What I Loved: I loved the action scenes, and the moments when you know that the suspense is building. The knowledge that something is coming, but notWhat I Loved: I loved the action scenes, and the moments when you know that the suspense is building. The knowledge that something is coming, but not exactly sure what it is just yet.
This is going to seem strange, but I was drawn to Stella a bit because I could relate to her on a small level. Her life is, by far, more dysfunctional than mine was, but I understood her struggle with authority and trust due to her mom being an addict. When you have a life full of empty promises, it is difficult to believe when people are being sincere. So even though I would get frustrated at her indignant attitude at times, I also could understand where she was coming from.
The twists of the stories, and especially the scene where Stella and Chet are revealing their secrets. I feel like this was the most exposed and sincere scene in the entire book. Though I did feel like Chet was sincere to the degree of being overly intense all the time – this scene sort of finally won me over.
Not So Much: First and foremost, and I think this is why I may have had a hard time getting into this book…because I did. I actually started it in October and put it down for a long time before deciding to finish it off this week; I really didn’t feel the chemistry like I wanted between Stella and Chet. All the right scenes were there and everything seemed like it should have been just right, but something was missing. I don’t know if it was Stella’s hold on Reed, or what it was – but the relationship kind of fell flat for me all the way up until the end when it finally came together. (And no, it wasn’t because of the fade to black scene – that wasn’t even that great to me, either.)
While I enjoyed all the side stories happening in this book, I also kind of felt it added a lot of unnecessary length. I really wanted more action and danger I think, when really only a small portion of the book was really thriller.
The Verdict: I did enjoy Dangerous Lies, but I was really hoping for another Black Ice, I think. That book was awesome in the ‘edge of your seat’ kind of way, and the blooming romance was a slow heat, while Dangerous Lies was kind of out there and open because of Chet’s nature. In real life, I would probably fall in love with Chet, hands down. This book was mostly clean, it had some intense kissing, and as I mentioned, a fade to black scene that was squeaky clean. I think there was mention of the top of the bathing suit, and that was as graphic as it got. YA-ok....more
My Review: My friend recommended this book to me, more than once actually. And not just the book, but the audiobook. Did I GET the audiobook? NOPE, I My Review: My friend recommended this book to me, more than once actually. And not just the book, but the audiobook. Did I GET the audiobook? NOPE, I had gift cards to Barnese & Noble, and while I was there shopping I saw these books – took a glimps inside and knew I just had to own them.
What I Loved: This book was full of action, I want to say mystery, but it’s not a mystery really, it’s just an unraveling of secrets. I love that. While it’s going to be listed in my next category, the uniqueness of this book was part of what made it so appealing. It’s not simply told in a collection of documents – but the format of the book makes them seem legit. There are little post it notes, and pictures made of words; all sorts of beautiful treasures.
I loved the characters in this book. Like – pretty much all of them. I will say that AIDEN (the AI) might possibly have been my favorite character of them all. Is it weird to want to comment on the character growth of a computer? Yeah, probably. I also loved both Katy and Ezra; Katy was defiant and daring, and Ezra was sarcastic and fun. They made a fun pair.
Not So Much: It took me some time to adjust to reading a book that was 100% documents. I miss a lot of the emotion that way. You get some, but you don’t get the picture created for you like you would in a typical book. The little touches, or the room descriptions – things that really put you there. At least….that’s how I felt at first. But the more I read the book, the more I really WAS there. I got used to the format and couldn’t put the book down.
The Verdict: When describing this book to others, I’ve sort of mentioned Star Trek, but mostly the show Firefly – with the different plants and such. I mean that only in a ‘setting’ sort of way. I normally wouldn’t read a book about space travel, but I am so glad I started this series. This book was clean, very YA appropriate. A 5-star read for sure....more
This is my second book of a sick-day read-a-thon. This time I went down the list of books I've purchased recently and picked the cover/title that appeThis is my second book of a sick-day read-a-thon. This time I went down the list of books I've purchased recently and picked the cover/title that appealed to me the most. Adorkable was another great choice on my part, no matter how random.
