Monday, May 30, 2016

The Latest Series I fell in love with: The Fish Tales by Suanne Laquear


Darra's Review:

Usually I am not the person that leaves long reviews for down time books. I have had this book on my kindle for a couple of months and life happens. So I finally got to it. I almost am sad that I did not take the time earlier this year. It is like I wished I had more time to know the book.
Yes, the first book, The Man I Love, has been out since 2014. Personally I am glad I read all three books at once. It took a couple of weeks to read but the story naturally flowed from book to book.

The first book is from Erik's point of view.  He is a beautiful character. Has all the qualities you love to see in a man. Daisy is old soul with a heart of gold. Will is one of a kind. If you do not fall in love with Erik, you will with Will. There are so many other characters that make the book solid. Life does not have just few people that come in go. There are people that may effect who you will be and actions of others that will define what may to come. 
Erik's story is raw. It provokes all the readers emotions. That happiness, sorrow, pain and excitement. I could not even explain how this book effected my mental status. It is a watching someones life story and have nobody to explain it to. Too many words. I know this could not be a final story. There was too much of Erik that was missing.

Give Me Your Answer True was difficult to start because I knew this was Daisy's story. It is not like I hated her. Yes, you know what she did, but life happens, It is hard to move from the first character. Especially because it was Erik. He deserved every page of that book . However every emotion I used for Erik, I did for Daisy as well. Both books tell a life story. Not just a couple of years. of course she didn't live a perfect life. That is what makes this real. 
It was not just the story, the writing was fantastic. It goes back and forth. From current time, to the beginning of college. Even before Erik. She sees a therapist and tells her all her memories. Than you get to watch it as if it was a movie. Her story eventually meets up to current tense. And moves on from there. So seamless, you will not realize it happened. This was truly an amazing book with writing that you wish all other books can succeed. At the end of the book, I downloaded the next book within the next minute. I could wait for more. 

Here To Stay is the book that holds the outcome for all the characters both Erik and Daisy have encountered. 
Honestly, I was afraid it would not end how I wished it to. Do not be afraid, worth each moments of your reading life. There were other books I had to read for reviews right before this book and I mowed thru those in a day to get back to the Fish Tales. 
Keep in mind they have lived over a decade separate. Luckily in the second  book you get a little glimpse of Will and Lucky. Now they are back. And this series would not be what it is if it did not include both of them. A little embarrassing to write, I was an emotional mess. Tears  rolled down my face without knowing. A few moments of ugly cries and lots of snotty nose. Hits you to your core. Can't imagine having to go thru such hard times with your soul mate that you finally found again. Life happens in books to. Will had an unfinished story. In Here To Stay you find out what happened during the "Eric" time, the Europe time and the Erik and Daisy days. I fell  in love with him because of how much he loved everyone else. Erik. I have not found a soul mate best friend like I did with Will & Erik. All four were made for each other. 

Overall, The Fish Tale series will always have a piece of my heart. I think reading it in just a few weeks was not enough. This story is over most of their lifetimes. I am a sucker for life stories. Nothing is complete until the rest of your life is set. Can't imagine a reader not liking that. The author personally knows some of these tragedy's. So they are true. Personally I wish that was not the case because I would be reading her life. There are dark times. I would not wish that upon anyone. Since I finished the series, I have replayed so many scenes and emotions. Remembering how one character felt. I cannot let it go. May be considered unhealthy, I do not care. Just typing this review makes me want to go back to read more about Erik, Daisy and Will. If you are not touched by this series, you have no heart. It is a story I will read again this year. I am just waiting a few weeks before I go back. Don't want to look reader crazy. But I have these books on a pedestal. The Fish Tale Series touched my soul. 

If I were to give a rating, it would be a 5 out of 5. There is a reason why all three books got great reviews. Worth each moment of your time.

About the Author:

Suanne Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Her debut novel, The Man I Love, won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and a gold medal for Best Debut Author from Feathered Quill Book Awards. 

With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the emotions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. 

Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
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