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Second read Jan Feb 2020Ilsa took this novella and turned it into a full length novel While I loved reading it the first time, the expansion just tweaked it up that much This was angsty yet sweet and heartbreaking and I loved it I cried and I laughed And I ended it with a huge smile First read Sept 2019Ilsa Madden Mills has done it again She writes these characters that you want to know and you want to live in their world While this was a quick read, it was a little on the angsty dark side with what Ava went through and the way she is treated But have no fear, you will be cheering on Ava and watching her trust again is great I can not wait to get from the people in this book The words I want to articulate are failing me right now about this book I was giving the opportunity to receive an ARC of this book for my i honest review So, first off if sexual assault triggers you then this book is not for you I found this author by whim just looking for a new author to sweep me off my feet with their words, and Ilsa M.Mills doesn t fail I don t want to give anything away about this book I only hope I can convey how deeply impactful I think this will leave you One night for Ava changed her junior year She had her friends, good grades and a boy she liked That one night changed her life like a snap of a finger.I read Dear Ava that was part of an Anthology and I wanted from the story and M.Mills delivered throughout this book I loved seeing the character development of each character Knox, Ava, Chance, Wyatt, Piper, Dane and Mr Vance Grayson I couldn t put this book down, I hope you take my word this is wonderfully written The characters are strong and loyal and give sass when needed I swoon for Ava and Knoxx and I m so so happy to have this in my collection. 4.5 Stars.Dear Ava is a difficult book Without skirting around the first chapter opens with the heroine waking up after being drugged and abused at a keg party And even though there s no description of the abuse on the page, it is tense enough to read about it And it s a very complicated place for a book to start.Then we cut to 9 months later, due to many circumstances Ava is going back to the same school where the possible abuser is from He was never caught, and a lot of victim blaming happened But Ava has always had a tough life, and she wants to 1 show that they can t break her and 2 find out who the guy was and get some revenge.In the midst of this very serious plot, she finds a letter in her locker from a secret admirer Enter Knox, a brooding quarterback with a huge scar on his face, that despite his scary looks has a tormented but sweet heart.This book kind of gave me 13 reasons why vibes, in the sense of going under the layers of what can happen in the worst scenarios of high school, and the dangers of parents and teachers turning a blind eye But, it was very carefully written and ended up being a story of how two broken people can help each other Knox was the perfect hero, he was kind and respectful and slowly he could let Ava trust another person.I think it s so hard to have such a serious plot and weave a romance into it but Ilsa Madden Mills pulled it off, an the overall result was great and the ending made perfect sense Ava was such a strong heroine, and while I hurt so much for her I was so proud of her bravery.Beware of trigger warnings if this is a touchy subject for you Thank you Social Butterfly PR and Ilsa Madden Mills for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Rate 4.5 5 stars Dear Ava is a sweet sports high school romance that deals with important issues You ll fall in love with these two, individually and as a couple Ava is a strong girl who has been through so much throughout her life and is now ready to face her fears and do anything for her future and her little brother s And Knox is a football player that surprised us all he has a depth that I wanted to know about and once I did I fell and in love with him He himself has been through a lot and those events shaped him into who he is today and it s also those events that connect him and Ava althe I loved how he always believed in her, defended her and then made it his mission to find out the truth When it comes to the team when I read the novella I was not a fan of anyone besides Knox, not even his brother He had secrets and I was kind of scared of what he has been hiding but this book made me see things in another light Knox s brother had no clue what had happened because he himself had been plagued with his own nightmares and couldn t remember that night either Ilsa made me feel so much for Dane, he was going through so much and my heart really hurt for him and Knox because he went through everything with him.Dear Ava is very innocent when it comes to the development of the main character s relationship but not when it comes to the whole issue of the story It deals with rape so be careful if it might be a trigger for you Knox and Ava are pretty special and I loved watching them slowly get to know each other and trust one another I love how their relationship grew little by little and became such a strong love When the truth came to light it messed things up but Ava was finally able to breathe and move on with her life and I loved watching her be able to let things go and grab her future by the balls even if it meant she had to let some important things go When I first started reading the last few chapters my heart was in my throat, I was scared but boy that ending could not have been perfect That saying If you love something let it go, and if it s meant to be, it