What I Loved I really enjoyed Sally's obliviousness to Becks feelings, and likewise Beck's obliviousness to Sals. It really did make for a fun time for the reader who was able to 'read between the lines.' It made Becks' character even more adorable, because while Sally was the one who struggled the most in this book, for acceptance with herself and others, Becks was hopelessly lost in love and it was plain as day.
The opening of this book was so great, best beginning ever.
Sally as a whole was a great character. I loved the parts of her that were 'dorky' and absolutely adored her job reading to the kids. I almost wanted that job too!
Not So Much: I'm sorry, I don't care how good her intentions were, I would have thrown Hooker to the curb a LONG time ago. No friends who can't take no for an answer deserves the amount of chances she got. I was really annoyed with her, even if she did provide some entertaining moments. I kind of was aggravated at Sally's mother for similar reasons. Yes, these things are there to make the story go - they were just so annoying and persistent, it drove me nuts!
The Verdict: While I was annoyed at parts, as a whole I loved watching this story play out. I even kind of enjoyed the torture Sally went through in the fake boyfriend process, knowing that Becks was feeling the same thing. This book is clean and great for Teens young and old....more
I picked up Dream Chaser this week due to a recommendation by Lenore over at Celebrity Readers, because while Lenore and I don't always read the sameI picked up Dream Chaser this week due to a recommendation by Lenore over at Celebrity Readers, because while Lenore and I don't always read the same style books....we usually do. As is probably evident by the [lack of] activity on my blog, I've not only been having a difficult time finding moments to read/blog, but I've also found myself in one of those inevitable reading slumps where every book you pick up and start gives you that, 'meh' feeling. I've even been having a difficult time getting into audiobooks recently - and listening to audiobooks while I work is one of my favorite things! Regardless, I think the slump has been broken, because on Saturday November 19th I read not one, but two books in their entirety. Granted, I was also pretty sick and allowed myself to be confined to the couch for the day...but still.
What I Loved: I wouldn't pick up a book about cheerleaders on my own, not because I have something against cheerleaders, but because most of the ones I have picked up have come off so very cliche in the 'cheerleader' personality of the characters. I just couldn't get into them. Dream Chaser was not a cheerleader book, it was more of a theater book. I'm so glad I allowed myself to read past the beginning to discover this. I adore most theater type books.
Willow was also not the typical 'over achiever' character. She WAS an over achiever, apparently single-handedly throwing the cheerleaders into National Championship winner status, and also good enough to be thrown into the leading role of a musical that was already several weeks into practices - so yes, definitely over achiever. However, she struggled with subjects in school, and her self confidence was really pretty low. She was humble and recognized that while she may be good, in both of her activities she realized the important part of being just a part of an entity. She understood the value of practice and hard work, and just work ethic in general.
The chemistry between Willow and Eli is what really had me devouring this book. Their history as best friends and former partners really helped to play into the tension that built between them. I loved their director, Tyson's, little comments regarding this tension, and his role at helping them overcome their past.
Another favorite part is that regardless of how awful Jilly and the rest of Willow's friends were treating her because of her decision to move on from cheerleading, I'm glad that this wasn't a transfer from one group of friends to another, and that there was some healing and understanding that started to happen.
Every time I think that I'm done with this section, I remember something else about the story that I love....Willow's family is AWESOME! I loved their support and understanding. I think that my favorite scene is when they come home and catch Willow and Eli on the couch. ;)
Not So Much: I feel like the gravity of Willow's cheerleading accident was either overplayed at the beginning, or underplayed throughout the book. She could have easily died, and yet so few of the cast of characters of this book seem to really take that into consideration when dealing with Willow about her decisions or fears. I also think that something like that would take you out of the 'game' longer than half a week.
