Make it a Double can be read as stand alone even though it’s part of The Last Call series. Which I actually come from that perspective since I haven’t...moreMake it a Double can be read as stand alone even though it’s part of The Last Call series. Which I actually come from that perspective since I haven’t had a chance to read the first one yet. They do reference some stuff from the first book and even though they summarize it for you so you're not lost I kind of felt like I need to go back and read the first one for a little more Brody backstory. I have to say with a Sawyer Bennett romance she has never done me wrong. There is always that angst smexy chemistry that I love to read, Alyssa and Brody deliver.
Alyssa and Brody are a lot alike in some respects they both love animals, take responsibility for their actions and are stubborn as all get out. It’s partially why they bond so easily. Plus they have mad crazy chemistry, Sawyer Bennett is definitely a master with that.
I love the story that surrounds them. They’ve know one another for a long time because Alyssa has been friends with Brody’s sister. He’s an ex-convict and she’s an heiress that would rather use her money for good then spend it frivolously. They both have serious ex issues for very different reason. They are super supportive of each other and even if they make mistakes and disagree on something they work it out.
One of my favorite parts of Make it a Double is that Alyssa is the aggressive one. She’s the one pursuing Brody when he decided he doesn’t want to take a chance. I like how she goads him into admitting things about his attraction to her. Plus she doesn’t back down and instigates a lot of their flirtiness.
Another great romance from the mind of Sawyer Bennett and I can’t wait to see which character we follow next in the series.(less)
Let me tell you about Suzanne Young, she has this magical way of gut punching you. She can write an absolute beautiful love story but is also not afra...moreLet me tell you about Suzanne Young, she has this magical way of gut punching you. She can write an absolute beautiful love story but is also not afraid to use that to break your heart. Every book I’ve read of hers really draws out the feels. I absolutely love her writing there is something unique about it that I can’t describe. I like when an author can evoke emotion from a reader, where you really invest in the story. That being said let’s talk about The Treatment.
We left off with Sloane and James, not having their memories of one another but feel connected in their hearts. The Program considers that a failure and it’s out to get them, so they go on the run. With intentions of taking down The Program. This a tough job for some teenagers when you are going against adults you feel like they are doing the right thing to save their children.
I like this story a lot because there are many different versions of villains in it. We have The Program who is erasing peoples memories as a form of treatment but you know there is more behind it. You have the parents like Sloane’s mom, who you kind of hate because look what she did to Sloane. There was pivotal moment in book 1 where Sloane declares she wants to live, so for us she’s not sick. Her mother puts her in anyway but she’s doing it because she’s thinking she’s saving her daughter. It’s the type of villain where you wonder does the outcome justify the means. You have the people implanted into The Program and the handlers. Sloane and James can only trust each other and what happens when that breaks down.
What I also like about the story is the unique take it has on depression. That perhaps people are over medicated and that sometimes we freak out and look for the quick fix. Which is how something like The Program starts. I could see this as a reality just from working in a school, it feels like there is a lot more pressure on kids these days. So I could see how there could be a mass breakdown.
I love Sloane and James. Sloane the most out of the two. She is such a tough girl. I loved that even The Program could not strip that away from her. I make Realm a villain but there are choices Sloane makes that contribute but I believed if The Program hadn’t gotten her she would have never ever made those choices. Sloane is a different person after she goes through The Program but the basics of what makes her Sloane are still there. James is a hot blooded feisty boy but he is most certainly a fighter. Just as tough as he is, he also has a sensitive side that only comes out for Sloane. Which makes their relationship so swoon worthy. They are not perfect and have flaws but they work out things together and have endured quite a bit to find their way back to each other. I love them together and apart. My favorite kind of couple.
I despise Michael Realm. There were so many times in both books that I wanted to yell at him, I don’t like you Realm go away. I don’t like how he plays Sloane or tries to break her and James up. I don’t feel sorry for him for his side in the love triangle that really isn’t a love triangle. I think he is a little psychotic and obsessive too. Remember Sloane does not have her memories so what was erased in The Program is still erased. We find out things about Realm in this book that might help someone soften towards him. Not me though, not at all. Remember I said Suzanne is good at evoking feelings. Well I really want to punch him.
There are many side characters that sift through. Lacey, Dallas, Cas and some medical personnel. Even scuzzball Roger. I don’t want to delve into them too much because I don’t want to give anything away.
I think I have equal love for The Program and The Treatment. I was really satisfied with the story and the ending. The plot was interesting and suspenseful. The second half of the book I was so sucked in I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what was going to happen. So if you liked The Program then definitely get out and get The Treatment. (less)
The plot of Going Nowhere is a great topic. Mari graduates from Grad school with no job and just an expensive degree She has to move home to stay with...moreThe plot of Going Nowhere is a great topic. Mari graduates from Grad school with no job and just an expensive degree She has to move home to stay with her parents until she can get on her feet. It’s something that I think a lot of people experience and nobody wants to move home. It feels like you are admitting defeat even though it’s actually pretty common.
Mari makes me laugh in the beginning because she feels sorry for herself and is overly dramatic about it. For some reason this endeared me to her when it probably shouldn’t. I just thought she was pretty funny and some of the stuff she did I might do if I was in the same situation. I think everyone can have their over dramatic moments especially when you are frustrated. Mari is trying to figure herself out and what she really wants to do with life. I thought her fear of relationships is interesting because it doesn’t seem to be rooted in anything besides inexperienced. It’s more like she holds herself to this high standard where it’s easier to not try at all than it is to fail. I like that Mari is flawed, she can be self-absorbed at times but it nice to not have her dancing around as little miss perfect.
