|Release Date: March 22, 2016|
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Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.
When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.
When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.
Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.
When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go."
My Thoughts:I am a certified Nicole Williams fangirl; if she writes it I will read it and I will love it. Crush took me on an emotional rollercoaster, Lost & Found has forever sealed a place in my heart, The Fable of Us gave me all the feels, Hard Knox was simply an important book, Damaged Goods had a twist like no other, but Collared.... well Collared is dark and heartbreaking but it is her best book to date. It is hard to say this because I feel like I am betraying Jesse and Rowan but Collared is just wow. Honestly, this book is very difficult for me to review because I don't know if I will be able to find the words to do this book justice. It is also the kind of book that I think you should experience for yourself and I don't want to ruin anything. So I am going to try my best here; but know that no matter what I say or how great I make it sound, this book is better than anything I can say.
Jade has lived through hell and Nicole did a fantastic job of making me feel every single emotion she was feeling. I hurt alongside her. Being in her head was difficult and my heart shattered but it was also inspiring because Jade is a survivor and I loved her. It was so hard to read about this girl who had her life ripped away from her and the emotions Jade goes through are gut-wrenching. But I was also proud of her for trying and trying and trying. “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Then we have Torrin and my heart broke for him too. While Jade was living through hell, so was Torrin. He never gave up hope but never giving up hope is not easy. I loved him and I loved how he was there for Jade. While everyone wanted to coddle her or didn’t know how to act, Torrin became her tether. I LOVED their relationship. Their love is beautiful and I don’t just mean in your typical romantic aspect. At the base of it all they are best friends and no matter what happened, nothing was going to keep Torrin from helping Jade through this in whatever way she needs.
This book is very different from Nicole's other books. For one, this is not a romance. Love story? Absolutely. Romance? No. This book is dark and it is not an easy read. It hurts and it makes you cry. And not the ugly type of crying where one moment breaks you... this is the type of crying that just happens silently and continually throughout the book. I lost count of how many times I felt my eyes fill with tears. This book is devastating in many ways and it is painful to read. But all the tears and pain are worth it because it is a fantastic story and like I said Nicole's best book to date. It has become one of my all time favorite books. It was worth every single tear that I shed.
Collared is easily one of my favorite books ever. Nicole branched out with this one. It was hard to read so I cannot imagine what it was like to write, but I’m incredibly grateful she shared this story with us.
About The Author:
Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.
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