Reflection

Rated 4.37/5 based on 34 reviews
When bright, spunky Heather Robbins begins her freshman year of college, good things finally start to happen: a private apartment, refreshing college classes, and a whirlwind romance with a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards. But when her college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, will she lose everything she's fallen in love with? More

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About Jessica Roberts

JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.

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Review by: Jonel Boyko on Dec. 22, 2012 :
Roberts’ novel Reflection is one of the most unique stories that I have read in a long while. It is full of imaginative descriptions while remaining clear in all situations. All situations and medical terminology is explained throughout the novel, without detracting from the storyline or speaking down to the audience. Roberts’ writing has a way of making you smile, even during the sad moments.

Throughout the better part of the story you know that something is not right, but you do not know exactly what it is. This is coupled with a sense that one character’s reality may not necessarily be the same as the reality of the person standing next to them. As a reader you find yourself in a world full of illusions pulling you towards a discovery.

The main character is living with the heartache of a true love gone wrong while dealing with the reality of rebuilding her memories. While reading her story you feel that you are living her reality rather than listening to her tell a doctor about her memories. She knows that there is something wrong but keeps fighting, trying to piece everything together. By the end of this first edition in the series we leave the main character determined to rebuild her life and relationships when everyone else has moved in different directions with their lives.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Melanie Donovan on Nov. 03, 2012 :
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the group, Basically Books on Goodreads.

I've spent a lot of time digesting this book and the concepts that it presents and I'm really happy I chose to read it. There is a sequel coming out shortly that I'm eager to get my hands on! To me, when I'm itching for a sequel, it means that I liked the book enough to read more. All in all, this is an easy, (PG) romantic read.

First, readers meet Heather. She is a recent high school graduate who is escaping her hometown to start college during the summer semester. After her mother's passing prior to high school, she only has her drunk stepfather at home. She really only spends time with her best friend, Creed and working at the local library. Creed is desperately trying to get her to stay at home at least a little bit longer but Heather is adamant that it is time for her to leave.

It takes a while for things to get really interesting but readers soon discover that Heather was in a near fatal accident and has been in a coma. There is a theory discussed that she was in a coma that caused her brain to process memories while her body recovered. She wakes from her coma and recounts her memories of her first semester of college but they are obviously off in some way. She meets several key characters right away, mainly Nick. She was confused by her own actions and thoughts, she couldn't remember everything, and she experienced bouts of deja vu. It was frustrating to read about Heather's experience without knowing if the character was really going through those memories or if that was her true personality. But that was the hook! Waiting for the absolute moments of truth at the end was what drove me forward in my reading experience.

I was heartbroken at the end of the story. I really felt for the girl! Again, I do feel like my knowledge of the character was slightly skewed because I didn't really get to know her BEFORE she re-lived her memories. She is still a likeable character who is kind of an odd duck though, I think she would be a cool person to get to know and hang out with.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sara Gordon on Oct. 29, 2012 :
First, I need to thank the author for giving me this wonderful book for an honest review. I loved it, and I am hoping when I go check, that I will find the next book already out.

Heather has had a rough time during her teenage years since her mom died. So she decides what she needs is to go away to college and leave the small town behind, and also her best friend Creed. She is hoping to start a new life where no one knows her family history. Here is where she meets Nick, and slowly let's him into her life. But then she is in a tragic accident that almost kills her and puts her in a coma. Most of the story is told while she is in this coma, and having Reflections, or dreams of what really happened in her life. This is where I grew to love Nick.

Jessica Roberts is a very descriptive writer. Sometimes I was a little confused about what was going on, but in the end it all came together. And then it absolutely broke my heart and left me needing, no aching, for more. This is a very touching love story, and in the end made me want to cry! I was heart broken! Throughout the book I went through many emotions, especially while trying to figure out what was real or alterations from her dream state. I highly recommend this to everyone. I NEED the next book immediately.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jena Freeth on July 22, 2012 :
Words elude me. This story is so intense, so real, so affectingly beautiful and heartbreaking. Reflection is full of emotion and by the end, my heart was ready to burst.

We start off Heather, who wakes up after being in a coma for two years and seven months. Then, we get a retelling of her memories six months before the accident. Her start of college, and the amazing moments she has with Nick Richards. The memories of her growing into someone new and the beautiful memories of her falling in love. But, was everything she dreamed real or a lie? And now, two years later, will her life ever be able to be how she wanted it to be?

Once we start getting into Heather's memories, the book completely takes off and captures all of your attention. She was definitely different than most protagonists you read about. Ever since her mother's death, she's created a wall, sworn off getting to close to any one. She's also so curious and inexperienced that it was fun to watch her discover the world around her. By the end, I commend Heather for her strength. She's just come out of a coma, and her world is so altered, so unsure of anything she missed, so heart-breaking. I cannot wait to see how she continues her life in the sequel.

