Um wow okay leave me here to die, nothing else will ever be this good. All other books go pack up and go home. Also, how did Sally Thorne get ahold ofUm wow okay leave me here to die, nothing else will ever be this good. All other books go pack up and go home. Also, how did Sally Thorne get ahold of my "ideal romance novel qualities/tropes" list?...more
Okay, so upon reading the above summary, I probably could have guessed that The Scandalous Love of a Duke bDNF review posted to The Bevy Bibliotheque:
Okay, so upon reading the above summary, I probably could have guessed that The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark would not work for me. But I was in the mood for some historical romance, it was “Read Now,” and so (without reading the blurb– BIG MISTAKE) I added it to my list.
And now I’m two for two with DNFing my latest reads.
It was just so… GAH. Guys, I’m not even sure that The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark was proofread. Why am I having such bad luck with editing of all things? There are commas in the dialogue where there should have been periods. There’s subject-verb confusion. There’s awkward, stilted rhythm to the words in some places and in others, the prose was beyond purple. It was magenta. It was indigo.
In short, it was bad.
To be fair, I’m not sure there’s an editor that could have saved this book. The opening scene with giggling girls spying on boys frolicking naked in a lake had me rolling my eyes so hard I feared that they’d roll across the room. The drama and central conflict felt incredibly contrived, and some of the wording was incredibly anachronistic.
And lord, the info-dumps. WOE BETIDE YOU, INFO-DUMPS.
I made it 6% into The Scandalous Love of a Duke by Jane Lark and going even that far was pushing my patience. Life’s too short for bad books.
At first glance, the summary of Plus One sounds like dystopian fare. But then you catch a glimpse of that breathtakingPosted to The Bevy Bibliotheque:
At first glance, the summary of Plus One sounds like dystopian fare. But then you catch a glimpse of that breathtaking cover and start to pray that the beauty on the front matches the beauty inside.
IT TOTALLY DOES.
I knew Elizabeth Fama could write a beautiful book; I’ll never forget the lyrical prose of Monstrous Beauty. I was surprised at what a different style of writing the gritty, action-packed Plus One was. It’s the mark of a talented writer who can pull off both.
I think the thing that struck me the most in terms of the world is… Plus One is not actually a dystopian novel. Plus One isn’t hundreds of years in the future with mind-boggling technology. No, in many ways, it’s very much our world and it’s more of an alternate reality, where took a different turn than what actually happened. The technology isn’t so far off from ours and it’s easy to see how the simple alteration of segregating society into sects of day and night dwellers led to the world of Plus One.
The flashback structure Elizabeth Fama uses in Plus One is employed with great effect. It allows us to see the seeds of a love story, and builds main character Sol’s world and family life effectively. We get to experience the gritty feel of Sol’s day-to-day life throughout the novel.
Headstrong Sol is just one of many morally gray characters. She plunges into things without effective plans and isn’t too fussed if other people are caused trouble by her actions as long as it’s not someone she loves. That moral gray-ness comes to the forefront with people close to Sol and a particular group of Smudges: the Noma.
The Noma bring to mind my only issue with the book: [TRIGGER WARNING] (view spoiler)[ a threat of sexual violence. I understand why it’s used: it’s shocking and horrifying to imagine that sort of invasion. It comes from a female character who is razor sharp and coarse as all hell. But there are so many other threats that could have been used to intimidate in a way that isn’t as triggery. (hide spoiler)]
But let’s move on to happier things: THE KISSING. THE SWOONS. The romance in Plus One is parfait. If you squint, it’s a little instalovey, but I say to you: KEEP YOUR EYES WIDE OPEN. I mentioned the seeds of romance in the flashbacks and they’re important for the relationship’s development. The moments between D’Arcy and Sol as they begin to really fall for each other made me catch my breath.
Plus One is currently a standalone, and I’m not sure if I want it to become a series or not. On the one hand, yes, PLEASE. On the other, the important parts of the story feel closed and how do you improve upon something THIS GOOD?
Plus One will stay with me in brightest day, in blackest night...more
I enjoyed Katie McGarry’s first book, Pushing the Limits, but I definitely had issues with it that prevented me from loving it. And the same is true of Dare You To.
