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Football hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It shoFootball hero by day and thief by night, Charles “Cugs” McConnely leads a double life in the small town of Newbark, Florida. At sundown, the seventeen-year-old turns burglar, forced into the business by the man who should be teaching him the difference between right and wrong: his father.Cugs is a pro at both games, but only one can secure him a college scholarship. It should be an easy decision, a no-brainer—if Newbark hadn't proffered the only life he knows.After run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, his accidental victim and the sole person to have caught him in the act, Cugs starts to realize that hearts can be stolen too.When his long-lost sister makes contact, lies are uncovered and truths revealed. Suddenly, Cugs finds himself questioning both plans and loyalties. Because sometimes the only way to move forward is by pulling the bottom out of the past....

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path of thieves Reviews

  • Malene_D *BadAndDirtyBooks*
    2019-03-22 07:06

    I'll be honest and say that I'm not avid reader of YA but I've been lucky and have read a few that definitely entertained me. Path of Thieves can now be added to that collection cause I certainly enjoyed this story by Sunniva Dee. Path of Thieves is Sunniva Dee's first attempt at YA and I couldn't tell. I met Cugs in Dodging Trains which also was my first book I read by Dee. In Path of Thieves Cugs is the main POV and the reader follows this seventeen year old guy with flashbacks to when and how he came to live with his father at seven years old.It's definitely not easy for Cugs cause his father involves him in his criminal ways. Robbing other people's homes. One night he meets the amazing and wonderful Nadine.Cugs and Nadine have history since they met when he was seven years old. That history they share only makes their bond and connection stronger. Something I could easily feel and also enjoyed about their relationship.What I loved about Path of Thieves was the characters. Yes, it's an YA romance but that wasn't something that reflected on Cugs, Nadine, Bear or Liza. They were mature and there wasn't any over the top drama between them or the story in general. The relationship between Cugs and Nadine was fabulous because it felt authentic in how they approached it and how they nurtured it. Nadine was a constant support for Cugs. His light.This was Cugs' story and journey.His struggles against his father, figuring out his future and his relationship with his sister Paislee and their mother was portrayed in an honest and at times in gritty ways but it only made it more intense and relatable. Path of Thieves is Sunniva Dee's first attempt at YA and after finishing it, I can easily say that it shouldn't be her last. 4 BadAssDirtyCriminalStarsArc generously provided by the author for an honest review

  • Saffron
    2019-03-09 05:59

    5 "Phenomenal" Stars!!! I'm not very good at writing reviews. Especially when I love a book so much. I'm always too emotional. So this review can't possibly do justice to what I felt while reading this. But I will tell you this much... this story is a journey. Its a journey you take with the characters and you get to know them and you cry with them, laugh with them. You feel them. And any story that can do that... is the story to be reckoned with. Sunniva Dee is an author to be reckoned with. She can pull out emotions, tears, smiles like she's controlling you. Thats so powerful and so rare. So I'd say jump on this book. Because its a reading experience. I LOVED every second of this. EVERY SINGLE SECOND.

  • Sunniva Dee
    2019-03-26 12:16

    I've totally read this book and totally like-like it, like, a lot. :P*Considers hiding review for spoilers, then changes her mind*Complaint: the "dates read" part of the review option on here doesn't offer the variety needed, for instance, selecting read 20 times nonstop and in a row uninterruptedly.*Considers suggesting improvement to Goodreads, then changes her mind*

  • Anne OK
    2019-02-28 09:15

    I'm not a major fan of YA -- I'm a grandmother and I tend to lean towards more mature storylines. But something grabbed my attention immediately with Cug's story. And football is always a welcome addition to a story as well. This was an emotionally heartbreaking story of a young man's fate at the hands of his own father. I detested Cug's father -- he never thought of anyone but himself and his needs. He put his only child - his son -- at risk without giving it a second thought. Cug is a good guy who just can't seem to get a break. Thank Goodness for Nadine and Bear and a "real" mom and sister who never gave up on him. And thankfully they passed a message of hope and support to Cug. A really good YA story -- one I'm glad I took a chance on.

