It's no exaggeration to say that this is the must-read book of the year. Whether you've got to beg, borrow or steal a copy, I implore you to get your...moreIt's no exaggeration to say that this is the must-read book of the year. Whether you've got to beg, borrow or steal a copy, I implore you to get your hands on it. Utterly tense, exciting and gripping, this book will keep you up all night reading, as well as the night after that when you'll be re-reading it all over again.
The opening chapters of the story were superb and provided a stunning start to a book which was consistently brilliant from start to finish. The plot centres on Em and Finn who must travel back in time to stop a catastrophic event from occurring. Guided by a note which Em discovers, she sets out to complete the hardest challenge she will ever face, attempting to avert tragedy in the process.
Time-travel is something which I love but it can often be confusing with time frames changing rapidly and characters jumping backwards and forwards throughout the story. In 'All Our Yesterdays' the time travel element of the story is executed brilliantly. Concentration is needed to keep the two strands of the plot separate but the reward is well worth it. There are no plot holes, no questions left unanswered and everything ultimately makes perfect sense to the reader by the end of the book.
This is not a straight-forward romantic novel but it features a romance which is not limited by the bounds of time. It's clear from the start that Em and Finn have been bonded together by their shared traumatic experiences and this links them in a way like no other could. While Em takes the leading role in the book, Finn is always there by her side. He's her strength when she doesn't know if she can go on and he's her other half, the one who understands her and loves her for the person she is and was.
Although compared to 'The Hunger Games' and 'The Time Traveller's Wife' which are two of my favourite books, these pale in comparison to 'All Our Yesterdays' which was truly amazing and extraordinary and which I'm already certain will be the best book I'll read this year. Featuring fierce characters, a plot which twists and turns through time, romance and a mission with life and death at stake, it delivered everything I want in a book. It had me on the edge of my seat, it made me smile, laugh and cry and at times it stopped my heart.
Cristin Terrill may be the new kid on the block, but she's certainly made her mark on the YA market with this tremendous debut novel. 'All Our Yesterdays' left me breathless and in awe of it's sheer brilliance. If you only read one book this year, make sure it's this one. (less)
'Fallen Too Far' was one of the best books I've read this year so when I finally got my hands on the sequel 'Never Too Far' I didn't hesitate to put m...more'Fallen Too Far' was one of the best books I've read this year so when I finally got my hands on the sequel 'Never Too Far' I didn't hesitate to put my current read aside and pick up this one instead. I find myself saying the same things about Abbi Glines's books again and again but her stories just blow me away and I can't get enough of her writing. This is yet another five star read which is packed full of drama, angst and heartbreak.
I love the fact that the book has a dual narrative so we get to finally hear things from Rush's perspective. He is absolutely head over heels in love with Blaire but after making a big mistake he has to try and make things up to her and convince her that he won't always put his family before her. I wasn't completely sold on the character of Rush the first time around but he won me over with his obvious determination to step up and make things right, as well as the way in which when Blaire's around (and even when she isn't) she's the only person he can think about. She drives him crazy, in a good way and she seems to have the ability to always bring the best out in him.
I also adored the way in which he is super protective about Blaire and wants to look after her and keep her safe. He gets possessive and jealous when she is around other men but I think that's sweet and is one of his qualities which is very attractive. I don't want to give anything away but he also finally makes clear his intentions towards her and one particular chapter in the book just made me melt into a puddle.
As well as the main couple, Woods has suddenly become one of my favourite characters in the series. I hope we get to see even more of him in the future. I also thought that Bethy and Jace's relationship was really sweet and I would quite like to see a story just about them as well.
Hot, sexy and romantic with scenes to get you extremely hot under the collar, Abbi Glines has done it yet again with this amazing story about a couple who are destined to be together. I hope they get the happy ending they deserve in the final instalment 'Forever Too Far'. (less)
I'm always excited to read a new Abbi Glines book and I couldn't wait to start this one as soon as I got my hands on it. I stayed up late to finish it...moreI'm always excited to read a new Abbi Glines book and I couldn't wait to start this one as soon as I got my hands on it. I stayed up late to finish it because it was so good I couldn't possibly put it down!