Thankfully free of pet names (as in PtL), the biggest issue that I had with Dare You To was definitely me-centric: I had a hard time connecting with Beth because she’s so different from me. She’s a hard person in the beginning, tough as nails, smokes, curses, does drugs, and tries to take care of her alcoholic mother at the risk of her own safety– becoming angry at those who dare to interfere.
As the book goes on, that issues don’t disappear, but she starts to let people in and she becomes easier to know. Some of her tough girl act is just that: an act. It’s a hard outer shell to protect her vulnerability inside. She’s desperately afraid of trusting people and them letting her down, so logically, she is determined to be there for the people she considers family like her mother
She rekindles an old friendship with her former best friend, who’s a wonderful girl and friend, and Ryan determinedly pursues her. I liked Ryan. I liked him a lot to be honest. If I were to hand a favorite character award to someone, it would be him. I liked how obsessed he was with making sure that girls are respected. His whole “I must win ALL THE THINGS” shtick got a little old, but hey, we all have our flaws. And the swoony moments between him and Beth, while a little on the cheesy side– were swoony.
Oh except for the kissing. Not that the kissing wasn’t swoony. It was. But there was no cheese in those moments. Only heat.
The main (functioning) parental figure in this book is Beth’s uncle, Scott. And he– ugh. I am so divided on Scott. ON THE ONE HAND, he’s trying really hard to be a good father figure in Beth’s life, but ON THE OTHER HAND, he is so sure that he knows best on everything. He takes away her old clothes (at first) and prohibits contact with anyone from her old life. Like, okay, I understand keeping a close eye on her, but this is ridic. There was a moment where he calls Beth “Elizabeth” and she asks him to please for the love of God (I’m paraphrasing) call her “Beth” because that’s what she goes by. His response? “I prefer Elizabeth.” Well, Christ, no wonder Beth wants to run away! I kind of want to punch you, dude.
So yeah, overall? An enjoyable book, but I just didn’t love anyone in it. Except perhaps for Beth and Ryan’s best girl friend, who doesn’t have too huge of a role....more
HOME, LOVE, FAMILY; THERE WAS ONCE A TIME I MUST HAVE HAD THEM TOO [song]
This was one of my favorite parts of A Lady by Midnight. Kate was raised in an orphanage and has virtually no memory of any life before that. But she believes she was loved and she doesn’t give up searching. And her hunt bears fruit!
When the Gramercys enter the picture, we meet a cast of characters that are quirky and heart-warming. Unconventional, and as ready to love Kate as she is them.
I particularly loved how Dare expressed modern ideals, while still ensuring that A Lady By Midnight feels authentic to its historic setting.
SHE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME AND SHE DESERVES BETTER THAN THAT [song]
Thorne. Thorney, Thorne, Thorne. I just… *sigh.* I did grow to like Corporal Samuel Thorne, but his schtick with not being “good enough” for Kate got old real quick and it’s the biggest obstacle in their relationship here because the attraction and feelings they have for each other are quite obviously there. So this part was, while fun, a bit contrived.
Bow-chicka-bow-wow. Seriously, after reading A Week To Be Wicked followed by A Lady By Midnight, I am convinced that no one writes a sex scene like Tessa Dare. Things were hot, heavy, and sexy. And… yeah. BEST. Best sex.
You may have gathered from the cover and summary that this is not a YA book. No, I EXPLORED a little with Losing It by CoraPosted to Almost Grown-up:
You may have gathered from the cover and summary that this is not a YA book. No, I EXPLORED a little with Losing It by Cora Carmack as it’s a New Adult title.
For the most part, I really enjoyed it too. The main character Bliss’s voice is relateable and funny and I totally would have been friends with her in college. The sexy times are sexy and the Bliss’s friends and fellow students felt authentic to their age group.
My gripes with the book are small. Some of the dialogue is a little cheesy, and Garrick’s Britishism where he constantly calls Bliss “love” got a little old. In places, I felt like the conflict wasn’t as heightened as it could have been, or stretched a thin conflict into more than it needed to be.
But what I was looking for in Losing It was something different from my usual read, that’s what I got, and I enjoyed my ride....more
You ummmm… might have gathered that A Week To Be Wicked is not YA. I needed a good romance novel to shake things up a bit anPosted to Almost Grown-up:
You ummmm… might have gathered that A Week To Be Wicked is not YA. I needed a good romance novel to shake things up a bit and Angel of Mermaid Vision Books recommended I try A Week To Be Wicked by Tessa Dare. The price was right– it was 0.89 for kindle at the time of purchase.
