AFLAME by Penelope Douglas – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

Penelope Douglas writes outstanding books with real angst and sexy characters.

WHAT I RATED IT

 WHAT IT’S ABOUT

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
 
Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

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JENN’S REVIEW

“She belonged to me. I was built for her.”

THIS BOOK!! This book was everything it needed to be and everything I wanted it to be. There was a lot of uncalled for backlash when Penelope broke up our beloved Jared and Tate, but guess what people? Not only are they HER characters, that is real life.  Jared and Tate started dating in high school, after some pretty traumatic events transpired between them. They had a lot of growing up to do. Sometimes, as in Jared’s case, he may have loved Tate more than himself, but just couldn’t be the man she needed until he discovered the kind of man he was going to be. He needed to do that on his own…and in order do to that, he also needed to break Tate’s heart. I am not going to give you any plot points in this book. You need to experience it all for the first time, blind.

A few things I will share: While technically this book is a standalone, the only way to truly appreciate it is to have read the entire series. That isn’t a hardship. These books are excellent. They truly capture teen angst at its finest. You should also be prepared to carve out a block of time to read it. I started it at 10pm, thinking I would read a chapter or two before I fell asleep. It was 2am, when I finally closed my kindle, having read the entire book in one sitting. The tension between Jared and Tate was Bully times ten. The spark between them was just as hot, and if I can just say, a Jared on a mission to reclaim what is rightfully his, is my favorite kind of Jared. While Jared spend the book being off the charts H.O.T., Tate spent it being her classic badass self. She wasn’t just going to hand her heart back to Jared for him to break it again. She was going to make him work for it.

Aflame featured one of the best epilogues I have read in a book before. This book needed to happen so Jared and Tate, Madoc and Fallon and Jax and Juliet could get what they needed, have their stories told and end up where they were always meant to be. I can’t remember ever being so satisfied with the ending of a series, and at the same time, sad to say goodbye to these characters who have become friends over the past year.

“Everything else may change, but never the way I love you.”

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