This is going to be a super short review since I didn't finish this one and I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about it. I've heard great things...moreThis is going to be a super short review since I didn't finish this one and I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about it. I've heard great things about Jessica Sorensen's books so I thought I'd give this one a chance. That was a poor decision on my part. Maybe this one was just a fluke but there was honestly nothing about this book that I liked.
The main character, Nova, is so stuck in the past. She constantly throws pity parties for herself. I understand that she's not able to get over what happened with her boyfriend but she's constantly feeling sorry for herself. Then she meets Quinton and immediately loves him. That's even after she sees him leaving his bedroom with some random girl. She doesn't care about any of that. Quinton is just as bad though. He's stuck in the past just like Nova. Oh and he also immediately feels something for her even though he knows he shouldn't. Of course. Their relationship was so typical and just plain boring. They had no chemistry. Also, normally I'm okay with the insta-love thing but in this case it just did nothing for me because I felt like Nova and Quinton had nothing between them.
My other big issue with Breaking Nova was how stupid the characters were. I only skimmed the majority of the book (I wanted to see if it got better. It didn't.) but what I read was just bad. There was tons of drug use and just generally trashy behavior. I'm not against drug use in books but it was just horribly done in Breaking Nova. Nova and Quinton didn't have to live the lives they ended up with, they did it to themselves. They had potential and they pretty much just threw it all away. That annoyed me.
Overall, I don't recommend Breaking Nova. The writing, the characters, the romance, the story, none of it did anything for me. It was just plain bad.(less)
A Little Too Far, Lisa Desrochers' new adult debut, is by far one of the best new adult titles that I've read. I can't recommend this one enough for n...moreA Little Too Far, Lisa Desrochers' new adult debut, is by far one of the best new adult titles that I've read. I can't recommend this one enough for new adult fans.
A Little Too Far is one of the steamiest books I've ever read. Seriously, you guys. There are some serious sexytimes in A Little Too Far. And they are so perfect! You would think that reading about a girl sleeping with her stepbrother would seem wrong but that was definitely not the case with Trent and Lexie. It's easy to see how perfect they are for each other, even if there parents just happen to be married. They have serious chemistry but their relationship is just so comfortable. They are friends, above all else. That's the perfect kind of relationship to have.
Trent isn't the only romantic option for Lexie though. While studying abroad in Rome, she meets Alessandro Moretti, a soon-to-be priest who is just as off-limits as Trent. He's smart, funny, kind, and did I mention that he's a sexy Italian? I must have forgotten that part. He's the perfect distraction for Lexie because she knows she can't have him. This really is one book where I was torn between the two guys. Both Trent and Alessandro were good for Lexie in different ways and I loved that Lisa Desrochers didn't make it an easy choice for Lexie or readers.
I mentioned briefly that Lexie goes to study abroad in Rome. That's actually where most of the story takes place and let me tell you, Lisa Desrochers did a fabulous job making the setting really come alive. I can't tell you how much I want to go to Rome now. The food, the people, the places, the art, everything just seems so wonderful. A setting can truly make or break a book and in this case, it definitely made it.
There was one thing that I didn't totally love about A Little Too Far and that was some of the dialogue. There were some scenes that seemed a little too cheesy. I've noticed this in quite a few new adult novels but it seems like the dialogue is always a little too immature for the age group. Most of the time, things were fine with A Little Too Far but there were a couple times where I wanted to laugh at some of the things Trent or Alessandro said.
Overall, A Little Too Far is a great addition to the new adult genre and it gives me hope that this genre might get better for me. Definitely check this one out for a quick, steamy read.(less)
Elite by Rachel Van Dyken is one of those books that I really don't even know why I didn't DNF it. To be honest, I'm not sure why a traditional publis...moreElite by Rachel Van Dyken is one of those books that I really don't even know why I didn't DNF it. To be honest, I'm not sure why a traditional publisher picked up this originally self-pubbed title. Fair warning: this review might get ranty.
Let's start with the thing that bothered me most about Elite: the romance. Well, not really the romance but the love interest. Sure Nixon sounds sexy as hell but he's a total ass! Since when is it okay to treat someone like shit and then say that you were doing it to help them? Oh and by the way, you think you might love them. No. That is not love. Nixon is a grade A asshole and I could not get past how mean he was to Trace. Oh and the secondary love interest, Chase, (because we really need a love triangle) isn't any better. He helps set her up to look like this huge slut after one of his friends drugs her. Umm, no. So not okay. I thought I'd read about bad love interests before but these two take the cake.
Then there's Trace. Where do I even begin with her? She figures she can't win against Nixon and Chase and the rest of the Elect so she decides she might as well make fun of herself and maybe people will think she's cool. Yeah, that doesn't really work out for her. As if that's not bad enough, she is the biggest cry baby I've ever had the misfortune of reading about. Every little thing sets her off. And she's not one of those people who cries in private, she cries in front of everyone. Like that's really going to make people like her more. Oh and the main source of her crying fits, Nixon, just happens to be the guy that she can't stop thinking about. Of course.
The story makes no sense. This 20 something year old guy runs the school? Even though he's not actually in charge of anything, everyone listens to him? Even the principal? How exactly does that work? It's kind of explained later but it still doesn't really make complete sense to me. Also, what kind of school lets their kids get away with this kind of bullying? There's also segregation (for the good of the students) and other stupid crap like that. I don't know about you guys, but I would leave that school ASAP.
There's a lot more that I could rant and rave about but I'm going to try to wrap this up. The writing is crappy, the characters are annoying, the story makes no sense, and the romance did nothing for me. I truly wish I could get back the few hours I spent reading this book because it was a complete waste of my time.
Overall, Elite is one book that should have remained self-published. This is one book that I highly recommend you don't waste your time or money on. Oh and as if one book isn't bad enough there is going to be at least one more in the series.(less)