I found this book pretty lame. I thought the plot of "secret romance" or "spoken contract" (but not really a contract in this case) is overdone at thi...moreI found this book pretty lame. I thought the plot of "secret romance" or "spoken contract" (but not really a contract in this case) is overdone at this point. Furthermore, the sex was laaaame. So lame, done the exact same way every time, with nothing exciting happening.
I know others have really enjoyed this book - but for me it was just a hassle to read and not very enjoyable. Not much else to really say other than I guess I have the unpopular opinion?(less)
In some ways, this is my favorite of the series - but I don't like Caleb's narration either. He also speaks in quick sentences, which lack depth and o...moreIn some ways, this is my favorite of the series - but I don't like Caleb's narration either. He also speaks in quick sentences, which lack depth and overall frustrated me. Every time I picked up this book to read it, I enjoyed what I was reading - but it was never enough to keep my attention FOCUSED on the book and glued to reading. This one took me a while to get through too.
Caleb is beautiful in this book. He says the sweetest things about Olivia and is a man on a mission, who is in love. I highlighted so many of his diatribes and one-liners because they were lovely. Even considering all the love he has for Olivia and the shit past/deal he's been dealt in his life - he grew slightly annoying by the end because he just failed to do EVERYTHING he needed to do. I felt bad for him, but I also was tired of hearing how he needed things he wasn't going for.
Again, Leah is horrible. She continues to destroy Caleb in this book but Olivia got her in the end, which made me SO happy. Noah, while I enjoyed him in Book 1, really pissed me off in this book - just because he was in the way. Olivia became a hero and saved Caleb in the end, which surprised me.
Overall, tragic story. Exhausting story. Wore me down and wasn't my favorite plot, or group of characters, but you can't deny how good the writing is. You can't deny how fresh and different this series is compared to all the others out there. However, I just wasn't in love with Tarryn's writing style - and that was what did these in for me and made them books I didn't become obsessed with.(less)
I really really didn't want to read this book. I hate Leah and I was fully expecting to absolutely HATE this book.
Even while I hate Leah, Tarryn did a...moreI really really didn't want to read this book. I hate Leah and I was fully expecting to absolutely HATE this book.
Even while I hate Leah, Tarryn did a great job narrating the story from her point without me completely hating the actual story. I don't like how short Leah's narration was, it was exhausting to read and part of why it took me so long to get through the story. This is part of the reason why I said in my review of the Opportunist that Olivia's narration was my favorite of the three books.
Leah is HORRIBLE. This book will make you fully realize the power and depth of her hatred and horrible moral compass. Granted, we do find out some background history on Leah - which can make some sense of the actions she takes, but not enough to make sense of it all.
Caleb was frustrating in this book as well, because he stays with Leah. He chooses to be with Leah. Despite all the deceit and lies that occur in this series, it's still frustrating to see the struggle between the characters and how they continue to just hurt one another.
Overall, my least favorite of the three - but still an important part of the series. I just wish the narration was a little more drawn out and smooth so I would have tolerating reading it better.(less)
In some ways, this is the best book of the series. In other ways this isn't the best book of the series. As for narrators in this series, Olivia was m...moreIn some ways, this is the best book of the series. In other ways this isn't the best book of the series. As for narrators in this series, Olivia was my favorite. Tarryn's writing style is SO unique and different, but I best tolerated it as Olivia was speaking.
All three of these books are "subtle". There isn't a ton of detail that is laid out in front of you, and you are left to do a lot of inferring and guessing. The writing style of flipping back and forth between the present and future is one of my least favorite ways to read a book - which only added to the confusion I experienced while reading. I never really understood what was happening while I read, especially with this first book. And then finally when something BIG did happen, it was just briefly mentioned (or you inferred it) and then the book moved on.
VERY different writing style and book than what I am used to reading - which was both intriguing and frustrating at times.
Olivia is crazy and lost in life. Leah is a huge bitch. Caleb is gorgeous but so mysterious.
I had high high hopes for this final book of the series. I was interested in learning about Evan, as I've heard really good things about Fall Guy and...moreI had high high hopes for this final book of the series. I was interested in learning about Evan, as I've heard really good things about Fall Guy and the next series after this (which is actually why I read this series to begin with).
I was 100% #TeamSaxon in this book and didn't even pretend to be interested in Jake. For a little while, I thought I was going to get my way - but of course I didn't. I loved loved loved the changes that Saxon made and the kind of guy he ended up turning into. His romance in the book was absolutely adorable and I just wish that Brenna had been more receptive, in this book and in the past.
Jake was a major turn off in this book and I was tired of him. I was also very tired of Brenna's drama and her continued back and forth, as she always experiences. The frustration with these characters and their story lines made me just tired of this book. I wanted nothing else to do with it by like half way through and the ending just continued to drag and drag on as I read.
In the end, the series definitely took a downturn after the first book for me. I loved Saxon's character - but was disappointed in the others and how the story went for them. I wasn't crazy about Evan either, so I haven't started Youngblood yet and I'm not sure I will at this point.(less)