Monday 2 December 2019

Blog Tour: Mine by Emily Merrill

I've been in a bit of a reading for a while now and then Mine fell through my letterbox and I quickly ended up falling in love with the characters, and it fast becoming a book I couldn't get out of my head.


Mine tells the story of Avery. Avery has been with her boyfriend Luke for four years and they love each other a heck of a lot. When Luke joins her in York to be closer to her whilst she's at uni, life doesn't feel like it can get much better. But when Luke starts to demand more of her time and telling her who she can and can't see, Avery starts to see a side to Luke that scares her. A battle between her head and her heart begin as she has to decide whether she should fight for the person she loves or if she should fight for herself?
Mine was a really well written read. I felt like I was reading from a well-learned author so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Emily is only 21. The whole story and character development just felt so real and believable to me and despite this not being your typical page-turner, I read this so quickly as I was just so invested in Avery and where her story would lead.
This book was a real eye opener for me and deals with the tough subject of emotional and physical abuse. Although both terrible, it was the emotional abuse that really got to me. Emily portrayed it really well. It is a lot harder to see and the damage can be even longer lasting. The battle that Avery goes through between her head and her heart really hit home as I have been in that position before. You love that person dearly and you know that what is happening isn't right, but you start making excuses for that person and going into denial yourself and don't want to face up to the reality that is happening. 
There were of course other elements that I thought were showcased really well like the friendships, the family fallout and reconcillations. Everything just felt so natural and again naturally led on from one another.
Mine was a hugely impactful and insightful read that sensitively dealt with a very real and difficult issue. I am excited for what Emily has in store for us next.
Mine is out now 

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