The Verdict: This is everything I could have asked for in a 'sick day' book. It was entertaining, passionate, fun and serious at times. I even shed a couple tears... I'm so glad I picked the book up and started reading almost immediately. This book is clean and perfect for your teens!...more
Teasing Destiny…I can’t remember who recommended this book or why I picked it up, but I did. I will say, however, this is not my typical read. It is nTeasing Destiny…I can’t remember who recommended this book or why I picked it up, but I did. I will say, however, this is not my typical read. It is not a clean read (and therefore will not be reviewed on my blog – because while I’ve been quite for a few months, I do want to continue to maintain a relatively clean, family friendly blog world where I can allow my pre-teens and teenagers to review if they would like).
What I Liked: I love small town, first love romances, and that is probably why I picked up the book to begin with. I enjoyed the attraction between Destiny and JJ. JJ’s constant teasing and Destiny’s sarcasm really helped with this, as it was its own kind of mating dance. But more than our main characters, I loved the matriarch figures in this story. Destiny’s grandma was feisty and tricksy. I totally would have loved to know her in real life. JJ’s mom was just so calm and collected, but she seemed to have that mom-patience worked down to a T. I really wish we could have seen more of them.
Not So Much: While I can see where JJ learned the error of his ways, I feel like he was such a jerk to Destiny. I lost a bit of respect for him that I never really gained back. I would have liked to have seen more of their outside life (the bakery and the training center) played out in the story as well. I kind of felt like we got a lot of face time with JJ and Destiny, which is great – but beyond their tunnel vision things seemed kind of part and partial I guess. The ending (epilogue)…was a little abrupt and almost a bit cliché to me, kind of like we rushed through to give everyone everything…but the timing was crazy.
The Verdict: This made for a quick passionate read. Again, not my norm and not clean. My rating reflects that – I simply got a hold of a book that sucked me into its characters, but really isn’t as ‘my style’ as I’d hoped. ...more
Broken Records is written by two of my favorites; Cassie Mae and Theresa Paoleo, so even before it was released I knew I was going to buy and read it.Broken Records is written by two of my favorites; Cassie Mae and Theresa Paoleo, so even before it was released I knew I was going to buy and read it. Again, I find myself with a book that may not qualify for my blog due to sex and I’m going to be one hundred percent honest and say that I can’t remember if it was more emotional or graphic (I tend to let the emotional slide for the blog, though I always make sure to mention it), it’s been at least a month since I read this book…I’m EXTREMELY behind on my reviews. So I’m playing it safe and leaving this exclusively for Goodreads and Amazon.
What I Loved: The growth of Ethan’s character. He started off as a rich, spoiled playboy of a character, but watching him stop trying to grow into his dad’s shoes and making his own way with this newly inherited business was…well, funny most of the time. I also enjoyed the passion between him and Paige. There was a scene where she said or did something and he looked up from his desk at her…let’s just say I could picture this look exactly ::swoon::…these ladies know how to write chemistry, that is one hundred percent truth.
I also loved Paige, from her first hilarious encounter with Ethan to her strong personality and her inability to stay away from Ethan. I loved her back-story with her ex and best friend, and how it played out through the this book as well. Many times in romances you have books where the entire thing is focused on the two MC’s and a lot of the back-story is just fluff. In this case, I enjoyed what was happening around our characters just as much as I enjoyed the relationship developments
Not So Much: While I feel like Ethan’s complete aversion to hearing music was starting to subside, but it seemed to be such a prominent issue, I wish it would have been flushed out and resolved a bit more. I’m glad it was Paige who started to pull him from it, but it seemed like it could have been an even stronger connection point for them. But maybe this is just me trying to guess what was going to happen and being wrong.
The Verdict: Cassie and Theresa’s ability to write such amazing characters that are so real you think you really know them has always been something that has stood out to me as a reader. I loved seeing these two talents come together and create – bringing both of their strengths to the table. The humor and the romance were just a the right mix in this book, and as always the story is one that I truly enjoyed....more
Every now and then I get it in my mind that I want to read a bit of a thriller. Nothing scary, just something that will keep my on the edge of my seatEvery now and then I get it in my mind that I want to read a bit of a thriller. Nothing scary, just something that will keep my on the edge of my seat, trying to guess what is going to happen. That was what I was imagining when I picked up Through the Lens.