Though technically the second book in a series, they’re essentially companion novels and I didn’t feel at all like I’d missed anything. I dove into A Week To Be Wicked and found just SO MUCH to love.
There are certain romance tropes that I adore: and a couple of protagonists who don’t quite see eye-to-eye and consequently bicker a lot is one of them. (I am 99% certain that this stems back to my enduring love of Sailor Moon, but anyway…) Minerva and Colin are NOT friends when this book starts out. Minerva has almost no respect for him and he’s not her biggest fan either. Watching that relationship shift was wonderful and their interactions are positively rife with moments that me laugh out loud.
And the heat between them. Lord. I mean LORDY BE. The more ummm… carnal scenes were DELICIOUS. I practically needed to fan myself.
Basically, what I’m saying: if you’re looking for a YA break or if you’re a historical romance fan, pick this one up. I promise you won’t regret it....more
For this review I'm gonna break it down into three parts: The female lead, the male lead, and both of 'em together.
This girl seems to be a mystery wrapped up in a conundrum. Her father is super controlling, she hates her pregnant stepmother and her past is frequently alluded to in her therapy sessions.
Katie McGarry unravels it masterfully, revealing pieces of Echo's past bit by bit until we finally get the full picture. It was an emotional rollercoaster and I really felt my heart aching at Echo's perception of how others saw her and her frustration with her inability to recall a horrific night.
There's not much mystery when it comes to Noah; he's pretty upfront about how he sees the world and what his plans for the future are. He wants legal guardianship of his brothers when he turns eighteen and when it comes to that issue, he sort of wears... what's the teenage non-alcoholic equivalent of beer goggles? I guess "rose-colored glasses," but that term just feels wrong for tough-guy Noah.
It's the one issue where he's got a bit of a naivete thing going on (because lord knows, he's a pretty big pessimist). And as with Echo, as his personal struggles were resolved, I was a bit choked up. His love for his brothers comes through that strongly.
For most people this seems to be the biggest draw of Pushing the Limits. I see a lot of words like "steamy" and "hot" thrown around in regards to it.
There's not a whole lot I can point at when I can say why it didn't work for me. Sure, Noah's constant reference to Echo as "his siren" and a tendency to sexualize her got a little annoying, but it was basically typical romance fare. It just wasn't what I think of as sexy. And that's okay because the rest of the novel gave me plenty more to enjoy.
Overall rating: 4/5. The romance didn't work for me, but the characters and their personal struggles were so strong that I didn't mind. If you're not in it for love... I think you'll probably still like this one. I did....more
I was chomping at the bit to get to This is What Happy Looks Like. Having read and adored Jennifer E. Smith’s The StatisticaPosted to Almost Grown-up:
I was chomping at the bit to get to This is What Happy Looks Like. Having read and adored Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I was looking forward to another adorable romance. I was not disappointed.
And when I say adorable, I mean pretty much everything about it, right down to the adorable Maine coastal town that Smith sets her story in. I got some strong Dessen vibes from it and that is a HIGH compliment from me.
The initial e-mails that Ellie and Graham exchange are chock-full of OMG-squeeeeeees. The two of them are absolutely darling and I loved that while their romance definitely has drama, it’s not weird contrived drama over he said/she said stuff. It has to do with the lives that they both lead. Ellie’s not sure she can handle Graham’s limelight for personal reasons and he totally steps up to the plate when it comes to those personal issues to help her deal with it.
I loved that about their relationship. They’re cutesy and they laugh but both try to help each other out with whatever’s going on– even if sometimes that don’t make the best decisions in how they do it (*cough* Graham *cough cough*).
The biggest thing that bothered me about this book was the fact that… well, let’s be honest guys, the way that Graham winds up in Ellie’s town is kiiinda creepazoid of him. There was a big part of me that was like “OMG HE FOUND HER, STRANGER DANGER, ELLIE.”
Thankfully, he’s a sweetie in every other way. I tremendously enjoyed This is What Happy Looks Like....more
I needed this book. I needed it in a way that I didn’t even KNOW that I needed it. Which kind of works because Hadley and OlPosted to Almost Grown-up:
I needed this book. I needed it in a way that I didn’t even KNOW that I needed it. Which kind of works because Hadley and Oliver didn’t know that they needed each other either. Because, you see, I was feeling the burn already this year. I’m not referring to an exercise burn (though I AM sticking with those New Year’s resolutions so far). No, I was already going through a book burn-out this year already. Reaching for each new book with a little bit of dread.
