Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Twosome Tuesday: Who We Are by Shanora Williams Blog Tour

Who We Are (Fire Nine #2) by Shanora Williams


"I thought I had gone through something much worse. I thought the abuse and pain from my mom and step-dad was bad, but this? This heartache? This pain? This depression? This gut-wrenching, heartbreaking moment? This knotted up feeling in my gut, the tightness in my throat, the ache in my chest? It was slowly but surely killing me."

Eight months.

That's how long it's been since Eliza last saw Gage and they both feel as if they don't deserve one another's forgiveness. He screwed up. She walked away without looking back. They'll try and make up all the time they've lost with one another, that is until they're facing the choices of either going their separate ways, or hanging on and fighting for dear life.

The fights will be endless. They heartache will be real. The demons will return, and they won't back down without a fight.

There are some who will do anything to keep true love apart, and those same people will dig deep into their demonic ways until Eliza and Gage are literally no more.

Can Eliza and Gage overcome it all? Will they be able to face the true demons that are seeking to destroy them? Or will they just forget about everything they've worked so hard for and go their separate ways?

Sometimes you have to go through struggles in order to reach an ultimate point of peace… but will their struggle be worth it?

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Author Bio:

Shanora Williams was born and raised in Matthews, North Carolina. She's the author of the New Adult series, OBTAINED and the Best Selling New Adult novel, Hard to Resist. Her upcoming mature New-Adult/Adult novel, Who He Is, will be released in July of 2013.

When she's not writing, she's happily reading or watching cartoons like the big kid she is. She has a wonderful family that you will hear her brag and talk about all of the time. Whenever she just wants to get away from the words for a while, she'll spend some time with her loved ones, eat gummy bears, or drown in Coca-Cola and anything else caffeinated.



Heather's Review:

4.5 "I can almost feel him" Smooches!

Every time I heard it on the radio, it was a constant reminder of what I'd actually done to him… I didn't want to face him again. I was a coward, I was selfish, but I couldn't help it. I literally ripped that boy's heart to shreds.

Eliza is meeting up with her father Ben, at a Fire Nine concert, so she can ride back home with him for a visit. She is nervous to see Gage again and hides out backstage trying to avoid him. Then she hears his voice through the speakers as he dedicates a performance to her.

"This girl… I know she's here right now. She really broke my fucking heart. I fucked up; she let me go. I opened up to her; she closed off on me… I want her to know tonight how bad she fucked me over- how hurt I was when I watched her leave. Not only did she break my heart, but she took the pieces with her."

…it'd only been eight months since the last time we saw each other. Love couldn't fade that fast... could it? I sure as hell still loved him...

Eliza and Gage have a very spark filled, emotionally charged reunion. They lay their feelings bare and are working things out. But, Gage and Ellie can never seem to get it right. After a very brief time together, they are ripped apart again. This time Gage is the one to walk away.

Every single morning, I smell him. Even when I've changed my sheets, I smell him. When I roll onto the side of the bed he was on, I smell him. I can almost feel him…

Who We Are sucked me in from the first few pages. I FELT the pain and anger that consumed Gage after Eliza left him… the guilt and regret that plagued Ellie over breaking both Gage's and her own hearts. Most of all I felt their love for each other and their desperation to be together.

Eliza and Gage's story is beautiful and tragic. It is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I can't say enough about what an amazing job Shanora William's did on this sequel. Her writing shows so much growth. More than I even realized it could. One of the things I look for in a book is how emotionally connected I am. I want to feel. I want my heart to break and I want to believe it so much that I hurt with them. Who We Are broke my heart in the best way.

The one and only complaint that I have, and this stems back to Who He Is, is Gage's reason for not committing to Eliza. Although his reasons get a little better in Who We Are, I still don't feel like it should have been a deal breaker. A love as strong and passionate as theirs needed something more believable to keep them apart. For this reason I gave Who We Are 4.5 stars.

Well done Shanora! I am so attached to your characters and can't wait to read Roy and Montana's books!

Selene's Review

4.5 "life is shit until you clean it up" Smooches

When you are in love with someone - even when they hurt you and leave you behind without saying good-bye - it's real. Usually you get over or let it go, but with Gage… I couldn't. There was too much love within me for him, and I was never going to let it go. - Eliza

Who We Are is the second book in the FireNine series. It is the continuation of bad boy rocker Gage and quiet introspective Ellie's story. Gage falls hard for Eliza in FireNine #1. After a whirlwind summer affair, Ellie walks away from Gage leaving us wondering where their story goes.

Eight months have passed since Who He Is ended. Eliza is immersed back in school and getting ready for her big summer internship at Arts Global. Gage is busy with the band and while he should be enjoying FireNine's success he is consumed with bitterness towards Eliza for the way she ended things between them.

There's so much I love about this book. Eliza is different, stronger. She's the one left to fight for her and Gage, the only one fighting for them.

"I've made Gage my everything. I'm not losing him again." - Eliza

Gage is not the same person he was in Who He Is. He's broken and he's resigned himself to a life that does not include Eliza … he's given up his dream of them together. While he is a shell of who he was (like how I did that? LOL), he's still sexy as hell (although a little frustrating) and when there is an "Eliza and Gage" in the story, their chemistry is off the charts HAWT …. they just work! If only Gage would fight for them!

I prayed that tomorrow would go better than expected and that peace would finally make its way back to us. We were way more than either of us could see. - Eliza

Ah, I pray that too! I want an HEA for Gage and Eliza! Come on Gage and pull your head out of your a$$! Eliza is the one for you!

Another thing I loved about Who We Are is SW's writing. She's grown as an author and Who We Are demonstrates that in wonderful ways! I liked Who He Is …. I LOVED Who We Are! A big part of that is her crafting of secondary characters. The other members of FireNine - Roy, Montana, and Deed … everything about them has endeared them to me and they are a huge part of the story. So many times a series has spinoff books and I'm like … "who was that again?" Not the case with the boys from FireNine … I am ready for #3 … Roy's story!

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