  • Alyson Santos
    2019-03-04 05:18

    Sunniva Dee does it again, crafting characters that breathe and lodge themselves in my heart. My affection for Cugs ran so deep it hurt to watch him fight for the life he deserves in a reality he doesn’t. I wanted to reach through the pages and shine a light toward hope, possibilities. But since I couldn’t, thank god for Nadine. You're going to want to pick this one up.

  • Derna
    2019-03-09 13:03

    *** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***I'm not the biggest fan of YA only because the characters tend to annoy me. It's an age thing I'm sure. However, I didn't find this when it came to Sunniva' Dee latest book Path Of Thieves. I liked Cugs, and I did feel for him at times, as he wanted to take a new path one that would lead him away from his father and give him a better future. I like Nadine, and although they met under unusual circumstances, I'm glad that they met as Nadine saw something in Cugs something that drew her closer and not away. Which ultimately was a good thing for Cugs I like this story it was emotional at the time. There were a few times when I didn't know where the story was going, but that necessarily wasn't a bad thing. I did like the author gave us flashbacks as it gave you a better understanding of Cugs and what he had been through. I kept hoping that nothing bad was going to happen to Cugs, one part I read feeling anxious as I was thinking the worse.Another enjoyable read from the talented Sunniva Dee. If you like YA then I would give this one a go as I think you may enjoy.

  • Aaly
    2019-03-25 13:15

    ** ARC kindly provided for an honest review. **I do like read YA novels, when you read about how in that age, going back to that moment, a vision about how your life would be, your aspirations, ambitions, when you think you have all the choices ahead of you, a life full of possibilities.Unfortunately, for Cugs, life ain't that way. Trapped in a lifestyle he didn't have to choose, he lived a double life. Student in the day, thief at night. When you got into what he had to endure everyday, you just wanted to get him out of this life, when as a teenager, being still innocent, naive and a bit wild, eager to find what life has to offer. This boy totally melt my heart, more mature but irrevocably sealed by his fate. Until that day, when he met this young girl, Nadine, during one of his “shopping trips”.I really liked this girl. Strong, wise and definitely not judging his lifestyle. They come from different backgrounds, her in the right side and healthy, him from the bad one, when he had to struggle and fight everyday. Accepting him, flaws and all, giving him the peace and a place to feel like home. I liked how they first met, and felt like it was the beginning of a friendship and definitely something more.The banter and chemistry between these two were so well written. A bit silly but freaking adorable and sweet, I liked this contrast adding more light in their lives. It felt so natural. They made me smile so freaking much and swooned as well. When you read about these two, you know that they belong to each other. For sure, there will be some hardships to overcome, to get away from his life, but it felt right. The storyline was really captivating, reading about this young boy, trapped by his manipulative father, broken by all the lies about his family. What about for once searching for the light instead of the dark? How to finally let someone love you, to give and take? To feel like you belong to someone, not being used like a means to an end?Sunniva Dee can definitely write YA novels so beautifully, the kind of ones that made me feel so much. Nadine and Cugs are so freaking adorably, insanely silly and cute. Just want to hug these too.

  • Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
    2019-03-18 08:18

    Oh be still my beating heart!! Cugs Cugs Cugs!! For Sunniva Dees first trip into the YA genre she did an excellent job!! Cugs was a typical high school guy with a not so typical life. He had dreams and aspirations of becoming a big time football player only to be betrayed by his own father. A father who needed his dad of the year award revoked a million times over. Cug keeps going basically treading water thinking this is all his life will be. He meets Nadine one faithful night and that sets his life on another path.Nadine is a rich girl living the life. She has all life has to offer. She will be attending nursing school and her life is mapped out. On the night she meets Cugs her life changes. She takes a walk on the wild side and falls for him. She purses him even against his warnings and judgement. I adored this book. It was relatable and fresh. So many times I prayed something tragic would happen to his dad. Terrible I know but if you read the book I want you to tell me you didn't think the same thing. Sunniva Dee did an excellent job on this book. I hope she takes another trip into this genre one day again.