Blaire's mother has died so she reluctantly goes to live on a temporary basis with her father and his new family. Once there she meets her step-brother Rush with who she shares an instant connection. I really liked Blaire. She's a small town girl and has devoted her teenage years to caring for her sick mother. She's kind and compassionate and has a big heart. She is determined to get by on her own terms and doesn't want anyone to think she's a freeloader like her father. She soon gets a job at the local country club and isn't afraid to work hard if it means paying her own way. She sticks to her principles which I admired and generally tries to be positive about things even when things get rough.
It took me a lot longer to warm to Rush which I was surprised about because I normally fall head over heels for Abbi Glines male leads. My immediate impression of him was that he was quite arrogant and unfeeling and a bit of a spoilt, rich kid. He gradually grew on me but I still think he needs to redeem himself and luckily, as this is only the first book in the series, there's still plenty of time for him to win me over.
There are some pretty steamy scenes in the book but also some really tender moments between Rush and Blaire who seem to share the same magnetic pull to each other. That's one of the reasons why the ending was quite a shock and completely unexpected. I need to know what's going to happen next...immediately!
There were lots of great secondary characters in the story too. I would love to know more about Woods and Grant and I liked Bethy who Blaire takes under her wing and tries to help get back on the right path.
I can't get enough of Abbi Glines's books. She really can't write them fast enough for me. They are sooo good! The second book in the series is 'Never Too Far' and I have a feeling there will be plenty more twists and turns in the journey of Rush and Blaire before they hopefully get there happy ever after. (less)
'The Elites' is 23 year old Natasha Ngan's first book and is a hugely impressive debut. I'd heard a lot of buzz about it prior to publication so I cou...more'The Elites' is 23 year old Natasha Ngan's first book and is a hugely impressive debut. I'd heard a lot of buzz about it prior to publication so I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and delve into the incredible world that Natasha has created.
The story takes place against the backdrop of the city of Neo-Babel, which is still standing after the wars and destruction that destroyed everything else around them. It features two unusual characters Silver and Butterfly who are two of The Elites, chosen to protect the city because of their exceptional DNA. The Elites are the fastest, the most intelligent and the most adept and it's a role that carries great prestige and honour. After a series of events and the abduction of Silver's parents, the two friends discover a dangerous truth about Neo-Babel that changes their whole future and makes them question everything they have always believed in.
I loved the friendship between Silver and Butterfly. I could tell immediately that they would always look out for each other and that really came across in the story when they each find themselves in some difficult situations. Their relationship is pivotal to the book but does begin to evolve half-way through. Personally, I wasn't too keen on this but I may still change my mind.
This book has been compared to 'The Hunger Games' but I actually think it's very different to that series. I would say it leans more heavily towards the fantasy genre. It has an unusual cast of characters, a unique backdrop and a story with true heart, which all combine to make this an amazing read. There is no doubt in my mind that this is a stunning debut that I'm sure readers will adore. (less)
Just when I thought that Abbi Glines's books couldn't get any better, I read 'While It Lasts' and was blown away. Several days later and I'm still obs...moreJust when I thought that Abbi Glines's books couldn't get any better, I read 'While It Lasts' and was blown away. Several days later and I'm still obsessing about it and can't wait to read it again. I love the fact that it connects up several of the characters from earlier books in the Sea Breeze series, although the focus is mainly on the romance between Cage and Eva.
