Black Box by Cassia Leo Review & Giveaway

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♥ Three fateful encounters….
♥ Two heart-breaking tragedies….
♥ One last chance to get it right.

From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny.

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki’s life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she’s tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he’s never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he’s never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn’t even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he’s never felt like his life had any purpose… until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.

The club is tiny and very dark, but it’s warm; and not just because the heat is working. Something about this place feels … safe.
We sit down on some stools at the bar, which runs almost the entire length of the narrow room. I take off my coat and lay it across the stool next to me and Crush does the same.
“When Jimmy gets here, he’ll make you the best damn martini you’ve ever had.”
“This place has the best music and the best martinis? Sounds like heaven.”
“It is,” he replies proudly.
We sit in silence for a moment; just long enough for the dark anxiety to start building inside me again. I begin thinking of how I almost freaked out in the alley a few minutes ago and wondering when my craziness is going to be too much for him to handle.
The alley.
Don’t think about it, the voice inside my head shouts. But, on any given day, my thoughts vary between a leaky faucet and a fire-hose of negativity, drowning me or just annoying the hell out of me until I’m forced to do something to make them stop.
“What are you thinking?” Crush asks, and suddenly I notice that he’s holding a crushed penny in his hand; actually, he’s rubbing the penny between his thumb and forefinger.
“Do you think saving someone’s life cancels out taking another person’s life?”
He looks horrified by this question. “What? What do you mean?”
“I mean exactly what I said. If you kill someone, can you erase that sin by saving someone else’s life?”
He drops the penny onto the bar. “Why would you ask me that?” I wait for him to pick up the penny before I reply.
“Look, it’s just a question. No need to freak out. I didn’t kill anyone.”
“That’s not what I was implying.” He shakes his head. “Just excuse the minor spaz-out. The answer to your question is no. I don’t think saving someone’s life cancels out killing someone else.”
He casts his eyes downward after he says this; a sure sign that he’s lying or he’s hiding something. “Have you ever killed anyone?”

“A consequence of losing someone close to you is that you also lose a piece of yourself. And you never really know when it’s safe to give away another piece.”

Sometimes I am fortunate to come across a book that leaves me speechless. I mean literally, sitting there looking at my kindle and wondering what just happened. Black Box by Cassia Leo was one of those books!!

Mikki and Crush’s respective stories are emotionally draining and when they get together, it is truly a beautiful story. Fate brought them together through a flight delay and the dialogue between the two describing why they were headed to California at times left me at awe. The subject matter is heavy and there are truly some takeaways that should be thought about in our real life. I truly applaud and commend Cassia Leo for Black Box. It is a book that shouldn’t be missed!!!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Black Box in exchange for an honest review.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home, Abandon) and the Luke and Chase series.




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