I had a love - dislike - love relationship with Crash. The first part with Lucy and Jude meeting, hanging out, and going to school was great. I loved...moreI had a love - dislike - love relationship with Crash. The first part with Lucy and Jude meeting, hanging out, and going to school was great. I loved Jude he was a mega sweetheart and yes he had that crazy temper but he did everything for Luce and that was amazing. Then halfway through Crash is my dislike part. Luce turned into a very gullible girl who took everything at face value without getting to the truth even though she claimed she wanted it. The only good thing was that there was very little detail to this part of the book which I'm thankful for because I didn't want any. The ending was a little emotional and I loved that it ended on a good note without any cliffhangers but with room for more books and thankfully there are two more.(less)
Asylum was definitely a new book for me but I'm glad I decided to buy it and finally read it. For one this borders on the dark and creepy which I usua...moreAsylum was definitely a new book for me but I'm glad I decided to buy it and finally read it. For one this borders on the dark and creepy which I usually don't read. The story itself isn't real but of course asylums are and I don't doubt the sorts of treatments in the story actually took place in real life. Also Asylum had pictures which definitely added a great effect and also the first book I read with that. But when this first came out I read many great reviews and just had to get Asylum for myself.
Right on with the title, Asylum takes place in an old asylum that the college bought and turned into dorms. The main character, Dan, is attending a college prep program. He makes some new friends, Abby and Jordan, and everything starts out normally til night hits. Dan starts getting flashes of the old asylum but chalks it up to the atmosphere. Dan gets tipped from his roommate, Felix, that the old warden's office is still preserved which piques Dan's interest. He and his friends start making visits to the office and basement finding more about the old asylum and creeping everyone out. One night Dan decides to make another trip alone and after blacking out he is made aware that one of the hall monitors was murdered and another time at night Jordan's roommate was attacked. Dan is freaked out more by the second with not only the attacks the same as how an old serial killer did things, but Dan has been receiving mysterious notes, texts, and emails. Besides that having nightmares of being the warden who has his same name and writing the same without having knowledge of doing so.
I find it amazing how much detail went into Asylum. You have the place itself with its secrets. Then everything happening with Dan with his flashes, supposed stalker that no one else has seen or heard, and every time someone got hurt or killed Dan seemed to always find them. Abby and Jordan also had their own stories as well. Abby starts finding clues that go along with her long lost aunt and Jordan has his problems with his parents after coming out and supposed to be clear across the country. Even with the many different things happening everyone's stories ended up always coming together. I was happy to find that this is a whole series because the ending never came. There is a crazy cliffhanger so I do hope the next book in this series is already out or will be soon.(less)
Preservation is the first in a three book series(so far that's all I know of) and a great way to start. From the first pages to the last there is alwa...morePreservation is the first in a three book series(so far that's all I know of) and a great way to start. From the first pages to the last there is always something going on with the characters and they keep you fully engaged in their lives. Preservation starts off right with a bang with the main guy character, Ryan, finding his love/fiancé messing around with another guy. This story leads us up to the rest of the story where we meet Kate taking a creative writing class taught by Ryan(Mr.Cambell). These two do not hit it off with Kate always coming to class with a full bag which annoys Mr.Cambell to no end. Not including his attitude and Kate not missing a beat at a comeback. These two do start warming up to each other through Kate's writing and Ryan being in complete awe at her talent. Everytime they come close to each other though, someone always gets in the way. But their attraction gets the better of the two and soon end up on a date and quickly end up back at Kate's place. Ryan ends up falling maybe a little to quick for Kate but it was still written well. Kate took more time which was understandable because of all the times she has been burned before and because Ryan has a reputation for being a playboy.
I think Preservation is a great way to show how girls can be independent because Kate took care of herself and her mother while working and going to school. And even after she got with Ryan did she keep her independence and didn't quickly except help. What I didn't like about this story was how easily Kate dismissed Ryan every time she heard something about him or saw someone near him. Yes she didn't do trust easily but this was a little too ridiculous. Other than that the story was well paced and covered a good amount of time. We learn a lot about not only the main characters but also the side characters, Carter and Dean(Kate's best friends). I highly encourage anyone to read Preservation and also continue with Reservation(Ryan's story) and Declaration(Carter's story).(less)