Unlike a lot of people I don't normally fall for the bad boy in books but I was intrigued from the start by the gorgeous Cage York. He has a reputation as a ladies man and a womaniser but then he goes and falls for farmer's daughter Eva and everything changes. There were hints in 'Because of Low' that there could be a softer side to Cage's character but this aspect of his personality is developed much further in the story. When he discovers real love for the first time, it changes his perspective completely. He's always had girls throwing themselves at him but now there's only one girl that he wants. Don't get me wrong, he still likes to talk dirty, flirt and show off his very muscled chest, but as he gradually opens himself up to Eva, a lot is revealed about why he is the way he is. There's also a warmth about him that is genuinely attractive and I loved the way he is so protective towards Eva.
What I particularly loved about the story was the fact that when I was reading it, I was completely swept away from reality and ended up totally engrossed in the characters' lives. I enjoy realism in books but sometimes I just want a break from real life and 'While It Lasts' delivered that for me.
Even steamier than Abbi's previous books, you will need to go and cool off after reading this one. It certainly left me rather hot and bothered. Abbi Glines writes such fantastic male characters that you really wish they weren't only fictional!
Next up for me is the fourth title in the series 'Just For Now' which features bad-boy Preston and Marcus's younger sister Amanda. (less)
This is the first book in the Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines. I've actually already read all of the other titles so it was slightly strange going ba...moreThis is the first book in the Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines. I've actually already read all of the other titles so it was slightly strange going back to the beginning with this one. It didn't really matter too much because the stories can be read out of order but it was interesting to see how Abbi's writing has changed as the series has progressed.
'Breathe' follows local girl Sadie who goes to work in rock star Jax Stone's house for the summer. She has grown up having to be ultra responsible with a single parent mother who is now pregnant and dependant on Sadie to look after them and earn some money. I enjoyed seeing Jax and Sadie's burgeoning romance unfold. He seems to be his true self when he's around her and while her innocence is just what he needs, she benefits from some of his experience too. One of the things I love about Abbi Gline's couples is the way in which they really do seem to complete each other. Separately they are still great individuals but together they look like they can achieve anything.
I also love seeing how two people who seem like polar opposites and come from very different social circles can be brought together. Jax may be a famous and ridiculously wealthy music star who appears to have everything he could ever want, but when he meets Sadie everything else fades away and to him, she is the only thing that matters.
I am a humongous fan of Abbi Glines and I will read literally anything she writes. I hope there are many more of her books still to come because for stories with lashings of romance, heart and soul there's only one author who can deliver. (less)
It may only be January but 'The Vincent Boys' is the hottest book of 2013. If you're trying to banish those winter blues then I would recommend pickin...moreIt may only be January but 'The Vincent Boys' is the hottest book of 2013. If you're trying to banish those winter blues then I would recommend picking up this title immediately. Already a hugely successful e-book, it is finally available in print fomat in the UK and is set to get readers pretty hot under the collar. There's been a huge amount of buzz around this book and I've read lots of glowing reviews from fellow bloggers, so I had it on pre-order and as soon as it arrived I couldn't wait to start reading.
The story centres around preacher's daughter Ashton, whose boyfriend Sawyer has gone out of town for part of the summer. In his absence Ash starts getting close to Beau, who a long time ago was her childhood best friend but who also happens to be Sawyer's cousin. I absolutely adored Beau from the start! His southern mannerisms and the way he's so protective and caring toward Ash, plus of course that bad boy exterior, made me fall for him completely. He's strong and tough and not the type of person you would want to get on the wrong side of, but when he is around Ash he turns into the sweetest guy and it was obvious from the start that he cared deeply about her. I loved the fact that he really found it hard to control himself when they are together but he tries to do so anyway to protect her.
I would perhaps have liked to have seen Ash stand up for herself a little more throughout the book, rather than wait for either Beau or Sawyer to defend her, but she appears quite low on self-esteem. Because of this, I enjoyed the fact that she gradually began to become her own person rather than the being someone that everyone else thought she should be. By the end of the book she's undergone quite a transformation.