  • Kristy /Obsessed with Romance
    2019-03-11 07:15

    So YA is kind of new for me. It's not my usual genre-of-choice, but I love Sunniva's writing and I figured if she was going to try something new, then I could, too. Plus, I really wanted to hear Cugs' story. And I'm so glad I did. Cugs is the perfect example of a good guy stuck in terrible circumstances. And man, you can't help but root for this guy. Cugs was everything I hoped he would be, I loved him. I loved watching him overcome and figure himself out and I especially loved watching him fall in love. I found it so unusual to be reading a story completely from a guys point of view, but I don't think it could have been done any better. And Nadine was a great heroine. If I had one single critique of this book, it's that I would have loved more of Cugs and Nadine, but then again...I am Obsessed with Romance.As always, Sunniva's writing style isn't like anyone else's. She makes the words bend to fit her narrative instead of making her story fit the words. Sometimes it takes me a minute to settle into one of her books, but once I do, I'm completely lost in the world she created. And I loved being lost in there with Cugs. I especially loved the tie-ins to her previous novel, Dodging Trains. I'll be honest, I don't think YA is my thing, and I had to remind myself, once or twice, that this was the story of Cugs' journey, not the story of his romance. But it was a spectacular journey and I'm so glad I was along for the ride.

  • Bianca
    2019-02-24 10:02

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Charles (Cugs) McConnely grew up in the most unconventional way possible. His dad has taught him to steal since he was a young boy. Shopping is what he calls it. High school student and athlete during the day, criminal by night. After a couple run-ins with Nadine Paganelli, he befriends her. But there’s a connection there. Something deep and resounding. And despite the odd circumstances that have pulled them together, neither ends up doubting that they should explore just why they keep finding each other.This is an unconventional yet, remarkable story. It’s multilayered and completely character driven. This is their story. This is Cugs’ journey. One that keeps the pages turning as the truth comes to light. Secrets unravel as Cugs navigates his complicated and unbelievable life. The connection between Cugs and Nadine is palpable and authentic. They come from opposite backgrounds, but both feel deeply, love fiercely, regardless of the circumstances they face. The author paints these characters in colors of impressive and inspiring strength. Despite being YA, this story still had its Sunniva Dee feel. Her writing, poetic. Her characters magnetic. And the lyrical prose of this book simply mesmerizes the reader with the power in the words. Written with astonishing honesty that only this author can do, this is definitely a must read for those who love YA. This book speaks volumes. The author eloquently speaks through her characters and their story. There’s a vulnerability that is captured in YA that draws in readers, and the author achieved this as she effortlessly secures herself as an accomplished and skilled YA writer with this book. Written without apology, the characters unguarded and open, Path Of Thieves was a thought provoking and candid read about a boy and his unforgettable journey in finding his way.

