Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Runaway by Ivy Smoak


Runway; Empire High #5
(#5 within a series)

Publication Date: March 10 2022

Genre/Tropes: Contemporary/New Adult Romance

Author: Ivy Smoak

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


Wonder what happened to Brooklyn? This is the story of Brooklyn’s life. The sixteen years between her death and rebirth.

Where did she go? What happened? Why did she suddenly reappear after sixteen years?

Fans of the Empire High series will both love and hate this book. I can pretty much attest to these feelings. I’ve been here since book one, but let’s recap for just a moment. The first three books were during Brooklyn’s high school years. She began at EHS, a preppy, upper crust school where she was the outcast and the popular kids were called The Untouchables. Matthew Caldwell was part of this group and Brooklyn gained his attention, which changed the course of both of their lives.

In book four, Matthew’s solo book, we get the first inside look into his feelings, sixteen years after Brooklyn’s death. While he wasn’t exactly living his life as a monk, he never was involved in a long term relationship either, but at the end of his book he may have finally been ready to move on and heal his heart, until he hears Brooklyn’s voice.

Now, we are here at book five and we know that Brooklyn didn’t die, but where did she go?

This new story book contains layers that add to each of these books. Brooklyn’s introspection about her past, present, and future are really heartfelt. It’s really going to put the next part of this series into perspective of where this story is going, while tearing your emotions out.

This book focuses on Brooklyn, and while it’s a story of beautiful growth and how it shapes her as a woman, it also is transforming her into who she will be sixteen years from now standing outside Kennedy’s doorstep.

Trust in Ivy and her writing and love the entire book while reading it. It’s a wonderful book. Live in the moment and love every word.

To the first boy I ever loved.
I intended to keep my promises to you. I swear. I loved you, Matthew Caldwell. With my whole heart. I think a piece of me will always love you.
But it all came crashing down when I realized you didn’t keep your promises to me.
I refuse to take any of my days for granted. I learned that the hard way.
So I’m sorry. But I can’t keep my promises to someone who didn’t keep theirs.

-Brooklyn Sanders

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