Spotlight on Author Anna Todd’s After Series ~Interview & Reviews~

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Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to. 

But he’s also rude – to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessashould hate Hardin and she does — until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before. 

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper. 

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her? 

Unless… could this be love?

RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2014 After (After, #1)After by Anna Todd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ WOW! What an AMAZING read!!! I will admit after reading the first couple of chapters I wasn’t completely sold on After by Anna Todd but after that…Ms. Todd had me – hook, line and sinker!!

Now what am I supposed to do until book 2 releases!!!!

I don’t usually read a synopsis or review, but with so much buzz surrounding After, I decided to take a look and see what everyone was about. I was aware it was a fan fiction story with an EPIC following, involving the band One Direction but, after reading it I have no idea what that means 😉 I admit some of the reviews I read had me a little nervous about what I was about to begin reading. Well… I should have stuck to my guns and NOT read reviews because I absolutely loved almost every page of this nearly 600 page read. I loved it so much that I read it in two sittings and that was only because it was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and my family would have been mighty ticked if I sat through dinner with a book in my hand… But I wanted to 😉

What I read was an incredible angst-filled story about a young woman venturing out on her own for the first time in her life, off to college. Tessa is a young woman in every sense, and I really got that from the way Ms. Todd wrote her. Naive and trusting, like many of us were at her age, and I felt myself relating to her. Especially her choices in the men in her life. What is it about a-hole men that attracts some of us. Hardin is the character that you love to hate, but I couldn’t help falling for him myself. Doesn’t mean he isn’t a class A asshat, but I could tell there was more to him and I wanted to know what “more” was.

The characters in this story are great! Every one of them playing the perfect part 😉

I think anyone reading this book needs to go in remembering what it was like trying to navigate through life after high school. Trying hard to stand on your own to feet and make grownup decisions, even if they were the wrong decisions.

After gave me one hell of a book hangover and I can’t wait to get my grabby little hands on book 2. Honestly, I am still reeling over this story. I will warn you that there is a cliffhanger in After and HOLY EFFING HELL, I did NOT see it coming!! Congrats Anna Todd, I can’t wait to see where you take this story.  Nic

**I was provided with a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22557520-after

 

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Tessa has everything to lose. Hardin has nothing to lose;except her. Life will never be the same…

After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship – and Hardin’s mysterious past – Tessa is beside herself.

Hardin will always be Hardin. But is he really the deep, thoughtful guy Tessa fell madly in love with despite his angry exterior; or has he been a stranger all along? She wishes she could walk away. It’s just not that easy. Not with the memory of passionate nights spent in his arms. His electric touch. His hungry kisses…

Still, Tessa’s not sure she can endure one more broken promise. She put so much on hold for Hardin – school, friends, her mom, a relationship with a guy who really loved her, and now possibly even a promising new career. She needs to move forward with her life.

Hardin knows he made a mistake, possibly the biggest one of his life. He’s not going down without a fight. But can he change? Will he change… for love?

After We Collided (After, #2)After We Collided by Anna Todd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was completely consumed by After We Collided…671 pages read in 2 1/2 nights and I wish there was more.

Again, I find myself tense and edgy at the thought of having to wait for the December 30th release of After We Fell. I am completely addicted to the After series!!! It definitely ranks up there in my all-time favourite series. #HESSA

I wish I could put my finger on exactly what it is that has me drawn to Tessa and Hardin’s story. It might be how they’re both trying to navigate through life the best they can – both damaged by events of their childhoods. Or it might be the deep, desperate passion between them. Really, it doesn’t matter. All I know is that I wasn’t able to put After We Collided down. Anna Todd sucked me right back into the story with her complex characters and angst-filed love story.

I feel for Tessa, what would any of us do if we were in her shoes? Would you stay and fight or would you walk away. Hardin has crept into my heart. I want to slap him silly but I absolutely love him. He is everything a girl is warned to stay away from but no one will love as deeply or passionately as he will.

I know there are readers out there who will complain about the story and the behaviour of the characters but for me, that’s what makes the story so addictive. This isn’t a sweet love story…It’s messy…It’s unhealthy… It’s passionate…and it’s all-consuming. Quite often Ms. Todd references Wuthering Heights – one of my most favourite love stories ever – and I think it’s the similarities between Tessa and Hardin, and Catherine and Heathcliff that have drawn to this story.

After We Collided was an incredible read as there haven’t been too many books this year that have made me drop everything. The perfect amount of angst and passion make this a love story I can’t get out of my head…or my heart. And again with the perfect cliffhanger. Hurry up December 30th – I need more!!!  Nic

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher*

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518381-after-we-collided

18579859 Book Three of the After series—now newly revised and expanded,Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

Tessa and Hardin’s love was complicated before. Now it’s more confusing than ever. AFTER WE FELL…Life will never be the same. #HESSA

Just as Tessa makes the biggest decision of her life, everything changes. Revelations about first her family, and then Hardin’s, throw everything they knew before in doubt and makes their hard-won future together more difficult to claim.