  • TLBC
    2019-03-11 10:55

    My Review: (ARC provided) stars!Cugs!I’m not a huge YA reader, but when I saw Sunniva was writing this book and it was about Cugs I was super excited. Sunniva has never disappointed me and this book is right up there with her others.I have to admit I cried a little bit with this one. It touched me on so many levels. Cugs was a good guy, a smart guy and he just wanted to play football. It was his dream but his dad kept ripping it away from him. Everything he did or became was because of himself, his passion and motivation. Cugs had such a low opinion of himself and because of that and because of what he did or was made to do he didn’t feel worthy of Nadine (heroine).“I’m society’s litter. There’s a reason I didn’t answer your texts.”He feels he doesn’t deserve happiness.“My body is ready, but my brain isn’t. Would it be fair to decent, law-abiding people if I got this chance? After the life I’ve lived, would it be fair to the people whose homes I’ve robbed?”Nadine was such a good influence for Cugs, it’s like he met her at the most crucial moment in his life. His dad would bring him down but Nadine would try to bring him right back up. She brought the best out in him. And Nadine was the only person in Cugs life that knew what he did. It made it more intimate that way. I loved their relationship!Oh my god and then bringing Keyon and Paislee in was so much fun! It made me want to read their story all over again! (Dodging Trains) I recommend reading it before this. The start of this book had a nice steady pace, but once I got half way I just flew through it. I couldn’t get enough and wanted to know what became of Cugs.I would really love a short story or novella with his father. I don’t know why but I’m really curious as to what happens to him.Once again Sunniva has taken two characters and had me feeling for them. If every YA novel read like this one did, I’d read a lot more of them.

  • Romance Novel Giveaways Lauren Seiberling
    2019-03-14 08:56

    Such a dark and yet awesomely hopeful story!First of all, I don't read YA books. It's simply not a genre I enjoy. But I couldn't wait to read THIS book because I had read the related adult-romance book, Dodging Trains, and I'm also a HUGE fan of Sunniva's.And she didn't disappoint!Cugs had it rough. I mean, super rough. Reading his "flashbacks" were truly heartbreaking. That and the fact that he was conflicted and wanted to better himself made for quite an interesting read.Nadine is adorable! I loved her. I especially loved how she and Cugs met and then found each other again years later. She was an excellent foil to Cugs.This was just an all-around emotional and touching story, and it just goes to show that Sunniva can knock it outta the park no matter what she writes!(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)

  • Kelli
    2019-03-12 07:01

    I'm usually not a reader of YA but Path of Thieves was written with a more mature intellectual style. There was no childish banter and the Charcters had a lot of depth and feeling. From the beginning you could feel for Cugs Character and get swept up in his life. There is no lagging in the story. It keeps telling its tale and I appreciate that.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-22 10:16

    Aaah Cugs!😍 All he wants is to play football, but can't escape his dad and the things his dad wants him to do. I absolutely loved this book!! Nadine is so good for Cugs. And we got to see what Keyon and Paislee were up to. Sunniva, you did an AMAZING job on this story!!

  • Michele McMullen
    2019-03-16 08:49

    Sunniva has once again given me characters that I can't help but fall in love with. Charles McConnely (Cugs) is a student and high school athlete by day and a thief by night. Stealing was instilled by his father at a very young age. It may not be right but it is all he knows. I really felt for this poor young man to have someone that should shower him with love and protection but instead teaches him to be a criminal. Nadine Paganelli and Charles begin to cross paths and soon develop an unlikely friendship. you quickly begin to realize that the bond they share is so much more. I loved watching their relationship grow and flourish. I so enjoyed the journey with Cugs and Nadine!I was given a copy for an honest review. ~~Michele McMullen ~~

  • Dina Littner
    2019-03-22 13:06

    Here's the thing about reading a Sunniva Dee book - you know it will be original, engaging and well written, but you don't know how or who or what to expect from her characters and their stories. As a writer, Sunniva's got broad range and mad skills to hook you in and keep you rapt until you hit the words, "The End," and then leaves you wanting more.Path of Thieves is another Sunniva-winner. She makes a beautiful first jump into the Young Adult category with Cugs' story. His problems are hard and real and, from his view, insurmountable. He is surrounded by friends who support him and love him unconditionally, and a family that leaves him conflicted about their love. Somehow, somehow, he finds his path.I highly recommend Path of Thieves. Read on!

  • Joyffree
    2019-03-18 08:10

    As her premiere novel into the YA genre, Dee has a definite touchdown on her hands!A well written and emotional Coming of Age YA novel. As a reader, you can't help but fall in love with Cug! Dee has created an emotional story that pulls the reader in and captures them - bringing them along for the journeyThe characters are vivid and mature, easy to connect with; even the supporting cast is written to ensure they connect with the reader on an emotional level - whether you love or hate them -you will definitely feel for themI received an Advanced Readers Copy of this ebook and chose to leave a voluntary review.

