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{Featured} Joint Review and Interview: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Today’s Featured Author is the very talented Jessica Sorensen. Jessica is the author of the deeply emotional novel, The Secret of Ella and Micha. To celebrate the recent release, Heather and I have teamed up to bring you a steamy joint review and Jessica was also kind enough to sit down and answer a few questions about the novel in an amazing interview. So grab some coffee and pull up a chair because you don’t want to miss all the excitement! This is a novel you want to get your hands on…






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{Featured} Joint Review and Interview: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica SorensenThe Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Secret #1
Published by: Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2013-02-12
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 368
Source: ARC From Publisher

View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon

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If you loved Beautiful Disaster then you're ready to discover . . . THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHAA rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.





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Never having read anything by this author before, The Secret of Ella and Micha is a delectable New Adult treat. The emotional journey – and the sexual tension – between these destined lovers, spun my emotional in multiple directions (and sometimes all at once), captivating me until the very end. Every minute of every page was an exploration into their pasts, their unforeseen futures, and endless possibilities. I loved devouring them. I loved crying with them. I loved just learning something new about each character in the book. It’s amazing, fun, and is definitely one of those reads that will make your heart melt and your soul fall in love.


Favorite Ella Quote:

Holding hands, we walk across the grass and down the sidewalk, leaving a trail of water behind us and something else. Something invisible to the outside eye, but to me it’s more noticeable than the sun in the sky.
(ebook page 105)

Ella is a reformed train wreck. Bad girl gone good, she escaped her old life in hopes of leaving behind her terrible past and the guilt over one mistake that cost her someone she loved dearly. But like they always say, you can run from your mistakes but you sure can’t hide, and her mistakes come back like a tornado in the form of Micha Scott. The bad boy, who’s still sort of a bad boy, but will make you fall in love with him anyway. Their relationship is something straight out of a movie, full of angst, heartbreak, and most importantly unconditional love. However, in order to get to the love, walls have to be smashed, barriers broken, hearts mended, and sins forgiven. And over the course of the novel, we get to experience all of this from both characters perspectives. It’s one romantic adventure, you don’t want to miss!


Overall, if I had to describe the phenomenal read that is The Secret of Ella and Micha, I’d say its yummy, raw, and so full of angst you’d want to rip your hair out – or clothes off. Sorensen delivered one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride that I still haven’t recovered from and probably won’t until I get my hands on the next novel in the series, The Forever of Ella and Micha. And I’m pretty sure I just might have a heart attack before October. *sighs* The novel also touches on heavy, very heavy subjects and should be read by a younger audience with caution. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it to parents and teens alike.




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The Secret of Ella and Micha is a story about more than secrets. It delves deep with emotions of fear, longing, and heartache. This book is their story, their beginning, and if they can’t push past the pain, it may prove to be their end.


Ella is broken, shattered into so many pieces that all she can do is run. Days after her mother’s death, she turns her back on her old reckless ways and buries the old girl. In her place is a prim, proper, and pain filled imposter.


Micha loses his mind when he awakes one morning to find Ella gone. He had laid, no all but cut out his heart the night before and told his best friend the he loves her. Deep down Micha know. That he can never love another, but without his Ella he’s lost. At first, he drowns himself in women, attempting to fill the void, but Micha knows only the one he loves will do.


After 8 months of hiding, Ella comes home from college. She isn’t back in town for long before she finds that buried girl trying to reemerge. Micha sees her too, and he wants her back, but he will take Ella back in any way he can.


Ella has a choice that scares and excited her. She can keep herself closed, or she can face the secrets that sent her running. This is where their new story begins.


This story hit close to home. I know all too well about the fear that surrounds bi-polar disorder. It is a battle, even when medicated for those that love you. This is the fear Ella faces, turning into her mother.


Micha is intense to say the least and he’s so sure of himself. But everyone has secrets and pain that drive them. He’s sweet, but there is a lot under his hood. I picture him as a hot musician, but a profound being that suffers more than he ever shows. He reminds me of myself, minus the guitar playing and car racing.


I’d find it hard pressed to find someone who can’t relate to their pain or to having to hide the real you from the world. Young adults 17+ and adults of all ages, who enjoy romance and discovery should go read this now. I read it in a day and couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to either and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter in their lives.




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1. Welcome Jessica to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?


Well, I love to write! (I’ll start with an obvious one). I write for a few different genres in both new adult and young adult. My more popular books are The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden and The Secret of Ella and Micha.



2. Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?


I’m not sure if these are considered habits, but I have to have music playing when I write and caffeine and sugar close by.




3. Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?


There are so many authors that I love, it would probably take me forever to list them all, but here are a few: Sarah Dessen, Abbi Glines, and Cassandra Clare.

And my inspiration for my stories comes from anywhere. Dreams, life, music, books, television. Sometimes they come out of nowhere.




4. What books are currently on your bookshelf?

Effortless by S.C. Stephens, Rapture by Kate Lauren, and Never too Far by Abbi Glines.



5. Your latest novel is THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA. What is the background behind the story, are any real life events reflected in the novel?

Ella and Micha started from a dream I had. But the small town, car-racing life was kind of based on the small town I grew up in, to an extent anyway. And Ella reminds me of a lot of people I knew—or know—that sometimes hide who they really are from the world, each for their own reasons.



6. What was your favorite scene or chapter to write?


My favorite scene is when Micha comes home and then Ella and Micha kiss by the fence because it’s when Ella finally lets her true feelings for Micha slip through.




 Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!




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About Jessica Sorensen

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives with her husband and three kids. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.