Nick.. Oh Nick. I loved watching him slowly crack open through Heather's memories. He's so brooding, so closed off in the beginning, and watching him taunt and smile and just be his sexy self made me grew to love him. Or maybe it was the fact that he wears sweat pants and a tee to a party, or that I want to play the torture game with him. Or that he draws and plays guitar. Regardless, Nick is so intense and I loved every moment of his and Heather's relationship.

Another thing I love is that this book is considered what we call "New Adult". It's a college setting and I absolutely adored it. It made so, so happy to see such an amazing book in this category! Plus the cover... is stunning!!

I was so silent reading the ending, I actually think I held breath while reading. Then, the preview for the sequel completely jumped on my heart and stomped it to a million pieces. Basically I was like "there goes all my hope..." but alas, that spark is still there and I am rooting for the happily ever after. Reflection was absolutely amazing and by the end emotionally draining. I absolutely am counting down the days until the sequel, Reaction, is released.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Pedulla on July 10, 2012 :
I thought Reflection was perfect, my emotions were everywhere and the chemistry between Heather and Nick OMG! In Jessica Roberts novel, Reflection the characters, writing and romance where out of this world beautiful! The setting is college which is unique because there is independence, and romance. This was different than any other novel I have read. It started off a little slow but then all the events of her being in a coma. It is written with Heather past as she remembers her past as well as where she is when she wakes up in the hospital. Jessica Roberts writing is addictive and beautiful that you will not be able to put this book down.

I loved all of the characters. After reading the novel you really bond with them all and I love how everything unfolded. You can really relate to Heather's personality because I was nervous, shy a little nerdy. Heather wanted to be somebody new when she came to a different school. Her relationship with Nick Richards was out of this world romantic and swoon worthy. Nick is one of those mysterious guys that you have to know and once they meet its like love at first sight but they remain friends before they enter a relationship. Nick is adorable, unique and I want one of him! I loved how the relationship wasn't a insta-love thing also because everything they did was adorable. All the secondary characters were hilarious. I could gush about this book all day because its amazing, emotional and full of twists and turns.

As the book goes on the relationship and the novel takes a turn as we learn how Heather got into a coma. But looking into Heather's memories of Nick were unforgettable moments because it made you laugh, and I loved how they started to fall in love by starting to be friends. Now the ending, the ending was mouth-dropping because it had me in tears, and now I get to wait for the sequel which comes out in the fall 2012 which seems like forever because that ending was OMG and I think I am addicted to this author now. I definitely recommend this book to ANYBODY because its amazing and Jessica Roberts is a great writer!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Red Feather Writing on July 10, 2012 :
Really couldn't put this book down. I even stayed up late to finish reading it.

Totally loved the plot idea and how it all unraveled. It was fun to work out what parts of the dreams were real and results of the outside influences. The whole popcorn theme was funny too!

I went looking for the sequel as soon as I'd finished this book but it's not out yet so I'm going to have to wait. I will definitely be picking it up as soon as it's out.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Janxcdlily on July 02, 2012 : (no rating)
Spoiler Alert:
Reflection is just that, a reflection of a life lived and a life that you once knew lost. Heather is a girl who can't wait for her college life to begin; enrolled in summer courses before her freshman year in the fall and determined to not to get emotionally involved with anyone. I have to explain that the book begins with the main character going off to college then suddenly finds herself waking up from a coma. The story is a little disjointed in the beginning and continues rambling until two-thirds into the book. The plot is interesting however I felt the execution although an admirable attempt to get us inside the main character's head as she slowly explains to the doctor who is "studying" her; about what she can remember was amiss. I applaud the effort and I have to say that towards the end I was actually starting to feel something for the characters.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Filippa Lockwood on June 28, 2012 :
I was lucky enough to recieve a free copy of Reflection via the We
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Ricketts on June 26, 2012 :
I received this book in exchange for a review after signing up for the ARR (authors requesting reviews) program through the We ♥ YA Books group.

From page one, this book was on fire!! Very quickly after I began reading, I felt a strong emotional tie to the main character, Heather. I cared about what was happening to her, empathized with her situation, and wanted a happy ending for her. In the beginning, Heather is leaving to go to college, and the action takes off from there.

Ms. Roberts told this story with natural and flowing dialogue, well fleshed out characters, excellent descriptions, and a captivating plot. I was completely immersed in trying to figure out the mystery and thought the story was written in an interesting and unique way--it alternated between Heather narrating and the author narrating for Heather. The more I read, the more I became drawn into the story.

This book really spoke to me about life, death, and the inbetween. I haven't been this moved by a story in thinking about life and death in quite a while. I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know and will be reading this again and again. I love books that explore the human psyche and musings of life and death and between the two.