If you like a good romance, then you will love 'The Vincent Boys' which gets pretty steamy at times. This book falls into the New Adult genre which has taken the book world by storm and therefore includes a lot more sexual content and swearing. Personally, I found this refreshing and realistic and a nice change from stories which tend to shy away from this.
I was totally hooked on both of the delicious Vincent boys and am dying for more! This title had everything I want and look for in a book and I can't wait to read it again. Next up, is 'The Vincent Brothers' which is set to focus on Sawyer and Ashton's cousin Lana. (less)
This is one of my favourite books of the year so far and a brilliant addition to the New Adult genre. Sweet, funny and romantic, I was totally swept a...moreThis is one of my favourite books of the year so far and a brilliant addition to the New Adult genre. Sweet, funny and romantic, I was totally swept away by the story. I'm planning a re-read very soon so that I can enjoy 'Losing It' all over again.
The plot centres around 22 year old Bliss Edwards who has decided that it's high time she stopped being a virgin and finally had sex. She sets out to find an uncomplicated guy who she can do the deed with but on a night out with one of her best friends, she meets a handsome British guy in a bar who she has unbelievable chemistry with. The only problem is that Garrick turns out to be Bliss's new theatre professor and that's where things start getting a whole lot more complicated than she bargained for.
I've read a lot of New Adult books lately and quite often they deal with some pretty heavy themes. I loved this book because it was just a feel-good read from start to finish. Bliss gets herself into some quite unusual situations at times and it was funny watching her attempt to extricate herself from them. She's not perfect and she sometimes makes the wrong decisions, but she is a hugely appealing character who I really loved. As for Garrick, wow! I defy you not to fall head over heels for him! He has a sexy British accent, he reads Shakespeare, he says all the right things at the right time and he's quite in touch with his feelings. He's my perfect guy! I enjoyed seeing how the relationship between the two of them developed and I was rooting for them the whole way through.
I liked the setting of the story too, which took place mainly at Bliss's college where she is a theatre major. There were some interesting behind the scenes insights into the theatre world and I thought it was clever how some of the plays they were rehearsing mirrored what was happening with Bliss's own emotions.
The ending could not have been more perfect and left me with a huge smile on my face and a fuzzy warm feeling inside. I couldn't have asked for more and I think it delivered everything that fans of the story would have been hoping for!
'Losing It' is one of my top books of 2013 and is a 5 star read! It has wonderful characters, a sizzling romance, a brilliant plot and so many memorable moments that it would be hard to pick a favourite. I'm hugely impressed by the fact that this is Cora Carmack's debut novel, as I adored her easy writing style. I'm so looking forward to reading her next book 'Faking It' which follows Bliss's friend Cade. I will also be keeping my eyes open for literally anything else she writes in the future as I know already I'll want to read it.
Abbi Glines delivers another dose of Sea Breeze in the fourth book in the series. This time around it's the turn of bad boy Preston Drake to find out...moreAbbi Glines delivers another dose of Sea Breeze in the fourth book in the series. This time around it's the turn of bad boy Preston Drake to find out that true love may not be so impossible after all. Although I knew a little about Preston before starting his story, namely that he is the best friend of Marcus Hardy and seems to have a different female hanging off his arm every night, I didn't know much about the real Preston and who he is underneath his confident exterior. I love the fact that Abbi Glines can take a character who on the surface may appear to be slightly one-dimensional and make you stop and think twice about them. By the end of the book, he'd really grown on me and I'd changed my opinion about him completely.
The reason why Preston behaves the way he does can be partly traced back to his family who we finally get to see. The scenes which he shared with his younger brothers and sister were some of my favourite in the book and I like the way that these chapters showcased the caring and compassionate side of him. He has had to be responsible for their welfare because his mother is unfit to look after them and therefore he tries to be both brother and father to them.
