Sunday, February 21, 2016

Joint Review: Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
There are some debts you can’t repay.

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he's craved since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her college at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over. 
This is war.

Natasha’s Experience:
WHY DID THIS SERIES HAVE TO END?! I remember picking up FULL MEASURES during finals week in 2014 and thinking, “hmm I should read this because it’s on sale and it looks like something I’d like.” Boy did I ever underestimate my love for this series. A special thank you to the random blogger who tweeted a link to this book because I am forever grateful for that one recommendation.

“He was woven into my soul so deeply that if someone were to pull a single thread of him away, I would unravel.”

This book is jam-packed with emotion, heartbreak, trauma, guilt, and an overwhelming amount of love. Josh and Ember are fighting to live a life where they both can be happy with their separate dreams, yet still be happy with each other. It's not easy having such different goals and wanting to chase after them when you know you might have to do it alone. These two have sacrificed so much to be together, it almost pains you to think that maybe life isn't through with being unfair.

“The entire world stopped, ceased rotating because our love demanded it, and we were the only ones who could command it to start again.”

I feel like I have so many words for this story, yet not nearly enough. I'm brimming with all kinds of feels for these two unforgettable characters because they gave me more than just their love story -- they taught me what it is to love unconditionally, to love to the point of no return. They are brave, fearless and unstoppable all on their own; together, they are love personified. 

“Know that the miles that separate us are only in distance, never heart.”

Thank you, Rebecca, for putting your words, your wisdom, your heart, into a series that I can wholeheartedly say that I adore with all of my being. 

Lindsay's Experience:
When Joshua Walker and December Howard were united by some of the most unfortunate, heartbreaking circumstances, they formed an unbreakable bond—or so they thought. Their relationship survived distance, deployment and even death, but that was just the first time. Is their love strong enough to beat a second round?

“I was going to spend the rest of my life loving Josh Walker, because despite every obstacle that had been thrown in our path, we were making it.”

After falling in love with Josh and Ember in FULL MEASURES, the amount of times I internally scolded the two in HALLOWED GROUND was almost laughable. I have never thought about the possibility of someone being too in love, but Josh taught me how destructive it can actually be. Sometimes when you love someone that much, you will do whatever you can to ensure they have the brightest future possible—even if it doesn’t include you.

“She told me I’m breaking her, so how long until I destroy the one thing I love most?”

Ember has overcome more than most people, yet still lives finds it in herself to love fully. I think this love speaks volumes about her strength, but there is only so much love that can be given in a relationship of uncertainty. Throughout this entire story, I was rooting for Ember and Josh, as individuals and as one. Their love is one of the strongest I have read about—making it 5-cup worthy read.

“How can we ever know just how beautiful something was, how important, how epic, if we don’t at least try to put it back together when it breaks? Even if some of the pieces are in the wrong place, at least it’s standing.


About the Author

Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they're currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.


  1. Great review! I hadn't heard of this series until your blog (HOW have I missed it?!). After reading your review I immediately added all the books in the series to my TBR!

    1. Awesome! Can't wait for you to fall in love with this series!