I won't give away the ending at all but will say that with the way the book ends, Ms. Roberts has set up for the next book perfectly. I wanted more and don't know how I'm going to wait until the fall when the next book, Reaction, comes out!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Angie Lenkevich on June 23, 2012 :
Heather or Heath as her best friend Creed calls her is about to take a very important step in her life since graduating from high school. She's going to college at Washington University starting in four days. Creed isn't happy about Heather leaving yet accepts her reasons why she's doing it this soon. Heather isn't like most young people going off to college she is trying to move forward with her life yet shuts people out of getting to know her better. Since Heather's mom passed away she's afraid of love and friendship Creed knows about Heather. Heather has rules like don't get too close and keep to yourself. All this is about to change when she meets Nick or Hat as she likes to call him. Heather is drawn to him like no else in her whole life except for her mom, Creed, and Grandma V. Nick remains aloof to her while they share two classes together. Heather wants to get to know him yet struggles to do so because of her rules. Heather slowly lets's Nick in yet doesn't tell him the truth about her family for fear he won't love or accept her. Nick likes that Heather fixes things on her own. He doesn't understand the meaning behind the ring Creed gave her. She tells him it's a promise but doesn't explain further. Heather asks Nick to talk about himself yet he counters no promises. Heather has been in an accident and coma yet remembers dreaming about Nick. Where is Nick? Why is Creed here? How long was the coma? Why did Heather dream and think while in a coma? Your answers await you in Reflection.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angieleigh Eads on June 21, 2012 :
Wow, just WOW. Did I really just read that?!

Reflection is one of those books that grips you from just about the beginning and doesn't let go. I read the first chapter for the follow-up novel, Reaction, and felt like my heart shattered when there was no more to read.

Yeah, it was THAT good.

It took me a bit to understand what was going on, especially with the narration swap. There were times when I'd try to guess at what would happen next, but it was pretty pointless - my guessing that is. The story followed it's own timeline

Heather is a feisty character, full of spunk and determination. She's vulnerable, almost to a fault, and can drive a person insane at times. Nick is just...he's one of very few male characters I've ever fervently wished to be real. He reminds me of a cowboy, staid and true.

The one character that I wish had been fleshed out more is Creed. I know he wasn't integral to the majority of the story, but he was still a very important part of Heather's life, as can be seen by the numerous times he popped up.

This had a very "If I Stay" feel to it at times, which isn't a bad thing - IIS is one of my favorite YA books ever written in the last 37 years.

Keep some tissues handy the closer you get to the end of the book, you may need them.

Handy Dandy Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Reflection from the author as part of R2R program in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gloria Hansen on June 20, 2012 : (no rating)
I have to say that a lot of times when I read a book I think "I wish this will happen to me" or "I wish that was me" but I have to say what happened to Heather I don't wish it not even for my worst enemy.

Heather just moved from her hometown to a new place, new apartment and a new collage trying to get away from her past to start building a new life and always avoiding getting to close to people to not have to loose them later, during her classes she meets a group of people she will be force to work with and starts to get to close to them even after she tried not too, especially The Hat Guy who she tries even harder to avoid but just can't seem to stay away from him, after giving up she starts going out with him and has everything perfect in her life until one day she wakes up and finds out everything has changed. Her whole life is pretty much gone.

Like I said, I don't wish to be her.
I loved the book and I will be reading the next ones too for sure.
Thank you so much for sharing it with me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nicole Peterson on June 19, 2012 : (no rating)
Reading the synopsis I was interested in reading this. I started the book and was at first frustrated because I wanted to know exactly what was going on, or at least a clue. I wanted to know why Heather is so insecure and why she is afraid of making close relationships with others. Soon though, I was immersed in Heather's world and her feelings for Nick. As I got further enmeshed in Nick and Heather's exchange I was almost fearing the end. I had several thoughts of what was going to happen. And while the ending was bittersweet for me, I can't wait for the next book and see where things go from where it left off. So many questions spinning through my head as to what happens next. Hope and fear. As you can tell, I really got sucked into this book and I am so glad I signed up for it. Many thanks to the author for letting me read this! Now I just hope to be in the know for when the next book Reaction comes out in the fall of this year. I just have to know what is to come for Heather. Over all I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was just that damn good! Not to mention the sneak peek didn't help at all...

*Note to self (that's me) mark the calendar to keep an eye out for Reaction later this year...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sitt Elhosn on June 18, 2012 :
The first thought that comes to my mind is "LOVE is in the air by John Paul Young. While writing these lines I am humming to the song. You might too, once you read this romantic story that revolves around Heather totally in love with Nick.

