EJ Noyes continues to impress Alone is a masterpiece We ve all ondered what life on that imaginary deserted island would be like some of us would ne Alone by EJ Noyes is an absolutely stunning book I mean seriously this is a book you start and are just riveted The National Debt: A Short History page afterage A few chapters in an I asked myself what am I reading Knowing full well this book is on the next level Pick it up read it and then strap in because you are in for one hell of a ride My Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific proverbial hat is off you EJ Noyes because you have written something extraordinary I will give a little bit of synopsis but I am going to leave you with my final review This book is not a 5 star it is well above that This one is at theinnacle of the lesbian romance genre You don t see books like this on very often Truly a treasure and one that will stay with you long after the final ageCeleste Thorne is art of an experiment where she has removed herself from all human contact for over three years For 500000 she has not seen spoken to or had any contact with a human form It has begun to have taken an effect on her mind but she has not broken With a half a year left Celeste is hanging in there Things all take a drastic turn when Olivia Soldano crashes into her remote compound That s the basics of the story now go read it You will not be disappointed in this gem Gold is still my favorite by Noyes but Alone is not too far behind It is a kind of sychological romance with some dark undertones but not dark in its essence On the contrary it is essentially ositive and motivating It is different and weird but in a good way It is emotional in a big way We can be angry afraid ashamed angsty crazy and happy along with the rotagonist Celeste We can laugh and cry with her We can even hear voices in our head All of that we can experience in this eccentric romantic story thanks to the great imagination and great writing skills of the authorAlone about 93000 words is written in first erson Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde present tense just like Ask Tell from theoint of view of Celeste I consider it a good choice regarding the theme of the story The same applies to the somewhat slower Karneval, Vol. 4 paceI can not wait to see what Noyes will serve us next I am even unsettled a little With her vivid mind and imagination who knows LOLHighly recommended475 starsMarch 24 2019A review copy of this book wasrovided by the The Hiding Place publisher Alone is not in any way shape or form a run of the mill book I don t think it was meant to be one The book feels clinical at first because Celeste the mc is telling her story via a sterile report documenting an experiment in which she is the subject She s been left isolated in the middle of the woods bound by a 4 year contract which is now mercifully ending within a year Of course she has her basic needs met but there is no communication with the outside world and most importantly no human contact allowed other than scant computer messages with the scientists Hello Kafkaesue Lesfic Celeste already comes from a brutalast and robably has always been on the recipice of mental well being and tragedy but this experiment is a relentless ummeling to both body and soul Creating imaginary friends for companionship hearing voices in a silent world and most heartbreaking having a hug tree to fill the cruel void of touch deprivation are just a few examples When a stranger appears Celeste struggles with morals and ethics trying to remember who she is in the middle of all the falseness At times I felt like the story was metaphorical describing chapters in eople s lives when we can become emotionally isolated because of The Elephants Journey past hurts and how it s a steep climb to re engage with another to trust again For anybody keeping track there are alsolenty of hot moments and an intense slow burninsta romance as illogical as that sounds It somehow all works because the author makes it work Second read I liked it less than the first time And for that I am rating it down a star This is still an absolutely excellent and uniue story but there were some things that I didn t care for this time around The songssayings that go through her head and then says Stop was super repetitive and didn t add anything The uick use of baby all of the sudden in the end was not good for me I highly dislike baby as an endearment Definitely not during sex And especially not after you just get together Don t let those Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' picky things dissuade you if you are the oneerson who has not read this yet Definitely read it Noyes creates a captivating story that focuses on hysical Half a million dollars will be Celeste Thorne’s reward for spending four years of her life in total isolation No faces No voices No way to leaveSince Celeste has never really worried about being alone the generous aycheck she’ll receive for her Changing Face of the Hero participation in the solitarysychological experiment seems like easy moneyWhen she
