Many parts I disliked in this book. Just to mention the big ones: insta'love, lack of chemistry between main characters, too much content told and notMany parts I disliked in this book. Just to mention the big ones: insta'love, lack of chemistry between main characters, too much content told and not shown, BDSM setup poorly executed (here including motivations, knowledge, preparation, the scenes themselves)....more
2.5 stars It failed to deliver by slowly reverting to the usual romance tropes that abound the genre these days. It had potential as it supposedly feat2.5 stars It failed to deliver by slowly reverting to the usual romance tropes that abound the genre these days. It had potential as it supposedly featured a complex, multidimensional male protagonist. But his emotional and psychological motivations weren't believable, his actions unrealistic. I know from the blurb that we should take it as only fiction, but this simple line doesn't excuse the book to offer to the reader a strong characterization, or a story where suspension of disbelief is not required many times over....more
2.75 stars Mixed feelings about this one. I appreciated the atypical character of Love Ferrier, in my opinion the strongest part of this book. On the o2.75 stars Mixed feelings about this one. I appreciated the atypical character of Love Ferrier, in my opinion the strongest part of this book. On the other hand having him as one of the protagonists did nothing good to the romance. Scorpion and him as lovers felt very weird, forced even. The first scene between them was so unexpected, no chemistry whatsoever. And scenes implying their dynamic were mostly told not shown. About the plot, it was fairly simple, nothing big happens. Although, it could be the beginning of a series, definitely has the necessary elements to be developed further. The setting of Wasteland was very good as background for the story. Hopefully we will see more of this....more
3.5 stars I can understand why so many people loved this story. I'm not one of them, but it was an enjoyable read and I appreciate it, especially for b3.5 stars I can understand why so many people loved this story. I'm not one of them, but it was an enjoyable read and I appreciate it, especially for being well-written and free. Would love to see this author officially published, not with this, preferably with a new project....more
If it was inspired by a true story, this would've got four or five stars from me, but reading the dedication page it seems it was not, therefore onlyIf it was inspired by a true story, this would've got four or five stars from me, but reading the dedication page it seems it was not, therefore only three stars. As it features such young characters I believe this story will have many readers similar to them. And it's clear enough the message the author delivers through this book. That's why I don't agree with the direction it took, I would've preferred an alternate development.
The protagonists, Rick and Kevin, are teenagers, both sixteen at the beginning. In no way this story should be classified as young adult. The book is challenging in matters of content and actions of the characters. It contains many on page scenes of violence, child abuse, drugs and alcohol abuse, prostitution. Not sex, though, that was glossed over, and this was one of my main "dislikes". If you present your protagonists the way you did why not show them in their sexual interactions as well? Especially as one important point is Rick's sexuality, and I think we needed to see as well how he reacts to his first gay experiences and the dynamic between Rick and Kevin in these moments. If you dare to bring on page such strong and uncomfortable themes, why not go all the way with your characters? In terms of dislikes I could tell a few more: (view spoiler)[I don't remember a justification why Kevin never fought back when he was beaten by his father; the scene at the end when Kevin's father caught them seemed very forced, also the fighting in front of the house party that got Rick to follow Kevin back to his house and all that happened after; the epilogue was told in such an unemotional, clinical voice. (hide spoiler)] In terms of likes, because there were despite my overall reaction: I appreciate authors who don't avoid portraying flawed characters, characters who act bad, make bad choices, try to survive psychically, psychologically and emotionally as their circumstances and means allow, and Kevin, with his background, his issues with control, aggressiveness, was the perfect example. I appreciate when real problems are detailed and not looked over in a story. And Rick and Kevin were beautiful together. They had many sensual, tender, emotional and some tensioned moments together. It was great to see Kevin and his game of seduction turning against him. It was a beautiful romance.