Saturday, August 17, 2013

BOOK SERIES REVIEW...Reconnected and Disconnected by Bethany Daniel

Published May 8th 2013

Reconnected (Connected #1)

Katy Warren had it all. A new husband, who was a successful theater actor and their whole lives ahead of them. But then Liam got discovered and once whisked off to Hollywood, he changed. After a night of being ignored for "business", Katy decides she can't handle it and leaves. Taking back her maiden name, and deciding to go for a Psychology degree she leaves Liam Warren and his celebrity behind, but she never got a divorce and Liam hasn't stopped looking for her. When their paths cross again, Liam does all he can to fight for their love even with Katy fighting against him.(

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Published August 12th 2013

Disconnected (Connected #2)

This is the retelling of Reconnected from Liam's POV, however it CAN be read as a standalone.
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A Fast Paced Love Story!

Liam and Katy were high school sweethearts. Shortly after they graduated they ran off to Vegas to get married. Liam does theater acting and it's there that he is discovered by Excite Entertainment and flown to L.A.

Once he's in L.A his marriage takes the backseat to rubbing elbows with Hollywood's biggest and brightest. One night Liam throws a big party and Katy comes into their house filled with half dressed women. When Katy says she's going to leave, Liam doesn't believe her until he comes home from filming and finds a note that tears him apart.

Four years later, he's tried to move on but never let go of the love he has in his heart for his Katy. It's in a little town they are filming in that their paths cross again and Liam has to try and convince Katy that their love is worth fighting for. 

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Usually I don't do joint reviews but I figured, "why not?," since both of "Reconnected" and "Disconnected" tell relatively the same tale from the male and female protagonists, Liam and Katy, POV's. 

So here we go!

Brief thoughts on the plot:

It was interesting to read about a couple marrying straight out of high school and trying to make it in the long run. After all, isn't that what many HS sweethearts try to do? 

Then Liam gets discovered and his acting career starts taking off leaving poor Katy in the rough. After warning Liam that she wasn't going to take his sh*t anymore, Katy leaves Liam leaving both of them heartbroken.


My feelings towards the series as a whole:

I must say that in regards to the first installment, "Reconnected," I enjoyed reading "Disconnected" a lot more. "Reconnected" moved way too fast which was a shame because I really liked the plot and the characters.

The reason I say "Disconnected" was a far better read is because it goes at a nice pace and felt a lot more whole while reading. What I mean by "more whole" is that the plot felt more furnished and complete whereas "Reconnected" was "bam, bam, bam." Literally, one thing after another.

I liked how with both books you got to see everything from both Katy and Liam's point of views. After all, isn't there that saying, "every story has two sides." Well, it's so true in this case. 

In a way, and don't hate me for this, I felt as if Liam's fame and their break up was actually necessary for both characters to grow. While young love is sweet and new, there is also many limitations it can restrict upon a person. If Katy stayed with Liam, it would have most likely have stunted her as a person since after their breakup she re-enrolled herself into college in hopes of making something of herself.

Liam, on the other hand, while he did achieve fame, he also had some time to do some soul searching as you will discover his side of the story.

Therefore, like in all things, I believe that everything happens for a reason and in this case it made Liam and Katy really find themselves and appreciate each other while not taking anything for granted.

So over all, a nice "cute" read on a second chance at love. I wish all love stories could end up being happy ones... ;)

My Favorite Quotes:

"Disconnected, that's how I've felt the last four years since Katy walked out of my life.; For so long I felt so disconnected from everything, but with Katy, I feel complete again. This is how things are meant to be. Hollywood might come banging on the door, but this is my sweet reality and I'll take it over those red carpets any day." - Disconnected

"We're recommitting ourselves to each other, and reconnecting our lives and while it's scary in a way, it's also really exciting." - Reconnected

My Rating:

-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8

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