ll be or something along those lines, it really hit deep with these two and gosh were they meant to be Their ending made my heart happy ARC kindly provided by author, in exchange for an honest review Follow me on Blog Instagram Facebook Twitter Ten months ago something happened to Ava at a school bonfire.Now she s finally back at the elite private school near Nashville.She doesn t really belong there she s a scholarship girl She s not one of the millionaire kids She s an 18 year old semi orphan living in a home run by nuns.The kids at school all think she s a snitch for telling the police about what happened at that party Everybody hates her.And then she finds a letter from one of the football guys But who Her ex One of the hot twins The new guy Whatever she doesn t have time for romance anyway She has to concentrate on school Her dream is it to get into Vanderbilt College and to make a great life for her and her little brother I LOVED IT Such a beautiful young new adult highschool dramance Our darlings are going through some very sad and heartbreaking and serious issues and the reader just wants to fast forward to when they can all live happily ever after in their new and perfect lives But of course Ava has to fight really hard for that happy end It s not easy being back at that school and it s not easy falling for one of the guys she has hated ever since she stepped foot in this school three years ago.I loved reading this book Ava is amazing She fights so hard to make a life for Tyler and herself And now maybe she doesn t have to fight so hard all on her own But can she trust him There are still some secrets left to unveil let s hope we ll get our happy end PS the cover YUM DEAR AVA was a beautiful love story Starting with this gorgeous cover all the pretty words inside and the whole cast Such a heartbreaking exciting mysterious funny sweet YA NA dramance I adored it Run to your nearest for your own millionaire highschool football star this one is MINE A tiny little thing that I loved or rather 2 things PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN T READ THE BOOK YET it s very spoilery view spoiler First of all I loved the 2 epilogues ADORABLE And then I SO loved that Dane didn t die I was so worried about him hide spoiler Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden Millsis part of the Team Player Anthology It hooked me in and left me begging for Dear Ava centers around Ava and Knox who are both seniors at Camden Prep This is a introduction to them as we will be getting , Yes Camden Prep is an Ivy League school filled with snobby rich elites and where the Sharks rule the school Ava Harris is a scholarship student who wanted to be a part of the popular crowd and she was until someone took something they shouldn t have Ava has come back to her own personal hell Camden Prep to find the person whose responsible for a night that changed her life forever She wants answers and revenge Knox Grayson is beyond rich, head Shark, quarterback and yet he s hiding who he really is underneath all the cold calculating act he shows everyone I loved the push and pull between these two and I know that we are just discovering the layers of these two I am so ready for The intensity of hate love lust was easily felt between them Only time will show us who the real Ava and Knox are There are some secondary characters I am very intrigued by and Ilsa could easily make this into a series based off all the characters Fingers crossed this might happen.So Ilsa does put a warning at the beginning of the story due to some thing that is referenced Dear Ava was a fantastic start to a story I m begging to get my hands on She gave me just enough of a tease that I m hooked for sure. It takes a phoenix to rise from the ashes I guess he thinks you are oneI am completely stunned and delighted Dear Ava is absolutely the best story from Ilsa Madden Mills and that means a lot, because I love all of her novels But it s the first time when Ilsa has put such an emotional depth and so many feelings into her book This heartbreakingly beautiful story left me breathless right from the start I was completely consumed and forgot how to adult until I was finished I adore Ava She s a real fighter and her character is very empowering Even though something terrible happened to her, she keeps her chin high and she doesn t let it take over her life She s brave and fierce and despite all the bad things she experienced she s still kindhearted She ll do anything for her loved ones.Knox was such an enigma from the beginning He s the popular quarterback, filthy rich and worshipped by the peers, but you could sense the mysterious vibe coming off of him He appears as this cold, callous guy, but as soon as his walls are down he s the most loveable and vulnerable guy ever I just loved him so much He s caring, thoughtful and protective and totally swoon worthy These two are complete opposites on the surface, but time shows that they have a lot in common Their chemistry is off the charts and when they opened up to each other I was at the verge of tears I wanted to put them both in the bubble wrap and hold them close to my heart Even the physical aspect of their relationship, although very sensual, was overloaded with raw emotions.Dear Ava filled my heart with all the feels I was completely enchanted with the storyline and with complicated but wonderful characters This novel is raw, real and deeply emotional The mystery kept me in suspense throughout the whole story and I couldn t wait to get answers right with the heroine And the romance oh, the romance filled my stomach with butterflies