The Year We Fell Down (Sarina Bowen)

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The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now? 

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead. 

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken. 

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard. 

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.


Hey, as you might be expecting by now, I read The Year We Fell Down as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. This was a weird one, and it was my fault… see, we decided to start the book one night, but she couldn’t and would only start it the next day. Well… I did start it, and I read 85% of the book that night, and then the rest in the morning. When she started her own book, I had already finished :D. No problems though 😉 .

I’ve been meaning to start The Ivy Years Series for a long time now,  because I love NA, I love Hockey, I love Sarina Bowen’s writing, and it came highly recommended to me. So yeah, I was excited for this one. And I have to say that I was not disappointed. Not at all. 🙂

I really liked the writing, Sarina Bowen drew me in again with this one. She made it light and fun and deep, all at the same time. I’m a fan. Corey and Hartley’s voices were also very distinct and different, and I love that. Again, this is a dual POV romance, which are my favorite kind, but I somehow wish that Hartley had had a little more POV time, because Corey does have more “screen time”.

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I really liked both characters. I loved Corey and how strong she was, and also, so much kudos for the representation and diversity. I love when NA romances include somewhat unconventional heroes. So, Corey was amazing, she was strong and determined, and when she came face to face with a situation that was bad for her, she stopped it and tried to move on. I also really liked Hartley, he was not an conventional NA hero either. While I wish he had woken up a little sooner, I understood his issues and I couldn’t really fault him for his decisions.

The romance was really really good. It develops slowly and they become great friends and allies before they get involved and fall in love. It was amazing to see the physical and psychological issues dealt with, in both their way of living, as well as the complications and limitations in their personal and intimate lives. I loved how invested Hartley was in making everything right and good for Corey.

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I liked the plot a lot and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of drama. Though I have to admit that after finishing the book, I felt like I needed more, that maybe somehow the story wasn’t quite finished yet. One thing is for sure, I would love to read more about Corey and Hartley, and I hope they make appearances in the rest of The Ivy Years Series.

April TBR

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Hello 😀 . Today I’ll show you my TBR for this month. In March I managed to read 22 books by some miracle. Granted, one was a super short novella and another one was a short story, but still, it was the most I ever read in a single month, and most books were finished in the span of 24 hours. So, I hope I have a similarly awesome reading month in April, though I won’t aim that high, because that’s crazy.

I’m going for 15 books, of which 2.5 of them are already finished (yes, it’s still the 3rd day of the month…).

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  1. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig – Me and Cátia are both about halfway through with this book. It’s good, but neither of us has been in the mood for it.
  2. Changing His Game (The Reynolds Brothers, #1) by Justine Elvira – I actually finished this book already (and I was so disappointed).
  3. Roommates by Erin Leigh – And I finished this one already too…
  4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This beauty will be a buddy read with Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. After weeks of waiting, Cátia is finally getting her book on monday, and we will begin this journey. It will probably take us a bit to get through it, but we will!
  5. Once Upon a Dream (Twisted Tales #2) by Liz Braswell – I didn’t like the first one a bit, but I’ll give this one a shot.
  6. Catch You (Love Me, I’m Famous 0.5) by M.H. Soars – Warning, the next 5 book are buddy reads with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, because we love to request the same ARCs on Netgalley.
  7. The One That Got Away (Kingston Ale House #1) by A.J. Pine – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia
  8. Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance (Creative HeArts #3) by Shellee Roberts – And another one… I’m so excited for this one, because I read the second book of this series last month.
  9. Pieces of You and Me by Erin Fletcher – Another ARC I’m reading with Cátia.
  10. That Thing Between Eli and Gwen by J.J. McAvoy – And another!
  11. Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers – The author asked me if I would like to read and review her book… hells YES! (Kat @Life and Other Disasters is also reading this one…)
  12. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach – Me and Kat @Life and Other Disasters are finally getting to this one. And Sara @Freadom Library is joining us 😀
  13. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – I’m going to Portugal later this month, which means I’ll finally be able to buy CoHo’s ebooks!!! (Kindle store’s prices differ from Portugal to Spain, and they’re way nicer at home).
  14. The Year We Fell Down (The Ivy Years #1) by Sarina Bowen – I bought this book this month (for free), so I’m hoping I get some time to get to it. Everybody says wonders of Sarina Bowen, and I fell in love with Him and Us.
  15. #Junkie (GearShark #1) by Cambria Hebert – I stumbled upon this book by accident, and after loving  Him and Us so much, I think I’ll enjoy this one as well.

This is what I plan to read this month of April, I might not get to all the books, but I’ll try to finish all my ARCs – the goal on Netgalley keeps beeing the 80% ratio… not far now.

I also think that some books will take a little bit of time, such as Lady Midnight. Not only is the book huge, but buddy reading implies that we have to keep a steady pace between the 3 of us 😉 .