I should have read up on this one a little more. I was looking for cute, sweet and fluffy and this was a very physically charged based romance. Not wh...moreI should have read up on this one a little more. I was looking for cute, sweet and fluffy and this was a very physically charged based romance. Not what I happened to be in the mood for and not really my thing.(less)
I will upfront admit that Katie McGarry's books are not ideal fits for my book taste. The angst is always at the melodramatic level for me. Still, the...moreI will upfront admit that Katie McGarry's books are not ideal fits for my book taste. The angst is always at the melodramatic level for me. Still, they are compulsively readable. I did really like Crash Into you, the book before this one. I found Isaiah to be my favorite hero of this series. I was looking forward to seeing him and Rachel in this book but they were barely there.
This book, on the other hand, is probably my least favorite of the series. I felt like I was reading a soap opera. It didn't help that for most of the book I didn't like West. He does have a big transformation but I just couldn't feel sympathy for him when he was a spoiled player with rich white boy problems. He was very machismo as were many of the characters, of which I am not a fan. For all his going off half cocked and macho he was just a bratty boy for much of the book. I got tired of his whining and then running from messes he made. Plus, for all his own disastrous actions he could be very judgmental. Yes, he does transform but I never truly engaged with his character.
Haley was an ok character. I do love girls in books that are strong in sports. I love a strong heroine. In this book though, Haley spends most of it not dealing and all of her accomplishments in sports really happened in the past and so we don't get that side of her. It wasn't as satisfying. Also, with West being such a boy rather than a man I couldn't get behind them as a couple until the end.
In the end, I recommend this for die hard Katie McGarry fans or those who like continuity in a companion book series.(less)
This book was a nice surprise. I have a habit of picking up dollar special and freebie books and not reading them till weeks later. I can't remember w...moreThis book was a nice surprise. I have a habit of picking up dollar special and freebie books and not reading them till weeks later. I can't remember what made me take a chance on this book. Honestly, I did not expect much since most of these that I pick up this way are only vaguely satisfying and not usually my ideal book fits. But this one ended up exceeding my expectations.
I started off expecting certain cliches but was glad with the way things are handled. This book is clean and cute. There is attraction but not pages upon pages on lust described in detail. When I got near the end I worried about what the big climax would be but I am very happy to report that it came off as completely realistic based on the characters involved. It didn't feel forced or even pushed beyond normal levels for the characters and the plot. I was pleasantly surprised. In the end it is a satisfying read and predictable in a good way- you know where you will end up but can still enjoy the journey.
Cute, simple and not overly complicated. Expect some standard cliche's but cute none the less. It was the trope of the nerd who just needs a makeover...moreCute, simple and not overly complicated. Expect some standard cliche's but cute none the less. It was the trope of the nerd who just needs a makeover meets hot formerly popular person in reverse with the guy being the nerd. Go into the book for escapist fluffy fun but not something that will stay with you over the years.(less)
This is a slow moving book, but it is meant to be read slowly. It is very clean and very detail oriented. There are two stories playing out side by si...moreThis is a slow moving book, but it is meant to be read slowly. It is very clean and very detail oriented. There are two stories playing out side by side. While it might have dragged a little for me and wasn't exactly my thing I think my grandmother would have loved it when she was alive.(less)
This is the second book of the Visions series that I started reading because my daughter was interested in reading them. I really enjoyed this one. I...moreThis is the second book of the Visions series that I started reading because my daughter was interested in reading them. I really enjoyed this one. I enjoyed it even more than the first. I think in the first I was a little put off with the way Jules was so hung up on Sawyer and from all we knew he couldn't care less about her (even though there were subtle hints that he did). In this one they are on a level playing field so I enjoyed that so much more.
Mild spoilers below. Nothing major but if you don't want to know anything before going in then read no further.
I loved Jules' brother Trey and her sister Rowan. They are both awesome. I am glad that they enfolded Sawyer into their group. I was pulling for Trey to find his special someone. We don't get much but it seems he might find that with Ben. Fingers crossed. I hope that we get more of them together as well as more of the whole group in the next book.
