Thursday, January 28, 2016

Needing to Fall Amazon Review Tour

Title: Needing to Fall
Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers

Have you ever sunk inside yourself to a place of darkness so deep you couldn’t see the light? Had no hope? Felt completely alone in a world filled with so many people?
I have. I’ve lived it, breathed it. 
Because life hated me. 
It disliked me from the moment of conception, despised me when I was born, loathed me when I bounced from each foster home, and kicked me in the gut when I watched the one thing that meant everything to me leave. 
For years, I drifted, unable to find my footing, never knowing what the word stable meant. Then a single moment in time rocked me to my core, changing me and making that solid ground I so desperately craved crumble at my feet, causing me to fall farther than I’d ever imagined. 
The darkness of the swirling tornado that is depression captured me, pulling me down to its depths, drowning me, suffocating me, owning me.
A depth so deep, I didn’t think I’d survive and didn’t care if I did. I only wanted peace. I wanted the pain to disappear. I wanted to be … free. 
Needing to fall into the cyclone of darkness was the only way I could find the light.
**Warning: This book covers many tough issues—including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abuse. It is a very highly charged, emotional read. 18+ Only. Please note: depression, PSTD, and other issues covered in this book take different lengths of time to combat—some take a lifetime. In this book, time is skewed and sped up to flow with the story line.**

Ryan Michele has literally topped every single book I have read in the last year with Needing to Fall. This emotional charged journey to the past through the present for these characters will leave you stunned and emotionally broken.  Michele takes on an even tougher subject with this marvelous standalone novel.  PTSD isn’t uncommon anymore and is not just diagnosed in our country’s brave warriors.  Yes, there is a soldier with PTSD in this book, but there’s also a suffering young woman who nearly makes a fatal decision as well. 

Needing to Fall is a beautiful look at how to indescribable broken people can help re-build each other’s life.  Reign and Lynx were hands down the best written characters I have ever had the privilege of reading.  I’ve honestly sat back for three days and tried to summarize my feelings about this book, and truth be told, there isn’t a single string of words that I could eloquently put together to even come close to how I feel about this book.  It’s as if my heart shattered with Reign’s past and was mended back together with barbed wire coated in sadness.  The darkness of this story enveloped me to the point that I felt every single shred of pain alongside of Reign.  I cried when she cried and I loved when she loved. 

It’s been a very long time since I’ve truly said how much a book changed my perspective on the lives being lead around us.  After turning the last page, my mind wondered to how many people may be facing similar situations as fictional Reign and Lynx. How many woman or men in my community faced horrific nightmares of past misgivings or terrors? I think in the end not only did I fall in love with a book and its characters, but I realized just how badly those who suffer from PTSD need a friend.  So readers and bloggers out there that may be reading this, if you need help, please seek it. If you see someone struggling, lend a hand or even smile as something who looks as if the world is about to eat them alive because you don’t know when someone so smile will save a life. 

Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.


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