Book Review: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk + Giveaway

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The Beauty That Remains by Ashely Woodfolk

Publication: March 6th of 2018 by Delacorte Press

Length: 352 Pages

ISBN: 9780525578284

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.


Thank you to Penguin Random House International for sending a review copy of The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk in exchange for an honest review and being part of the  Blog Tour. This did not affect my opinion of the book.


GRIEF

ɡrēf/
noun
noun: grief
  1. deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death.

Do you remember what are your happy memories? How someone affects your life in an amazing way? Do you remember who are the people are there when you are in your deepest moments? Do you remember your first love? Do you wish to cherish the present with your siblings? Did you give flowers because of gratitude more than because of regrets? These are some of the questions that you’ll ask for yourself after reading The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk. I don’t know how I was able to finish the book because it exudes sorrow, pain, and regrets every chapter. Grief is that feeling that you don’t want to feel and yet you don’t have any choice. It is a natural phenomenon when we experience losing someone we are close with, someone we love, and someone who mold us into a better person.

It feels like I have to breathe in between chapters. It displays too many emotions. Feelings that don’t know where to hide, feelings that don’t know where to put. It is impressive how Woodfolk weaved her novel into an inspirational story that teenagers being affected by social media and how they’ve been broken from losing someone to the process of healing. From Autumn’s grief of her best friend Tavia’s death to Shay’s twin sister’s death to Logan with Bram’s death. It was a hell of a novel. How could someone write so diverse in race, perspective, relationship, orientation and put so much pain in one book? I commend Ashley Woodfolk for writing swiftly with a fast-paced story that could make her readers writhe in pain while reading the book.

Every Chapter was just so good and was just so painful that it is so hard to read. I just need to take a moment and get back to it.

What’s amazing about this book is how music help Autumn, Shay, and Logan to find each other that they didn’t know at some point they are helping each other to move on — to blend in and express their emotions through the magic of music. It was so incredible that I could relate. That when everything feels like couldn’t go the way you want to, you could just make or listen to a music and it will help. The Beauty That Remains, this magnificent, outstanding, tear-jerker debut, will help people realized that there’s more to life. May their loved one rest in peace but their life still goes on and that’s what matters: Looking forward to the future and use those emotions to wield a much better and positive life.

This promising book will ignite emotions within you. It will make you feel feels – emotions that will dwell within you. It will offer a perspective that will enlighten you at some point and refreshing opinions regarding the current issues that we are facing today. Overall, I want people to read this book. We need more diverse books like this that tells us that whatever your race is or wherever you came from – your feelings are valid.

MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.


Also, I made some minimalistic graphics for this blog tour! I hope you enjoy!

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BLOG TOUR

Blog
Name
Tour Date
Wild Writing Life
Ilana
3/6/2018
These Trapped Words
Lovelene
3/6/2018
A Thousand Words A Million Books
Aditi
3/7/2018
Carina’s Books
Carina
3/7/2018
Kath Reads
Kath
3/8/2018
Diary of an Avid Reader
ARELI
3/8/2018
Drizzle and Hurricane Books
Marie
3/9/2018
Bookevin
Kevin Loh
3/9/2018
Rimsha’s Corner
RIMSHA
3/12/2018
Serial Bibliophile
Sylvia
3/12/2018
www.yabookscentral.com
Melissa
3/13/2018
Wanderer in Neverland
Shaine
3/13/2018
The Bookish Word
Noha
3/14/2018
Sumaiyya Books
Sumaya
3/14/2018
Descendant of Poseidon Reads
Joel
3/15/2018
Feed Your Head
Dana
3/15/2018
Blackplume
Maricar
3/15/2018
The Royal Polar Bear Reads
Rafael Ray
3/16/2018
Books For Tea
Sarah
3/16/2018

GIVEAWAY


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


15136965Ashley Woodfolk graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and her life-long love of books led her straight to the publishing industry. She’s a member of the CBC Diversity Committee and markets books for children and teens. In her abundance of “spare” time, she writes contemporary YA. Indie movies, beer, books, and burgers are a few of her favorite things. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and pit bull puppy, Winnie. THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS is her debut novel.

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