Most important characters that you meet along the way:
HEATHER: central person in the story. In her college days she gets injured in a car accident so badly that she remains in a coma state for a long time.
CREED: her childhood friend, whom she considers family. I think he is hopelessly in love with Heather.
NICK: the love interest of Heather.
Dr. WESTBROOK:he is in charge of Heather's clinical condition, meets her daily to check on the memories of her dreams and analyze fact from fantasy. Finds that she is able to communicate normal with minor memory deficiencies or what Heather believes to have happened for real.

The book is hold in 3 parts, though the book does only mention 2. Before and After concerning both the accident that was the cause to Heathers long term coma. The after part deals with the present 2 1/2 years later. Once Heather wakes up in the hospital. For my better understanding I thought the talking sessions about her dreams with Dr. Westbrook to be the third part, which are divided into chapters that mark the beginning of Heather's dreams of her first day in college, the romance between her and Nick to the end just before the accident. Jessica Roberts has a way of letting the reader feel the emotions described in the dream part, every detail of romantic moments is covered and it easy to go on and get into the mood for love.
It is amazing to what our brain does once we are unaware of its activity. Memory association, observation and reasoning skills all to create a dream world that seems so real, that I want to believe.

I didn't like that nothing is to be known yet about the cause of the accident, might as well wait and see if it will be revealed in the sequel to Reflection
To the end of the story Roberts gives us a glimpse to the sequel of this book by mentioning Dr. Westbrook saying:
" Sometimes after waking from a coma, the mind can continue to play tricks on you in the form of hallucinations; they’re referred to as ‘reactions’
We can only hope for the best that this love story finds its way back, so the dream can become reality.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Abbey D on June 17, 2012 :
I received this book through Goodreads ARR program.
I loved this book! I found it so interesting getting to know the characters through Heather's jumbled memories, and I liked hearing about her college life. I thought that the writing was very well done and I really got into it after just a few chapters. I will definitely be on board to read the sequel soon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lexie Snyder on June 15, 2012 :
I had the opportunity to read Reflections through GoodReads Nexus Group R2R, but this is a completely unbiased review.
I didn’t realize exactly what that this book was going to be about when I read it. For some reason, I thought it was going to have an element of paranormal activity in it. However, I was pleasantly surprised once I began reading. Heather is from a small town, and all she wanted to do was escape to a bigger city for college, even though it meant leaving behind her best friend, Creed, to do it. The author does a great job drawing the reader in from the very beginning. You feel as if you’re actually experiencing all of the “new” college experiences with Heather.
She falls for Nick, and the two spend 6 months falling in love. When Heather wakes up one morning, she realizes something isn’t right. She’s in a coma, and has been for over 2 years. The rest of the book is spent filling in the back story of how college began, her romance with Nick, and trying to separate memories from her dreams. It’s very interesting to find out how the reality of what was going on around Heather in her coma impacted her memories/dreams. For example, the author mentioned several times “2 years” in various situation, as well as the strong smell of rose perfume that a girl in one of Heather’s classes wore (when in reality it was the smell of roses that were always on her bedside hospital table.

The fact that Heather is able to come out of her coma in itself is shocking, but when she wakes up it’s not Nick by her bedside it’s Creed. Does Nick exist, or was he too a figment of her dreams? Life has gone on for the past 2 years without Heather. Where does she fit in? People have changed and grown and nothing will ever be the same.

I thought it was very well written with Ms. Roberts, showing a gift for fleshing out her characters and pulling the reader into her fictional world. I didn’t notice very many typos or grammatical errors, which is a HUGE plus.

I really enjoyed the book, and have to say I’m on Team Creed!

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this installment.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Hartman on June 11, 2012 :
I read this book through the ARR program on Goodreads. This was a very good book about a girl who heads off to college, falls in love, and then finds out she has been in a coma and is trying to distinguish between what is real or not real in her mind. The first few chapters were a little confusing to me, I had a hard time keeping up with what was real versus imagined. The POV changed between being in Heather's mind and the third person and it seemed a little disconnected in the flow between the two, but about 3 chapters in it seemed to smooth out and I got hooked. The characters were likeable and the writing was very detailed and descriptive. I could easily picture the characters and scenes in my head. I found myself reading more and more because I wanted to know what the outcome of it all would be. I thought about all the different endings and possible twists as I read and it kept me engrossed. The ending was not what I expected but it was good and I was thrilled to learn there would be a sequel soon. It wrapped up well and didn't leave me hanging off a cliff, but still left me wanting more. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book and I can't wait to read the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: deanna kinney on June 09, 2012 :
This was a great story with intriguing characters and an interesting plot line. I was drawn in from the beginning, but definitely hooked by the end. It's a read that will have you thinking about it long after you've finished it. Highly waiting for a sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ambyr Lix on June 07, 2012 :
I received this book from the Author for an honest review. The only bias-ness that I give a review in ARR is for some grammar/spelling issues; as I know that they will be fixed (usually).