There were subtle hints in 'While It Lasts' that something may have been brewing between Preston and Marcus's younger sister Amanda. She has had a huge crush on him for what seems like forever but doesn't think he could ever be interested in her properly because she doesn't fit the mould of the type of girl that usually turns his head. I have to say that while I adored Willow and Eva from the start, I wasn't quite so keen on Amanda. I felt like it took me a long time to see the compassionate side of her and not just respond to her as the little sister who needs looking after.
I would never have thought that Preston and Amanda would make a good match but again Abbi Glines works her magic and turns their relationship into a budding romance which was all kinds of wonderful. He opens up to her about his past and his family and she in turn is there when he needs her the most. I thought they became a great couple who genuinely bring the best out in each other.
This was yet another fabulous instalment of a series which has become a huge favourite of mine. I adore the romance and the characters and the fact that I can get completely lost in these books. I believe that there will be another story to come and I can't wait because I know already that I'm going to love it! (less)
'Through to You' is the debut novel of author Emily Hainsworth. The idea for the book is utterly brilliant and incredibly clever. It deals with a boy...more'Through to You' is the debut novel of author Emily Hainsworth. The idea for the book is utterly brilliant and incredibly clever. It deals with a boy whose girlfriend has died in a car accident. Cam is devastated at the loss and is struggling to go on with his life without her when he discovers that there is a parallel world where she still exists.
I absolutely loved the concept for 'Through to You'. I was fascinated by the thought that there could be other realities out there. I mean who wouldn't want to know what their alternative life could be like. This discovery provides a lifeline for Cam who finds out that in this other reality, his girlfriend Viv is still alive and well and he can see her, talk to her and touch her. Things however, don't all seem to be as he is expecting and soon secrets are unravelled and revelations revealed which change everything.
The story started quite slowly with the first part focusing on Cam's grief and the downward spiral he is on since losing Viv, who was like his other half. The pace picked up quite a bit in the middle and there was a mind-blowing twist at the end which I loved. If you do struggle at the start with how slow and somewhat confusing the book initially is, then I would advise you to persevere because otherwise you will miss what turns out to be a brilliant read.
I enjoyed the fact that the book had a male narrator and Cam's voice came across clearly and distinctly, making him an appealing figure. He shows real growth throughout as he tries to rebuild his life and makes some tough decisions about his future. Quite often, I don't get on well with books which provide a male point of view, but this was an exception because Cam is such a great character.
I really don't want to say too much about the plot or the characters because this is definitely the type of book that you want to read without having been spoiled in advance. There are twists and turns and moments of complete surprise which combine to make this a fabulous story and a top read! (less)
I was initially attracted to this book because it was described as a cross between Romeo and Juliet and the X-Men with a twist. The twist being that i...moreI was initially attracted to this book because it was described as a cross between Romeo and Juliet and the X-Men with a twist. The twist being that it is set in Manhattan, but a Manhattan unlike anything you've ever seen before. The Rose family rules over the population with an iron fist but rebel mystics lie in wait beneath the city, preparing to seize power. An alliance is being formed between two influential families thanks to the future marriage of Aria Rose to Thomas Foster, the only problem being that Aria has had an accident and can no longer remember who Thomas is and why she ever loved him.
When this book arrived I couldn't wait to pick it up but when I started reading I thought that it was a little slow to get going and I wasn't sure if I was going to like it judging from some of the unusual language and turns of phrase used. However, I needed have worried because as soon as the main character Aria met rebel mystic Hunter, I was absolutely hooked. From then on I raced through the story and found it impossible to put down.
The relationship between Aria and Hunter was definitely one of my favourite things about the book. All the scenes between the two of them were so sweet and adorable. I loved the way he was so protective of her and the fact that everything he does is designed to keep her safe. As the story progresses she begins to learn more about him, as does the reader and everything I discovered only made him more appealing. Just like Romeo and Juliet some of their meetings take place outside of her bedroom window where there are plenty of opportunities to whisper sweet nothings to each other!