What I Loved: This story did keep me captivated. It starts off with the end…so when it jumps back to the beginning I spent the entire book wondering; who, what, when, where, why? (Yes, I did just list all the W’s…but it’s true, I spent the entire book making hypothesizes).
I really enjoyed all of the characters in this book, which is kind of rare for me. Usually, I have a few I like and a few I don’t, but everyone in this book seem to have their place and played it well. I loved Ethan’s mystery, and Jessa’s new found popularity, Josh’s appeal and Jenna’s jealousy.
Not So Much: I didn’t exactly get the thriller I was hoping for. Yes, I did contemplate the ending from the very beginning, but there was no real ‘danger’ or any thing overly suspenseful about the book until close to the end. It was more of a typical YA with troubled teenagers just learning to “life.” Some of the characters did have a little extra baggage than others, but there wasn’t the cat and mouse game I was hoping for.
The Verdict: Even if it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be, I still loved this book! The characters really make this book, 100%. There is some mystery to it as well, and a lot of different kinds of foreshadowing that keep you guessing the entire book. This book has some mild partying, drinking, and off-scene sex, nothing graphic though. Still upper YA in my opinion.
I received a copy if Through the Lens from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have received no other compensation, other than the joy of reading, for my opinion. ...more
Tammy L Gray has become a pretty consistent 1-Click Author for me, mostly because her stories are filled both with real-life and hope.
What I Loved: SoTammy L Gray has become a pretty consistent 1-Click Author for me, mostly because her stories are filled both with real-life and hope.
What I Loved: So many words out of this novel are nearly the same things that come out of my Pastor’s mouth on a regular basis, a message of being real and genuine as a Christian, and through our daily walk with those who aren’t. She mentions so many hot buttons, such as how Christians are hypocrites (true), gossips (true), sinners (well duh), but she also brings light to the fact that despite these things, there are Christ-followers who are real and genuine. People who struggle on a daily basis to just get it right. How if we are truly “Christ-Followers” we would do as He did, sit at tables with sinners, show them love and compassion and not judgment and rejection. It was also touched upon how Christians have their own “language” using words that are unfamiliar to those who did not grow up in Church. Using these words don’t make us holy, and if they make people uncomfortable or becomes a stumbling block, we need to be aware of it, and just be real. I very much love these mini-messages of being relevant and real.
This story was a sort of an opposites attract type story, but both Asher and Katie had issues. I loved the struggles portrayed from both the lifer-church-attendee, and from someone completely…opposite. It was nice to see the story bring together both stories and the love and truth and healing that came through in different ways.
Of course, I love to see real romance, love and passion coming out in a Christian novel that feel much the same as my own relationship with my husband. I love that Tammy L. Gray does not shy away from passion, but embraces it.
Not So Much: While both Asher and Katie both have their own healing, I felt like this was more Katie’s story. I’m pretty sure this was the intention actually, but I was also interested in seeing more of Asher’s process as well. There was a reconciliation and forgiveness, but I felt like at the beginning of the book he was dealing with many internal struggles that seemed to clear up with a simple lecture from his Dad. I would have loved to have seen it flushed out just a bit more.
At times I did feel like the book was a little long. At some point I kind of felt that Katie’s devastation was abundantly clear and was ready to proceed forward with the story. All these things did happen, it just took a bit longer than I felt was necessary.
The Verdict: I know that there are many of my readers who won’t consider this book because I’ve openly reveal how it’s Christian in nature. That is fine. I do think that this was a very beautiful piece of written art and is perfect for any Christ-Follower who prefer books based on Christians rather than not. I also think anyone who likes clean-reads would love this book as well, regardless of their beliefs. I highly recommend this author because she writes great books of struggle and reconciliation, and of hope. ...more
A book recommended by one of my favorite authors (Cassie Mae), when she posted the pre-buy option on the book, I one-clicked, because well…I trust herA book recommended by one of my favorite authors (Cassie Mae), when she posted the pre-buy option on the book, I one-clicked, because well…I trust her. And she didn’t steer me wrong.