  • Rosanna
    2019-02-24 05:58

    Yet another amazing novel by Sunniva!! This woman is a mastermind story teller. We first meet Cugs on the book Dodging Trains when we have the story of Paislee and Kenyon. I've missed that couple!! You don't have to read that book to read this one BUT if you have you'll want to reread it!! Not one of Sunniva's books have disappointed me!! I cannot wait to read more from her!! Cugs was taken from his childhood home when he was pretty young. His dad taking her away from all he knows and uses him to help him steal for a living. One night changes everything when he meets Nadine when he's on a "shopping" spree with his dad. Then meets her again on another spree and the two instantly connect again. He needs to get out of the family business and his sister is insistant with her messages. Was the stories his dad told him about his mom and sister true? You'll have to read it!!

  • D.C.
    2019-03-23 06:09

    Sweet baby Cugs! I wanted to reach into the pages and wrap him in a hug just so he knew he deserved better. Cugs is a character you will adore, and Nadine is definitely a ray of sunshine in his darkness. I really loved the evolution of Cugs, it's a beautiful story.

  • D. King
    2019-03-16 05:56

    Exceptional!!! Full review to come upon release.

  • Melyssa Winchester
    2019-03-14 09:09

    Title: Path of ThievesAuthor: Sunniva DeeGenre:Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Coming of AgeSeries or Standalone: StandaloneRating:★★★★★Young-Adult books are my jam. They’re also my bread and butter depending on how you look at it. Food analogies aside, I don’t think, even when I’m a senior citizen, I’ll ever stop loving the way it feels to read one of these books. To be transported back in time to a period I honestly hated when I was in it, but enjoy because of all of the emotion present within it. Which is definitely one of the things I enjoyed most about this novel. The feeling behind it. The angst, self-doubt, awkwardness of every first encounter. There really is nothing like it because it’s all very real. No matter what side you find yourself on in the social ladder. The joy in moments, the sadness in others, it’s a tumultuous time for a person, but one that I like to think a lot of teens come out stronger for having endured. Cugs is an interesting character in this way because he’s popular (star athlete in football, who catches the eye of more than one person) but he’s not self centered, OR a jerk. He’s also not in the same social standing as a lot of others he interacts with, but he can often appear like he is. He’s just a guy that seems to fit everywhere. Minus the whole “shopping” part. Yes, I said shopping, but if you paid any attention to the title of this story you know it’s not actually shopping I mean. The romance that took place within this story, it drives a lot of the decisions Cugs does make, but it isn’t everything that this book stands on. No, for this reader, I enjoyed the romance, but I focused more on the changes that he made within himself. The lightbulb moment if you will when he wakes up and he realizes for himself (not because he’s gonna lose a girl, or his team or his secret is about to be found out), that the way things have been going is wrong. The family dynamic here on both sides was powerful. On one end you’ve got the darker side with his father and the other side, the light as he struggles to figure out what is real and what’s not. Is his mom really his mom, etc. Biology versus his memories and the things he’s been force fed to believe play a big part here and I enjoyed seeing the struggle to rise out of that, plus the payoff when he does. The happy so to speak. So yeah, as much as I loved the romance, I loved this book so much because it was more than that. More than football. It was Cugs doing what I have a teenager his age doing right now. Growing up. Becoming a man and rising out of his childhood, no matter how bad or good it was. For a first foray into the world of Young-Adult, I do believe this author did it justice. She took a unique idea, one that for this reader worked and she ran with it, creating a very realistic world within it, and characters that weren’t just paper cut-outs but who felt to me to be real people. My hat is off to her for stepping away from her New Adult roots and diving into often stranger waters. I also enjoyed the connection that was made here to another of her couples in the New Adult realm and exactly who they were to Cugs and what they came to mean by the end of the story. It was a nice little trip back in time to another book I enjoyed and it was nice to catch up with those characters in Keyon and Paislee again. If you’re like me and YA is your jam or even your bread and butter, then I suggest you give this book a chance and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much, if not more, than I did. My thanks to the author for letting me read an ARC of this before official release. This is definitely a journey I’m glad to have taken.