This was a very unique spin on a college romance story. The basics of the story is that Heather leaves her best friend, Creed, to go away for college. She's had a hard life and has set rules for herself before embarking on this chapter of her life. But someone that she meets in college has broken past that wall she's erected...
or has he?

Heather awakens to find that she has been in a coma, and much of what she 'remembers' is from her comatose state. What is real and what isn't?

This was a very sweet, keep me guessing story. I recall thinking that there was going to be a big twist at the end like Nick would end up being Creed, really, or that Nick died in the crash that she was in, or something mind blowing like that. This, however, is not how it ended. I was not disappointed at how this book concluded.

To be fair, there were opportunities where this book could have connected me a bit more. I get that there were holes in her memory and what not, but some areas seemed... jumpy to me, the reader. Most 'hole' areas did not feel that way.

Overall, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I highly recommend it to most all readers. There is no sex, no more than chaste kissing, really. I don't recall any profanity. However, it doesn't read like a lil' kid book, so it can captivate even readers of an older preference.

There is a sequel to be released on this book... bet your butt I'll be reading it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ambyr Lix on June 07, 2012 :
I received this book from the Author for an honest review. The only bias-ness that I give a review in ARR is for some grammar/spelling issues; as I know that they will be fixed (usually).

This was a very unique spin on a college romance story. The basics of the story is that Heather leaves her best friend, Creed, to go away for college. She's had a hard life and has set rules for herself before embarking on this chapter of her life. But someone that she meets in college has broken past that wall she's erected...
or has he?

Heather awakens to find that she has been in a coma, and much of what she 'remembers' is from her comatose state. What is real and what isn't?

This was a very sweet, keep me guessing story. I recall thinking that there was going to be a big twist at the end like Nick would end up being Creed, really, or that Nick died in the crash that she was in, or something mind blowing like that. This, however, is not how it ended. I was not disappointed at how this book concluded.

To be fair, there were opportunities where this book could have connected me a bit more. I get that there were holes in her memory and what not, but some areas seemed... jumpy to me, the reader. Most 'hole' areas did not feel that way.

Overall, however, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I highly recommend it to most all readers. There is no sex, no more than chaste kissing, really. I don't recall any profanity. However, it doesn't read like a lil' kid book, so it can captivate even readers of an older preference.

There is a sequel to be released on this book... bet your butt I'll be reading it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kindlemom on June 06, 2012 :
This story had me completely mesmerized from the very first chapter.

It has such a unique flavor to it. It was so intriguing that I found myself being swept away into the story whether I wanted to be or not. I imagine the little boy Sebastian must have felt the very same way the first time he opened up The Never Ending Story.

After the first few pages he was captured by the story and it refused to let go. He was doomed to finish it and to become a part of it until the very end.

That is how I too found myself after falling into the clutches of this amazingly unique story.

I was completely swept away with the story, the emotions, the mystery, the love, the heartbreak. Goodness I don't even have words for it all.

Truly this was beautifully done. I found my heart pounding with anticipation in some moments and myself gasping in others. I think I had almost every emotion possible while reading this story and I am having a hard time pulling all my thoughts and emotions into words because I don't want to give anything away.

There is so much to say, so much left to think about.

This is a story that is going to stick with me for awhile.

I was completely enthralled with Heather's story and with Nick. Oh Nick.

Can I talk about the ending for a moment? It was a little cruel to leave me hanging like that, I honestly felt like crying that it was over and that I wasn't going to get more and then......well then I saw the sneak peak into the next book and....that was even worse! That ending, that ending was cruel. Very cruel Ms. Roberts.

So without giving anything else away I am just going to leave with these final words, if you want a story that will completely sweep you away and capture your attention and even your heart, one that is beautifully executed and will leave you breathless, this is the story for you.

This is a book that is a must read. If you do nothing else this summer but read this story, then you have had a great summer indeed. This is one you don't want to miss.

I am eagerly awaiting the next book. Well done Ms. Roberts, well done.

I give this one a very deserving 4.5 Stars!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Hazel G on June 06, 2012 :
THIS BOOK WAS PRETTY DARN AMAZING! After really getting into the story, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down!
4.5 stars!

The Rundown:
Heather Robbins is trying to escape the small town she lives in where her family history is anything but ideal. Leaving her alcoholic step-father, the memory of her deceased mother and her best friend, Creed, with a promise ring between them, she sets off to St. Louis to attend college. Living on her own in a cute little apartment, she starts the summer semester where she meets new friends, new adventures, makes an enemy or two and meets the incredibly hunky Nick Richards who’s detached composure, easy going monosyllabic nature infuriates but intrigues her … and sets her world on fire. Life is confusing but exciting for the first time. But when she suddenly wakes up to a reality where things have changed and the wonderful life and the new love she made for herself may be a figment of a coma induced imagination, she has to figure out what’s real and learn to accept what she might have lost.

