Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Things We Can't Change: Part 5 ~ Review

The Things We Can't Change 
Part Five: The Epilogue
May 24, 2014
  Evie and Zeke thought their troubles were over.

They thought they had solved their problems and moved past their own fears and insecurities. They thought it was their time.

They were wrong.

Tony is back. Evie's father's killer is still on the loose. Evie still can't seem to talk sense into her stepmother or figure out her future. Zeke still has a final secret. And someone is still sending him notes about it.

Every epilogue, every story, is supposed to have a happy ending.

Evie and Zeke have one more fight to find theirs
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 My Review:
 5 stars 
What a journey!!!!!, May 29, 2014
What a journey!!!!! Let me start by saying from the moment I began this series I questioned WHY I chose to continue reading it, knowing the highly sensitive, super emotional, very harsh subject matter it contained? Well after only a few chapters in I knew why...because Kassandra Kush proved in that short time that she would pull the heart strings to the limit, but would not break them. I've said this several times before, & I will continue to...I wish every teen could read this series & take away the amazing parts that they may need for themselves or a loved one. Be prepared for a very intense ride through some very real issues that will most likely require tissues, but know that they are so worth it!! The Things We Can't Change is so well told I will read this series again, No Doubt. Kush has this lovely ability to spin the darkest of situations into a beautifully heart-warming story that will win you over. And this one in particular did just that! My heart swelled with joy reading the final pages of Evie & Zeke's story, & as much as I love to see a series continue this ending spot was perfect! Not that I would object to a new story later about their "Happily Ever After", but I am content just knowing they have made peace with their demons. And the news Kassandra shared in her Author's Note made me even more excited! Can. Not. Wait. =D
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Get your copy of TTWCC Part 5 Here

Meet the Cast:
Kassandra says: Casting photo for you for TTWCC!!! (I know, Zeke isn't exactly right, but exercise your imagination. The proper eyes, big diamond studs, tattoos, and you've got him. Besides, that jawline, those lips? Let me assure you, 100% Ezekiel Quain!)
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Part One: The Prologue
July 17, 2013
Ezekiel Quain has learned over the years that love and family are nothing to be depended on. After standing strong next to his mom through her cancer, she ran off, leaving Zeke, his dad and little sister to struggle with the leftover medical bills, and a bad taste in Zeke’s mouth about counting on anybody. His relationship with his father is strained, and the only person he cares for is his little sister, Cindy. With looks, attitude, and words, Zeke keeps everyone at arm’s length.

Evangeline Parker has it all: money, beauty, brains, and the
perfect boyfriend, Tony. What everyone doesn’t see is that she’s trapped, and has been for two years. She lives every day in fear, hiding the fact that Tony isn’t the perfect man everyone thinks that he is. She walks a tightrope, trying to reconcile the Tony of the past with the Tony of the present, and to never, ever upset him. Terrified of anyone finding out the truth, she doesn’t get too close to anyone and has been struggling through the past two years alone.

When Zeke stumbles upon Tony and Evie one night and learns of her secret, their worlds begin to collide in a way neither of them expected. Before he can stop himself, Zeke finds himself stepping uninvited into Evie’s life, and urges her to tell someone. Evie refuses, terrified of the repercussions from Tony. Not even sure why he cares, Zeke can only watch from a distance, until disaster strikes and Evie’s secret comes to light, and they are both forced to take action.
Photo: Your first official TTWCC teaser! :]

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Part Two: The Struggle
August 24, 2013
Evie and Zeke just want to forget.

Now that her secret is out and Tony is unable to come near her, Evie just wants to heal and move on. But with Tony’s last words embedded in her brain and guilt dominating her mind, she’s finding it hard to release the hold Tony still seems to have over her. She’s getting worse, sinking deeper, and no one seems able to help.

Zeke wants to forget it all and not feel a thing. After Cindy’s accident, his resolve to care for nothing and no one is stronger than ever. Desperate to separate himself and escape feeling, he’s thrown himself into the bad crowd he always used to avoid sinking into, doing more smoking and drinking and graffiti than ever. But nothing seems to stop the nightmares.

When Zeke goes too far and is caught, Evie’s dad is able to step in and offer a deal to repay Zeke for saving Evie; go to juvie, or work all summer for the Parkers. Seeing anything as better than juvie, Zeke agrees to work for the Parkers. What he didn’t count on was the close proximity to Evie, the only person who seems to give him feelings that he’s not sure he wants to push away. What Evie didn’t count on was Zeke still being the only person aside from her dad who makes her feel safe.
 Get your copy of TTWCC: Part 2  HERE!

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Part Three: The Healing 
September 24, 2013

Devastated by the loss of her father, Evie is floundering, drowning, and reaching out desperately for a lifeline – and finding absolutely nothing to cling to.

Still unable to come to terms with the death of his sister, Zeke is going on mindlessly, with no thought of tomorrow, only living in the now and trying furiously to bury and deny his emotions.

Two people who have both lost and suffered so much can only ignore each other’s pain for so long before seeing the similarities in what they are feeling. As Evie clings to Zeke as the one thing that makes her feel safe and grounded, Zeke can’t deny that she’s the one person who makes him feel – and feel emotions that he’s not sure he wants to push away.

Against both their better judgment and wishes, Evie and Zeke begin sharing their problems and grief, and they discover things that startle both of them; understanding. Empathy. Affinity. Compassion. And maybe, if they are willing to dig deep enough and try hard enough and trust enough, the most important thing of all.

Get your copy of TTWCC: Part 3 HERE!
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Part Four: The Love Story
March 24, 2014
  Evie and Zeke have healed—or so they think. But with the start of the school year comes new challenges and new problems.
They have bared their souls, found a connection, and worked on their problems. They have come to terms with their grief and are learning to move on and still go on with life, even though it’s without two of the people they loved the most. And yet with one kiss, everything changes yet again and they learn that their healing isn’t quite complete.

Not only do they have to return to school, face down the rumors and the peer pressure and old and new friends, but they have to learn about love.

Evie and Zeke have healed—but now they must learn how to love with their healed hearts.
Get your copy of TTWCC: Part 4 HERE!  
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Welcome :]
Third person feels.... impersonal, so lezz just keep it real ;]

My name is Kassandra, one of the few rare gems who spell the name with a K. I like to read, write, and lay in the sun. Since I live in sunny Florida, I'm usually doing all three at once. I dream of returning to my hometown, Columbus, Ohio, but in the meantime I make do with placing most of my stories there. I come from a huge family dominated with girls and have a dopey, mostly-Black-Lab dog named Phineas. I tend to like fictional men better than real ones, and sometimes it's quite the hassle trying to keep up with all my book-relationships ;] Someday, though, I'm sure true love will strike me down, but until then, I'll share all my book boyfriends with you.

They can be found in all my novels, and I hope I speak the truth when I say I have a little something for everyone; mystery, romance, paranormal, real-life, drama and epicness. You can find information about my past, present, and forthcoming books in both my blog and Facebook links. I absolutely love to hear from readers, so be sure to drop me a line so I can thank you personally.

I'll leave you to read now, but welcome to my world; a place where true love exists, everyone gets a happy ending, magic is real, God is love, and it's perfectly acceptable to skip sleep, food, and company in order to finish that last chapter.

Oh, and the men are extremely good looking ;]
~ Kassandra

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