Seattle, Washington. The sprawling, industrious city set in a blanket of pine. I have never known a day that wasn’t spent inside this concrete jungle. It’s my home, and for that I love it. But it’s also the setting for the tragedy called my life, and so I loathe it.
I live alone in a cold, empty studio apartment. The tiny square room closely resembles a cell. That’s my life: solitary confinement.
Here, in this desolate place that perfectly reflects my soul, my story begins.
Emerald City is a truly wonderful read, the storyline is very emotional and the descriptive writing is amazing. I found myself randomly reading out pieces of the book to whoever was near. I connected with the main character, Olivia quite early on and I loved reading her journey.
Olivia is feeling very low, her life is on a downward spiral. Her mum committed suicide and she still hasn’t gotten over it. She either works as a waitress or she is in bed, she has gave up on eating and looking after herself. It is safe to say she has hit rock bottom and one thing pushes her over the edge and causes her to take an overdose.
When Olivia comes to in the hospital, she discovers that one of her neighbours rescued her. She meets Jude (her saviour) and everything in her life starts to take a turn, for the better. But Jude isn’t who he says he is and when the truth is revealed will Olivia be able to handle it? Or will it push her over the edge?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Olivia and Jude’s beautiful relationship, from the awkwardness at the start to what it eventually blossoms into. Olivia went through such a transformation and it was great to read, she is one of them characters that you will genuinely care about.
My favourite character was the main one:
Olivia – She is like-able, genuine, strong, smart and I think she will be relatable in some way to most people. She was willing to change her own path in life, which I loved.
Some of my favourite quotes:
“For that split second, locked in his gaze, I truly believed I could see it : a shimmering emerald eternity.”
“I’m not really sure, the dark intrigues me. It has a certain magic to it.”
“We turned to the beat of the rain, lost in a world that was completely our own. It was like a fairytale, like we’d transcended time and space to some magical place in some fantasy world.”
*A review copy was provided for the tour*
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