Well, the conclusion to the Body Works trilogy is definitely explosive. I will give it that.
Months after Anna leaves Alec because of the danger he keeWell, the conclusion to the Body Works trilogy is definitely explosive. I will give it that.
Months after Anna leaves Alec because of the danger he keeps putting her and her friends in, she's still pining for him. Like "fantasizing sexy times with her while with clients" pining. While it's obvious that everyone around her is worried (there's somebody with her at all times), she tells them that she's fine. No need to worry. Alec who? And all that jazz. No one's buying it, not even me.
When Anna's life is threatened again, Alec reappears and it looks like he may be sticking around for good. Or maybe not...? This guy was all over the place. With the impending trial and his future on the line, his inability to talk about any sort of future with Anna was understandable. He didn't want to make promises he couldn't keep and he didn't want to hold her back. Honestly, Alec is a pretty stand up guy. But after all of this, he would then turn around and swear that he would never leave her, that he would always be there for her. It was a constant back and forth that it's no wonder Anna was so messed up.
Then there's Anna. It was nice to see her relationships with people outside of Alec. I'm not a fan of relationships where the two people seem to disregard everyone around them once they're together, and in the first two books, this was Alec & Anna - wrapped up only in each other. In Confession we get to see more of her relationship with her father, who I loved. I also liked the extra additions of Mike (honestly, I wouldn't mind reading a story about him and Amy). Also, seeing Anna figure out what she wanted to do with her life and finally seeking out help to talk about what happened to her both in her past past and the more recent past. It takes courage to ask for help, but it showed a strength that the author talked about a lot, but it finally came to light.
So, here's the thing, I liked these books, but I didn't love them. The first one was insta-love. The second one was more of the getting to know you type faze. The third was non-stop drama and action. Oh, and sex. A lot of sex. I didn't really feel an emotional connection with the lead characters, only the physical. I didn't understand why Anna couldn't live without Alec. The author never seemed to go beyond the physical connection and I had a really hard time understanding how Anna felt safe with Alec when all he did was constantly put her in danger.
The parts that I really liked were the crime bits. I liked the unraveling of secrets and the 'who done it' mystery that surrounded this one. That's what kept me reading, not the love story.
Well...this one wasn't really for me. I'm not a fan of guys who control women. I don't find it sexy at all. It's one thing to be powerful, it's anotheWell...this one wasn't really for me. I'm not a fan of guys who control women. I don't find it sexy at all. It's one thing to be powerful, it's another to be just mean and cruel. ...more
I want a Cam. Like seriously, where can I find one?
This was my first book by Jennifer Armentrout. I had read it awhile ago, forgot to write the reviewI want a Cam. Like seriously, where can I find one?
This was my first book by Jennifer Armentrout. I had read it awhile ago, forgot to write the review, and then reread it so it would be fresh in my mind. And boy, am I glad I did.
Avery is running from her past - all the way across the US to a college far far away from the life she grew up in. Something happened to her when she was fourteen and the repercussions of her actions have followed her since. In her mind, her only option was to run and it's on her first day where she literally runs into Cam. But because of her past, she has no time for him and goes out of her way to avoid contact even when it seems like the fates aren't helping (he lives across the hall from her).
Cam is just adorable. I mean, he has a pet turtle named Raphael. He was funny and sweet, and extremely patient. The author took the time to build a friendship between the two. They had a good rapport with each other and on top of that, you felt their chemistry. Cam never pushed Avery for anything more but was always there when he needed her. He makes her eggs every Sunday, come on!
What bothered me about this book was Avery's lying. She was constantly on Cam about being able to trust him and being honest, yet when he asks her point blank what happened to her, she lies. She lies all the time. And, don't get me wrong, my heart breaks for what she went through and how it was handled - that was horrible and should have never happened. But the way she treats Cam, the getting mad at him for not believing her, everything, I honestly don't understand how he stayed around. Trust is a two way street and that's what Avery couldn't understand.
Aside from that issue, I really enjoyed this book. The side characters also added life to the story so that it wasn't just focused on the two mains. I love when there are strong ensembles in stories. It just makes everything that much more believable. I will be continuing this series because I'm interested in the other characters and what Armentrout can bring to the table.
There's beauty out there, and we're going to find it.
Dakota's had one hell of a day. After getting accepted to her dream art school, she findSolid 3.5
There's beauty out there, and we're going to find it.
Dakota's had one hell of a day. After getting accepted to her dream art school, she finds out that her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend. With no one to really voice her troubles to, she vents on paper and then, on a whim, puts it in a bottle and sends it out to sea. Only it doesn't go very far, in fact, it comes right back where Jack finds it.
Having run into Dakota at a local coffee shop, Jack was instantly transfixed. However, years of self-doubt and isolation from people his age have made Jack shy and uncertain of how to act around girls. Then there's also the fact that his family is extremely rich, he never knows exactly what people want from him. When he finds Dakota's message, he comes up with an idea - he creates this alter-ego, Alejandro, and writes Dakota back.
When I read the premise of this book, I was really excited. Guy finds message in a bottle and begins a relationship with girl via letters...sold. Well, that's not really how it happened. I was a little disappointed that Jack knew of Dakota before finding the letter. He had almost an insta-love connection with her. That threw me for a bit and also kind of moved me away from Jack. But once I read more about his character, he grew on me and he became quite the adorable one.
With Dakota, I loved her. Such a strong, unique, individual woman she was. Here's a girl who grew up on a hippie reservation of sorts. She was homeschooled and raised by artists. Art is her passion, her driving force, and when she meets Jack, she finds someone who matches her passion (his with music). Her actions made sense, her emotions were real, and I felt for her. I wanted her to find her way on her own.
The relationship between Dakota and Jack was a slow build-up. There was chemistry, but she was wary because of her past heartbreak and this 'Alejandro' thing, and Jack was hesitant because he was afraid to be himself. This was my first read from Gehrman but I don't think it will be my last. I liked the way she told the story. Both characters had interesting backgrounds that you don't normally see in YA and it made the story that much more intriguing. I like authors who change it up, and Gehrman did exactly that.
I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more