I enjoyed the fact that the author has woven into the story elements of one of my favourite plays of all time. There's the warring families who are supposedly to be reunited by true love, the starcrossed lovers, the hero and his best friend and the go-between servant who tries to being the young lovers together. It is ingenious and clever and the story was extremely engaging. It just kept getting better and better as I read on.
I was also impressed that although the book is written by a male author, he has managed to capture brilliantly the female voice of the main character, Aria. I couldn't wait to see how she was going to unravel the truth about what had happened to her and when she did, I was intrigued to see which direction she would decide to take next.
Mystical, magical, adventurous and romantic, I loved it! I will definitely be adding this book to my keeper shelf and I'm itching to get my hands on the sequel 'Renegrade Heart' which is set for a summer 2013 release date. (less)
One of my favourite debut's last year was 'The Hunt' by Andrew Fukuda; a thrilling tale of vampire-like creatures hunting down the last remaining huma...moreOne of my favourite debut's last year was 'The Hunt' by Andrew Fukuda; a thrilling tale of vampire-like creatures hunting down the last remaining humans or hepers as they are known, to satisfy their ravenous blood-lust. I've been counting down the days until the sequel, so when this book finally arrived in my hands, you can bet I couldn't wait to pick it up and get stuck in.
The story begins almost immediately after the events of the previous instalment. Gene is on the run from the Heper Institute, along with Sissy and the other boys. Having narrowly escaped with their lives, they make their way down the river, seeking the sanctuary that the Scientist promised them was out there. Their journey is not an easy one however, as they are still being hunted and may be in danger of swapping one prison for another.
There is a real sense of trepidation and fear which emanates from the pages of the book. Gene and co are living on a knife edge and every decision they make is vital. What they choose to do may just be the difference between life and death. I was terrified for them most of the way through the story, as danger seems to dog their every step. Fukuda keeps the pace high and the tension ratched up. So much so that there were very few chapters where I could take a breather from the terrible events that occur. I found this title absolutely addictive reading and so exciting!
When they finally make it to a place called The Mission it looks like their struggle might be over at last. But things don't seem quite right in their new home as they eventually begin to find out. I honestly didn't think that Andrew Fukuda could come up with anything worse than they had already faced but fresh horrors presented themselves which had me on the edge of my seat. The writing is vivid and descriptive and completely gripping. I was both shocked and horrified at times but also immersed entirely in the incredible world set before me.
Inventive and imaginative, with top notch storytelling and an unbelievably exciting plot, 'The Prey' is a book not to be missed. I'm already checking off the days until the final part of the trilogy is published in Autumn 2013. (less)
'Easy' is an amazing book which made me laugh, smile and cry. I could hardly see the words on the page at the end because I was crying so much. An emo...more'Easy' is an amazing book which made me laugh, smile and cry. I could hardly see the words on the page at the end because I was crying so much. An emotional and heart stopping read, it exceeded all of my expectations and was impossible to put down.
Tammara Webber hasn't shied away from dealing with some quite heavy subjects, the main one being rape and a woman's right to say no. The story starts with the main character Jacqueline being assaulted and nearly raped in a campus car park and this sets up her first meeting with the man that rescued her, Lucas. I wasn't prepared for the book to launch so quickly into such a difficult scene to read, but I applaud Webber for writing so brilliantly and sensitively about a topic such as this.
As Jacqueline begins to come to terms with what happened to her, she is also getting over her break-up with her boyfriend Kennedy, as well as being attracted to Lucas and craving to know more about him. I liked Jacqueline a lot and warmed to her more as the story progressed. I thought she might not be able to deal with things after the attack but she proves to be a strong person who still gets on with her life. She enrols in self-defence classes with her friend Erin and takes steps to ensure that she never feels that vulnerable again.
