After writing my review, I decided to change the rating to one star.
With 8,098 ratings and an average rating of 4.45 stars on Goodreads (currently),...moreAfter writing my review, I decided to change the rating to one star.
With 8,098 ratings and an average rating of 4.45 stars on Goodreads (currently), I figured that I would have enjoyed this novel. Unfortunately, one can never assume anything from an average rating alone. For me, there wasn't much to like about Fallen Too Far. The biggest reason? The characters. Biggest asshole of them all? You guessed it, the bad boy, not-wanting-to-settle Rush Finlay. The demure, innocent virgin doesn't stand a chance against his smoldering, gorgeous looks. He might be an ass, but he's good looking, right?
I don't mean this to be a personal attack against this certain book, but I am pretty much tired of this plot line: innocent, sweet virgin that falls in love with promiscuous, rude male. And how many times do we see these types of guys change for a woman? When I was younger, I had my fair share of liking jerks, too. Did any of them change for me? Nope. Can it happen? Maybe. But why only write about these certain types of guys? I certainly don't want to read about it. Oh yeah, and everyone in this book is beautiful, rich, and white. Blaire isn't rich but she is certainly considered beautiful and she is definitely white.
Besides the characters, I found the writing to be very lacking. It pretty much read like this to me: 'This happened. Then this happened. I did this. Then he did this.' So it wasn't a very pleasurable experience for me. I can definitely see why young women my age would find this appealing, but I don't find anything engrossing in it. I will probably not be reading the sequel. (less)
So I did enjoy this novel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the female lead is not a virgin (thank goodness) and that the writing is actually pr...moreSo I did enjoy this novel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the female lead is not a virgin (thank goodness) and that the writing is actually pretty solid. I found myself not really clicking with the two main characters, though. I find it pretty hard to really enjoy a book if I don't connect with at least one of the characters. It's not that I find them to be horrible. I just couldn't get into their mind, I guess. I think it would have helped if I knew more about them, like more info about their background, personality, etc. The characterization is a little weak in that aspect. Also, I would have loved if the writer included more back story to Sienna's familial drama. I understood the basics, but it would have been great to see more going on there with the family dysfunction. The same goes with Lucas' own demons. I feel like they were brought up a little too late in the novel.
I'm actually surprised that I enjoyed this novel as much as I did, given my experience with books that have been tagged as 'new adult'. When I say that I'm pleasantly surprised to read that the female lead is not a virgin, it's because I have found the same formula in the last three 'new adult' books that I have attempted to read: virgin young lady falls for the sexually experienced bad boy, and they fall in love immediately. Luckily, this was not the case in Devoured. Sienna and Lucas have a past, and when they re-meet, it is not love at first sight, even though they have never met before. There is actual history between them. This made the romance more believable to me.
While the story may have used some polishing, I find Emily Snow's writing to be pretty good. She kept me engaged and the tension is definitely there between Sienna and Lucas. I will most likely read the sequel because I am interested in what happens next. There is potential in this story. (less)
I have been listening to Gossip for about a year now and when I found out that the lead singer was going to publish a memoir, I got pretty excited for...moreI have been listening to Gossip for about a year now and when I found out that the lead singer was going to publish a memoir, I got pretty excited for it. I think Beth does a great job describing the highs and lows of her life and explaining the journey to her present stardom. It must have been extremely challenging to write down the worst moments in her life on paper, but she does it with strength and courage. I admire her for her resilience and ability to keep moving forward, even when she feels defeated. I've certainly felt in a similar way and that's why I always appreciate people who open up about their experiences regarding 'controversial' subjects such as abuse and oppression. They are creating more awareness and visibility. And of course Beth is a huge feminist icon for me, and I love the way she talks about other oppressions in her fight for equality. I recommend this book to Gossip fans, fellow feminists, and memoir lovers. (less)