I have read two of Colleen Hoover's other works and was disappointed in each, so I'm not sure why I expected that my experience with this novella woul I have read two of Colleen Hoover's other works and was disappointed in each, so I'm not sure why I expected that my experience with this novella would be any different. Despite the easy, breezy style of her writing, the plot points, character and relationship development (or lack thereof), and the indescribably slap-dash way in which the big issue was handled were all beyond my ability to suspend disbelief. I'm also confused as to whether her novels in the Hopeless world should qualify as young adult or new adult; it seems like the two categories are mixed up in her works. ...more
I picked this up at the library book sale because the cover image made my spouse and me laugh. I was also intrigued because this was written by a well I picked this up at the library book sale because the cover image made my spouse and me laugh. I was also intrigued because this was written by a well-established contemporary romance author with many other popular books. Though frothy and light, it was an enjoyable enough way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, and it proved to have much better writing than most other Harlequins that I have encountered. The quick and saccharine ending, however, left me disappointed....more
My fluffy and light Christmas read this year. Though this title didn't offer anything astounding plot-wise, I enjoyed and it was the perfect feel-good My fluffy and light Christmas read this year. Though this title didn't offer anything astounding plot-wise, I enjoyed and it was the perfect feel-good holiday romance read. I think I'll be picking up more from Lisa Kleypas in the future to see if I like her full-length novels....more
After being impressed with FOREPLAY, Sophie Jordan's first New Adult romance in this series, I was eager Formulaic set-up makes for predictable read
After being impressed with FOREPLAY, Sophie Jordan's first New Adult romance in this series, I was eager to read the second book, TEASE. Unfortunately, TEASE lacked the sweetness and convincing characters of the first title, and it relied entirely too heavily on New Adult clichés.
TEASE follows Pepper's roommate, Emerson, as she tries to keep her emotional distance from the many men who are interested in her. The story opens with the obligatory reference to some dark incident in Emerson's past that has scarred and damaged her. Because of this, the reader is told that Emerson is a strong, cautious woman, but the first important scene has her drinking herself to oblivion in a biker bar and being conveniently rescued (i.e., picked up and carried out of the bar against her will) by a do-gooder who happens to have a rock-hard chest. From thereon, the story continues to use one New Adult or romance cliché after another to bring our lovers together and to break down Emerson's emotional walls.
Because of the formulaic set-up and inconsistent characterization, I wasn't able to immerse myself in the story or root for Emerson and Shaw's romance. Though TEASE was a quick, mindless read, it wasn't an enjoyable or moving one.
In future books in the series, I hope Jordan goes back to focusing on character and eschews the common tropes that can make stories like this so predictable.
Note: This review refers to an advance review copy....more
CRASH INTO YOU was an easy-enough read, but it contained instalove and a lot of implausible plot points and a boatload of clichés. Of the three books CRASH INTO YOU was an easy-enough read, but it contained instalove and a lot of implausible plot points and a boatload of clichés. Of the three books written so far by this author, I think the second (DARE YOU TO) is the strongest....more
Despite the publisher's attempt to pique my interest in these ten titles, I was turned off by the poor writing, plotting, or characterization in all but three of them. The only three I would consider ever reading further included Wait for You by J. Lynn, Dinner With a Vampire by Abigail Gibbs, and Foreplay by Sophie Jordan. I am admittedly biased toward WAIT FOR YOU, as I have read it before and it is the best New Adult title I've read (though that's not saying a great deal, as I only gave it 2.5 stars). THE DARK HEROINE had a snappy and harrowing opening and was the one paranormal title among the mix, and FOREPLAY seemed like it could be a fun, mindless romance if someone was in the mood for that.
Otherwise, even THE REGISTRY, which I had high hopes for as a dystopian, held little appeal. The excerpts by Carmack and McAdams were especially egregious in their writing, complete with run-on sentences and comma splices galore, and horribly contrived or cliche plots. I would have hoped that these titles, which were primarily self-pubbed before being picked up by HarperCollins, would have been cleaned up before being promoted, but apparently not. ...more
Wavering between 2.5 and 3 stars on this one. Despite the ridiculous number of typos, misspellings, and poorly written sentences, the story clipped alWavering between 2.5 and 3 stars on this one. Despite the ridiculous number of typos, misspellings, and poorly written sentences, the story clipped along after an initially slow start and there was no instalove to make me roll my eyes. If the author cleaned this up, I think it would be one of the better titles in the New Adult genre...though that's not a ringing endorsement from me....more
I read this on a whim while home sick from work; Harlequin has been bombarding my GR and Facebook feeds for weeks with their advertisement of a free eI read this on a whim while home sick from work; Harlequin has been bombarding my GR and Facebook feeds for weeks with their advertisement of a free e-book so I decided to take them up on the offer. This title is mindless and unrealistic with very limited character development, but it wasn't the worst writing I've encountered in a romance novel and it was free.