What I Loved: From the onset, I could tell I was going to love this book. Rainbow was such a fun, bright, outgoing and charismatic character, but she had a thirst of adventure and danger, a natural thrill seeker. Perhaps it was because she trying to live up to her name, or perhaps she would have always been that way – but she was a force to be reckoned with, she’s even bright in her clothing and hair color choices. Her three best friends, all boys, are probably all just a little in love with her while at the same time have no idea what to do with her.
When tragedy strikes (come-on, not a spoiler, you can tell from the blurb!) Rain changes too. She is dark and depressed. I think the take-away from her transformation is the fact that she feels guilty and responsible, and turns in on herself, shutting her friends and the world out.
The friendship between the characters is one that I think everyone wishes they had, or reminds them of one that they did or do have. Friends how love each other, and get into trouble with each other and are just basically a single unit. Reading the first couple chapters, I smiled madly at the group and their bond. I love how this bond plays out and grows into something else as the story continues to move forward.
Not So Much: I mentioned that I loved Rainbows character, but I will say she was as little bit cliché in her outward appearance. A Rain clothes that were not though about, but just thrown together in a mismatch array and a hair color that had faded, washed out and grown out probably would have been a better depiction, however I loved the imagery so I didn’t let it affect me too much.
I’m always wanting some kind of redeeming factor for bad parents, and I wished the same for Rainbow and her dad. But no, he was a drunk slob who barely served an purpose in the story at all.
The Verdict: This is not my favorite read of the year, but I really did enjoy it. I really would love to see more people get their hands on this book! While it’s dealt out in extremes, there is just enough happiness and excitement to balance out the sad. This is important to me, because I don’t typically seek out books that are overly sad. This is a good YA book, mostly clean....more
Two teenagers dealing with more baggage than any typical teenager would carry, both dealing with their hardships in their own way – finding each otherTwo teenagers dealing with more baggage than any typical teenager would carry, both dealing with their hardships in their own way – finding each other in the process. Add football, mean girls and good friends, and you’ve got a pretty decent YA.
What I Loved: The chemistry between West and Maggie was off the charts hot. And I knew it would be from the moment I hit play. West is an intense character, a bit more so than I am used to finding in a YA book. He’s a bit broody, and in some way a bit stereo-typical too (but he makes up for that eventually). I do love how much he loves and respects his family though, that sort of helped me through the first few chapters at least.
Maggie isn’t complicated at all, she is very much a typical teenage girl, she just doesn’t really talk. She is very caring and understanding of people around her, even toward her cousin and Aunt and Uncle. Mostly, I love how she is there for West and helps him deal.
I kind of fell in love with West, and Brady (Maggie’s cousin) and the rest of their circle of friends. Sometimes it’s the friend dynamic that really makes a book a little extra special to me.
Not So Much: This book started to feel long toward the end. Typically when you read a book there is a pretty clear arc in the story line, you reach a climax and things start to come back down. This book seemed to be more of a linear progression. There was progress made, for sure. The characters had issues they all worked through and there was a resolution, however there never seemed to be this grand moment/turning point in the book. I don’t think this is “wrong” but I do think that it might be why it felt a bit long after a while. More than once I thought things were getting ready to wrap up in the story (I was listening via Audio, and I don’t exactly watch the progress on where I am in the book) but then something more would start happening, and I would be like, ‘oh, we’re going to do this now…’
I already mentioned Maggie was caring and understanding and just had a good personality in general, however sometimes she came off as a pushover, while other times she stood her ground, then the next minute she was cowering. I get she’s a complicated person with a very, very complicated recent past, however I kind of felt like her character was a little inconsistent.
So the biggest issue in this book for me is a spoiler. I’m going to go ahead and …spoil…if you will, but you must scroll past the rest of the review to read it.
