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September Rain by A. R. Rivera is told by a series of flashbacks from the main character while she recounts the events leading up to her jailing. When Angel shows up to a band’s performance with her best friend Avery, she has no idea it will change the course of her life. While there, she meets Jake, the gorgeous lead singer. As the band takes off, Angel finds herself gladly caught up in the crazy music world. She goes as far as to see a future with Jake. But danger lurks in Angel’s past, and she becomes increasingly distant with Avery. In jail, Angel tells us constantly of her hatred for her once best friend, who, according to her, is the reason Jake is now dead.
I loved this book. I sacrificed sleep for this book. For a while, it just feels like the average romance, but keep going. It’s worth it.
Rivera uses beautiful language through the novel. It worked well with the emotions and added a good general feel to the book. I was able to connect emotionally with Angel and Avery. I found myself rooting for them.
The ending of this book will catch you off guard. I had suspicions of the underlying…thing (gah, spoilers)…but in the end, it was so much more elaborate than I would’ve ever thought. For a long time, I was thinking that it didn’t work with the rest of the story, but then I realized it did and wow. It hurt. Lots. I had to walk away from it for a couple minutes to calm myself. It made too much sense.
My only complaint about this book is Jake. I found him to be a little too perfect. In fact, he was virtually flawless. I would have much more enjoyed a character with a gigantic, unmistakable flaw that Angel loved him (or didn’t…!) despite.
Kudos to A. R. Rivera, as this plot is far more complex than it seems at first. She did a great job at weaving in that crucial…thing…without making it obvious. The ideas were well executed with just the right balance of elements. I need to snag a copy of the first book, Between Octobers. (Note: The Savor the Days Series is connected only by the characters; they can be read out of order and make sense.)
(Be sure to check this one out and comment about it so we can cry together.)