Published on: 19th June 2013
Published by: Random House Publishing Group
Series: Fading #1
Genre: NA Romance
Buy UK . Buy US. Goodreads
Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?
Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.
The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.
At what point do secrets become lies?
This book left me speechless, and I am having trouble stringing together a sentence that even starts to describe how amazing it is! I think this is one of those books that you can’t know how good it is until you actually read it, because no review is going to be able to get across the places this book will take you.
“I sit here, on the bottom of the shower, and everything I know about myself, everything I love, everything I am begins to fade.“
Candace has grown up with parents who think that every decision she makes is wrong and that she will never be the perfect daughter she is expected to be. But Candace is happy, she is about to graduate college and has big plans to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina. She has created the perfect family around her, made up of best friend’s Jace and Kimber. But her perfect world is shattered when one night, whilst trying to let go and have a little bit of fun, she is attacked.
“It takes a while, but when I finally feel Ryan’s tense chest relax, he pulls back and looks me in the eyes as he says, “This changes nothing for me. Okay? Nothing. No one will ever love you like I do.”
The story that follows is full of emotion, and we are there with her for the entire thing. We witness an all too real and horrific attack and the immediate aftermath of it and both the physical and mental pain that Candace has to go through. It’s heavy at times and extremely emotional. If you are anything like me then breaks will be needed for uncontrollable sobbing! Some parts of this book are not easy to read, but who says that easy is best? What this book gives you in return for your dedication is a story to grab onto even as it completely wrecks you and leaves you full of emotion
“I’m fading.” I feel the heat of my tears as they linger down my cheeks. “He took all my light, and I’ve been fading ever since.””
Candace and Ryan’s romance is a slow one, but one that is perfectly in tune with Candace recovering from the pain of the attack. I think the slowness of them getting together makes their relationship even stronger and intense. It is such a beautiful and romantic love stories I’ve read in a while and I absolutely loved this couple. They have so many highs and lows and we are there laughing or suffering with them the whole time. A lot of tears were shed on this couple but that’s what makes it so great, and quite frankly they were worth every single tear.
“When he lifts his arm to wrap around me, “I can finally make out the words of his tattoo:
pain is a reminder
you’re still alive”
I can’t write this review without mentioning Jace, the best friend who so selflessly supports Candace through the entire traumatic experience. Their friendship was so pure and beautiful. Everyone needs a Jace. And then there is Mark, new boyfriend of Jace, their relationship was just … well, it stole my heart. I had butterflies and bumblebees and all manner of things fluttering around my heart.
“I pick up the thin, delicate silver chain that has a flat bar that horizontally connects the chain together. I see that the bar is etched with tiny letters that scribe: And though she be but little, she is fierce“
Fading has everything I long for in a story. It’s book experiences like this that I live for, and part of me wishes that I hadn’t read it yet so I get to experience it for the first time again! Jealous of all you guys who haven’t read it yet! Heartbreaking, romantic, intense, emotional, sexy and so powerful this book is and has everything. One of my top books of the year, massive recommendations from me!
Re-Readability: Hell Yes!
I would recommend this book to fans of: NA romance, healing romance, books with real life issues