The Verdict: I don’t even remember what made me pick up this book. I think I saw a promotion for the next book in the series – and decided to check the books out. I really did enjoy most of the story, I enjoyed the characters a lot. This book, however, is not clean. There is sex, and while it’s not overly descriptive, it is descriptive enough. There is a lot of foul language as well. So, not my typical read – but I did enjoy it otherwise.
WARNING, SPOILER AHEAD…
(view spoiler)[ So my biggest upset in this whole book is that West is extremely overprotective, and possessive. At some point Maggie realizes how unhealthy this is – his reliance on her to get through his day, and the way he treats anyone who wants to talk or even look at her. Even her own cousin. While a little growling and marking of the territory (not literally…kind of) is fine, he does go over the line. And as I said, Maggie realizes it, and she does the right thing and asks for a little distance. The trouble is she waits less than a day before she takes his confession of love and runs with it. She takes him back in less.than.a.day. Yes, part of what she was worried about was that he didn’t really love her, he’d just become dependent on her…but she mentioned how over-bearing he was. He had no time to prove that he realized he was wrong. In fact, in the one conversation they had about it, he basically stated that he WASN’T going to change. So, I still think this is unhealthy. It was kind of worse when I believe in the epilogue Maggie indicated that her father was the same way with her mother. This is a classic thing that happens in families, we carry on a tradition of abuse, or fall into the same pattern as our parents. Now, I WANTED things to work out for Maggie and West, and am happy that they ended up together…but once that issue was addressed and touched on in the book, I really felt like it needed more time and more flushing out to create a healthy relationship. So, now I’m sitting over here a concerned/worried mother to these fictional teenage book characters…. (hide spoiler)]...more
It was the blurb of this book that drew me to it, very well written blurb that sort of draws you in and makes you ask questions. This book falls rightIt was the blurb of this book that drew me to it, very well written blurb that sort of draws you in and makes you ask questions. This book falls right in line with a paranormal/fantasy mixed with reality that is pretty popular now, and I’m always intrigued by them.
What I Loved: I really enjoyed the world building in this book. The story had a good progressive movement, while there is clearly something otherworldly going on, the first few chapters only give you enough to make you want to know more. Even as things are revealed, it’s not all at once, but continues to be done at a slow place. The setting of Scotland is always enjoyable in my opinion, and I’m always down with a good accent (unfortunately this wasn’t via audiobook this time! ;) ) I found Maren’s character enjoyable, as she was both flawed and strong. She was dealing with some pretty heavy grief, but always was not unwilling to find out more and learn about why her parents were previously estranged from her grandparents. The Illuminate aspect of the book was just sort of intriguing all on its own…apparently my husband is rubbing off on me.
Not So Much: While I loved his Scottish accent and good looks, Gavin’s character was a little too hot to cold to mega-hot jumping into this thing with both feet. It was a bit jarring I think. And then there was the mysterious Graham, who I think needed a lot more play time in the book to establish his obsession with Maren.
I also felt like there were too many individual story-lines happening in this book. We have the arc that had to do with Maren’s mother's journal, and this huge chunk of the novel dedicated to its mysteries, and then there were some end chapters dealing with the Maren/Gavin/Graham concept, in it’s own mini-story arc. It made the book feel a little segmented I guess. This is a series, and I wonder if it would have better played out if one of these story arcs was extended beyond this book and elaborated on (I already said more time could have been given to Graham’s character, so naturally I’m thinking the latter).
The Verdict: In all this was a great start to a series, one that I think will intrigue many! It was a clean book, perfect for the YA audience!
I received a copy if Toward a Secret Sky from Blink in exchange for an honest review. I have received no other compensation, other than the joy of reading, for my opinion. ...more
A beautiful cover, a blurb that boasts a modern Cinderella story; is it any surprise that I was drawn to It Started With Goodbye right away?
What I LA beautiful cover, a blurb that boasts a modern Cinderella story; is it any surprise that I was drawn to It Started With Goodbye right away?
