I’m not sure why I resisted New Adult book and issues books for so long. From the moment I started listening to this one I was completely invested. ItI’m not sure why I resisted New Adult book and issues books for so long. From the moment I started listening to this one I was completely invested. It made my drive to and from work just fly by and many times I’d have to force myself out of the car…I just didn’t want to stop listening. I didn’t know exactly what to expect based upon the cliche title (I have a bad habit of not reading a book’s synopsis before picking it up…just as I hate movie trailers) but this was not it…it was so much better than I expected.
Mummert paints a picture that is at once completely believable and yet totally horrifying. I felt for Cass from the very start and completely connected to her. As her whole situation was slowly revealed I couldn’t help but weep with sympathy and frustration at all that she went through. Did she make all the same choices that I’d like to think I would have in her shoes? No…but that didn’t make me like her any less.
And Tucker, oh boy! I’ve always had a literary weakness for his type and he delivers – tattoos, rock, smooth voice and smooth moves and all. But most of all…he is genuine…and that is what draws us and Cass in so deep.
This book is the perfect combination of sweetness and angst, love and heartache…I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t wait for more.
Narration Notes: Grace Grant delivered perfectly. I completely bought into her as Cass and couldn’t imagine a better narrator....more
I've been reading a lot of Young Adult Paranormal lately and I suppose it becomes very difficult not to constantly compare one work with the next. I wI've been reading a lot of Young Adult Paranormal lately and I suppose it becomes very difficult not to constantly compare one work with the next. I worried through the first few chapters that perhaps I'd hit my limit...hit my wall so to speak. The story just didn't grab me the same way that others had and I found Lisa White's writing style, though adequate, to be lacking in that certain finesse that I tend to appreciate. OK I admit it...I tend to be a fan of the lyric and verbose...I'll try not to hold that against Ms White!
Admittedly this one does start out pretty slowly and one doesn't find any immediate way to connect with Grace, the main character. Annie her best friend actually provides a bit more interest and I daresay that Ben is a keeper from his first scene. The story is all a bit too High School Love Triangle Drama for me at the start but that may be more a case of "it's me not you" as I am clearly no longer a young adult myself. Also for a short time, I also started to feel like I was reading a bad combination of the television programs Heroes and Alphas .
Luckily though, this aspect of the book passes and we move into the later part of the book which I came to quite enjoy. I loved how Ben takes charge and I adored meeting all of the "Misfits"! That group and their town quickly made an impression on me. I also loved the little bits of humor and pop culture that were woven in: you'll see what I mean if you pick this one up. From that point, I connected with the book and didn't want to put it down until I found out how it all would end.
Note: I also feel the need to say that I appreciated the fact that this book really did seem to target the young adult audience (although the characters may best fit into the New Adult age bracket.) Sadly not all YA that I read these days is something that I'd feel comfortable passing on to a pre-teen or young teen but this would be one that I'd recommend to that group without hesitation. It is sweet and romantic without stretching the limits....more