I am an avid reader, always have been. Scrolling through the Kindle store one day I stumbled upon Sparrow by LJ Shen. It was the first book of hers that I read, and I was completely hooked by the story and characters that she created. RUCKUS is a completely different story but the quality of writing and depth of character development is impeccable.
RUCKUS was a story that struck a chord in me for so many reasons. I was able to connect with this story so deeply because I personally know someone who’s past from cystic fibrosis. Like “baby Leblanc” she found the love of her life at an early age, despite not wanting to saddle him with her terminally illness, he was determined that she would have her day in a white dress and all the dreams that he could give her. It was a beautiful love story just like the one LJ Shen created. Christine lost her battle with CF and although devastated, her husband always knew since the moment they met at fifteen that the day would come when the illness would take her. But he made sure they “lived” very much in the moment.I feel that LJ Shen did a tremendous job showing the aspects of the illness, and how it not only affects the person living with it, but how it also affects the ones around that person. Dean Cole was a truly swoon worthy character but he battles his own demons and disease. The way she depicted his struggle with alcohol was spot on. I dated somebody that was an alcoholic it was ugly, it was brutal, it truly is just as much of a disease as anything else. What makes this love story a five star all the way, was how LJ Shen blended love, lust, sickness, and life and wrapped it all up into an epic love story that will suck you in and have you rooting for them all. Can’t wait to see what she writes next!
“This series is one of the best I’ve read all year” – Angie, Angie’s Dreamy Reads
“LJ Shen delivers and then some. I am loving this series.” – Kylie Scott New York Times Bestseller
“It’s unpredictable, raw, emotional, and edgy- pure chaos contained in a beautiful package.” – TJ Loves Books
“LJ Shen just wrote her best love story ever!” – DD’s Boom Room
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams.Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.)
She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.