VolitionAuthor: Lily Paradis
You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?
It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.
Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?
That’s what I did.
I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.
My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.
I typically don't review many New Adult novels on this blog but in this case, I just felt as if Volition was the kind of novel that deserved a little extra attention. I've read a lot of NA this past year and I can confidently say I have never read anything like Volition before. Lily Paradis has done a remarkable job at telling the story of a girl who is stuck in the past with her soul mate, but who desperately wants to move forward with the love of her life.
The first pages of Volition contain a forward written by the author that made me equally parts worried and intrigued. She essentially takes the time to warn readers of the messiness coming ahead and I think for a novel like this, it was a smart move because it personally made me more open minded. I enjoy likeable heroines and I love happily ever afters, and yet I still fell in love with this story's raw, rough edges.
As a reader and a reviewer, I often times get critical over heroines who make stupid decisions and who aren't the strong females I want them to be. However, especially after reading Volition, I think I've started to realize that what makes stories so powerful is their ability to mirror real life: and I don't know about you, but from personal experience of eighteen years as a female, I know I am not always the "perfect heroine." Tate McKenna is the kind of character that I think all of us in some way can relate to. She channels those dark emotions of doubt, loss, and feeling undeserving of goodness while still managing to fight her own worst enemy: herself.
Some may go into this novel expecting a love triangle, and although Tate does struggle between two guys (Jesse and Hayden), I feel as if the choice wasn't about deciding who she wanted to end up with, it was about deciding who she wanted to be. Furthermore, what I found so interesting about Tate's relationship with both Jesse and Hayden was the fact that they were told separately: one in the past, one in the future. The two storylines are very different, but they artfully connect to create a very layered plot. In the end, I believe Tate ended up with the right guy not because he was the swooniest (although he most definitely was, haha), but because he compliments the woman Tate has grown into.
“I will not light myself on fire to keep you warm.”
“I’m about as perfect as a shattered mirror”
Overall, Volition reminded reaffirmed to me that Lily Paradis is an author to keep an eye on...I was blown away and can't wait to see what she has in store for us next! Have you read Volition? Do you enjoy stories that have some edge to them? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!
Your Y.A. Bookworm,