Review: Perception of Life

Perception of Life
Perception, #1
Author: Shandi Boyes
Publication Date: March 3, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.


Noah Taylor is on the cusp of stardom with his band ‘Rise Up’. Noah’s soul has been shattered beyond repair after a series of devastating family events. The last thing that Noah wants is a committed relationship. But Noah soon learns that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan. Sometimes life can take you on a small detour.

You will never want another book boyfriend after you meet Noah Taylor.

This novel is sexy, gritty and a little bit raw.

Please note this novel contains adult content, such as swear words and sexual references.

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What. The. Hell.

Seriously. That’s what I yelled when I got to the end of this book. Well, it might have been a little more explicit than that… But I couldn’t help myself! This book ended in a cliffhanger that I never expected. I can’t decide if it’s one I liked or hated. It totally depends on the next book. But I’m getting a little ahead of myself here.

Perception of Life caught my attention from the very beginning. I loved the way Emily and Noah met. It was cute and unique. The build up to their relationship was fun. I liked seeing their relationship progress over time, but I felt like I missed out on seeing some of their relationship development with all of the time jumps in the story.

As for the writing, it started out a little rough for me. There were so many character clothing descriptions. A few too many. They distracted me from the characters’ actual personalities and the story at first. Luckily, they didn’t last throughout the entire novel.

That being said, my favorite part of the story was when Emily was in college. That’s when I felt her connection with Noah the most. It was also when the story was the most interesting to me. I truly began loving the characters and becoming invested in them at this point.

Which leads me back to the ending. I’m not going to say what the cliffhanger was. Obviously, it was major. This story went out in a way I never saw coming. I still haven’t decided if I liked it, but I have to admit that it definitely made me want to read the next book!

If you’re a fan of shocking cliffhangers and angsty New Adult romances, you’re sure to enjoy Perception of Life.

6 thoughts on “Review: Perception of Life”

  1. Angst, I can usually power through. Evil cliffhangers – especially if I’m more likely to hate it than love it are usually the first red warning light. However, I do like the sounds of the dynamic between Noah and Emily and I like that you could feel the connection between them. I’ll keep my eye on this book for now and see how things go.

    1. It’s got great GR ratings. I’m going to continue with the series. I think the ending of this one will make some people mad, but I think I will probably appreciate it more after I read the second book. I think it’s going to be one of those!

  2. This sounds good! I’m sorry to hear about the cliffhanger, though…to be honest, I really hate cliffhangers, because by the time I get to read the next book in the series I usually forget what happened in the first one! Great review, though!

    1. It was good! I don’t think I’ll forget this one before the next. It’s one that sticks with you! 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to review my novel. I really appreciate your opinion and advice. A great review.

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