Nd emotional lonelinessCeleste answers an advertisement that leads her to live in a habitat without The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time: A Collection of Poetry physical or audible human contact for 34 years She is deep into her routines when an unexpected visitor arrives just after the 3 year mark She is afraid that this contact has broken the rules and jeopardized her arrangement But Celeste is so deprived of connection she considers allowing the stranger to stay in secret for awhileThis is a very heavy read Celeste is secluded for a long time and we get a lengthy view into what life is like in her habitat The mundane the repetitiveness the desperation and the hallucinations The main charactersasts are filled with StoryBranding: Creating Stand-Out Brands Through The Power of Story painful experiences Thankfully we are just told about and not shown them At times I felt that Celeste was too oh woe is me and self deprecating but I had to keep reminding myself of the situation she has been in That made interpreting her actions different than you might consider in other storiesAbove all this is a love story It was mostlyredictable with exception to the length of time it took to have a resolution Nobody will be able to claim it had an abrupt ending But I felt it It hurt Then kept hurting I had a lump in my throat and glossy eyes for the last 14 of the book Some of the scenes were so filled with tension I could hardly stand it The dialogue shines in this oneI recommend to those who love romance science seclusion tension and Montana I received an ARC from the It's A Wonderfully Sexy Life publisher for an honest review For being one of my most anticipated want to read books to read in 2019 this one sure had a lot of expectations to live up to I can say with full authority that it met or exceeded every single hope that I had Noyes has done it again cementing herlace as a must read author Ask Tell was one of my favorite books of 2017 and sits on my all time favorite re read list but I think this book actually tops it Noyes has matured as an author and Alone is gut wrenching in many Lignin Biodegradation places With that said I honestly can t say that I m normally an emotional reader Yes I m caught up in the story but rarely catch myself laughing out loud or crying or truly feeling emotion with the charactersarts of Alone left me wrecked Actual tears If that s not saying something for the depth and maturity I m not sure what else Pure Chance possibly could convey it As the blurb mentions one of the MCs Celeste spends a ton of time alone in this one There s a lot of time spent on ordinary daily things but it works in this book Yes it s a touch slow inarts but it s exactly what s called for in the situation and in fact the mundane is The Lady and the Lionheart partly what makes this book so good I was able to spot the twist before it showed up but I m not sure if everyone will It didn t bother me in any way knowing what was coming It s handled brilliantly and I dare you to not feel angry and emotionally wrecked yourself once it s all revealed There s really no other lesfic books that this book compares to andersonally I think that s another art of what makes this so great It s an emotional sychological rollercoaster of the best kind I stayed up waaaay too late reading this just to finishAnd the romance wow Noyes can really write some steamJust do yourself a favor and re order this one now You won t be sorry475 starsMany thanks to Bella Books for roviding me with an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review Edit 51119 I have been thinking about changing my rating from 45 to a full 5 stars for about a week now This doesn t happen to me often changing ratings but it happened to me with Ask Tell too Noyes writes books I can t uite forget about I think I was a little conservative in my first rating because this is still one of the best books I read all year and it deserves the full 5 stars There are only a handful of authors that I will drop everything to read as soon as a new book comes out and Noyes is at the top of that list While I Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church pride myself on being a fair reviewer I know I can be a littleicky at times But every time Noyes uts a new book out she manages to blow my mind just a little While I do admit the storyline of this book is not my favorite by Noyes it s hard to compete with one of my all time favorite books in Ask Tell or the sweeping romance of Gold but this might actually be one of her best written books It s hard to show growth as an author when your debut is fanfreakingtastic but it is clear to see Noyes writing just gets better and better with every book she writesThis book is uite different than any Noyes has written before Actually if you look. Inds an injured hiker in the woods bordering her living compound her strictly governed world is thrown into disarray But even as she struggles with the morality of breaking the rules of the experiment Celeste can’t deny her growing attraction to the kind and enigmatic Olivia Soldano Still how much can you really trust a stranger And.
