Review – If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan

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If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

”Act the way you want everyone to see you, no matter how you’re really feeling.”

Sometimes you read a book that BLASTS through you like countless cannons catapulting your heart, a heart that pounds out of your chest, where you want to scream it—it being If I’d Known by Rebecca Donovan—to the world!!! I want to scream about this story that struck me hard. My mind is still stuck in this story, wrapped up in this mastery of words that OWNED ME. If I’d Known still OWNS every ounce of me.

Trust, Kindness and Boldness. They sound like the best characteristics to possess. Except they’re the reason for just about everything that’s ever gone wrong.

If I’d Known, this fast-paced young adult romantic thriller, is UNIQUE and UNPUTDOWNABLE. It’s CYNICAL and CRUEL at times. It has moments that are just CREEPY. Yet I found myself WHOLEHEARTEDLY BEGUILED, so BEWITCHED with this GOOSE-BUMP INDUCING BOOK, where I DEVOURED every word as if it were my air to breathe. This tale ENAMORED ME where I couldn’t stop reading.

Thrilling and tragically flawed, If I’d Known is a novel so compelling and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as young adults. If I’d Known details the life of a troubled teen girl highly attuned to virtues, and delivers a satisfying, but shocking twist ending. The cast of strong characters in this spellbinding saga are simply striking—so full of life—that you can’t help but fall under their spell.

Sassy, smart, and beautiful, the heroine, Lana, is charming without trying at all. She has survived several forms of hell, her young life full of obstacles that would set back most teen girls. However, this teen is wise beyond her years. I LOVED that she’s refreshingly real, brutally honest with sarcasm that is humorous. I admired her honesty and loved her spirit.

I’ve come to accept that, regardless of how honest or silent I am, the truth is fated to destroy my life.

Lana forges a strong bond, a connection full of chemistry, with gorgeous but rebellious Joey during the most unusual of adventures. This heroine and hero MELT together. Their MAGNETIC PULL is unstoppable.

I can’t breathe, but I don’t want to. I grip the front of his shirt, needing to get closer. Needing him. His arm tightened around my waist. I am lost in him, in this kiss.

One night out with friends was fun until it wasn’t.
One night and monsters surfaced from the shadows.
One night possibly altered their lives’ paths.
One night almost resulted in their end.
One night would burn in their memories forever.

This is one BANG-UP BOOK!!! If I’d Known is a HEART-POUNDING RUSH, a raw and riveting roller coaster of a romantic toe-curling thriller. I was BREATHLESS from this book that buzzes with excitement and emotion. Intense. Intriguing. Intoxicating. Irresistible. This story stimulates until the end.

If I’d Known is an aspiring young adult novel with an engaging voice, believable characters, clever plot and some sensational writing. Rebecca Donovan pulls you into the story with a PARALYZING INTENSITY where you can’t stop devouring the words until the last page. If I’d Known whets the appetite where you’re left hungry for MORE. Electrifying, emotionally complex, and blisteringly smart, If I’d Known is UTTERLY UNFORGETTABLE.

”Don’t lose yourself to anyone.”

💋💋💋💋💋 honest kisses


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IF I’D KNOWN, the surprise first installment in a new, edgy contemporary YA series from Rebecca Donovan, the bestselling author of the Breathing Series is available now!

“What better way to amplify the anticipation than a surprise release—especially for a series filled with suspense and mystery.” – Rebecca Donovan

“We’re all cursed—every single one of us.”

Lana Peri isn’t afraid of telling anyone exactly what she thinks, even if it gets her into trouble—which it usually does. But the thing is, she can’t lie. Her unfiltered honesty doesn’t exactly make her many friends, although it does get her kicked out of class regularly. Lana knows the truth will eventually be her undoing. If only she’d known it would begin today.

It’s meant to be a night Lana and her best friends will never forget. And it is… for all the wrong reasons. Lana witnesses not just one, but two violent crimes committed by the same person. Except she can’t say a word. Not if she wants to protect her friends.

Lana’s silence will implicate her and inadvertently cover for him. But it’s not like she has a choice. He is powerful. Connected. Untouchable. And a friend of Joey Harrison—the guy Lana is uncharacteristically drawn to the moment they meet. Joey’s also the only one who is told the truth.

His lies will ruin her. Her silence will keep them safe. The truth won’t save any of them.




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Optimism seeps from every pore of my body. I truly believe that what’s supposed to happen… will! In that regard, I don’t know how to give up; it’s not part of my biological make up.

I’m a passionate (and some would say, overly enthusiastic) person. I learn by doing (and have been burned more times that I’d like to admit), but I will always throw my entire self into whatever I do – fail or succeed. 

I think this is evident when I write, leaving nothing behind and spilling it all out on the pages. I give it all to my readers – love it or hate it. 

The path I’m on is very often my own, veering off the beaten path at the sight of something more interesting or captivating, getting caught in the vines and thorns in order to experience the beauty and intrigue others often pass by. And I always meet the most interesting people along the way…

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