Monday, May 20, 2019

Christy's 5+ star review of A FIVE-MINUTE LIFE

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A Five-Minute Life by Emma Scott

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A Five-Minute Life, an all-new standalone new adult romance by International bestselling author Emma Scott.

Thea Hughes has five minutes to live. 

A car accident stole her parents and left her with the second-worst documented case of amnesia in the world. She now has only minutes of experiences, of consciousness, of life…before her memory is wiped clean. The once effervescent artist with a promising future is reduced to scribbling with pens and paper, living an empty, quiet life, three hundred seconds at a time.

Jim Whelan is on autopilot.
A foster kid shuffled around the system since birth, he’s lived his entire life without knowing love…and it’s taken its toll—until he learned to fight back, carry his armor, and keep his head down.

Working as an orderly in the Blue Ridge Sanitarium, deep in Virginia countryside, Jim looked up…and found Thea.

When Thea has the chance to break free of her five-minute prison with a risky, experimental surgery, it could lead them both to an epic love they never thought possible… or one that could require the ultimate sacrifice.

A stand-alone, new adult romance.

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Christy's 5+ Star Review: 

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Emma Scott always does this to me... I pick up one of her books expecting it be amazing and she blows that expectation right out of the water. A Five-Minute Life is a romance unlike anything I've read before. It was outstanding. Perfection. I loved every single second of it and it is 100% my top favorite book of 2019 so far. I jumped into this book only knowing the title, cover, and that it was by Emma. I decided not to read the blurb or any teasers because Emma Scott is an author I love reading blind. The impact is that much greater. If you want to go in blind, I would highly recommend that.

This story starts out with Thea, a brilliant young artist with her whole life ahead of her. Thea has a great family and is excelling at her art. One accident changes her entire life. Thea remembers everything before the accident, but her current memories are not there. Her brain runs on this five minute loop and she's in a facility for traumatic brain injury because of it. When Jimmy gets a job at Blue Ridge, he doesn't know what to expect. He doesn't expect someone like Thea to be there. She seems so normal. Then five minutes will pass. And she won't remember anything.
Every time, the confusion swept across her eyes, wiping everything away. Erasing our five minutes. Erasing who and what we were to each other.

Jim sees Thea every day at work and grows to care for her. Even though it's not possible, it seems that Thea recognizes Jim as well. They connect every time they meet, even if it feels like the first time every time. Thea has spent years trapped inside her own head, but now she has a chance to get a procedure done that could change everything for her. It's risky and the outcome is unknown, but if it works, it could change it all.

Jim and Thea are both broken characters in different ways. Jimmy's past broke him, but he's working hard to heal and move past it. He needs someone like Thea to encourage him to follow his dreams, help him heal, and help him move forward. Thea's life is so unpredictable. She's a wild woman (in the best way) but needs someone to keep her calm, keep her safe, and never ever give up on her. Jimmy is that guy. And Jimmy needs someone to help him live and take chances. Thea is that girl. There has never been a more perfect pairing than these two. I loved them to pieces.
“I want to live, Jimmy. Don’t you?”
“I don’t know what that means,” I said, my own autopilot existence feeling like a prison too; one I’d made for myself.
“Really live,” Thea said. “Not just exist.”
“I want that too.” “You should have it, Jimmy.” She tilted her head up.
“Go out in the world and…” Her hand came up between us, on my chest, over my heart. “… take what you want.”

After reading this, I was filled with so much love and happiness. Even though it was extremely emotional, it was such a feel good book. By the end, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face. I will never forget Thea Hughes or Jimmy with the kind eyes. This book was so very special to me and one that will stay with me always. It's my favorite book of this year, my favorite book by this author, and quite possibly one of my favorite books ever.

I'm one of those readers who needs to feel to truly love a book. I need that emotion, for the story to touch my heart, and to be moved. Scott does this with each and every book she writes. I swear, Emma Scott's writing is a gift to the world and I hope she never stops putting out such amazing reads. This is one of those books I would recommend to any and everyone! A Five-Minute Life is something truly special! Do yourself a favor and spend some time with Thea and Jimmy. You won't regret it!
“I love you.” I kissed his mouth and kept my lips on his. “I love you, Jimmy. I love you so much. My warrior who never stopped fighting for me.”
“I won’t,” he said. “I never will. I swear it."

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About Emma:
Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

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