Review:
This book was completely different than anything I've read before. It was a bit confusing at first, wondering what was real and what wasn't, but once I got into the story and saw the direction it was taking, I really began to enjoy it a great deal! It drew me in from the beginning and captivated me to the very end. I became lost in the pages and my mind raced to figure out what clues lead to dream vs. reality so I could get an accurate picture of what was happening. It was smartly executed and the writing was inspired.

Heather’s character was a delight to read. She was original, she had spunk and she was compassionate at the same time, taking no pride when her broken thought-to-mouth filter got the best of her. Her circumstances made her stand out and I enjoyed her uniqueness.

Nick.. now what can I say about this mysterious hottie! He was fascinating from the first time we met him and Im so glad the romance between he and Heather was drawn out instead of instant. He had tragedy in his past too, which left him scarred and jagged and watching those walls break down was monumental.

I really loved Creed as well. His devotion to Heather was amazing and heartwarming. I really hope when the dust settles, he has a love of his own and not just a broken heart.

The colorful supporting cast was fun to read, even the class mean-girl, who gets slammed by Heather, much to Heather’s shame.

The Wrap Up:
I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel, Reaction, to be released so we can see what happens next! I REALLY hope we get a positive resolution to the ending of book one, Reflection. When I read the final page, I wanted to scream! Poor Heather.. Poor Nick… Poor Creed! Its just a heartbreaking mess! I kept waiting for the author to reveal how long she’d been in a coma, thinking things might not be so bad… Gah!!!

I think I read Reaction comes out later this year (fall of 2012). Is it bad that I WANT. IT. NOW?!? =)

NOTE: Reflection is a YA contemporary romance written by Jessica Roberts. I read this as a R2R with The Nexus! at Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dorothee DX on May 30, 2012 :
I loved this book. I got it in exchange of a review, and I'm really glad I did.

The beginning was too slow and a bit complicated, and I admit I said to myself that if all the book was this way I would stop reading it... But I managed to get into it, and I couldn't stop! Really, I spend an afternoon loving the story of Heather, Nick and Creed, and wanting to know everything!
The story is easy to read and to get hooked on!

Heather, the main character, goes through her memory before her accident (and her coma) and we live with her her firsts months in college and her meeting with Nick. Oh Nick! He seems a bit strange at first, but I can understand how she fell in love with me and felt so intruiged by him!

Now, I can't wait for the 2nd book in the serie, because we've been left hanging for more!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angela Roque on May 29, 2012 :
THIS IS PRETTY AWESOMEEEEE!!!


But at first it started so slow, so its kind of boring but then it starts to unfold the mystery between what really happened before the accident. I just read it in one sitting 'coz I was really hooked to it!


I was just not into Heather's personality, its full of insecurities while Nick is so like the coolest guy who can handle anything. At first I thought that Nick was really a jerk but then as the story goes, I started to love this guy, how he really loved Heather was timeless. I got of kinda bit emotional when I read this book, its just sad that Heather lost (view spoiler)

But what I really like about this book is that its so realistic that you will feel what the character felt. I like the way the story evolved between the characters and how it was develop.

This is definitely one of my favorites! I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE THE NEXT BOOK!!! Its intriguing who will end up with who!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alison Gussack on May 25, 2012 :
I received this book from Tt and Shut up and Read's Read it and Reap. I did not expect to like Reflection so much! It seems written for slightly younger than YA, but the writing is good and the author has that ability to express emotions that kind of sneak up on you. The story is compelling, centered around a young girl starting college and a new life with some twists which I'd rather let you discover on your on. I will say that at first it is difficult to determine whether the girl, Heather, is a typically self-absorbed, angst-ridden teen, or it is her condition that causes her to be so insecure and intense. I am still not sure on that point, and possibly that was the author's goal. In any case, the questions raised were intriguing enough that I was racing to the end to find out what was "real" and what was part of Heather's active imagination.

There were very few editing/grammar mistakes which is a huge plus for me and despite my disappointment that this book is yet another first in a series (ARRRGH!!) I will look forward to the next installment. I feel like the book should have ended, but I hope the author will surprise me with the rest of the story!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kari on May 25, 2012 :
I received this book as part of an ARR through the Making Connections group on Goodreads. Reflection is a story about Heather who has to start to unravel what is real and not real she wakes up from her coma. I could understand how the author wanted us the reader to feel the way Heather felt going through her Reflection. What kept me going was her love for Nick and her friendship with Creed.