I was really happy that the conflicts mostly come from outside Jules' and Sawyer's relationship. Sure, there were hiccups, but that wasn't the driving force of conflict for the book. That was a huge plus. The book moved quickly and was a pleasantly fast read. I love that Lisa McMann's book are fast reads. She doesn't put in unnecessary filler to lengthen her books. Sometimes you want a quick read you can get absorbed in but don't have the time for a thick book. This fits that bill. I also think reluctant readers will find this book less daunting and easier to read than some others out there.(less)
If you like New Adult and don't mind the same old same old you might want to give this one a try. If you are looking for something original in the New...moreIf you like New Adult and don't mind the same old same old you might want to give this one a try. If you are looking for something original in the New Adult category this won't be it.(less)
The hero was a bit of an idiot and the heroine was mostlly a doormat. At least she finally finds a tiny bit of backbone. There was no reason for the H...moreThe hero was a bit of an idiot and the heroine was mostlly a doormat. At least she finally finds a tiny bit of backbone. There was no reason for the H to fall magically in love with the h on first sight the way that happened. The writing felt kind of 80's ish. (less)
I don't know how to rate this so I won't try. Overall I was happy with it and satisfied with most of the various characters' ARCs and journeys but it...moreI don't know how to rate this so I won't try. Overall I was happy with it and satisfied with most of the various characters' ARCs and journeys but it was a mammoth beast to read. It is a very thick book. I think it had to be with all the additional characters that have been introduced in the 6 book journey but it makes it a bit overwhelming to keep up with everyone since the series wasn't fresh in my head.
Be aware that there is considerable time and attention given to setting up her future series and characters. Also, be aware that some of the characters in this book look to have their stories continued in that later series since not everyone has closure. That is what keeps me from knowing how to rate this. When one series end I want a little more containment and less bleeding into another. I felt like in her Clockwork series that it was better contained at the end and felt a little more finished. While a few characters continue on in the Mortal Instruments I didn't feel like I had to read it to get closure at the end of the Clockwork series. However, with so many characters in this one she couldn't quite get to a place of closure for many in the Mortal Instruments series. Plus, she introduced a whole host of new ones that will carry on.
When I started the Mortal Instruments series I thought it was a trilogy and at the time I read them they all were out. On completion I found out that she was extending it to 6 books and that there was a companion series that was set in the past. While you don't have to have read both series to read the other series they are definitely enhanced by reading each other. When I cracked this book open the characters were not nearly as fresh for me and I found that I had forgotten a lot of details. Plus, I have not read the Bane Chronicles thus I feel like I missed some things that were referenced. I found that a little annoying. I prefer to read books in a series only when they are all out. Now with this book so heavily overlapping with the one set several years in the future I feel a little overwhelmed. I will wait to read that one once they are all out but by that time I worry that I will forget too much of this one.
It will be interesting to see how people respond to the Jace in this book. He had such a huge fan base in the first book but I wasn't his biggest fan. I could see that the way he acted was because he was very broken but I didn't think he was at a point to be good for the people around him. In this last book he is now a hero I can get behind. However, his harsh edges and bitterness is mostly gone. He is a much softer Jace, which I preferred. I just wonder how his die hard fandom will feel about the changes.
I was glad that Clary grew in strength as the series continued, it was very satisfying. I really like that in the finale (view spoiler)[ she is the one that must save the day rather than being saved by a guy. Jace trusted her to perform the grand heroic act. (hide spoiler)] I also like how the author also makes it all about how many characters contribute to (view spoiler)[ the win for shadowhunters. One person couldn't be the single hero/heroine and have saved the day. (hide spoiler)]Everyone did their heroic part to make the end happen as it did. Each had their part to play no matter how small or large it might have seemed, they were all essential.
I really liked this book. It seems like it was inspired by John and Kate + Eight. It takes a good hard look into the lives of the children in reality...moreI really liked this book. It seems like it was inspired by John and Kate + Eight. It takes a good hard look into the lives of the children in reality TV who don't get a say in their lives being recorded. If I was an English teacher I think it would be a great book that could initiate a lot of good discussion.
If I had one tiny complaint it was at the end the way Chloe's character growth kind of goes backwards when she (view spoiler)[ runs from Patrick again. (hide spoiler)] I am sure this was to ramp the crescendoing drama but I felt like there was plenty else without making her take a huge step backwards. Really though, that is a personal preference kind of thing and not a criticism about the book. I don't think it will bother most people.
I highly recommend this to teens and adults who want to think a little more deeply about the ethics of reality TV and/or those who just want a good story. It can be enjoyed on a surface level or more deeply.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The part that is a good fit for me: that there heroine is a strong female and is really good at her sport. Not just good for a girl but really good fo...moreThe part that is a good fit for me: that there heroine is a strong female and is really good at her sport. Not just good for a girl but really good for anyone. I like that kind of set up.
What makes this not a good fit for me: The chemistry is all physical and not emotional. I don't mind heat and steam but I need more of an emotional connection. I honestly was not the biggest fan of the Hero either.
Note: This book has something that is very common in books but drives me up a wall. All the "good" people are beautiful physically while all the "bad", mean bully types are physically unattractive. I really do not care for that in my books.
Overall, not the best book fit for me but if you like steam and a relationship built on physical pull with the player type who settles down for the "magical" one then you might like it.(less)