  • Tearlynn
    2019-03-02 07:48

    Sunniva Dee is an Author you can not help but enjoy. This story is another example of how she makes all her characters come to life. Cugs and Nadine are a young couple who meet early on in life and again in the teen years. You learn that Cugs is not had a good childhood and wants to do more. Nadine comes into his life and with Bear, his best friend, and Liza, Bear's girlfriend, he starts to become a different man. There are visits from characters from another book but that just shows how well she writes. You do not need to read earlier story to understand Cugs and Nadine's but you will have a desire to read more.

  • Tearlynn Hollingshead
    2019-03-22 10:16

    Where do I begin? Cugs and Nadine are absolutely adorable has a couple and totally believable. I love the history of how they meet at 8 to the present day. Cugs wants to change his life and Nadine makes him feel that it is possible. I finished this in one sitting and was crying happy tears by the end. Sunniva Dee has a way of making every character come to life and you love them all. I think the best part is if you read this one first you will not be lost if you have not read anything else she has written even though her characters make appearances in books from the same series. All these appearances do is make you want to read more.

  • Danielle Cordsen
    2019-03-05 06:11

    Path of Thieves By: Sunniva Dee📚💕⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐💕📚Pack of thieves Packs an emotional punch!!!Let me start by saying this book is amazing. One incredibly selfish man hurts those he should protect.Cugs and Nadine are probably the most unlikely couple. Why? They meet for the first time at age seven at 2:00am why they "shopped" His "father" manipulates and lies to Cugs to go "Shopping" in rich neighborhoods to take items. Cugs does everything in his power to escape the life of a thief, great football player. When history repeats itself at 17 Cugs and Nadine's senior year. They both feel the connection and soon become a couple. With his best friend Bear and his girl Liza these three will help not only themselves but each other. Lost family and memories of lost friends can these young adults help each other see how great they are and how they can make it in a world that has let them down around every corner.Even though this is a YA book you'll still get the punch and strength that Sunniva is so good at just much cleaner. Her writing flows perfectly and every word is believable. Thank you for opportunity to read and review.📚💕

  • Cheryl Drake johnson
    2019-03-04 07:57

    Cugs was taken away from the only woman he knew as his mother and the sister he loved more than anything because his father didn't want to be with my mother and just scooped me up at 6 years old I was taken from Alaska to Florida where he did't have contact with them until he was 17 years old and his father had told him so many things he didn't know what to believe any more but he would have been ashamed for them to know that his father involved him in a life style that he hated, when his older sister came to his high school one day he just ran away and she found he on FB but he would not respond to any messages even though he decided to befriend her so that he could read what she was writing he didn't want to believe them but it made since not what his father has been telling all these years and Nadine tries to help as much as she can while she is getting ready to go to college in Nevada. He still may have a chance his best friend is going to F.U. and wants Cugs to join him but he was smart and kept his grades up and played on the football team when he was about to get a scholarship to Florida U., his father did something that he could never understand especially since he got hurt so bad he couldn't even go to school. What nobody knew was that when he was younger he had met this girl named Nadine who was smart and pretty and through the years they met again and exchanged phone numbers and kept in touch they did a lot more than that. But this the story of Cugs struggle and the wonderful people who loved and wanted to make sure that he could have the best future possible. I received a copy as a gift from the author for an honest review without obligation.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-03 06:01

    I enjoyed this book. To me it didn't have a lot of romance. It's more about Cugs trying to find a way to do the right thing. Also about him trying to figure out what is true and what isn't. He wants to go to college and play football with his buddy Bear but it's not easy for him. He feels guilty about what he does for a living.I liked how he and Nadine met as kids and then later on. Cugs trust Nadine from the start and he opens up to her. I like that she always tries to help him look for a way out of things and how she's always so positive.I really didn't like Cugs father at all. The things he has Cugs do from early on is so wrong.Overall a really good read. I enjoyed it. If you enjoy YA you'll want to read this one.Received an ARC for honest review.