But The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight cured me. Because much like the main characters themselves, I very quickly fell in love. In love with Jennifer Smith’s uncanny observations about life and love and the wonderfully realistic characters she created in Hadley and Oliver. In love with her ability to juggle the past with the present and family relationships with romantic ones.
In certain ways Smith’s writing reminded me of Sarah Dessen’s. She creates metaphors that just resound with truth time after time.
I could tell very early into the book that I was going to love it. I was reading with an almost alarming speed, dying to see what would happen next, what adorable quirk Oliver may have or what perfect thing he might say. The beginning stayed true to the rest of the book, never once leaving me with the feeling that it was dragging or moving too fast.
Both Hadley and Oliver are traveling for major events. Hadley sort of needs saving, but the thing that made me love her and Oliver together is that he needs saving too. And then? They wind up saving each other.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight may be fiction. But it makes you believe that true love still exists. And that real life fairy tales still happen.
My only complaint? That the book had to end.
Rating: 5/5. Thank you, Jennifer E. Smith for living up to the hype in a big, big way. This one makes my favorites list easily. I can’t wait to read more by this author....more
Helloooooo protagonist that I loved. You hear that Jordan Woods? I love you. I want to be your best friend. We can braid eacPosted to Almost Grown-up:
Helloooooo protagonist that I loved. You hear that Jordan Woods? I love you. I want to be your best friend. We can braid each others hair and do our nails– erm. I mean we can drink Slurpees and you can try to teach me about football. And we can even curse like you so love to do. Please continue being awesome.
Jordan Woods is used to being one of the guys. She plays football, she’s an All-American player, and the captain of her team. Her best friends are all boys. Her dad, an NFL player, is the only one who doesn’t seem to get who she is: a serious athlete. He wants her to be a lady. And Jordan’s never had any urge to do that girly stuff like dress up until a new guy joins the team.
And I was right there with her at first. Ty is gorgeous and sweet and is paying attention to Jordan in a non-douchebaggy way. He’s ignoring the mean cheerleader that gets a kick out of bad-talking Jordan. And he treats Jordan like the great player she is. He was winning me over just as surely as he won her.
But then… can I just say that I totally saw this love triangle coming? But I could not have been happier about how it went. Oh HENRY. I could have cheered (erm– thrown a Hail Mary? I don’t know enough about sports to make jokes like these). I had a big stinking crush on him. I thought for a while that Jordan would just stick with Ty, but love that she turned to her biffle in the end. Though, if I’m honest, I didn’t think making Henry into a manslut was an utter necessity.
Jordan has real and enduring friendships with her teammates, which I also loved. Yes, Henry’s a bit of a stinker part of the time for obvious reasons, but JJ and Carter are awesome guys and totally realistic. Plus, Jordan manages to finally connect with some girls as well.
The storyline outside of the immediate team was also wonderful. Jordan is trying to prove herself to her dad and the collegiate football community. She wants them to see that she is more than just a gender label, grows to be more than a player and finds outside interests, and it all comes full-circle to an ending that gave me the warm fuzzies.
Overall rating: 4/5. A wonderful contemporary read that made me eager to keep reading. I can hardly wait for the companion novels....more
Romantic comedy and chick-lit used to be my genres of choice, so I’m not sure exactly how I let it become so long since readPosted to Almost Grown-up:
Romantic comedy and chick-lit used to be my genres of choice, so I’m not sure exactly how I let it become so long since reading my last one. I’m not about to hop off the Young Adult train, but Carrie Goes Off the Map was a nice change from the usual.
Carrie is all set to get married to her fiance, Huw. He, unfortunately, has different ideas and dumps her on the night of his stag party. Months later, Carrie hears that Huw has rebounded quite easily and is getting married– that very day. So she hatches a plan for a getaway on a camper trip, though Huw’s old friend Matt wasn’t who she originally planned to bring along.
Phillipa Ashley has a terrifically funny voice. I found myself giggling out loud at Carrie, her antics, and her nicknames for people and at Matt’s behavior– there’s one scene when he’s shouting at the television in particular that stood out in my mind.
