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Reprieve by [Woodward, A.E.]
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I thought he was my antidote, but it turns out that he’s just my new drug of choice.
Before him, it was heroin.
And then they put me here against my will.
At the time it seemed like my only viable choice.
I preferred stumbling through life numb to it all. But now I’m here, and every sound and every emotion is heightened to a level I never knew existed.
Then somehow, in a moment of weakness it became all about him.
My counselor.
He makes me feel things I never thought possible. But I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to recover...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015CW9VWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Reprive is the story of Tegan a young college dropout who gets dragged to a rehab facility by her family. She is, at times kicking and screaming about it, but deep down she knows that its probably her last roll of the dice. If she doesn't get clean soon, she probably won't survive much longer living the life she has been.

Told entirely from Tegan's POV, the novel proceeds through her 90 day stint in rehab, but interspersed with episodes from her progress in her fight against her heroin addiction are a series of flashbacks, starting with the intervention that brought her to the opening scene, and progressing consecutively backwards in time, each one shedding more and more light on the path that led her to the point where she needs to be saved from her own self destruction.

In the course of her treatment she's taught about replacing unhealthy addictions with more wholesome ones. Her counselor, Asher, mentions that in his own case, he replaced his cocaine addiction with becoming a bit of a gym junkie. Unfortunately, the obsession Tegan finds to replace her heroin habit is Asher himself.

There are reasons why these kinds of relationships are forbidden. The power imbalance creates a situation that's overly ripe with the potential for all sorts of problems, and it isn't long before both are struggling to save their emerging relationship from becoming toxic.

I really enjoyed Reprive. I particularly enjoyed the self discovery and healing aspect of Tegan's story, which is not to suggest that there isn't a hauntingly thoughtful love story woven through it.

It made me laugh, it made me cry. It made me angry, sad and happy and ultimately, it left me smiling. Great story.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A way with words 19 January 2016
By Amanda (AKA the Book Harlots Review) - Published on Amazon.com
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A.E Woodward has this way with words that made it easy to connect with the main character, their emotions and thoughts projected back onto my own, creating a rollercoaster track that took me on a journey through the eyes of another. Sights, scents and sounds were transformed by the sentences of descriptions escaping from the pages to mask out the rest of the world and I found myself captivated with every single one.

Main character Tegan felt everything so deeply, she was mostly shattered pieces and it was heartbreaking to read, the feeling she craved most was what only her addiction could bring her, a numbness, a high that consumed and for a while wiped the terrifying memories of her past. Reading about what happened to her, in her younger years, made me want to throw my kindle in anger, sadness and disgust. What she went through is something that no one ever should.

When Tegan meets Asher everything that helps her to forget changes, her addiction is no longer heroine, but the pure bliss of becoming so lost within someone that the adoration wipes all other thoughts from the mind. However love does not come without it's own downfalls, especially when it's with someone like Asher.

Although I could connect with Tegan, there was something about Asher that made him seem like he couldn't be trusted. Maybe it was the position he was in and because of the type of relationship he had with Tegan before it transformed into another or because their wasn't more dialogue to read between the two (a lot implied though so romance was believable), either way by the end of the book I still wasn't a fan of his. Though I'm sure other readers may feel differently.

Despite me not liking Asher, I still thought this book was very well written, with a great storyline and main character, Tegan, whom was very easy to empathize with. I will definitely continue to add future works by A.E Woodward to my reading lists.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intervention and More 1 October 2015
By Sarah Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
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Among many others, one thing the author and I share is a love of the TV show Intervention. If you've ever seen the show, this story reads right out of their episodes with so much more! Coming from someone who has never personally done nor experienced drugs firsthand, she depicts a almost scary accuracy in what is portrayed. So much so that each time Tegan has a needle in her hand, you feel as if it's your arm it's being injected into. You can feel the tightening of the belt on your skin, you can feel the prick of the sharp edge, and you can feel the drugs rush through your bloodstream. You feel the filth she feels as her drug dealer makes her pay in his own way for what she needs to survive. And you feel the hopelessness and utter despair she feels in the in between times. You know she sees know way out and yet you keep yelling and fighting for her.

This book is interesting in that for me, the romance was on the back burner. I think when you encounter a story like this, that's the way it needs to be. For it's really about her self discovery and road to personal redemption. Alternating chapters, we are taken from the present to the past, but not from the beginning. With each chapter that passes, we are going further and further into the past. As with 99% of addicts, there is always a reason, a catalyst to why they are the way they are. As as each page turned, I longed to find out what Tegan's was. It isn't hard to figure out, but what was shocking was the backstory behind it. You may or may not see it coming; I know I didn't. And when you do find out, wow, it just broke my heart, and I truly felt everything she was feeling in that moment. I raged with her, I felt hate with her, and I wanted to destroy anything in my path for her. I can't say with certainty that I would have handled the situation in the end like she did, but we'll just leave it at she showed way more restraint than I would have been able to. But it was her road to walk down, her forgiveness to give, and her growth that transpired.

If you watch a lot of TV or read like me, you know that one of the first rules in recovery is you aren't supposed to be in a relationship for the first year. This is for many reasons, but the biggest is that you have to concentrate all your time and energy on fixing yourself. If you allow yourself to fall into a romantic relationship, your addiction can transfer to that, and you can become dependent once again. What makes this story taboo is that the relationship Tegan enters into is with her drug counselor, which again, is not only a no-no, but highly unethical. She knows it. He knows it. But like two trains headed the opposite direction down the same track, they can't help but be drawn towards each other and collide. And while I fell in love with the idea of the two of them healing each other and helping each other, I just knew it wasn't the right time. I felt the dread deep in my gut and I know the outcome could and probably would be disastrous. Was it? Well, you will just have to find out for yourself.

But like I said in the beginning, for me, that wasn't what this story was about. I have been following and reading this author for a few years now and I can honestly say that with each story she pens, she just keeps getting better and better. I don't even need to read the synopsis; if I see a book with her name on it, it automatically gets bumped to the top of my TBR. She has a way of writing that makes you a character in her books, not just a bystander. You become a part of the story whether you want to or not and when the last page is turned you feel as if you have lost a little bit of yourself that you'll never get back. And I mean that in the best possible of ways! I highly recommend you give this story and this author a shot. You won't be disappointed!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreakingly beautiful! 28 September 2015
By Cleida Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! Beautifully written, heartbreakingly beautiful!
No matter how hard I try, I don't think my review will do this book justice. It was absolutely good, A.E. Woodward went down a completely different road from her other books with this and I was no disappointed.
Straight away the story and the characters pull you in and leave you wanting more.
This is a love and dark story, no rainbows and sunshine. No, this a heartbreaking story with lots emotions and addictions. A story about two damaged people who feel that their damage is irreparable, until they cross paths and eventually discover that it's possible to heal and to find love. It was written beautifully and it was a unique story.
They are both have a scarred past, although in very different ways. Asher sets out to help heal Tegan and thinking he will do he's work and leave. Tegan is willing to let him help her get over her issues knowing that Asher will likely break her heart in the process.
The plot of this book was actually quite dark at a lot of points and it was about the two main characters coming to terms with what they had been through and learning how to open up and not keep everything inside!
This is definitely a must read!
Well done!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really loved the character development in the story 5 October 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I really loved the character development in the story. It felt as though you really knew them and could feel along with them. It had humor, seriousness, heartbreak and disbelief all wrapped in one. I would absolutely recommend it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 October 2015
By Hillary - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! What a powerful, emotion-filled book about addiction. A must read!

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