I really enjoyed this one! I also liked that the ending was so.. open. Though some may not be a fan of that kind of ending, I found it to be the perfeI really enjoyed this one! I also liked that the ending was so.. open. Though some may not be a fan of that kind of ending, I found it to be the perfect choice for this story. Anything more would have made the book just a tad less... meaningful. Like, we're left with the wonder, you know. The "what if". I don't know, this makes sense in my head. *shrug*...more
WAIT! Do not come at me with pitch forks! >.< I love this author, I really do. Hopeless is a book I absolutely loved, and her writing is still jWAIT! Do not come at me with pitch forks! >.< I love this author, I really do. Hopeless is a book I absolutely loved, and her writing is still just as compelling, but I just did not click with this romance.
The main characters are well developed, and the emotional aspect of the story itself is intense, but they saw each other twice and they were acting like the earth was imploding when they had to say goodbye. It was just way too romantically intense way too fast. I never had the chance to see them form a connection or understand their attraction other than on the surface. They did have great chemistry, don't get me wrong, but I wanted something more; I wish we were given more time to get to know them before this all-encompassing love. Also, almost all the side characters left me highly irritated - I was creeped out by Trey before she even knew she should be, too! *shudders*. It is a quick read, and Colleen has a compelling writing style that pulls you right into their lives, regardless of my complaints. Full review to come! ...more
Penny, Jasmine, and Indy are back in all their wonderful glory! Losing at Love is the sequel to Game Set Match which I completely loved when I read itPenny, Jasmine, and Indy are back in all their wonderful glory! Losing at Love is the sequel to Game Set Match which I completely loved when I read it 2 years ago. And even though so much time has past since, I was easily taken back into the world of tennis and competitions and romance and drama. This novel is more character than plot driven - the later doesn't progress all that much, but the friendships and personal goals do, which are just as important for the story to move forward.
All in all, this novel is a character driven drama about these girls' complicated lives as Tennis pros. Don't let this scare you off, however, I know squat about that sport, and I was completely captivated by the matches. It's all due to the atmosphere that's so wonderfully painted throughout. It's a sport with a lot of pressure, a lot of uncertainty, and just as much about the physical skills than the mental - this intensity is very well captured by Jennifer's writing style. I easily found myself rooting for these girls both on and off the court. It's not all about Tennis, though, the story is full of friendship and romance to give it a great balance overall.
My favorite aspect of this story is definitely the friendships that we have between the girls. There are 3 main characters with alternating perspectives, so we get to experience everyone's fears and insecurities, and how these look from the outside, as well. I'm especially a fan of Indy and Penny's friendship. They're forming a bond that's closer than ever which I love, though with some bumps in the road, naturally. All 3 girls also have obstacles to overcome that range from a confidence issue to a serious injury. They make it easy to understand their determination to push through no matter what, though, making their story bittersweet at times.
The romance is again a welcome part of this story. We get just the right amount of romantic subplots with some drama, but not overwhelmingly so. I'm most happy about how Jasmine doesn't drop everything for her first crush. Someone who's actually moving on, guys! So refreshing! With 3 perspectives who are all in relationships, not to mention have families and friends, the cast of characters is quite large, but not once did I lose track of who was who. Each voice is distinct, each personality is unique; the characterization is overall incredibly genuine.
Like I mentioned, this book is very character focused, while there's no significant plot developments, we get to see the girls make sacrifices and big decisions. The ending, although very happy-feely… kinda feels like a bad omen - the calm before the storm, maybe? I was left with a bad vibe towards Indy, especially. Book 3 is bound to give us nothing but greatness! And probably heartbreak. I feel it coming, guys! *clutches heart* >.<
-- An advance copy was provided by the author for review.
I'm just incredibly bored with this one. It started out intriguing enough but far-fetched, too. And the whole priceless painting bit was justDNF 58%
I'm just incredibly bored with this one. It started out intriguing enough but far-fetched, too. And the whole priceless painting bit was just not convincing. Her being this perfect teenage con artist was not convincing either. I was kept mildly curious due to the tagline on the cover - does that mean she's the real Erica somehow? Or decides to play the con forever? But I just have no interest in these characters at all :(...more