It was the most heartwarming love story I ve read in a long time Ilsa definitely knows how to pull her reader s heartstrings PS.I really hope that Ilsa will write Dane s book Knox s brother experienced his own share of bad things and I d love to read about him finding his own HEAARC received in exchange for an honest review. *DOWNLOAD BOOK ⇔ Dear Ava ⇧ WSJ Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden Mills Delivers A Sizzling And Emotional Enemies To Lovers RomanceThe Rich And Popular Sharks Rule At Prestigious, Ivy Covered Camden Prep Once Upon A Time, I Wanted To Be Part Of Their World Until They Destroyed MeThe Last Thing I Expected Was An Anonymous Love Letter From One Of Them Please I Hate Those Rich Jerks For What They Did To Me The Question Is, Which Shark Is My Secret Admirer Knox, The Scarred QuarterbackDane, His Twin BrotherOr Chance, The Guy Who Dumped Me Dear Ava,Your Eyes Are The Color Of The Caribbean SeaSh T That S Stupid What I Really Mean Is, You Look At Me And I Feel Something REAL It S Been Ten Months Since You Were Here, But I Can T Forget You I Ve Missed Seeing You Walk Down The Hall I Ve Missed You Cheering At My Football Games I Ve Missed The Smell Of Your HairAnd Then Everything Fell Apart That NightDon T Hate Me Because I M A Shark I Just Want To Make You Mine StillNot Part Of Any Other Series Dark High School Romance Recommended For An Excerpt Of Dear Ava Appeared In The Anthology Team Player In No Longer Available This Full Length Version Is , Words I NEED MORE Read Team Player Anthology 2 September 2019 Quick read that will pull you in from the get go Really good main characters and I can tell this will be an interconnected series Fingers crossed, I HOPE Ava has struggled all her life to get where she is, she is going to school at the filthy rich academy but she is a scholarship kid from the other side of the tracks Sent from foster home to foster home all her life Someone has a secret admirer and she doesn t know if its a trick or not due to a major event that happened to her the year prior She is a changed girl, and she s fighting back Loved it and can t wait for Update Read full book 1 29 2020 I was lucky enough to finally get the full story via ARC, and it was beautiful, heartbreaking, so many emotions running through me Ava woke up one day to a nightmare She can t remember what happened to her but it s very evident she was assaulted Ava is such a strong young lady dealing with than someone her age should be dealing with She has the drive for her future and the future for her little brother She s around rich kids everyday, the taunting, the belittling, the name calling but she s going to show them that she isn t backing down Knox and her aren t on the best of terms, these two have tried to avoid each other over the years They don t like each other but deep down, there is something there.I really loved this story Told in dual POVs, you could feel their agony, their happiness, their emotions, this was written very well Love love love this one. Dear Ava is such a beautiful story about pain, healing, and the power and perseverance of love It s heartbreakingly emotional, but also uplifting, romantic, and truly inspiring It is so much than an enemies to lovers or secret admirer plot Dear Ava is a 6 Star read for me, and Knox and Ava are officially on my favorite couples of all time list I loved this book with my whole heart CW sexual assault, addiction, suicide, abuse Ava Harrison is back at Camden Prep after 10 months away, and she s back with a purpose Ava has goals to achieve, someone who is counting on her, and a future to work towards In spite of the tragedy that caused her to leave Camden 10 months ago, Ava won t let anyone stop her from succeeding now Especially not the Sharks But when Ava is paired up with Knox Grayson on her first day back, her plans are jostled, and she s forced to rethink what she thought she knew Sweet, strong, sassy Ava This girl is so fierce I can t tell you how many times I was in awe of her strength in this book The things she s experienced and the pain she s endured would be enough to make anyone give up and cower, but Ava doesn t break She doesn t give up She comes back stronger, somehow with grace, and she perseveres Ava Harrison is such an inspiring heroine, and I love everything about her I even loved her moments of weakness and vulnerability, because it made her that much real Her character arc is glorious, and I would gladly read 10 books about her if I could Knox Grayson is such an enigmatic, intriguing, and heartfelt hero On the surface he seems gruff and hardened, but he is so much than he appears I m a total fool for Knox Grayson The depth of his character had my heart aching with every layer that was revealed, and I fell so hard for his sexy, broody, complex self.Despite their different circles, Knox and Ava have quite a bit in common than they realize They ve both known extreme pain, they ve both experienced loss, they ve both had to take on immense responsibility at a young age, and they both play their cards close to the chest They re so unbelievably GOOD for one another Their chemistry, the tension, the LOVE I was so deeply moved by their story The things they have to go through and overcome to get to one another The things they do for one another Dear Ava is a romance of epic proportions, and Ilsa Madden Mills did a brilliant job with it She made me feel EVERYTHING, and she did it beautifully I loved loved loved this story so much I loved everything about it It gets 6 stars from me, and my highest recommendation ARC gifted in exchange for a honest review