Review: “Invincible Summer” – Seth King

November 16, 2015 Book Review 1

 Review: “Invincible Summer” – Seth KingInvincible Summer by Seth King
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Published on: November 17th 2015
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 335
Series: The Summer Remains #2
Genre: NA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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This book is part of the Summer Remains series. You can find my reviews of the rest of the series below:
The Summer Remains (The Summer Remains #1)
Autumn Rising (The Summer Remains #1.5)
Invincible Summer (The Summer Remains #2)

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

We all remember our first love, that one affair that took custody of your heart and never really let it go. Readers around the world were touched by The Summer Remains, a heartbreaking and inspiring novel about one of these romances – but Cooper Nichols, the enigmatic young man at the centre of the novel, was largely silent on the matter. Until now.

“I just can’t believe it’s over between you guys,” my best friend said as we walked down the pier. “You two were supposed to last forever.”
I stared out at the blue sea. “Oh, trust me, it’s not over. I am going to see that girl’s face in every crowd I look into, forever. And maybe a few forevers after that…”

And so begins the tale of young writer Cooper Nichols. Left in ruins after a tragic summer romance, Cooper is afraid the sun may have set on him for good – until his mother discovers a copy of Cooper’s journal he kept of that summer. As he reluctantly slips back into his own past in the pages of his notebook, Cooper starts to rethink everything he thought he knew about life, death, and all the love that can bloom in between – and what follows is a thrilling and breathtaking journey back to joy that will sink into you and stay there for the long haul.

Illuminating, romantic and soul-stirring, Invincible Summer is a testament to the miraculous power of love, in all its immortal glory and everlasting majesty. If you have ever found yourself drifting back to a long-lost romance during a quiet moment, prepare to be pulled under all over again.

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My Thoughts

This book has me so so conflicted. Part of me is a little sad because it wasn’t the book that I had expected to get. But then it was beautiful, so I can’t really complain…

I wanted Cooper’s story. This book was meant to tell me how he was coping, how he was going to overcome this horrible thing that has happened. I wanted to see him achieve great things in his life and find someone to love and for his heart to heal. I got my story, but just not in the way I had expected.

“Any human who leaves love in the heart of at least one person will live on in the eyes of history, because that love will physically inhabit the soul of that person when they leave, and stay there.”

The premise of this book, for me, was a comforting one. About how the ones that we’ve lost are always looking down on us. That our love for them continues no matter where they end up. And that when the time comes we will all be reunited in some place better.

Seth’s inspiration for The Summer Remains came from his own personal experiences and the tragic events surrounding his brother’s death. That book broke my heart. This one healed it. While The Summer Remains was a champion of a book for people with disabilities, Invincible Summer is a gift for anyone who is grieving.

“This love…this life…was just…beyond words.”

You can feels Seth’s pain throughout this book and if anything it makes it all the more heartbreaking, inspiring and powerful. His bravery as an author to put so much of himself and his own feelings and experiences into his books is something that I am in awe of and if the reason why I find his books so incredible.

Once again there were massive parts of this book that I wanted to copy and paste onto my quote wall in my room. I always come away from a Seth King novel with lots of quotes and this one was no different. Quotes of love and inspirations and just so many beautiful words.

“The world was filled with love stories – ours killed me, and it was still my favourite.”

If you are person who believes with great epics loves and that they can conquer all then this is the book for you. If you believe in soul mates and how a love can last for generations through even the most tragic of events then this is the book for you. If you are a person who wants a story that will completely rip your heart apart and leave you an emotional mess then this is most definitely the book for you.

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Final Thoughts

Seth King has the ability to take something tragic and make it beautiful with his writing. Although this book wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for, it was beautiful in it’s own right and a comforting story to read.

Re-Readability: Probably

I would recommend this book to fans of: Seth King, the Summer Remains, the afterlife, moving on, characters who are grieving, books set in heaven

Check out my reviews for Seth King’s other books:
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One Response to “Review: “Invincible Summer” – Seth King”

  1. Tanya

    I just became aware of The Summer Remains last month when I saw that Seth King was going to be at a book event I was attending. The synopsis sounded good so I bought a physical copy to have signed. It was great meeting him and I’m excited about the book but haven’t got to it yet. Sorry to hear this novella wasn’t what you were hoping for, but glad it was still a good read.