Bit of a slow start, which for an erotica can kind of suck (if, say, you were hoping to get your engine revved). It wasn't that there wasn't a steamy-...moreBit of a slow start, which for an erotica can kind of suck (if, say, you were hoping to get your engine revved). It wasn't that there wasn't a steamy-ish scene, but it was interspersed with background information and it was kind of hard to get into otherwise. It definitely ramped up, both steam wise and action wise. It still dragged in parts, but all in all it worked.
Note: I received a copy of this book through netgalley.(less)
4.5 stars -- OK, this was just all kinds of YA goodness. Oh crap -- I was provided with a copy of this book through netgalley, and here is my honest r...more4.5 stars -- OK, this was just all kinds of YA goodness. Oh crap -- I was provided with a copy of this book through netgalley, and here is my honest review!!!
OK, now that that's out of the way....I will admit, being a Canadian, reading a Canadian author, with a book set in Canada, with a few little Canadian quirks....might have made me a very happy camper. They weren't overt or all over the place, but it is kind of cool to see colour spelled with a u (it might have been favourite....it was one of those words), Tim Horton's mentioned, and heck I used to live in Ottawa, so it was like revisiting a magical place! What does this have to do with the book? NOTHING! I just wanted to gush. Now onto relevance....
Coming from the perspective of someone that knows NOTHING about horses and showing and all that stuff, I felt like it was explained really well and didn't get so technical that I was lost.... Course that also means I can't vouch for the authenticity, but it worked wonders for me! It had such a heartbreaking start, and I was really wondering how I was going to feel about Meg b/c she seemed so self-contained and a bit separate from her parents. But I really ended up loving Meg...and maybe that's b/c I got to see her have a summer in her element, embracing who she is and what she loves and learning more about herself.
I LOVED Jared....he was just sweet, and a bit sassy (in a guy way), with his own bit of heartbreak to tell. And the romance in this book was just so sweet and innocent and BEAUTIFUL. LOVED it.
So yeah, it made me feel things, it made me happy, and even though it seems to be a part of a new series, I felt closure at the end of the book. I don't know if the next book will be about Meg (and Jared), but I would love to see more of their story if it's told!! Will definitely be watching out for this author in the future.(less)
I was provided with a copy of this book from netgalley, and in exchange here is my honest review.....
Honestly? I don't want to write this review. OK,...moreI was provided with a copy of this book from netgalley, and in exchange here is my honest review.....
Honestly? I don't want to write this review. OK, can I just start off saying that my rating mostly reflects my expectations (which were in the wrong galaxy) and my personal tastes? It's not like it was a badly written book. I didn't always like the writing style (occasionally it got a bit flowery for me, with lots of metaphors...it's just not my thing). There were the occasional editing mistakes, but all in all it wasn't that. My problem is that I expected the typical NA. And while it's super duper nice to be surprised with something new and refreshing -- well, when it's unfortunately not to your taste, then it's a bad surprise. I guess the synopsis just didn't clue me in AT ALL. Maybe pay more attention to this line: "Because the higher the roller coaster goes, the faster it all comes crashing down."
OK, first off -- b/c of the synopsis, I totally thought this was going to be a dual POV book. And eventually in the last 15% you do get some Blue POV, but it's mostly Charlie. And Charlie? Well, she's *not* my girl. It was nice to have a different type of protagonist, but she's the kind of girl I just don't get, and so it's kind of hard to empathize you know? She had kind of a "mean girl" streak, mixed in with a sweet girl, and I loved the sweet girl. But the meaner, bitchier her? Not quite as much.
I don't really know what else to say. It kind of turned into what I imagine the movie Natural Born Killers to be like (having NOT actually seen that movie). I had to ask my husband what the drug molly was (which he said was meth, and I thought like Crystal Meth, but having just googled to verify, it's apparently MDMA/Ecstasy). So yeah, it kind of glorified this bizarre life of Blue's b/c of love. Nevermind, I can't explain it. Just, if you think it's going to be a typical NA, go in prepared to be surprised. It wasn't to my tastes, but I'm hardly a spokesperson for the average reader.
I did enjoy bits and pieces here and there....I enjoyed the snippets about her friendships with Tyson, Joey, Summer and Dylan, and truthfully would have liked to read more of it. I was left a bit confused over her huge distaste for her Dad (I got some distaste, but I kept feeling like I was missing something). I was left a bit confused about what all went down with Blue, but that could be just me having a thick skull.
OK, I'm just going to stop. Basically it wasn't a bad book, but it did NOT work for me at all.(less)