Book Review: Clipped Wings

Clipped Wings (Clipped Wings #1)by Helena Hunting: An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts.

As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Clipped Wings generously provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Guilt - it should be categorized as the eighth deadly sin. Guilt’s manipulative feeling settling deep in your soul, rooting itself; a nagging feeling warping all intrinsic, gut reactions. It’s always there ready to strike at the first sign of peace. Ready to strike at any given moment, the aftermath of which is akin to the aftermath of a tornado, irreparable destruction. Except guilt induced destruction comes in the form of raw emotions.

Clipped Wings chronicles the journey of Tenley and Hayden, two painfully broken characters whose need for each other becomes an addiction. These characters are enigmas to each other but as the reader we have inside access to their minds. We know the answers already. It emits such a sense of impending doom to the story; a testament to the brilliantly provocative writing of this author. It has been a while since I’ve read a story where I wasn’t waiting to hear all the secrets. When knowing what secrets are hidden and anticipating the outcome, feeling the angst of the character completely? It’s truly a fun and evocative reading experience.

I never focus on the hero before the heroine. But now Hayden Stryker finishes first in my world, above everyone. Maybe ever. He’s a complete contradiction that’s just everything. He bears his soul on his body, his brokenness a beacon. Hayden’s intense appeal is irresistible; he’s as sensitive as he is rough and demanding. Hayden’s passion turns Tenley to fire, scorching feelings of worthlessness; it’s visceral through the author’s prose. Even his evasive non-truths add to his undeniable appeal. Hayden’s control keeps the chaos created by guilt in check. Tenley’s unforeseen presence in his life imitates that tornado, the lasting effect causing irreparable effects. And seriously the man loves Oreo’s, references Flashdance, and turns undeniably adorable at the mere mention of cupcakes. There is not one thing about this character that deterred me from falling in love; Tenley certainly never stood a chance.

Tenley proves to be a manifestation of the very essence of guilt. She’s not broken, she’s shattered as Hayden comes to realize. Tenley puts on a show of strength as best she can for the outside world while her feelings of loss, guilt, and loneliness fester deep within her, paralyzing with the fear that, if exposed, the guilt will eat her alive. It’s an intoxicating cancer. And while, Tenley makes choices that I did not agree with in this book I understand them. Like all great characters Tenley is tragically flawed inviting a host of feelings both bad and good from the reader. She’s evasive and skirts the edge of dishonesty by way of deflection and half-truths. Normally, I would feel put off by this behavior but this character is so raw, so stripped bare, so irrevocably damaged sympathizing with her, feeling her pain in your chest makes you accept her, root for her. The reader comes to understand Tenley’s irrationality as her true rational because she’s so consumed with guilt and that guilt has skewed and manipulated all rational thought.

The writing sucks the reader into its orbit immersing them in this world of conflicted feelings, angst, and steaming passion. These characters catch fire when they’re together, there’s nothing that feels truer than these two tortured souls placating themselves with one another. The feelings alone evoked from this book are worth five stars. The overall plot and conflict in Clipped Wings provides an exhilarating read. It’s a cliffhanger though so be forewarned. However the story ends in this genius way, exciting and reminding us that even from the most devastating of storms the rainbow eventually following brings irreplaceable beauty. This is my new favorite book of 2014. There is nothing I want more than to immerse myself again in the tragically beautiful world of Tenley and Hayden when Inked Armor arrives.

Lori's Thoughts: **Clipped Wings generously provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

My thoughts are short and sweet compared to TeriLyn's fantastic review above. I enjoyed the book, it was well written and the characters were awesome in their broken-ness. I didn't agree with some of the choices Tenley made, but I understood her motives for making them. I loved Hayden and Tenley. The book did end a bit abruptly for my taste. I understand it was a good place to end it, but still, I wasn't expecting the drop off. I kept trying to turn pages in my Kindle and it wouldn't work. Ha! I look forward to reading the 2nd book in the series and recommend you get a copy of this one as soon as possible and devour it. I really liked the book a lot!

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