Sunday, May 3, 2015

Book Review: MAKING FACES by Amy Harmon

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: 20 October 2013


Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.



I had this book in my to-reads for a long time now and I always thought it was a book I was going to really like. Just from the blurb and the reviews, this really sounded like my kind of read. Well, to my surprise this book was beyond what I expected. That's because this story is not only a romance, it's so much more. It's a story about life and its many kinds of love; it's about hope, about loss and real heartache, about strength, and about the fragility of faith in people. That's what this beautiful story is about and as much as I wish I had read it sooner, I'm actually grateful that I finally got to read it and experience it.

“Victory is in the Battle”

What struck me first when I started reading Making Faces was the incredible writing. Oh that writing, so charming and endearing that I found myself lost in it immediately. The clever and engaging ways this author described every detail and how she brought every character to life was amazing. I had no problem at all with getting attached with all the characters and I was fascinated by how they were connected to each other in such purposefully ways that I got chills when I finally understood why. Moreover, I felt a huge sense of hope, innocence, and humbleness throughout the story that was captivating and melted my heart over and over. Even when the heartache and the difficult times came around in the story, I was always reminded of that sweet and tender hope that kept transpiring through the characters in one way or another and that feeling was magical. 

“Maybe everyone represents a piece of the puzzle. We all fit together to create this experience we call life. None of us can see the part we play or the way it all turns out. Maybe the miracles that we see are just the tip of the iceberg. And maybe we just don't recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible things.”

The love story in this book has to be one of purest and sweetest romances I've ever read. These characters were full of honesty, humbleness, and had such kind hearts that I totally fell in love with them. Their story wasn't at all perfect or easy but the way they learn from their circumstances and the way they regain their hope and faith was a journey full of powerful emotions. I cried for them more than a couple times yet I also laughed heartily several times too. They were just a beautiful combination of bravery, innocence, and tenderness all around and I couldn't be happier with the way their story turned out to be at the end. 

“Maybe you see beauty in me because you are beautiful, not because I am.”

I mentioned this is not just a story about a couple falling in love, though, that part is the core of the story but not all of it. Friendships and family ties are also shown here in the most captivating and intense forms. When tragedy shakes up the strong bonds between people that love each other, when faith is really challenged, when hope feels lost but yet they learn to make it through because of those precious bonds they once shared. That's the kind of emotions this story evokes and the experience of reading it ends up being absolutely uplifting and unforgettable. Really, when I finished reading I was reminded of things I unconsciously take for granted and how I should feel more blessed everyday. So for a book to leave me with such introspect, I think this is a story everybody should read. Yes, every romance reader should pick up this book but also anybody who enjoys a story that really speaks to the heart with a beautiful message about how love can transcend everything...♥ 

“We have faith that there is purpose. We hope for things we can't see. We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love, and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can't contain it.”


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