So, despite the sappy nature of it, and the whole..."letting go" aspect of the love story, it was a decent read for what it was. It's a love story. ItSo, despite the sappy nature of it, and the whole..."letting go" aspect of the love story, it was a decent read for what it was. It's a love story. It's way more fleshed out than some of the other books I've read lately and despite having a corny concept, it works better than some of the other contemporary romance novels out today. Plus, they have the book take place in Auburn...and they reference Ikeda's. I love that, especially because of the milkshakes. They are that good. If you're ever in the area and you can go, try it. Totally worth it. Also, crabbing on the Oregon coast is just as fun as they describe. It doesn't really do it as much justice as it could. It is more fun than you realize.
Cassie's love story is sad, but it works. There was way too much about self sacrifice that made her come off as holier than thou....and the overqualified school secretary shtick.....gimme a break. Then, the angry that her husband chose to not want a baby so she got angry and he got hurt so she feels guilty....please. She's supposed to be a strong character and that just made her a little more trite than anything else in my eyes. And Matt as the hapless dad who is clueless as hell seems more like a gender trope than anything else, but his development works.
Their relationship is believable and it works out to what you expect. I didn't expect her to suddenly just cheat on nearly dead hubby with new guy no more than I expected her to jump into his arms right after he dies. It all worked out to something I could buy. I could understand it. It was pretty solid writing and Holmes clearly knows how to make you connect with your character. She can write them as something dynamic while not showing them as suddenly different than she created.
I think this book is just....it's too much to believe that this would actually happen and would neatly fit into such a SHORT writing spaceBleh........
I think this book is just....it's too much to believe that this would actually happen and would neatly fit into such a SHORT writing space. Too much was going on, the characters weren't fully flushed out and I really had a problem with how neatly they tried to show a LIFETIME of sibling rivalry was worked out.
I MEAN COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
First, I'm going to tackle the sisters....and the TERRIBLY written resolution to their feud that literally estranged them for years. YEARS!!! DID NO ONE ELSE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS LIKE I DID?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!??! You get glimpses into their lives and all it told me was that there is NO WAY IN HELL that these sisters would just "get over" this mess, regardless of what happened. Yes, sister that modeled needed some serious intervention, and probably felt bad, but really??? REALLY?????
And then there's ZACK. NO. Just...no....NO!!!! That was so rough to read about. The way he treated his ex wife, and I'm supposed to LIKE THIS GUY? No. Just no. I really don't even know where to start to understanding that he hadn't gotten over one girl, so new girl becomes his wife, carries his child and dies...and everyone is completely OK with the fact that he just moves into main character's life without any trouble? OH COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really don't want to write any more of this review, because I....I just can't. I read the book when I was home sick and I think it helped me expel whatever was making my stomach queasy....more
This is a light hearted, sappy love story that reminds me of everything I love that's written by Rick Riordan. So, of COURSE I loved it. I can't reallThis is a light hearted, sappy love story that reminds me of everything I love that's written by Rick Riordan. So, of COURSE I loved it. I can't really give it 5 stars because it needs some fleshing out, but the story works. I also loved that the story started in Chilcoot, CA. I KNOW WHERE THAT IS!!!!!! I loved that the whole book was a fun little adventure that was a coming of age story wrapped into a mystery plot. It had a ton of added bonus features that there were god references and powers that be who need to be overthrown. So fun!
As far as Elyse, she was believable. Naive as all hell, but I buy that with a sheltered character such as herself. The love interest was fun and Will was pretty fun to get behind. I get that he's protective and all lovey dovey. At first, it struck me as strange when characters come off like this, but it works within the plot parameters. He would be protective, she's destined to be his mate and they are destined to make a baby that will tell the future. I could see any half decent guy getting a little protective of his future baby mama. The narrative was creative and cute as well, even if seeing the photo of the author made me laugh...yes, I'm sure she totally didn't use her own looks as inspiration for Elyse...totally.....
Overall, I'm very excited to be able to have some free time to catch up on reviews and writing because the next two in the series are hopefully as fun as the first. Just...please don't end the series abruptly where everyone is done, everything is said and it hits like a brick wall....not my favorite....more
So, despite having some predictable plot-holes, I really did enjoy this book. I think that the reason I gave it a 4 star review is that the author migSo, despite having some predictable plot-holes, I really did enjoy this book. I think that the reason I gave it a 4 star review is that the author might need a few little things to tweak. I know I read the book nearly 3 months ago, but I still can't help but wrap my head around something so simple of a plot working well. Let's be honest, the plot is pretty standard for a dystopian YA....take girl in teenaged years on the verge of adulthood. Add in a strict government that she doesn't adhere to or fit in, mix in a dash of family issues, specifically dead parents and little siblings that she feels obligated to protect, then start simmering. Add in dashes of a family outside society, a love interest with a big fat chip on his shoulder just like her and a few dashes of oppression and let it marinate on low for most the book. As the book starts to build, throw the main character into a dangerous situation and watch her rise to a reluctant position of leadership with a cultivated following that pushes her to overthrow the government! YAY! And you're done.
All that aside, I loved the creativity behind the world building. I love books that let me fall into a new world, regardless of how typical their plots and characters might be. It is just way more fun when you can close your eyes and see that the author developed the world to almost make up for a typical plot. It's great to see. Kelley did a fantastic job creating dynamic side characters and a nuanced world that works well within the parameters of believable sci fi. The world was slightly reminiscent of Orson Scott Card's writings to me, but I also have been re reading them in my spare time.
Honestly, I can't wait to read more from the author and it's the first in this series of free books that I will tell everyone to try to find a copy. It's fun...more