Skip to main content

Review and Giveaway: The Bright Effect by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

The Bright Effect by Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope

From Goodreads:
“Maybe promises are supposed to hurt a little.”

Amelia Bright has lots of plans for the future, and none of them involve falling for a guy like Sebastian Holbrook. With a questionable reputation and an attitude to match, he’s exactly the kind of guy Amelia promised herself she’d avoid. But after an encounter that leaves her charged and breathless, she can’t stop wondering about him and the secrets he keeps hidden behind that tough exterior. 

Sebastian knows first-hand that every single choice has a consequence and how a fragile promise can shape a life. Now that his mother is gone and he’s raising his little brother on his own, he’s all but given up on a future for himself. Struggling to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads, Sebastian doesn’t have time for games or girls. So why can’t he shake thoughts of beautiful, smart Amelia Bright from his mind? 
My Review:

Autumn Doughton and Erica Cope do it again!  I'm not sure how they write such good YA but it's refreshing during these days when NA has taken a bit of a dive.  And, for the first time in a long time, I can easily say that I loved Sebastian even more than Amelia -- he was so good! I have found male MCs in dual POV YA and NA contemporary novels lacking this past year but not so in this book! I also have to say that another first in a long time came as I read this one -- I LOVED LOVED LOVED the ending.  It has been a long time since I read an ending that wasn't too neat or too HEA.  This one was so real, so good -- pretty much haven't felt that way since I read Thief.  I would definitely recommend this one to fans of YA contemporary, along with everything else Autumn Doughton has written!

I loved this book, and I have loved all of Autumn Doughton's books!  I also loved the dual POV in this book and the addition of Erica Cope, just like Steering the Stars!  The Bright Effect came out this week, and I cannot recommend these authors enough—that's why I'm giving away three books below!
"I guess this whole night isn't what you thought it would be when you put a suit on and came to pick me up, is it?"   
He smiles as if to himself.  "Nope.  It's better."   
I purse my lips.  "Better?  Which part did you like the most—when you had to wrestle my sister's boyfriend to the ground or when I made you leave Homecoming early?  Or—ooh, I know—it was when I kept you from your best friend's concert, wasn't it?"   
"Amelia, I'm sitting here with the best view in all of Green Cove and I promise you that Seth will have other shows," he says.  "And you have got to already know that I never cared about the dance."   
"I thought you wanted to eat cookies," I joke even though his expression is serious.   
He looks at me.  Just looks and I could swear that there is something in that look.  Something bigger than what I'm grasping.   
"I never gave a lick about cookies," he says quietly, his chiseled features stern in the shadowed moonlight.  "I only wanted a claim on that time.  With you."


  1. OK so I am like 60% and it is really cute. I LOVE Bash. So much. So happy to hear you loved the ending!! Now I need to just get to it and finish reading!!

  2. I have afew of her books on my TBR cause they do sound really good, as well as the one you gave me :)
    Glad to see this one was another hit. I really need to make time for one of her books soon!

  3. This does sound like a great book. Okay, you had me at Thief! I've seen all of these around at some point, but haven't really paid attention. Great review!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

I saw Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog do this and it looked fun!  This tag was created by CC's books!
 Stand Alone Book You Love Dystopian Book You Love A Book That You Love But No One Else Talks About Favorite Book Couple Olivia and Caleb from The Opportunist Book That Other People Love But You Haven’t Gotten Around to Read  A Book With Red On The Cover
A Book With Pink On The Cover
You were given a box of chocolate. What fictional boyfriend would have given them to you?

What to Read if You Love The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This & That – 2 Books with Strong Friendships, a Quest, and SHIPs!This and That” is a feature created by Megan @ Reading Books Likes a Bossand borrowed here with permission. Megan created this feature and I owe this post to her brilliance.  Not only should you check out her blog, generally, but her This & That recommendations are utterly perfect! Megan created this feature to showcase books that either sound similar or have similar themes, and thus I am recommending that you read the "that book" because you are a a fan of the “this book.” 
About the Books: THE RAVEN BOYS (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

Review: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Blurb from Goodreads:
Linda has an idiosyncratic home life: her parents live in abandoned commune cabins in northern Minnesota and are hanging on to the last vestiges of a faded counter-culture world. The kids at school call her 'Freak', or 'Commie'. She is an outsider in all things. Her understanding of the world comes from her observations at school, where her teacher is accused of possessing child pornography, and from watching the seemingly ordinary life of a family she babysits for. Yet while the accusation against the teacher is perhaps more innocent than it seemed at first, the ordinary family turns out to be more complicated. As Linda insinuates her way into the family's orbit, she realises they are hiding something. If she tells the truth, she will lose the normal family life she is beginning to enjoy with them; but if she doesn't, their son may die. Superbly-paced and beautifully written, HISTORY OF WOLVES is an extrao…