Also, confession time? I have a total weakness for romances where a character is obviously trying to fight off an attraction to another and Carrie Goes Off the Map fits the bill in that respect. Matt’s a pretty stand-up guy: a sexy doctor (rawr), but he saw Carrie in one of her worst moments and she seems to determined to hate him. I loved when she finally gave up on that. Yes, romantic comedies can be a bit predictable, but who doesn’t enjoy the ride of a romance?
I really liked how both Carrie and Matt don’t want to jump into a relationship to start off. Okay, I suppose really I liked that Carrie didn’t jump into one. Matt’s a little bit more of a “wild stallion” (and yes, I am as much in disbelief that I tried to pull off using that term as you are.). Carrie just got out of a really serious relationship, and she understandably explores some options first.
Overall rating: 4/5. Overall, a romance that left me grinning with the added bonus of Brits. I’ll be happy to explore more by Phillipa Ashley in the future....more
As soon as I heard that Beth Harbison had a new book coming out, I knew that I would be reading it. I've read a fPosted on Almost Grown-up on 9/19/11:
As soon as I heard that Beth Harbison had a new book coming out, I knew that I would be reading it. I've read a few of her other novels and absolutely adored them and from an author of her caliber, I was looking forward to a good read.
Beth Harbison hooked me within a few paragraphs. As soon as I read the words:
"Everyone has a first love, one person they never completely got over, right?
She had me. I was swallowed up by this book, unable to put it down.
Harbison uses a back and forth narrative. In one chapter we're reliving Erin's relationship with Nate against a backdrop of 80s music and in the next, we're with her in her job as an event planner with a man that she likes but doesn't feel passion for. When he proposes she starts to wonder if being just content with her life is enough. And then fate throws Nate back into her life...
If you can bring yourself to believe that first love can be True Love, pick this one up.
Rating: 5/5. Superbly written. If you like chick lit and romance, this book will tug at your heartstrings and make you remember that first guy who meant anything....more
Click is a novel comprised entirely of e-mails to and from Renee as she embarks upon the decision to take her futPosted on Almost Grown-up on 9/17/11:
Click is a novel comprised entirely of e-mails to and from Renee as she embarks upon the decision to take her future relationships in hand and find Mr. Right through online dating. While I was a bit hesitant regarding the format at first, Lisa quickly drew me in by establishing different e-mail "voices" for each character early on.
We've all been on terrible dates before, but some of Renee's really take the cake. The situations that she wound up in were hilarious, made even funnier by the rehashing through e-mails to her friends the next day. I loved the snark between a few of Renee's friends: Shelly and Ashley in particular. And the e-mails after the Blue party that Lisa mentioned in her interview yesterday absolutely killed me!
My one complaint would be that there were specific jokes that were repeated almost word-for-word. The first time that I read them I laughed, but the second time it just felt repetitive.
Other than that, Click was a great novel and the good news is that there is a sequel in the works. Just head over to the Facebook fan page and once it reaches 200 likes, Lisa will begin releasing some info about it.
If you like chick-lit and technology, give Click a read!...more
It’s very hard to review this book without spoiling it for you, but I am going to try.
The problems that Gabi and Lia have faced since arriving in medieval Italy have worsened. Castello Forelli has been taken, the war between Siena and the Fiorentini has increased, and Gabi’s nemesis Cosmo Paratore seems to have regained an influential position. But there’s an upside to things. Gabi and Lia’s dad is back and that makes all the difference, despite the perils that they’re going through. Again.
Gabi explores her feelings for Marcello still further and her questions rang very true for me– she is, after all, only 17 and being faced with some decisions that will affect both her life and the lives of those she loves. As always there is a plot to capture the Ladies Betarrini and as always there are many tales of valor, derring-do and twists that are unique to this book’s plot. And as always Marcello had me sighing over him and his love for Gabi. I know.
This review was vague, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you! I haven’t made any sort of secret out of the fact that I loved the River of Time series from the first book Waterfall to the second book Cascade, and now the stunning Torrent. Lisa is an absolutely masterful writer. ...more
Surprisingly good. Quick fun read. I was actually pleasantly surprised by the ending too :)
What I liked: There was plenty for me to like in this book: I’m a big Shakespeare girl (shocker, I know), so there was a veritable cornucopia of Bardy goodness through this book.The scenes with Edmund and William Shakespeare were nothing short of hysterical so those scenes in particular really shone for me.
