Saturday, June 22, 2013

Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster [Double Book Review]

Beautiful Disaster:
Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published May 26th 2011 by Jamie McGuire
Walking Disaster:
Kindle Edition, 488 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Atria Books
Beautiful Disaster:

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match

Walking Disaster:
How much is too much to love?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

My Thoughts:
After hearing much praise for Beautiful Disaster, I decided to request Walking Disaster on NetGalley and just read both of them back-to-back. I actually had no clue that Walking was just Travis' POV of the same story as Beautiful.

So the story starts out with Abby Abernathy (a college freshman) going to an underground fight - Travis "Mad Dog" Maddox, one of the fighters, pursues her after seeing Abby at the fight. Abby sticks up for herself and says he won't have any luck getting in her pants because she isn't falling for his charm like every other ditsy girl. So instead they become friends.

However, the friendship is in a very grey area and both parties start to get more romantically attracted to each other as time passes. Travis proposes a bet to Abby before one of his fights - she gladly takes it. If he gets hit, he has to be abstinent for a month; if he doesn't get hit, she has to stay with him for a month. Travis comes out of the fight unscathed and Abby upholds her side of the bet.

Personally, I loved the story period, but Travis' POV was much more entertaining and gripping. Not that Abby is a horrible cliche girl character, but Travis' mentality was more interesting to delve into. There are some very heart-wrenching moments - dealing with both Abby and Travis' families, as well as, between the two of them too. The supporting characters are all so amazing too.

Previous Review:
Requiem by Lauren Oliver [here]

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