Quick and easy to read but ultimately unsatisfying. Though fun hijinks ensue, the outcome of the plot is too easily deduced via the synopsis, the charQuick and easy to read but ultimately unsatisfying. Though fun hijinks ensue, the outcome of the plot is too easily deduced via the synopsis, the characters aren't consistent, and the romantic connection doesn't make sense. ...more
Having trouble rating this one. As a standalone, I would give it three stars for its sheer readability, but as a sequel that should be an extension ofHaving trouble rating this one. As a standalone, I would give it three stars for its sheer readability, but as a sequel that should be an extension of the first book's theme and tone, it falls flat and would only get two stars....more
Strong relationships & better world building make for solid sequel, 3.5 stars
Through the Ever Night opens just where the first novel left off: A Strong relationships & better world building make for solid sequel, 3.5 stars
Through the Ever Night opens just where the first novel left off: Aria and Perry are seeking each other through the shadows of the borderlands after months apart. Though their reunion is sweet, the relief is short-lived as they return to a tribe that doesn't trust Dwellers and where Perry's new position as Blood Lord is questioned. When distrust and danger force them apart, Aria and Perry must work separately to save the world and those around them from falling apart.
Though I wasn't impressed with Rossi's debut novel, Under the Never Sky, I picked up the sequel because I was intrigued enough to see where Aria and Perry's journey led next, and I'm very glad that I did. Not only did this novel move along better than the first, but many of the problems I experienced with the debut were absent. Quick, fast-paced plotting had me turning pages to see what happened next, and many of the world building issues were cleared up, even if in convenient ways.
The greatest strength of the novel, however, laid in its depiction of complex and meaningful relationships between the characters, including that between Perry and Roar, Perry and the band of Six, and Perry and Marron. Most notably, the relationship between Roar and Aria was a standout. Except for a few moments of hesitation or questioning from others, Aria and Roar's relationship was never fraught with unnecessary romantic tension; instead, it was portrayed as a supportive and resilient friendship between a man and a woman, something not often seen in a young adult novel. The relationship between Perry and Aria also felt less forced and more real, and talks of scents and senses added to their relationship this time instead of distracting from it.
While I did enjoy reading this, it's not a book that struck me deeply or that stayed with me long after reading - it was simply a fun, action-filled adventure-romance. The novel was very much a middle book, in that there was the expected distancing of the lovers and the fight to come back together. Anyone familiar with this genre can also foresee what lies ahead in the final book in terms of the conflict between the outcasts and those in power. As a character, Perry also seemed too perfect. Despite the described concern of his tribe regarding his ability to lead, readers will not find a single undesirable trait in him. Though I love reading about a `good guy' hero, this portrayal seemed unrealistic, especially given the rough way Perry was portrayed in the first book.
Even with these qualms, I'm glad I took another chance on this author and was able to immerse myself in the world of the Never Sky for a few days. In the final book of the trilogy, Into the Still Blue, I hope that Rossi maintains her focus on the characters' relationships as they forge ahead into an uncertain future.
Note: This review refers to an advance review copy....more
Since I'd already read the first three books in this series, I decided to take on the fourth installment when it showed up at my local library. Though Since I'd already read the first three books in this series, I decided to take on the fourth installment when it showed up at my local library. Though Stolarz's writing continues to be easy and quick to read, the story lacks any real substance or originality. Not surprisingly, the plot involves Camelia's touch powers and yet another stalker out to hurt someone in her town. The love triangle between Ben (mysterious and brooding) and Adam (sweet, hot, and understanding) persists, and the side-kick characters of Wes and Kimmie continue to say ridiculous things at inappropriate times.
With nothing really new added to the story or Stolarz's stock plot line, I found it difficult to care about any of the characters, their relationships, or the dangers that might be following them. I'll probably read the final book, Deadly Little Lessons, when it comes out just to see how things end, but I'm not excited about it. ...more