At her complete body of work no two books feel the same which I think is really impressive It s hard to ick categories to fit this book into It is a romance but again it s different from the norm It is also sychological but not a sychological thriller there really aren t other lesfic books out there like this And while Ask Me Again was absolutely heartbreaking at times I think this is the most emotional book Noyes has written It sure took me on a ride and messed with my feelings This is what a good first erson story is supposed to do It is supposed to draw you into the character and make you feel Well I was feeling something alright I cried I smiled I was angry and disgusted and I was sad but also relieved This book ut my emotions through a wringer and it was exactly what I wantedWhen it came to the romance I thought it was well written Again it is very different but here s that word again emotional With the way the two characters meet the chemistry does build slowly but when the characters are together it was almost National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 powerful It made you feel like you were reading about twoeople that were meant to be connected to each other And the sex scenes my gosh were they steamy But it s not just the steam factor they were intimate and consuming I ve always been impressed by the sex scenes Noyes writes but these seemed like a noticeable step up I do have to oint out this is a slower aced book The story is about someone living in isolation for years So there is Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism plenty of just everyday living and someone trying to keep sane in the face of complete loneliness And there were even somearts you could see coming as a reader but even with some Gods and fighting men: the story of the Tuatha de Danaan and of the Fianna of Ireland, arranged and put into English by Lady Gregory parts being a little telegraphed the outcome still almost wrecked me Again this is the testament to the excellent writing skills of Noyes If you are a Noyes fan don t hesitate to get this If you are a romance fan but want to read something different get this It seems no matter what Noyes writes she doesn t disappoint I will eagerly be waiting for whatever she writes next An ARC was given to me for a honest review I loved the storyline obviously like everyone else nothing new here Also Noyes writes EXTREMELY well again nothing new here I finished it in less than a day working in between again nothing new here So why a 4 The romance didn t work for me I actually really really wanted it to work with Sa Update Nov 28 2019Listened to the audiobook 3 times by now Oh Abby Craden you really know how to bring characters to life If you haven t read or listened to this yet you need to change that because the story is extraordinary Rating updated to 5 GASP What No 5 stars Admit it that was your first reaction right Honestly it was mine as well So what givesFirst thing s first if you re expecting an actual review stop reading now You won t get it simply because EJ Noyes is a ridiculously talented author who once again wrote a great book and you should already know this In other news the ice caps are still melting butterflies are terrifying and mushrooms are the source of all evil Moving onSo here s the real reason why I haven t given this book 5 stars it was emotionally exhausting Prior to reading this book I had spent several weeks going over all kinds ofersonal relationships in my life because I was about to come out to a some family members Picking up this book and reading about Celeste s heartbreaking romantic and familial relationships Charming the Firefighter proved to be too much and I needed to take several breaks Obviously I was wrong when I thought a book by an author of EJ s caliber wouldn t affect me too much but because of the audio book release scheduled for the 13th I went ahead and read this anyway Ouch lesson learnedSo there you have it For now my rating stands at 4 but who knows what will happen after I listen to the audio book ARC generouslyrovided by both NetGalley and The Publisher in exchange for an honest review Description begins in the writer s imagination but should finish in the reader s mindStorytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it Rich in good characterization and storyline ALONE is a dazzling narration that offers an insightful and some meaningful erspectives on what is false or real when showing endearment to another while being enclosed from the outside world Readers might deem it impossible to imagine or believed that someone could give up everything to be secluded in a habitat to have their life continuously monitored for a span of three lus years from a technologically advanced societ. How much can you trust yourself when you know all the faces you’ve seen and voices you’ve heard for the ast three years have only been your imaginationBut what’s real Celeste’s reality may lie somewhere between the absolute truth and a carefully constructed deceptionGenre RomanceEditor Cath WalkerCover Designer Judith Fellow.
E J Noyes lives in Australia with her wife a needy cat aloof chickens and too many horses When not indulging in her love of reading and writing E J argues with her hair and pretends to be good at things