  • Sheila Schoenauer
    2019-03-20 10:49

    I have to admit I was a little nervous to read this book. I had read Dodging Trains, Paislee and Keyon's story, a while ago and while I enjoyed it I didn't completely love it. When I was given the chance to read Cugs story I said why not. I loved this story! Cugs was such a wonderful young man who had to live a very tough life. A life that made me absolutely HATE his father. Not only did his father lead him down a horrible life path but he tried to manipulate Cugs's good memories. I do admit I appreciated the simple fact that his step mom didn't try to hit on him, that would have just added fuel to my hate factor. Nadine was the light to Cugs's dark. I loved her strength and how she stood by him and helped him become to better person he really was deep down. I was also worried at the beginning that there would be a fight of some sort for Cugs's affection. I'm glad that the author didn't go down that path but chose to focus on how Cugs's grew, with the help of Nadine and his best friends as well. I have to say one of my favorite scenes was when the girls showed their strength with the police. Way to use girl power! If you enjoy YA this is a definite must read. *I voluntarily read an advanced copy for an honest review*

  • Jo
    2019-03-13 04:51

    Now, if you have read anything from this author before, you know that she has a very distinctive narrative voice and this is what makes her work stand out.  I was interested to see that voice translated into a YA story.And, whilst the effect is to dilute the intensity a little, this is, nevertheless, a wonderful story.Cugs and Nadine are characters that individually resonate from the page, but as a couple, reading about their relationship is like watching a flower bloom.And yet, as I have come to expect from Ms Dee, this is so much more than a simple love story.  Complex familial relationships, obligations and betrayals are explored, with an element of familiarity that just drew this one together for me.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.

  • Kolleen
    2019-03-01 08:11

    This is being classified as a YA book but I don't agree. I think it can still be in the NA genre because the writing is not simplified to target young readers and the plot it is full of complex life situations and confused emotions. Even though the characters are in the last year of high school they are not immature, frustratingly self involved, or naive - there are just no detailed sex scenes. I loved Nadine, she was strong and good without being self righteous and privileged. I loved Cugs of course! His evolvement was gradual, his self doubts and inner tug of war very real. One of my favorite turning points happens at 92% (in chapter 31) when Cugs is sorting out what he could do vs what he should. There are alot of moments like that in the book that will speak true to many readers.The way in which Sunniva Dee can flow from past to present is noteworthy. She is able to seamlessly take you from a moment in the present to a flashback to years prior while keeping it completely relevant to that point in the story. Seeing those glimpses of the past so accurately really pull the reader into Cugs struggle of emotion and loyalty, and fear of the unknown. I have to mention I was thrilled to see some of my favorite characters from Dodging Trains make appearances in this story. I won't give details in case you haven't read it, though you should it's amazing, but it brought some things full circle for some of those characters.I fully recommend this book, it will make you view some things in life a little differently.

  • Jen
    2019-02-27 10:50

    Cugs is such a great guy. I love him! I feel bad that life has delt him a crappy hand. His dad infuriates me. His demands and way of life are insane. Cugs has a big heart though. He carries around pain from his past,and dreams for a different future. Nadine is a strong beautiful person. She sees the real Cugs and just wants what's best for him. I loved how she was there for him always..I really enjoyed their story. It was sad and frustrating at times. It kept you guessing until the end,and it left a smile on my face. I also loved seeing old characters and places from previous books in this story. That was a great bonus! loved!!