Thursday, 17 September 2015

Review: The Right Moves [The Game #3] by Emma Hart


Title: The Right Moves
Author: Emma Hart
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Genre: New Adult, contemporary Romance
Series: The Game #3
Source: Purchased by myself
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 27th March 2014
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
Her past is wrought with demons.
His past is full of heartbreak.
Yet he's the one person that can remind her what it means to live.

Abbi Jenkins never thought she would leave the walls of the mental institution that's housed her for the last year. Now she has, but that doesn't mean she's forgotten everything Pearce put her through.
She knows there's only one way to deal with the depression that claws at her mind each day, and ballet becomes more than a hobby, a dream. Ballet - and Julliard - becomes a reason to live. Something to hold on for.

Blake Smith left London for one reason and one reason only. Running from the heartbreak of his past was never something he wanted to do, but with constant reminders everywhere he turned, it became his only option. When he arrives in New York City, he vows he'll keep the promise he made to his sister and get into Juilliard.

But he doesn't expect to be paired with Abbi in class, the girl whose eyes show a world of pain he's seen before. Pain he knows too well. As each hour they spend together pulls them closer, Blake can't fight his need to save her from herself.

Lines blur as their pasts are wrenched into the open, and they have to ask themselves whether they're too broken to ever to be fixed, or if they're the healing the other needs.
My Thoughts
I first read this series late last year, and once I had finished the first two books I knew I wanted to read more and the last two books in the series quickly found thier way onto my iPad.

Having already read the previous books, I had a basic idea of what Abbi had gone through, but for those who pick this book up first have it all briefly explained, so you are not missing out on anything.
Abbi is a ballet dancer but after Pearce broke her heart, and her self worth, Abbi went to places and thoughts inside her head that should never have been there. She has physical and emotional scars that need healing, so when she was released, her first point of call was dance studio. Here she can forget the past, forget all the hurt, just for a few short moments.
Blake, has his own history he is escaping, he is British and travels to America to dance, to go to Julliard to fulfill a promise he made to his sister, days before he found her dead body.

Going into The Right Moves I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I began reading I immediately felt sorry for Abbi, to have gone through so much abuse and feel like she has to take an easy way out, but still be here, each day a fight to survive, can't be easy. But Abbi has a great support system in her family and friends, and has dance as a way of escaping. She comes across as distant and very withdrawn, especially around Blake, but I liked seeing thier friendship slowly develop, it made it real real and important to this duo.

Blake was someone who you can tell is a nice person the moment you meet them, he just has this feeling about him, and he was perfect for Abbi, understanding everything she had been through, but also being there for her and not letting her hide away, or fall back into depression. As well as doing an extremely British accent in my head when it was his turn to speak, I really enjoyed getting to know him and learn about him.

I started The Right Moves as a way to pass an hour or two before bed, and ended up finishing it in one sitting, not stopping till after 2am. I laughed, and cried through the the pages. The Right Moves was a book that instantly clicked with me and drew me into the world and the story. The characters are easy to like and you can't help but become emotionally connected to them. I liked how the characters both had a similar past, and together they make it work, being each others support, and just being there. The journey for Abbi isn't an easy one, but seeing how she fought, seeing her determination to fight her depression but also seeing the occasional time of desperation made me feel truly sorry for anyone who has to fight this terrible illness. The Right Moves portrays this in a tasteful but realistic way.

Final Verdict
The Right Moves was an enjoyable, unputdownable read. I love how the stories have a small connection with each other, but can also stand alone by themselves.

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