This book is about Wren, a high school senior and an aspiring interior designer. She wants to go to a prestigious arts college, but the only thing kee...moreThis book is about Wren, a high school senior and an aspiring interior designer. She wants to go to a prestigious arts college, but the only thing keeping her away from that is the dreaded extracurricular activities section. So, what does she decide to do to fix that? Join the school play.... that's being directed by her Aunt, Ms. Barlow. Wren wants the lead, but of course she gets the role as lead stagehand and understudy to the lead.
In drops the dangerous Derek, a mystery to the whole school since he had been arrested. Wren can't keep herself away from him, even if her bestie, Margot, constantly tells her how she can do better.
Then, she ends up having to direct the play herself. This brings her heaps upon heaps of stress, added to the fact that Derek is her "assistant" stage hand. She also needs to figure out to make the play succeed after people quit, get kicked out, and just simply don't do as they're told.
I really liked this story. It was short and sweet, and to the point (as in it didn't completely go into different tangents that weren't wholly explained). With it being only 178 pages (or 2053 locations for those that read on Kindle), it was easy to quickly read it in one sitting.
I liked Wren's character, though she did assume a lot when it had to do with Derek (you know what they say about people who assume things...). But, she did hold up to the stress of directing the play. She even had a sort of epiphany moment (though the reader doesn't really understand this until moments later).
Wren's supporting characters of her aunt and her best friend, Margot, were not my favorite characters. Margot only cared about herself the whole time, and I felt like she was one of those friends that only like talking about themselves (although she did kind of redeem herself, somewhat at the end). Aunt Barlow... jeez, if she was my aunt, I'd shake her and tell her to grow up. Adults don't just quit their jobs like she did, and the foist off the responsibility of dealing with a play that she wrote onto her niece. She didn't even want to help Wren, and when Wren succeeded with the play, she ignored her! Wth, Aunt Barlow? STOP BEING CHILDISH.
On to Derek... He was fine, I guess. Wren and he had good chemistry; they seemed like they could've been really good friends if a romantic relationship didn't work out (of course, if Wren got over her trust issues). I do think that the "Lexie" thing was nicely written into the storyline (in fact, there's a sort of foreshadowing thing to why he was arrested in there, but you don't really realize it until he tells us why he was arrested).
There was only one sentence that didn't work in the whole story, that I noticed, and that was only because there was a word or two deleted from the sentence. So, applause to the author/editor of this book!
As I said, I did like this book, i.e. the storyline was nice, there weren't really plot holes, I didn't absolutely hate the MC or love interest, and there were little to no mistakes in the writing. BUT, the one thing that knocked this down a star, was that I felt like the story got wrapped up too quickly, if you understand what I mean? I felt like there was kind of just the climax, and then just kind of a resolution (as opposed to a climax, falling action, and then a resolution). It actually kind of gave whiplash (not really), but it did make the ending expected to a point that you guessed where it's gonna happen at.
So, this book got 4 stars, and I would recommend this to anyone who like short and sweet romances that can be quickly read. (less)
*I received this book from the author and a book tour site for an honest review*
Real rating: 2.5-3 stars
Loving Liberty is about Liberty Montgomery. Al...more*I received this book from the author and a book tour site for an honest review*
Real rating: 2.5-3 stars
Loving Liberty is about Liberty Montgomery. All Liberty wants is to get that freedom that she desperately wants. She's been basically under house arrest by her parents, forbid to do anything that they haven't told her to do, including what classes to take in college, what friends she can have, and who she can date.
In comes Oliver, waiter, DJ and odd jobber. He knows how Liberty feels because he's been through the exact same thing with his family. He's Liberty's voice of encouragement when she really needs the encouragement.
Liberty needs to break free from her parents' tight rein, but will she be able to? Will she have the strength to do it?
This book seems like a short read (although the Goodreads page says that it consists of 340 pages). It's a clean romance with Oliver and Liberty falling in love.
But, that love started as the dreaded... insta-love. You know the one, where they fall in love almost instantaneously.
In my opinion, when a book has the protagonist and love interest falling in love so fast, it takes away from the romance and therefore cuts down from the enjoyment of the wooing during the book (which is usually expected in a romance). So, those of you who don't really love insta-love in books, then maybe this isn't exactly right for you.
I liked Liberty's character, though sometimes I felt myself wanting to yell at her for not being strong enough to leave her home. Most of the time, she didn't even really have that strong of a reason to stay, other than the fact that she was a coward. If she would have left, the stuff that her parents threatened her with wouldn't still be hanging over her head like a proverbial sword.
I absolutely loved Oliver, but he was one of those 'perfect' love interests that jut aren't true to real life love interests. He was pretty much 'perfect' in every way, other than that he was a little bit rebellious in his younger days.
Although, this doesn't sound like as terribly complementary review, I didn't think the book was absolutely horrible. I just felt like there was some plot holes and an almost sudden addition of a certain doctor.
I really just thought the book was okay, and I liked the storyline, but I wish some things could've been more covered, and that Oliver and Liberty's relationship could've been more than just a week before the MC things that she's in love with Oliver.
*This was given to me through a book tour for an honest review*
Okay, so I just thought this book was okay. I liked the storyline and to the most exten...more*This was given to me through a book tour for an honest review*
Okay, so I just thought this book was okay. I liked the storyline and to the most extent, the characters, but I had issues with how the words just didn't really flow as I read them.
Mari is just starting college (alone, I might say), and so she is expecting for new things to happen, but not all of the things are exactly what she expects.
Seth. Seth and his brothers are from Ancient Egypt and he was sent to Mari's time to look for someone special, according to his goddess. He has been searching for years until he comes across Mari, whom he's sure is the one. Mari is his soul mate, and she is the one that he has been sent to find. The thing is that they aren't quite sure why she was needed and what role she actually plays in the scheme of history.
But, what will happen to Seth? Will he simply go back to his own time in Ancient Egypt? Will Mari come along for the ride?
So, as I said before, the flow of the didn't really, well, flow. It seemed like sentences could've been maid into on instead of two (they would've made more sense together, but they are still technically correct while apart) and some of the sentences were unnecessary to the plot line, just added words that didn't really go. Some of the wording of Mari's-- thoughts, I guess?-- was kind of awkward. I'm exactly her age and an overachiever (like her) and I'm sure my thoughts are so... formal and, I guess awkward (if that explains it?).
Another thing: I don't feel like Mari's character was developed enough by the point that Seth, the love interest, gets introduced into the book. I just wished we had known more about her and her personality than what we got when reading the first few pages of the chapter.
But, yeah, the saving grace, and the main thing that kept this book in 3 star range, was the storyline. I liked how it went and I wish more books did a spin on Ancient Egypt and soul mates (although soul mates don't tend to go hand-in-hand with Egyptian mythology).
I also found some kinship with Mari's character in that we're they same age and are both freshmen in college (well, was now that I've officially finished my first year). That sort of helped me get through some of the parts in the story that i began to get stuck on, like the whole first day there and stuff. I remembered that, yes, I did feel a little anxious and wondered if anybody was staring at me, though they most likely were feeling the same anxiety that I felt.
Oh, and I have a bone to pick: I have a country accent (hello, Tennessee), yet I go to a school 8 hours north of here (in Cleveland Ohio, in fact) and I almost went to a small, liberal arts college in Minnesota. Just because I'm from the South doesn't mean I wouldn't like to go to small colleges in the North. We're not still divided, y'know. (No offense to the author intended, of course).