What I Loved: I adore the fact that, for the first time since Cinder and Ella (yet, another Cinderella story) I was sucked into a story so deeply that it took me less than 24 hours to read it. ...well, it isn't a 500 page book, so there's that, but you get my point. It feels like it's been a while since I was plunged into a book like that.
I enjoyed Tatum's character a lot, and watching how she was going to handle and come through her particular predicament. She was being blamed for something that wasn't her fault, and being punished rather harshly at that. I enjoyed how she came up with ways of overcoming this punishment, sometimes with just a positive attitude. Then even when there were times when she was being rebellious, she still managed to be honorable in her thoughts, and ultimately her actions as well. It made me like her that much more.
Of course there has to be a Prince Charming! True to the Cinderella story, we don't really 'see' him too much, but I did enjoy how their relationship formed and bloomed throughout the story.
Throughout the book there was an overlying theme of misconceptions and hurts - you can trace it back through several of the characters. It was nice to see how some of these things played out and when the truth was revealed or the characters let go of their own hurt to view things from another perspective, things were made right.
Not So Much: I think one of the things I wish would have worked out a bit differently was the end when Tatum finally got to really talk to her parents. I felt like this was glossed over a bit. There seemed to be a lot of long lasting hurt feelings, however only the surface was scratched on the depth of the rejection and lonliness that Tate was going through.
The Verdict: It is always fun to read modernized fairytales. They are predictable, of course, but I love being swept up into the story while at the same time knowing how things are probably going to end anyway. It Started With Goodbye had me hooked from the very beginning. I recommend this book for teenager of all ages, and again I have suggested to my 11 year old daughter that she may like the book - so you know it's clean!
I received a copy if It Started With Goodbye from Blink in exchange for an honest review. I have received no other compensation, other than the joy of reading, for my opinion. ...more
There is just something that draws me to these ‘brother’s best friend’ novels, I love the kind of taboo, ‘I’m not supposed to like you,’ scenario, andThere is just something that draws me to these ‘brother’s best friend’ novels, I love the kind of taboo, ‘I’m not supposed to like you,’ scenario, and usually it’s mixed with having known said best friend for many years. They are always pretty sweet. The cover of Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up is also eye catching – so it’s no wonder I decided it was a good use of an Audible credit.
What I Loved: Honestly, I really loved the relationship between Bianca, and her brother. They were the perfect mix of that annoying relationship most siblings have, and family who love and support one another. Even though there were hints of it, there wasn’t really a lot of “I’m big brother, stay away from sister” kind of thing going on, until it became apparently necessary. Bianca’s friends were pretty awesome too, they were a great group of friends who knew each other inside and out, the kind of friends I dreamed of having when I was in High School myself.
Bianca was actually a solid character, with the normal flaws you would find with a typical 15 year old High Schooler. She had her own mind, and knew what things in her life were important. As she was dating Dante, she would often say things like, “you expect me to choose you over my friends of xx years?” Though she was trapped in the idea of having her first boyfriend, someone whom girls fell over themselves to date – she did have some reasoning skills. I do think that this book did a good job of showing how just a few words or actions can open you up to manipulation, and worse, how easily girls can be manipulated. Especially when it comes to things like self esteem, just a few words can cause many girls to doubt themselves. I think this is real, and the book does serve as a good warning against that.
Not So Much: I really didn’t care for the narrator of this story. Bianca and her friends were typical high schoolers, and used slang that is popular now, however while I was listening to the book, they (Bianca especially) came off as extremely whiney. As I think back on the book, I’m really not sure that this was the author’s intention…and as a mother, I CAN.NOT.STAND the whining voice! It took me an extra long time to listen to this book, and I nearly gave up on it because of the narration. That would have been unfortunate, because I did love how this story wrapped up.
The Verdict: I do not recommend the Audiobook of Will the Real Prince Charming Please Stand Up, however I do recommend reading it. This is very age appropriate, and can actually help empower girls who might find themselves stuck in a manipulative relationship see things from a different perspective. Maybe. The book is clean. ...more