Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: Aflame by Penelope Douglas

Title: Aflame
Series: Fall Away, #4
Author: Penelope Douglas
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series. 

The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…

Everyone wants to be me.

Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.

I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.

They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?

But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.

Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new. 

My Review

Oh, be still my heart. What a wonderful conclusion for two characters I have come to absolutely love.  I mean, seriously, I adore Jared and Tate and these two have been through quite a lot. Even though I didn’t think we would get more of their story and I was worried when Aflame came out, but Douglas did give these two the ending they truly deserved.

First off, I am a big fan of Douglas. Though I was very, very hesitate to read Bully, I’m so so so happy I did because this series is one I will always keep close to my heart. And it definitely isn’t a series for everyone, but I felt it really opened my eyes and made me see so many different viewpoints and understand so many different situations.  Her writing style sucks me in. Douglas is a master at allowing her readers to feel the emotions of her characters and understand where they come from.
At ten years old, Jared was my friend. At fourteen, my enemy; at eighteen, my lover; and at twenty, my heartbreak. I'd know him more than half my life, and although the roles had changed, his impact was always consuming. Always.
Tate is a heroine I have come to really love. From Bully to Aflame she has grown into a fierce woman. A woman I’m very much proud of her. But in Aflame, I really got to see her tested, she her world shaken, and her trust broken. Watching everything happen to her, feeling what she experience, it made my heart hurt.  And she definitely wasn’t the same Tate from the other books, but a stronger one. Watching her grow and overcome the obstacles in this book and seeing her at the end of it. Oh gosh, guys, I can’t describe how happy and proud I am of her character.  

I don’t even know where to start with Jared. He is such a complex individual; a character who has been through so much, someone who hasn’t handled his life and his emotions in the best of ways. Like Tate, I’m so very proud of him, but I think I’m more proud of his character. Jared is a raw character and though it has taken quite a lot for him to grow, wow, when he does it’s amazing. And though I haven’t always agreed with his actions I love his character. Watching him go through the ups and downs in the book, again, broke my heart and made my chest squeeze. He really took my breath away in this one.

Jared and Tate have come such a long way. From best friends, enemies, lovers, to two people lost and hurt. It has been a whirlwind of a ride and I’m so happy to have been a part of it.  There the kind of characters whose growth is amazing and so very well done. Characters who you just love and want nothing but happiness for them and though it took a while, they got it. And though they don't handle everything right and make mistakes, these two are amazing.  But what I love the most in this book is the raw, intense, fierce chemistry of these two characters. My lord, I can feel the pull between them. It seeps of the freaking pages!  I will never get enough of their passion. 

The book also flips back and forth from past to present. Allowing the readers to see and experience what took place between Jared and Tate, what happened during their time a part and what lead up to it. I felt that Douglas handled that very well.  I was able to understand the characters and the decisions they made. The pacing flowed nicely and I never felt it was too rushed for the characters. The buildup was intense and had me glued to the pages. The only thing was I felt that some themes were played out a bit too much.  Things that Jared and Tate done in the other books that I felt didn’t have to happen in this one. If that makes sense.  I also enjoyed seeing all the other side characters as well. And the way they get challenged in this book, and though it hurt to watch them, I felt that was the push they needed to grow and learn about each other and themselves so that they could stand beside each other. 
I didn't know where I'd end up, what I'd be doing, but she was mine. Always.
All in all, Aflame was a perfect ending for these two character that I just love.  I feel Douglas did a wonderful job wrapping up their story and giving them an ending they so deserved. 


  1. I know a lot of people were not happy about this turn of events but the feedback I have seen from this book has been so positive, so I fell like in the end the author did do what was right for the characters. I have got to get around to this series since you love it so much! Awesome review! *muggle huggles*

  2. You always get me right in the feels with the quotes! Tate's character growth sounds intense, and you have me so curious that I must pick up this series! I'm so happy this wrapped everything up just right for you. Wonderful review, sweet friend! <3

  3. I'm glad you enjoyed this so much, Magen! Awesome review as always!

  4. My heart broke for Tate too, but I loved the fierce and strong woman that she grew in to. I agree that Jared was a raw character and it took a lot for him to grow. I too loved the intensity and chemistry between Jared and Tate! Excellent Review! I agree with your thoughts on this story :)

  5. I love how passionate you are about these characters; being proud of them and seeing their worlds shatter and it seems they grow once more. I really need to get into this series!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace


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