Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.
Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….
Contains mature content and some sexual situations. Suited for readers 16 and up.

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I was super excited when I found I was going to get an opportunity to read and review this book! Just from reading the synopsis I knew it had the potential to be an emotional filled roller coaster, and I was not disappointed.  Cami Broussard is not your typical High School senior. She works herself to death at her father's French restaurant so that she can become a chef after high school, even if that isn't what he wants her to do. However, Cami's world is rocked pretty hard when they get an addition to the household. Julian Wyatt is a 20 year old marine back home after a tour in Afghanistan because of an IED explosion that almost killed him. Losing a leg and facing a life long struggle with the injury, he moves into his half-aunt-half-adopted-mother house and straight into Cami's life.

These two characters kept me on my toes the whole time. At first, I didn't know where this was going because they seemed to hate each other! Julian was mean and moody, Cami was aggravated and trying to hold back her temper and I didn't even know how these two would even match let alone make a great pair. However, that all changed with one hard throw of a muffin into Julian's face. I thought that these two characters where a great match AND I loved how they didn't just fall in love with each other instantly. They grated on each others nerves for a good portion of the beginning and that made it seem more real. Cami was this great mix of hardheaded but still compassionate young women that really made me love her as a character. There were times I wanted to shake her and make her open her eyes to what was going on right in front of her nose, but that's what made me love her so much as a character. She wasn't perfect but she had a good head on her shoulders and really knew in which direction she wanted to go, even it was a vague idea.

Julian, on the other hand, seemed to have everything happening in the opposite to Cami. His accident halted the direction his life was taking him and in his eyes regress. He didn't know what he was going to do or where his life was going from there because everything was so messed up. You really felt for him throughout the whole story, maybe some moments more than others, but he felt like someone who was a little lost and whole lot alone. Cami filled that void for him, however, brilliantly. She was kind and caring when he needed it but also pushed him more than anyone else in the story. I thought he moved on because of the way she acted toward him. From beginning to end I really thought this story moved in a really great flowing way. You never got the sense that any of this electricity you felt between Julian and Cami was forced together and the ending, for me at least, was just perfect. I'll let you find out for yourself what happens, but I just thought it was one of the greatest endings I have read in a very long time :) I can not wait to see if we hear more from Cami and Julian, but go out and buy this one on October 1st, it will be worth it!!- My Opinion-Buy it!!

About the author:
SABRINA ELKINS, author of STIR ME UP, has also worked as a journalist, movie copywriter and prep cook. She grew up in Vermont, graduated from USC, and now lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids.
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