Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review - The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen


Title - The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1)
Author - Jessica Sorenson
Genre - NA
Publisher - Sphere
Release Date - 11th April 2013
Source - From Publisher

The girl he thinks he loves needs to disappear. I don't want tonight to be irreversible, so I pull away, breathing him in one last time.

Ella and Micha have been best friends since childhood, until one tragic night shatters their relationship and Ella decides to leave everything behind to start a new life at college, including Micha.

But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella's skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

To begin with this was my first New Adult book that I've read...well in all honesty I really didn't know what an NA book was until the beginning of this blog. I read and reviewed but I never took much notice. I've come of the age where NA are more suited to me now, but YA will be a favorite of mine. Anyways I'm rambling, onto my review...

The Secrets of Ella and Micha begins with a climatic moment between there relationship,

"Ella, I love - I crush my lips against his, hushing him and melting our bodies together..."
but Ella 'bailed', she ran away from her problems including Micha rather than facing them. Instead she became Miss Popular at a college in Vegas, trying to turn her life around until she dreads the moment of returning for the summer. Will she avoid Micha? What will he think of her now? Is the real Ella Daniels he fell for and loves still in her. Its time for both Ella and Micha reveal their buried souls and secrets. This sounds like such a cliché description, more like an synopsis than anything. I read this a least 2 weeks ago, with no notes or flicking through the book, this is how its in planted on my mind. What I loved was the structure of the book, its cliche was their problems, but that's gives the characters depth especially Ella Daniels! It's alternate perspectives was interesting to say the least, you have no connection with Micha, which is a good thing, because his persona differs from you as a reader and Ella. You question yourself 'Was Ella really like that?' Jessica presents such a emotional and souls searching novel that's its hard to put down.

In Ella's world, (or should I say worlds) she is two people. It felt like almost a Before and After transition throughout the book. Before; Ella was almost this fire cracker. She had soul, passion and she was fearful of everything around. She was Ella May. She was accepted, but she had family problems, her mum was a drug addict and felt low when she committed suicide. Her brother and father blame her for her death. That's the tragic thing, nobody heard her...only Micha. After...eight months Ella May becomes the college girl, faced and followed by rules, smart, collected and secluded with her friend Lila. Do I prefer a persona, no! I think what I loved is how Jessica unites both persona's into a unique Ella, a Ella resolved from problems, secrets and most of all Love!

When Ella returns to her hometown after eight months of collage, she didn't know what to expect, especially from Micha. Micha has been going out of his mind trying to locate Ella, she left without a trace or convincing in anyone of where she went. When he sees her for the first time, relief and anticipation courses through his body. There is no lack of sexual tension in this book, so you won't get bored of his 'piercing blue eyes' or his lip ring. The steamy hot relationship between is something you won't forget, its gradual, which for was infuriating when all I want to say 'Come On, Get together' SAY YES!

“You're crazy if you think that you can run off and change your identity. This unfeeling, preppy girl thing you got going on," he motions his hand at my tank top, white frilly skirt, and curly hair, "is nothing but bull shit. You can't just change who you are on the outside and expect it to change who you are on the inside.”
But that's what made it even more intriguing and unforgettable. Micha's character is nothing to be tried with, he will stop at nothing to get the person he fell in love with, before and after!

In a way I would say this is a toned down Fifty Shades but in all honesty it had more than that. I look now at my ratings of Fifty Shades, and I'm thinking, why? Jessica unites two very distinct personas of passion, love and truth. I look forward to how Jessica will develop their relationship in The Forever of Ella and Micha, coming September 2013

Its safe to say, that NA for me will not stop here...



Rating: 4.5 
Thank You to Sphere for sending me a copy for a honest review.

12 comments:

  1. Ooh! I have to read this!!! It sounds amazing - and I do love a bit of NA!! Thanks for the awesome review!! :D x

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  2. Micha was to die for!!! He was so determined to get the old Ella back and I loved him for that. Though Ella did confuse me a bit because of the bailing out on Micha for no reason. Still, I love these two characters and I can't wait to continue their story.
    Fabulous review :)

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  3. I have heard some great things about this one but I have so many things to study so I can't read it now. I'm leaving it for summer. Although I'm scared of reading it as NA books are all becoming the same to me. This one seems different. Great review :)

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  4. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds amazing. I haven't had too much success with New Adult, frankly speaking, and Fifty Shades wasn't my favorite either, but a toned down version will probably work out perfectly for me. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Emma! :)

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  5. I haven't read much NA, mostly because a lot of the NA books I've come across appear to have similar premises. Plus a lot of them fall into the contemporary genre, and I always need a little bit of persuasion there. I'm really glad you liked this one, Emma! It's probably not for me, but it looks like most people are enjoying this book. Lovely review. :)

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  6. Awesome review, Emma! I haven't read many NA books - I think I have only read one, actually - but I really want to carry on with the genre. I have been hesitating to try this one and now I'll definitely look out for it. Thanks for posting :)

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  7. What a brilliant review, Emma! I feel so eager to find out more about the book after reading your post. Thanks a lot :)

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  8. I honestly don't know how well I'd deal with Ella. I have major issues with characters who tend to run away. It's a pet peeve of mine. But I do have this one coming for review and hopefully I won't hate it.
    Great review!

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  9. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this more than I was Emma, Ella's character was just too frustrating for me. I don't think I'll be picking up the next book, but I hope you enjoy it! Great review Emma :)

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  10. Great review Emma. This sounds really good, gradual romances are actually what I prefer :)

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  11. I've heard lots about Jessica Sorensen's books, though I've never tried any of them. In fact, I don't think I've tried any New Adult books! They all have GORGEOUS covers though. Maybe to attract us teenagers? ;) This book sounds really great. Ella and Micha's relationship sounds romantic and incredible. I think I'll have to pick one of Jessica's books up soon! Wonderful review, Emma!

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