 2014, she self-published her debut novel, Break My Fall, for a handful of her loyal and patient friends who had called over for tea, read bits and pieces of Kyle, and wanted to read the story on their Kindles rather than printed sheets.

No one was more surprised than Chloe when the book was a huge success, reaching No1 in the UK iTunes and Amazon bestsellers lists. The enormity of her success, even though she is grateful, cause her bouts of anxiety – she is social agoraphobic after all – but the support of her husband, parents, siblings, and friends is a huge help.


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