This one was a tough one for me. Not because it wasn't a good book because it really was. Mostly because I could feel all of Heather's emotions. Mostly her pain and confusion. Especially after she woke up and realized how long she was in the coma and how much things had changed. I felt her anger towards it all and not wanting to accept things with Nick. The excerpt from the next book pretty much ripped out my heart.

I would love to read the next one to see how things end up but I'm going to go read a happy book now. This was a very well written thought out story and I'm excited to see how it wraps up. I'm always hoping for a happy ending though...especially for people like Heather who suffered and lose so much by circumstances that aren't their fault. Even of it's not meant to be with Nick, I hope somehow she finds her happiness.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: brendafv23 on May 23, 2012 :
Wow this was totally unexpected. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at my kindle a few time. It has left me wanting more. The ending is not what I expected. The love that is shared in this book is wonderful. The only thing that bugged me in the book was. how did only creed know she was in an accident why didn't nick look for her. But I guess that will be cleared up next book? Hurry and get book 2 to me :) I gotta no what happens next Lol.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: susan dyer on May 20, 2012 : (no rating)
OMG!! I started this book yesterday and finished it today! It was so awesome! I got caught up in the characters lives right from the get go! Heather and Creed were cute but she was leaving for college and I wondered where it would go for them. Then we meet Nick and I fell in love just like Heather did!

I don't want to say anymore for fear of spoiling it for everyone else but WOW!! I sat here reading and reading! I was frantic! I had to know how this was going to end! I was not dissapointed one bit! But WOW!! What an ending! I cant wait to read the sequel, Reaction to see where the three of them end up!! Great job Jessica!! I am forever a fan of yours!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Traci on May 13, 2012 :
I received this book from Shut Up & Read.

Reflection is a rather straightforward book about a girl who's just woken up from a coma and is recounting her rather vivid dream to her doctor. Heather's dream, while she was in the coma, is really mostly memories from college that she relived while she was healing, and she is supposed to sort out what is real from what is fiction. Her major concern is the boy she fell in love with, Nick—is he real or is he just a figment of her imagination?

Overall, I liked this book. There were few grammatical errors and for the most part the plotline made sense to me, and it's a unique idea so I didn't feel like I was reading something I've read a million times before. I'm not sure if the "science" in the novel was researched or entirely made up, but if it was actually fabricated, it was done in a good way. There was no adult content.

I do have to say that I felt like the main character, Heather, and her love interest, Nick, were rather unsympathetic. Heather spent a lot of time judging Nick before she fell in love with him, and aside from the arrogance (which to be honest I never saw him express), the things she seemed to be judging him for were characteristics which she herself displayed. She didn't like that he didn't talk to people and didn't interact with people, but she thought it was perfectly acceptable that she didn't talk to or interact with people. And then Nick turned me off immediately with his "if you're not married, you're single" attitude, which just completely flew out the window as soon as HE felt betrayed. The ending felt really out of character for him and I hated that.

For that reason, I had a hard time getting into the novel at first. I knew they were supposed to be getting together, but they both seemed so hateful. At least, they seemed that way until he brought her food, which immediately made her do a complete 180 and declare whatever she was eating (first a burger, and then tacos) to be "the best EVER!"

I just had a really hard time connecting with her and her experiences. I sat through four boring years of college courses and I don't think I ever once walked into a class as unruly as her first History class. I also hardly understood why she had such hatred for Stacey. Well, I could understand because Stacey was awful, but every time Heather called her out for something, it seemed kind of hilariously ironic, like she was yelling at herself and not Stacey.

I think the reason this didn't really alter my rating is because I'm not sure, even after sleeping on it, if that was intentional or accidental. For all I know, Heather was calling herself out on her poor attitude while she was in a coma, and if that was what was going on, then it was well done. It's never explained, and maybe that's a good thing, since everything else was easy to separate into "fiction" and "reality."

Plus I'm not going to lie, the bipolar taco thing really amused me.

On top of that, even if the ending did make me really angry, I'm grateful that it did. I like it when books make me feel something, and this one did that.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: MystMusician on May 10, 2012 :
I cried. ...I DO NOT cry when I read. But...I cried. I loved the summary of the book and I let myself get sucked into it. The idea of falling in love with someone while in a coma and coming out trying to figure out if the person is real or not...*sigh. Just... Read it.
Disclaimers and such: I received this book from the group on Goodreads called: “Shut Up & Read” in their Read It & Reap section. So although, I received this book for free in exchange for a review, all thoughts are my own.

Like I mentioned above. I cried at a section of this book. The situation, the feelings, the whirlwind, the delicate dance of real and fiction was amazing. I felt like I was so drawn into the characters, especially since I haven't read a book like this before. It was really well written...from my humble opinion.

