Series: Elements #2
Published by Self-Published on March 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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There once was a boy, and I loved him.
Logan Francis Silverstone was the complete opposite of me. I danced while he stood still. He was quiet, and I was always running my mouth. He struggled to find a smile while I refused to frown.
The night I saw the darkness that truly lived inside of him, I couldn’t look away.
We were broken together, yet somehow whole. We were wrong together, but always right. We were the stars that burned across the night sky, searching for a wish, praying for better tomorrows.
Until the day I lost him. I threw us away with one hasty decision—a decision that changed us forever.
There once was a boy, and I loved him.
And for a few breaths, a few whispers, a few moments, I think he loved me, too.
Q&A Review by Micah and Angie
First off, without spoilers, what is one/some of your favorite quotes from The Fire Between High and Lo?
“A person didn’t fall in love. They dissolved into it. One day you were ice, the next day, a puddle.”
This quote really spoke to me because I am often told I am the ice queen! I really like how this reached to me because it is true. You can often feel like you’re falling in love and one day you realized that you’re there and you’ve been there for a while.
I just thought that was cute. Loved their back and forth at the beginning and towards the end.
“Love wasn’t a blessing, it was a curse, and once you invited it into your heart it left scorch marks.’
I love this quote so much because I have loved deeply to only been burned. I have quite a few scorch marks of my own.
The bruises on one’s heart were always the hardest ones to heal, they seemed to last the longest.
Again this quote spoke to me because of my current situation. How many bruises can one heart take?
Was the book what you expected?
No. Well, I didn’t read the blurb, so I can’t really say yes or no, right? I blind signed up for the ARC on the author alone. I mean, Brittainy Cherry, right? Fan girl right here. So, I was expecting something amazing. Maybe that was my flaw, setting the book up for unseen standards. However, it came out hitting every mark for the first half of the book. It was amazing. And then, it kind of failed me for a while. I didn’t see the direction it was going in. It seemed aimless or misdirected. The ending, to me (I know Angie disagrees, I wish I could show you our chat, as we are hilarious) was cheesy. Now, I like a bit of cheese with my romance, but you can’t just pull out Kraft slices at the end! There were no eye-rolling moments in this book EXCEPT this moment.
I agree with Micah about the beginning. It was amazing and I loved it! I loved Alyssa and Logan’s relationship so much. I love how they fell in love. I love the struggles. But then Part 2 came along. I don’t know what happened. I’m still wondering what happened. The story was struggling for me. I almost didn’t finish it. But I’m glad I stayed with it as the ending got better not great but better. I started to see the little glimpses of what I first fell in love with at the beginning. What kept me up at night reading as fast as I could because I couldn’t get enough. I thought the ending was sweet and what I expected would happen.
Were the characters relatable? Do you see a future for them?
Honestly, yes in Part one, no in part 2. I wouldn’t have let Logan push me around like he did to Alyssa in part 2, no matter what he was going through. I don’t understand her reasoning. All to end up with him? But what about her and her hurt? Do we just not care about that? I understand that we care about him, but what about HER? She has a crappy life too. She didn’t get to go to college like him. She works 3 jobs. Maybe I’m the only one that feels like Logan really needed to work and he just got handed everything. In part 2, he never comments or asks her how her life changes in the years he’s been gone. It is completely focused on him. His feelings and his emotions, never hers. I have a real problem with this because, in part 1, it is even. Part 2, it isn’t.
Do I see a future for them? No. Because he says that she is his ultimate high. If that is true, that she is a true addiction for him, then ultimately, he will relapse. Something will get to be too much for him emotionally and she will need to think about the children’s needs more than his and he will leave again. And Angie said that I needed to suspend reality a bit more (like…hello, the billboard scene?!?!?), but I have a hard time with that.
I agree with Micah about Part 1. I absolutely loved Alyssa and Logan in the first half. The second half I hated Logan and I agree about Alyssa having a hard life. Her sister said the perfect line “Everyone loves you no matter what you do.” Talking about Logan because they do and it’s frustrating and aggravating because he is mean and in ways mentally abusive to Alyssa. So the second half Logan was like every ex-boyfriend I’ve dumped and Alyssa is the girl that was once me, holding onto something that may never come back.
Do I see a future for them? If Alyssa fulfills all his needs then yes. This is a book after all. She is his ultimate drug and addiction. They are each other’s addiction actually so they are perfect for one another.
What did you like most about the book? Least?
I really like the first half of the book and the last 20%. And I loved it. I couldn’t get enough, soaking it up, didn’t sleep, reading it. Their dialogue was on point. The characters were so developed, I felt like they jumped off of the page and could have walked into my living room. And Brittainy Cherry does such a great job with her use of beautiful language throughout the beginning of the book, I couldn’t put.it.down.
Then we get to part two. And the story line fell apart for me. I felt like the characters were making decisions that they wouldn’t have made in part 1. Granted, some time had elapsed, but I didn’t like these new characters. Especially Logan. And in part 1, he mentions running on a hamster wheel a lot. Well, I felt like that was all he was doing. Pushing away, and pulling back. And it was the same over and over. It was just…getting old? Maybe? I’m not sure. I didn’t feel as connected to them as I did in part one. I had so much highlighted in part 1 and almost nothing in part 2. HOWEVER, it did get better towards the end. I do agree with Erika when she says that Logan can act however he wants and everyone will still love him.
I have to agree with Micah on this. I loved the first part of the book. It was amazing! The second part I just couldn’t connect and struggled with it. Not until about 65% it started picking back up for me but then it still wasn’t as great as part 1.
Would you recommend this book?
Yes, I really would, even though I had some issues with it. I think Brittainy Cherry is brilliant. I think she is able to do great things. I loved her other novels. I wished I loved this one more than I did.
I would because despite how I felt I know other people have loved this book. Maybe it was just an off day for me and it didn’t speak to me like it should. Brittainy Cherry is a phenomenal writer and despite the way this book went, her other novels are off the charts!