I loved her developing relationship with Lucas, who happens to be both hot and mysterious. He doesn't reveal a huge amount about himself and is very guarded when it comes to his personal life but Jacqueline always feels safe around him and he is incredibly gentle with her. I'm not normally a fan of tattoos, piercings and long hair but for Lucas I was willing to make the exception! There are some great moments between the two of them as their romance blossoms and they each begin to open up with the other person and express their true feelings.
The ending was totally gut wrenching and really made me cry but it was brilliantly written and fitted perfectly with the story. I loved 'Easy' and can't wait to read more by such a talented author. (less)
'Where You Are' is the second book in the Between the Lines series by Tammara Webber. I ended up loving it even more than the first one because the fo...more'Where You Are' is the second book in the Between the Lines series by Tammara Webber. I ended up loving it even more than the first one because the focus was heavily on the romance between Emma and Graham. Because they are now giving it a go as a couple there are lots of lovely romantic scenes between them and there's no doubting their feelings for each other.
There are four different narrative points of view incorporated into the story: Emma and Graham, plus Brooke and Reid. I will admit that the latter two characters are definitely not amongst my favourites in the series. This time, they are scheming to break-up the happy couple but I can't help thinking they would be much happier if they just got back together themselves. Although Reid has grown on me a tiny bit and there could be hope for him in the future, I disliked Brooke straight-away and she definitely gets to show her true colours. I was glad to find out more about their shared past but I did find myself skimming past their sections of the book quite quickly because I was desperate to get back to Emma and Graham's lives.
Please someone tell me where I can find a guy out there like Graham! He is sweet, kind, mature for his age and utterly, utterly adorable. I loved him even more in this instalment because he expresses his feelings for Emma in such a way that I felt weak at the knees. The scenes with them together were my favourite in the book and I like the fact that he is always honest and truthful with her about what's going on in his life and how he feels about her. By the end she's left in no doubt at all.
The ending was brilliant but the whole book was such an enjoyable read and so good that it was hard to put down. The next book in the series is called 'Good For You' and I have a feeling will focus more on Reid. I really hope that he can finally redeem himself and prove that he's not such a bad guy after all. (less)
A few weeks ago I read 'Easy' by Tammara Webber and was completely blown-away by it. I was therefore very excited to discover that Penguin are publish...moreA few weeks ago I read 'Easy' by Tammara Webber and was completely blown-away by it. I was therefore very excited to discover that Penguin are publishing more of her books in the UK, including the Between the Lines series. The first installment focuses on Emma and Reid who are both starring in a modern adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice', set in a high school. Cast in the two lead roles, they are thrown together on the movie set. It looks like life could be mirroring art when Reid sets his sights on Emma but her head may already have been turned by someone else.
The story is told with a dual narrative, providing insights into the lives of both Emma and Reid. I have to say that I really wasn't a big fan of Reid's at all. I'm still not sure if I was supposed to have warmed to him by the end of the book or not, but I just found him quite obnoxious and extremely arrogant. Because he has heaps of screaming female fans literally falling at his feet, he is very self-confident and thinks that he can have anything he wants, including Emma. There is a twist regarding his character which is revealed near the end of the story but even that wasn't enough to make me change my mind about him.
The other central male figure in the book is Graham, who is also an actor in the film. My reaction to him was almost the opposite to how I felt about Reid. Graham came across as kind, caring and sensitive. He and Emma get on really well and have a strong connection from the start. He is older than some of the others on the set but he always seems to do and say the right thing and he has real depth and intelligence. I was rooting for him and Emma the whole way through because they seemed a much, much better match.
I loved the setting for the story and finding out more about the process of film-making. Interspersed throughout are pages of dialogue from the characters' scripts and this was also a good addition. Behind the scenes emotions run riot as jealousy, love, hatred and despair all come to the fore. There are also two really unexpected revelations at the end, which set things up nicely for the next book in the series.
'Between the Lines' was very different to 'Easy' because the tone of the whole book was much lighter. The story however was still brilliant and I'm excited to find out what is going to happen next. (less)