Tessa’s life begins to come unglued. Nothing is what she thought it was. Not her friends. Not her family. The one person she should be able to rely on, Hardin, is furious when he discovers the massive secret she’s been keeping. And rather than being understanding, he turns to sabotage.

Tessa knows Hardin loves her and will do anything to protect her, but there’s a difference between loving someone and being able to have them in your life. This cycle of jealousy, unpredictable anger, and forgiveness is exhausting. She’s never felt so intensely for anyone, so exhilarated by someone’s kiss—but is the irrepressible heat between her and Hardin worth all the drama? Love used to be enough to hold them together. But if Tessa follows her heart now, will it be…the end?

After We Fell (After, #3)After We Fell by Anna Todd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have done nothing but read AFTER WE FELL by Anna Todd for the past 5 days… It’s a biggie folks — over 800 pages! And I have loved every.single.page! Seriously, the After series is like crack! And thankfully Ms. Todd kept the momentum going with After We Fell.

Honestly, when I saw the size of After We Fell I was a little intimidated — where would the storyline go in such a big book? But once I started it… I was just as hooked as I was with the first two books. So much happens in After We Fell, some good, some bad and some down right ugly. It’s an absolutely incredible emotional ride. There were scenes that had me snorting with laughter, and scenes that had me doe-eyed and swooning, then there were the scenes that nearly ripped my heart out. There’s one particular scene involving Tessa I don’t think I will ever forget because it had my heart about to burst from my chest. The raw emotion Ms. Todd used to write this particular gut-wrenching scene was incredible. I would love to discuss some of the story-lines further but that would definitely spoil the journey.

I am sure there will be naysayers commenting about the on again/off again relationship of Tessa and Hardin, but I LOVE it! So much beautiful angst! The pull of the characters, and the love felt between them is what I can’t stop thinking about. Does Hardin really love Tessa? Should Tessa stay with Hardin and all his highs and lows? I am often reminded of Wuthering Heights, one of my personal favourite books as a girl – Ms. Todd has referenced it in the story — and the angsty relationship of Catherine and Heathcliff.

After We Fell is filled with more of the fabulous characters I have come to love, and those I have come to hate. In fact there are a few characters in the story that I have now switched sides over. Great character development is a wonderful thing for a reader.

Anna Todd has a lifelong fan in me. I have enjoyed every page and look forward to reading the next instalment in the After series. If you haven’t yet started this series make sure you do. If you have read After and After We Collided, get ready for one heck of an angsty ride in After We Fell.  Nic

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18579859-after-we-fell?from_search=true

COMING SOON ~ AFTER EVER HAPPY

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RELEASE DATE:  February 24th, 2015

It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s inpenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

As the shocking truth about each of their families emerges, it’s clear the two lovers are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin—any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her. 

But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa—and everyone else in his life—away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him—not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for—Hardin or herself?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23214408-after-ever-happy

A Flirty and Dirty sit down with Anna Todd

I have become a huge fan of Anna Todd these past few month so I was honoured to have this lovely lady answer a few questions for us.

I love her even more now and can’t wait to see what the future has instore for this talented lady.

FD:  What is it about One Direction that inspired you to write about them?  And can you please explain what One Direction fan fiction is?

AT:  I love them for starters. I love their music and their interaction with their fanbase, they have done something that so few groups have been able to and I love that. One Direction Fan fiction is just like other fan fiction, where the fans create stories loosely based on them. Sometimes they are realistic, for example, someone may write about meeting Liam Payne while he’s on tour and they fall in love. Others, like me, write AU (Alternate Universe) Fan fiction, where they create completely new characters based on the looks and names of the real person. Zayn may be a vampire king in one story and a college professor in another.

FD:  Obviously, Harry Styles is your favourite member of One Direction, what is it  about Harry that you love?

AT:  Well I love all of them so much, but Harry was the first one I clung to when I first discovered them. He’s just so silly and kind and I think he’s just a one of a kind, wonderful person.

FD:  What inspired Tessa and Hardin’s angsty, dysfunctional love story? 

AT:  Wuthering Heights was the main inspiration for the dysfunctional aspect and the angst came from my love for angsty novels. 

FD: Who is your favourite character in the series and why?

AT:  Hardin for sure. I love Tessa as well, but Hardin holds a very special place in my soul. I hadn’t planned for him to be such a complex man, but the more he came to life, the more I cared for him.

FD:  What does Anna Todd have planned next?

AT:  Lots and lots of writing 🙂

FD:  Why Wattpad?

AT:  I loved reading on Wattpad because of the format and the fact that it’s an app. I grew to love the community as well. It’s such a positive and innovative place!

FD: Who are some of your favourite authors?

AT:  I love everything written by RK Lilley. She’s phenomenal. I also love Jane Austen, if you can’t tell by reading After haha! Christina Lauren and EL James are also huge inspirations for me.

FD: Ebook or physical book?

AT:  Physical for sure. Most of the time, I buy both, but there’s nothing like holding an entire world in your hands.

FD: What are you currently reading?

AT:  I’m currently reading Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, it’s killing me!

Did you also know that Paramount Studios has acquired the screen rights to After??  You know what that means, don’t you… Hardin on the big screen!!!

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