I love Mari and Jason’s interaction right off the bat. Including that she keeps calling him bartender when she talks to him in the beginning. Actually they end up having all kinds of nicknames for one another it’s very cute. They start off as friends and then blossom into more. They have a lot of banter that I enjoyed. Although towards the end of the book I kind of felt frustrated with them both and how they handled things. Especially Mari, I probably would have told her to grow up and stop acting like a baby if I was her friend. Then I would tell Jason to simmer down. I have to say though it was nice that they did have some big fights where they made up by the end of the night. So it wasn’t like this couple is totally perfect and then this one things happen and it shatters everything. They were a couple you could relate to more because they do have spats.
I loved the supporting characters. I like when a book has a strong family and friend base. Trent, Blake, Declan, Lindsey (not so much I didn’t like her), Emily and Kayla. So Mari did have people to turn to when she needed to talk or someone to drag her out of bed and tell her she was being stupid. Same went for Jase, Declan was there to kind of mellow him out. I would love to hang out with Emily and Kayla because they both really rocked.
I enjoyed this book because it’s fun, romantic and light. The strong supporting cast helped invest me into the story. I wanted to hear about them just as much as the main characters. It also makes me excited for the next book which I am assuming is going to be Declan and Emily, which I freaking love those two. (less)
“I’m not giving up my secrets to some good looking boy with a pirate’s smile and a fleeting affection for my roommate.”
This is a fantastic retelling o...more“I’m not giving up my secrets to some good looking boy with a pirate’s smile and a fleeting affection for my roommate.”
This is a fantastic retelling of Peter Pan, it is creative and the original tale is artfully interwoven into the story. I’m ranking this up there as one of my favorite retellings.I love when an author has an appreciation for the darkness that is in fairytales. That is how the plot approaches the Island and the lost boys. I also like how Gwens sanity is in question. If someone came back and insisted that they were on an island with some questionable characters wouldn’t you give the side eye and think they were off their rocker. it makes sense.
I love the way Nazarea has created her versions of the characters. Mixing them with them with the modern world. Peter has that sweet, childlikeness to him but he also has the darkness and immaturity. Gwen tends to balance him out a bit. The “frat brothers” that surround Peter and do his bidding. How they refer to her as Gwendy often. I liked James and Orchid, nice play on the flower reference. How James personality manages to fit into some shady activities. I thought Nazarea did a good job at aging them as well. It was like she took them apart and put them back together again adding her own elements.
So the ending...I thought it was perfect and I also wanted more. Just because I really wanted more but every time I think about it in my head, I know how perfect the ending is. (less)
Wow this book was over before I even realized I had even reached the end. Honestly I flipped a few more pages thinking. Wait what, no there has to be...moreWow this book was over before I even realized I had even reached the end. Honestly I flipped a few more pages thinking. Wait what, no there has to be more I’m only halfway through. Turns out, no it’s not a 500 page book Burn Out just had me that captivated. Seriously…
So we have Tora, she’s living alone in this underground bomb shelter of sorts, except for the fact that she’s packing a loaded secret room full of guns that could blow up a whole planet and then some. This shelter is not your typical let’s store some cans on a shelf variety either. She’s got all kinds of cool gadgets and safety precautions to keep her safe. The down side...she’s alone and the Sun has gone off into Super Nova status (perhaps not that but I forget my sun cycles) the punch line is the sun is at the end and it’s scorching the earth that you burn to crisp if you step outside with protection. With the untimely death of her mother and sister and then the murder of her father Tora is left to fend for herself. She’s doing so pretty well actually but there are people who want the guns. Which leads to all kinds of dangerous situations and crazy discoveries. There’s a new planet but will Tora ever get to it.
This book was pretty crazy. I think it was bending my mind because it had that thriller aspect to it. You never knew who to trust and I had these images of people walking around in the dark killing each other. One time you would think this guy was okay and then he would shoot at you, then this gal seemed top notch and then she would punch you. that’s not exactly how it happened but you get the jist. You can trust no one ever. So it messes with your head in that respect. You feel almost as tired as Tora trying to sort through who is good and who is bad and besides that what the heck has happened since Tora has been under ground in general.
I liked Tora a lot. She has a lot of snark is pretty well adjusted for someone who has been trapped underground by herself. She obviously has trust issues thankfully but at the core of it all she is a good person. She also can be pretty bad ass if she wants to be but not completely perfect. That 40 minutes a day of walking hasn’t done much for her Stamina. She’s resourceful and easy to root for.
The other characters all have their plus and minuses but like I said since you couldn’t really trust anyone there were often times I felt afraid to get attached to them. I don’t want to give too much away because this is one of those books you really need to form your own opinions about them because of the nature of what is going on. I’m not even going to mention the romance because it’s complicated and I felt afraid for Tora. I really did not want to see her get screwed over.
This book has some unanswered questions at the end, that I’m assuming are going to be answered in future installments. As I said I wanted to keep flipping and have more pages appear. I’m excited to continue on with the series to find the answers I’m looking for.
For a sci-fi enthusiast like me I would definitely recommend this book to you. With the Earth being destroyed it also has it’s dystopian element too. (less)