A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire“And when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever.”

A Beautiful Wedding is a novella that gives a full account of Travis and Abby’s wedding in Beautiful Disaster. Following the horrific fire at the fight where Abby and Travis almost lost their lives, the two hop on a plane to Vegas to get married. The novella gives the reader more detail about Abby’s reasoning for the quick marriage, and also shows us a bit more of what happens after.

I was very excited to read this because I will never tire of these characters, but I have to say that I had mixed feelings about this novella. I loved being able to read about the actual wedding, but finding out Abby’s real reason behind the wedding ruined it a bit for me. In Beautiful Disaster, the reader is led to believe that Abby wants to get married so quickly and so young because she can’t imagine another day without Travis, yet in this novella we find out that there is actually an ulterior motive involved. I understood Abby’s motive, but at the same time I really felt like she was deceiving Travis a bit and that he deserved to know the truth about why she was pushing for this marriage.

I did like that there was more attention paid to the after effects of the fire–in Beautiful Disaster it seemed as though Abby and Travis brushed it off pretty quickly, but in the novella we learn that it definitely affected them more than it seemed. So many people died in the fire and Travis is left feeling extremely guilty and responsible because it was the fight that he was in that drew so many people to that building. Since the novella is told from both characters point of view, we get to see how upset Travis is and how nervous Abby is that he will be held responsible.

Overall, A Beautiful Wedding was a good follow up novella that gives the reader more insight into what really happened at Travis and Abby’s wedding. While I loved reading more of this story, part of me didn’t like Abby’s reasoning behind the elopement.

A Beautiful Wedding was released on December 10, 2013.

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Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire“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.”

Travis Maddox lost his mother when he was just a child, but as he grew older he always kept her last words of advice in the back of his mind. In college, he lives a life of drinking, gambling, and a new girl every night until he meets Abby Abernathy. When he finally meets the one girl that he has to fight for, he realizes that his mother’s last words were true.

Walking Disaster tells the love story from Beautiful Disaster from Travis’s point of view. I was both really excited and really apprehensive about this, because while I loved Beautiful Disaster and was interested in reading Travis’s side, I wasn’t so keen on reading the entire story over word for word. McGuire does a really great job with this–she kind of glosses over the scenes that were already written in the Beautiful Disaster and gives us more scenes that take place when Abby wasn’t around. The book also has a prologue, which tells the story of Travis’s mother’s death, and an epilogue that takes us way past the ending in the first book so that we get to see what the characters are doing later in life.

Beautiful Disaster was a pretty controversial book–most readers either loved it or hated it. Abby and Travis have an extremely dysfunctional relationship, but as I’ve mentioned before, I like the way McGuire handles it. When Travis starts acting controlling, Abby backs out or calls him out on it. What’s great about Walking Disaster though is that the reader is able to gain an understanding of why Travis is the way he is. His mother’s death greatly affected him and the way he views relationships, so it is much easier to understand why he makes the mistakes that he does.

What is also interesting is that I felt myself being more sympathetic to Travis in this book because reading from his point of view allowed me to realize how back and forth Abby was. Reading from Abby’s point of view and understanding her motives was very different than seeing her through Travis’s eyes–she seems to be sending him all sorts of signals and it’s no wonder he was so confused half the time. I also really liked reading the conversations between Travis and Shepley. I feel like Shepley’s character was more developed because he wasn’t just America’s boyfriend anymore–we get to see more of the role he plays in Travis’s life.

While it is not necessary to read Beautiful Disaster first, I would definitely recommend it because Walking Disaster gives the reader a much better understanding of Travis and gives an insight to what was going on with him while Abby was trying to figure out how she felt. I’m glad that this book took it further than Beautiful Disaster did and I think the epilogue provided some nice closure for the story.

Overall, Walking Disaster was a really nice followup to Beautiful Disaster and while it told the same story, it gave some new insights into Travis’s character and had a lot of scenes that we didn’t see in the first book. I definitely feel that people who didn’t like Beautiful Disaster because of Travis’s behavior may like it better after reading this because it really helps you to understand why he acts the way that he does.

Walking Disaster was released on April 2, 2013 and is the follow up novel to Beautiful Disaster. I believe that a movie is in the works also!

April 2013 Preview

Happy Easter everyone! April is definitely going to be a busy month because there are a ton of sequels being released. I am a bit overwhelmed because I have so much to read both for school and for my own enjoyment but here are a few books I am eagerly anticipating:

 

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Beautiful Disaster was such a rollercoaster of emotions and I absolutely loved it! Walking Disaster is the same story told from Travis’s point of view and will give the reader more insight into his character than we got in Beautiful Disaster. It definitely sounds interesting and I can’t wait to see what was going on in Travis’s head!

Release date:  April 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy told the story of Ismae, a girl who joined a convent dedicated to serving Death. The sequel, Dark Triumph, is the story of Sybella, another girl who finds refuge at the convent and becomes a deadly assassin. Grave Mercy was a fascinating story so I’m very excited to read this one!

Release date:  April 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Light by Michael Grant

Light by Michael Grant

Light is the sixth book in the Gone series, a series about a town in California in which one day all of the adults disappear and the children are left alone. They are unable to escape because of a forcefield surrounding the entire town, and one by one some of the children begin to develop special powers. They have to try to care for the younger kids and find a way to survive once food begins to run out. Light is the final book in the series and I can’t wait to see how it ends!

Release date:  April 2, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Selection was one of my favorite books of 2012, so I have been eagerly awaiting its sequel, The Elite. America is still in the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart but she is unsure if that is what she truly wants or if her heart still remains tied to Aspen. My vote personally goes to Maxon, but I really have no idea how this is going to turn out!

Release date:  April 23, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

I definitely need to figure out how I’m going to have the time to read all of these books! What are you looking forward to reading in April?