Heather in the beginning is leaving home. Home consisting of an alcoholic step-father since her mother passed away from cancer. The only real family Heather feels like she has is Creed. Creed is the good guy friend that is always there for her and keeps her safe while she's home. He's obviously got feelings for her, but Heather's too worried about getting out of town and fending for herself to see it. He's the good guy...the one that she obviously doesn't deserve, but at the same time you want him to "man up" and tell her!

After Heather leaves home and starts college, an accident occurs. She's knocked/ran over by a car while out running and she ends up in the hospital...in a coma. As she wakes up, she starts remembering the dreams she had while she was "sleeping." Her brain had her re-live through memories but instead of keeping them the same, the memories are either enhanced, altered, or all together not real.

The main focus of her dreams was a boy...Nick.

Nick...he's damaged goods. Doesn't seem like he wants a girlfriend, but seems to fall for Heather. Before she knows it, she's breaking her rules she set...mainly to not let anyone in or know her past. He's making her lose her guard and for some reason she almost wants to.

The main concern is...who is Nick? Why can she only remember him through her dreams? Is he real or did her mind make him up to help her body stay alive through the coma trauma?

I loved the characters. I felt Nick was a bit too stand offish in the beginning, but once he lets her in to see his life/his dad/his brother's death...it makes a little bit of sense. The hope, the feelings, the want, and the frustration of trying to determine what is real or made up...it's a torrent of emotions. I have a feeling this will be a book, I'll re-read to grab the details I missed the first time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Julie Odron on May 07, 2012 :
Reflection is an incredibly rich story that takes you on a tender adventure of a deep resonating love. An original concept that's purely addictive with characters that stick with you past the last page.

Wrapped in an emotional situation, you are eager yet hesitant to figure out what is real and what is embellished imagination. Heather has become one of my all-time favorite female protagonists. As we travel through her memories right along with her, it's easy to form a connection. It's easy to experience the range of emotions that she experiences. She's just as described as above in the blurb, bright and spunky. She's silly, she's heart-felt, she's cautious, she's many, many things that all roll together to produce an extremely well-developed, jump-out-of-the-page character.

Nick Richards is that mysterious, gorgeous guy that will amaze you with the depth that Jessica Roberts layered within his character. He's not just a pretty face, he's smart and in school for a reason. I was constantly entranced with his character, but more so by Heather and Nick together. After all, this is a love story, but one that could be purely fictitious inside Heather's mind.

Jessica Roberts expertly transports the reader within the pages of Reflection with her seamless prose, captivating, realistic characters, and heart-tugging story. This is a story that you are going to want to get lost in. I was beyond transfixed, easily devouring the savory details.

"Though I enjoyed the energy of morning, the spice of daytime, and the sense of accomplishment that came with evening, there was nothing that pumped me more than the dark blue vigor of nighttime"

Reflection is the type of book, for me, that my mind will always return to. A book that will stay in the forefront of my mind even after I get swept away by another great book. I cannot shake these characters or the story, and quite frankly, I don't want to. They can happily reside in my mind because Reflection is a book that warrants many re-reads just to experience the mind-tickling happiness, heart-stopping sadness and the vibrating eagerness that Reaction(the second book) will be out in Fall of 2012. And believe me, you are going to wish with all your might that the next book was already out.

Highly, highly recommended to all. A book that is soon going to be on A LOT of to-read lists, if it isn't already!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shelly123 on May 04, 2012 :
It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of the story; however, once I was in, I was hooked. I read it every time I had a lull in my day so I was done in a few hours. I needed to know how it ended, even though I suspected it might leave me hanging.

I like flawed characters and Heather's insecurities drew me in. Nick is unusual because I grew to like him as Heather got to know him. Not every character can change my mind. Both characters have some personal history that give them depth. Creed was another of my favorites. Actually, I liked all of the secondary characters. Also, (since it's in the book's synopsis I can say) trying to figure out what was reality was intriguing.

I can't wait for the next book. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking to read this genre.

I received a free copy of Reflection from Goodreads' Read It and Reap for review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: kassidy on March 09, 2012 :
I loved this book! I fell in love with both of the main characters. Heather is the perfect heroine, funny but smart. And Nick is one of the yummiest male leads I've ever read! I have the biggest crush on him! And the way they fall in love is so real and so breathtaking, sigh!



The story has a perfect amount of twists and turns, the story line is fresh and new, and the dialogue between the characters was probably my favorite part.
You will not be able to put it down!



If I had anything bad to say about it, it is that the ending left me wanting more! I can't wait to read the sequel.



Very well written and highly recommended
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: sharon on March 07, 2012 :
What an interesting book I loved it :)!!!!
Reflections is a well written fast paced story the main character is quirky and sprited
This ending I didn't see coming
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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