Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

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Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

“Just let it go.”

That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone.

Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time.

Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

I really love the idea of Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake. Hadley father and Sam’s mother had an affair that was revealed explosively when someone literally plastered the truth to Hadley’s front door.
Fast forward a few months and both families have been shattered by the affair. The twist of the story is that Sam knows all about Hadley and the fact that it was her father that his mother had the affair with. Hadley on the other hand has no idea that Sam is entwined in her familial pain at all.
It is interesting to see their romance unfold. It’s certainly complicated not only by their parent’s history with each other, but also just the fact that they are teenagers trying to navigate through their own lives while having feelings for each other.
One of the things that I really love is that Sam and Hadley are both developed in their own right and not just as part of a romance. We know about each of them individually, their wants and needs on their own outside of a relationship. It felt like this book was more about two teens trying to navigate life in new towns and new family dynamics who just happened to develop feelings for each other. I feel like that just serves to strengthen each of the characters and the story.
I would have liked to see more of the friendship between Ajay and Sam. We saw a little bit of it, but in comparison to what we got from Hadley and Kat I feel like it wasn’t as developed. We only really got to see glimpses of Ajay and in all honesty that may have been because he lived in a different town while Kat lived and went to the same school as Hadley and Sam.
Something that kind of got on my nerves was the friction between Kat and Hadley. Hadley is making life decisions that Kat does not agree with and for the most part Kat stays silent. It isn’t until a bit of the way through the story that Kat begins to reveal her true feelings. From a perspective not in the book Hadley annoyed me during this whole argument. Hadley herself knows that her actions would not have been made if she hadn’t been in a desperate state of mind trying to escape the problems of her real life, but when someone points this out to her she just becomes angry. But I feel like that is so real, which is why even though it got on my nerves I feel like it added value.
Herring Blake is not writing a book that is supposed to be overly romantic or that’s easy to read. She is writing a book about what happens to people when families fall apart and the effect that adult’s actions will have on their children.

Can’t Wait Wednesday June 28, 2017

It’s about that time again!!!! Can’t Wait Wednesday! This week I can’t wait for The Queen’s Rising.


February 6, 2018

Born out of wedlock, Brienna was cast off by her noble family and sent to Magnalia House–a boarding house for those looking to study the passions–art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge. There, she has been tutored by the great (and handsome) Cartier in the hopes of becoming one of the impassioned–the elite masters who specialize in one of these subjects. Now Brienna faces the test that she must pass in order to attract the support of a patron. But on the eve of her evaluation, Brienna has a startling revelation–she is capable of recalling the memories of her ancestors. And one of these memories may hold the answer to a mystery from the past–one that may have very real consequences for the northern land of Maevana. Maevana has been ruled by a usurper king, and when the disgraced northern lord Alderic Jourdain finds out about Brienna’s memories, he realizes she may be the key to his plot to overthrow the king and restore the rightful monarchy. Brienna accepts Jourdain’s patronage, but quickly realizes that his plan to reclaim the north may have consequences that she never imagined.

Ummmm a book about a girl cast out by her family because she’s not “worthy” who then becomes an important key to the future of the kingdom? Yes, please! And I love how she is cast out and sent to study the “passions” which leads me to believe that maybe these qualities aren’t as important to the kingdom? Which then leads me to wonder what qualities have taken their place?
This book is definitely on my To Read list!

Top Ten Tuesday June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Today’s post is Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2017. This topic is so easy for me because I haven’t read too many books this year…more than I have years past, but I am still working up to my old numbers. I am just doing nine today because I didn’t want to have one cover just hanging out by itself lol!



What are your top ten this week?


Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5) by Dan Wells

Okay you guys I have now done something I never have before! I bought one of those add on novella’s that authors write! In case you aren’t familiar, but really unless you’re under the rock I just came out I am sure you are aware, but over the last maybe half decade authors have really started to write little novella’s that go along with their novels. These are things that I always thought were really fun, but I couldn’t see shelling out money for a 50 page story before.



A few days ago I did it though! I bought Isolation which is part of the Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. If you don’t know already, I love those books! It had one of the best conclusions to a series that I have ever read. I really wanted to have this story off of my “To Read” list on Goodreads so I figured, hey why not? lol It was going to be a short read anyway and if I can shell out a few dollars a paycheck for some music, why not get a short story?


As many of you will know by now I don’t like to read any information about a book before I read it and this was no different. Just the fact that it was part of the Partials Sequence was enough for me so I didn’t realize this story was going to be set in the Isolation Wars! It was an amazing, pleasant surprise. It was more perfect than what I originally thought which was that it would take place between books one and two.


For those who haven’t read the series yet, the Isolation War was this massive war that pretty much ended world as humankind knew it at the time. It’s talked about a lot in the series, but I never expected that we would get to see it or really to see the rise of the Partials. This story brought us all of that.


In Isolation we get to follow Heron and learn more about her backstory which was so awesome! The only terrible thing for me was that since I read the books so long ago I remember Heron but not too much about her. More specifically I cannot for the life of me remember what happened to her in the 3rd book :/ but…it was still really cool to see her origin story because her origin story is actually part of the origin of this whole new world we get to see in the actual series.


It was just as well written as the series was and as always I feel like Dan Wells just crafts the most perfect characters and settings. Another thing I loved was that he crafts strategies like I could never have done! Heron is a spy and her brain works differently than the others and it was so cool to see her figuring out and calculating things in her mind as if it were all a puzzle that was easy to her!


Overall this was a really fun way to add depth to an already amazing story. This novella fits perfectly with the story, but it can also be read just by itself which is pretty cool!