I was fond of Drew, even if I didn’t always buy his dialogue. And I loved the ending, which was emotionally believable but still managed to surprise me.
What I didn’t like: Miri’s dad really, really, really irritated me. Her dad left a couple years ago to “find himself” and it’s something that Miri and her mother struggle with throughout the text, but he shows up near the end of the book and suddenly all is forgiven. Just like that! He seems like a nice guy, but he did something pretty terrible to the people he’s supposed to love and never has to work for their forgiveness.
So, do I rec it? This book is a good one for Shakespeare fans and theatre junkies out there. A fun teen romance that I enjoyed and had a few unexpected twists. I genuinely Liked it. ...more
I have been near to foaming at the mouth waiting for this book, a companion novel to Perkins’s debut, Anna and the French KiPosted to Almost Grown-up:
I have been near to foaming at the mouth waiting for this book, a companion novel to Perkins’s debut, Anna and the French Kiss. Anna was one of the best books that I read this year and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Lola.
Lola had many of the same things that I loved about Anna: the writing had a sense of humor and whimsy, but most importantly a romance that felt powerful– but real. It didn’t shock me to read somewhere recently that Perkins based the love in Lola and Anna off of the love that so often comes in paranormal books because there is that sense of magic to them, even if it is in a contemporary setting.
But while I was able to enjoy cameo appearances by Anna and Etienne (just try to wipe the grin off of my face when I see their names), I really enjoyed getting to know Lola and Cricket.
Let’s talk about Lola first. This girl is so damn interesting. She definitely doesn’t have the traditional family structure, with her two fathers and her birth mother later thrown into the mix, but I really appreciated the way that it was approached. Not as one father being the “mom,” but as them both being wonderful co-parents. Lola has just as many teenage rebellion issues that someone with just a mother or a father would have. ESPECIALLY because her boyfriend, Max is five years her senior.
Now, to be honest? As myself, I don’t understand the draw of Max. But as Lola? Lola who likes elaborate costumes, whose goal is never to wear the same thing twice that year, who has a tendency to be a little bit dramatic, and who speaks in capital letters WHEN IT SUITS HER? Yes. Because Max is older. He gets jealous. He’s in a band. He’s nice to her and he (mostly) puts up with her parents and he picked her. I’m not surprised she wears the rose-colored glasses for a while and doesn’t see that he’s a jerk to the Nth degree.
Now… now we can talk about Cricket. Cricket, who makes my heart pitter-patter just from thinking about him. My love for him is matched only by my love for Etienne St. Clair. I want to stride into a party with one of them on each arm. One thing about Cricket? He wants to be there for everyone who matters to him. Another thing about him? He’s upfront about his feelings and OH THE FEELINGS, they TWIST my heart. Something about both of them? Neither one of them has recovered from when they last saw each other two years ago.
Overall rating: 5/5. Perkins has the ability to make you think that True Love can exist in the real world. While Anna is probably my favorite of the two, Lola was an excellent novel in its own right....more
I so badly wanted to like this book. The plotline reminded me of a YA version of Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, which iPosted to Almost Grown-up:
I so badly wanted to like this book. The plotline reminded me of a YA version of Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, which is one of my absolute favorite novels, so I picked this up with not a little excitement.
Unfortunately, I found little to love. At least there was the slight interest in astrology that both Lani and I seemed to share, and enough of an interest to see where the overarching plot and subplots may wind up to make me keep reading, but other than that…
Lani’s style of narration irritated me, particularly when she related instances of dialogue. She presented things as “And then I was like ‘yada yada Jason.’” or “So Erin’s like ____”. Total honesty? Sure, I’ve told a story like that when speaking– as have most people that I know. But in print, it I find that it reads awkwardly and just distanced me from Lani over and over again.
While I found a lot of the characters flat, none bothered me so much as Jason. I didn’t see what was wonderful enough about him to draw both Lani and Erin, nor did I feel the “amazing connection” that he and Lani were supposed to share.
There was a time when I might have actually liked this book, but I think that I wanted it and its characters to be more complex than they were.
Overall rating: 2/5. Unfortunately, this was just not for me. I believe this one is best aimed for the lower age group of spectrum of YA readers, but I’m still curious about Colasanti’s other work, so I may have to check it out....more