Although I enjoyed the story the title is a little off putting and doesn't gel with the story. The plot has a lot more going for it than just the raunAlthough I enjoyed the story the title is a little off putting and doesn't gel with the story. The plot has a lot more going for it than just the raunchy times. The characters really stood out the only downside was the plot didn't really flow and was disjointed in its delivery. I'm looking forward to seeing the author develop :)...more
This is my first Rachel Van Dyken book and I can’t believe I missed this series. Although it is the third book in the series it is possible to read itThis is my first Rachel Van Dyken book and I can’t believe I missed this series. Although it is the third book in the series it is possible to read it as a stand-alone; although I have to say there is a lot of reference to past events within the plot that would benefit the series being read in order. I can honestly say I dashed straight to Amazon to download the previous two books as soon as I finished reading this one :)
The story alternates between Reid and Jordan; the actor and the publicist. Where Reid smoulders his way through life, Jordan fades into the background. I felt so hurt on Jordan’s behalf on how she is viewed, this isn’t to say she isn’t beautiful, because I truly think she is, even with the expanding hair :) It is because she lacks confidence in herself to make her stand out; therefore, making her a self-fulfilling prophecy of being invisible to others.
Reid’s PTSD over the Grandma incident (The Consequences of Loving Colton) has rendered his romantic endeavours lacklustre at very best. That is until the adorable clumsiness that is Jordan crashes into his life, sending his neatly ordered life into complete chaos. Sparks quite literally fly.
As much as I loved Reid and Jordan it was Max (Reid’s brother) who truly stole the show. Seriously this guy is some kind of evil genius-slash-fairy godmother. I could easily picture him sitting in his office stroking a white fluffy cat and plotting world domination. For all his trickster ways, it is obvious that Max truly cares for the people around him, tormenting them seems to be his way of showing his love, lol.
The Consequences of Seduction had me completely hooked. Romance, sarcasm, quirky characters and a boat load of comedic situations make this book un-put-downable :)...more
Illuminae is a sci-fi, young adult novel mixed with a thriller written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Set within a fleet ofReview by Nathan Year 10
Illuminae is a sci-fi, young adult novel mixed with a thriller written by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Set within a fleet of spaceships fleeing from their beleaguered planet, the fleet is pursued by the attackers whilst also facing other threats, such as disease and an AI who tries to achieve its goal of protecting the fleet through dubious means. The story's main protagonists are Kady Grant and Ezra Mason, a pair of star-crossed teens who find themselves on board separate ships and then working together to over come the problems the fleet faces. Illuminae has gained international acclaim since its publication in late 2015, but does the book deserve all the praise that's come its way? The book has a lot of flaws to it, the biggest flaw that I can remember being the cringe worthy attempts at humour in the first hundred or so pages. These sections, which there were a few of, were nothing more than boring slogs that I had to slowly trudge through, with the poor humour only making it more painful. Fortunately, these sections do begin to decrease as you go further through the book, with there being none around halfway through the book until the end. Another thing that I didn't like was the attempts of making the characters sarcastic and comedic. In many very serious moments the characters would crack a sardonic remark, or what someone may call a "witty" joke. The humour in this book is just atrocious and I wish that they had cut this out, instead of creating loveable yet sarcastic characters, such as Han Solo, they just created annoying characters who seem to have problems taking anything seriously. Another one of the things that I harboured a strong disliking to was the romance. I'm not a fan of romance in most things, so I'm probably not the best person to be saying why it isn't good, but the romance does seem forced. The romance does have a small impact on the story but not one that truly justifies it being there, and some of the dialogue that Ezra Mason has when talking about Kady to others is just poorly written. Finally, some of the paths that the plot takes can be seen quite early on, such as the part the disease plays. The book does have a few good parts, though. One thing that I did like a lot was the use of diagrams and graphics, quite early on in the book there are a few pages that were phenomenal; a two page spread with drawings of the fleet's ships and details of the ships, and a few pages of faces and names used when talking about how many had died.These also provide a great way of building up suspense that truly is capable of conveying the sense of urgency. When the book gets down to it, it is very good at building suspense and can be very exciting, with certain parts truly conveying a sense of urgency. The sections featuring the AI were also great, like a more villainous version of 2001: A Space Odyssey's Hal. Some of the parts that are written in the AI's perspective are very eloquently written, too. Illuminae is a good sci-fi thriller, incorporating the use of graphics, maps and diagrams fantastically, along with a possessing a very interesting, well written villain. Due to this the book can be very thrilling and suspenseful at times, making these more than just the gimmicks I thought they'd be. However, most attempts at humour are awful, bringing the book down, and some parts are downright boring. The romance also seems to have been shoe-horned in, with bad dialogue and almost no effect on the story, and many plot points are easy to foresee. I would rate this book 3/5, it's a fun sci-fi thriller at heart....more
Shuttergirl is a gritty and realistic portrayal of how easily it is to fall into the role of self-fulfilling prophecy. Being lucky and aware enough toShuttergirl is a gritty and realistic portrayal of how easily it is to fall into the role of self-fulfilling prophecy. Being lucky and aware enough to realise the mistakes made while living with the regret of having gone through certain events. Yet, ultimately all of our life experiences shapes us into the person we become. A very 'what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger' scenario with amazing characters you can't help but fall for.
While the romance does play a large part within the plot it is the characters and their development that will keep the pages turning at a fast pace. Some of the situations depicted are uncomfortable to witness, however, provide much-needed insight into how vulnerable young people become targets for lowlifes. ...more
I actually read the third book in the series, The Consequences of Seduction, before realising I had missed an amazing series. I loved the characters sI actually read the third book in the series, The Consequences of Seduction, before realising I had missed an amazing series. I loved the characters so much I had to find out the background to them all hinted at within the narrative.
While the focus of The Consequences of Seduction is Reid and Jordan, each book has different central characters, in The Consequences of Loving Colton we obviously get Colton alongside Milo :)
The characters lives are extremely intertwined and it was terrific to finally be able to follow the threads to each one of them. Milo is Jason's little sister and Jason is Colton's best friend. You can see where this is going can't you ;) Milo has been pining for Colton since a young teen but constantly rejected whenever she tries to take action. Although Colton has secretly been in love with her for the same length of time, he has always been too afraid to cross the line and risk losing not only Milo's friendship but also Jason's.
Brought back home for her brothers wedding, Milo is determined to prove to Colton that she is more than his best friends little sister.
With disaster after disaster, the Grandma incident with Reid that I was so curious about in The Consequences of Seduction as well as the beginnings of Max's interference. The wedding weekend does not go as planned. From sabotage to evil brides The Consequences of Loving Colton is jam-packed with slapstick situations alongside poignant emotional moments.
I loved seeing the beginnings of Max's interference, I don't know whether I would thank him or plan his murder if I was the subject of his plotting.
I am so glad I found this series. I am hoping to dive into Max's story soon :)...more