Just as a reminder, by my rating scale, two stars is reserved for books that are "ok." That's exactly what th...moreFind this review and more on my blog...
Just as a reminder, by my rating scale, two stars is reserved for books that are "ok." That's exactly what this book was: ok. I was absolutely obsessed with the thought of this book because a) I loved the cover and b) it sounded very Gossip Girl-ish. (The TV show, not the books.) I pushed aside the negative reviews on Goodreads and decided I wanted to form my own opinion. The book just fell short for me.
While it did have a Blair/Serena feel to it -- the friendship, the rivalry, the backstabbing and games -- it just felt off. I think the main thing that bothered me is that the main character in this novella, Mimi, was not at all likable. I hoped to find a redeeming quality in her somewhere along the way, but I didn't. If anything, I liked her even less at the end of the book than I did at the start. She was selfish, spoiled, a drug addict and, quite frankly, a total bitch. She treated people like garbage. I wanted to sympathize with her, but I couldn't. The book focused more on her chasing a high (and her ex-stepbrother) than her being concerned that her best friend was missing.
I was mostly disappointed that the book focused more on Mimi's messed up life than Lizzy's disappearance. As tempted as I was to stop reading this book just because of my feelings towards the main character, something about it did keep me reading. I did want to know what happened to Lizzy. I wanted to know what her connection to other characters was and how they may have been involved in her disappearance. Unfortunately, I didn't really get any of that. I just got more Mimi whininess and drug use. The story sucked me in, but the main character was a real turnoff. I am still interested in the series and will plan to pick up the second book when it's released.
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I'm not going to publish a full review for this title on my blog. I thought this book was a fresh idea and it was full of promise, but I believe both...moreI'm not going to publish a full review for this title on my blog. I thought this book was a fresh idea and it was full of promise, but I believe both the characters and the storyline needed to be more fully-developed. It was almost a DNF for me. The romance was entirely too fast. A little slow build-up would have helped. The characters weren't well flushed-out; I wasn't able to connect with any of them.
There was a lot of promise here, but unfortunately it just fell flat for me.
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“[But] his eyes burn hotter than the embers between us and maybe it’s just the warm night air or the sea breeze but I’m hot and cold all at once. I d...more“[But] his eyes burn hotter than the embers between us and maybe it’s just the warm night air or the sea breeze but I’m hot and cold all at once. I don’t want to look away, but if I don’t, there will be consequences. I’d be breaking my own rules, and I’m a rules kind of girl. But for once I’d like to break them. Just a little.”
The prologue of this book grabbed me right from the start. I liked that it launched right into the story and the chemistry between Rain and Knight upon their first meeting. It didn’t bore me by starting off with boring introductory chapters. It grabbed me from the start and made me want to know more about these characters and their intense chemistry. Unfortunately, the pace of the rest of the book didn’t maintain my interest as much. Sure, I still wanted to know what happened, I still enjoyed the book, but I lost that hunger.
Rain and Knight are both broken. Rain holds herself responsible for the death of her “boyfriend.” I use the term loosely because she had just agreed to try a relationship with him minutes before his death. No, that doesn’t make it any less sad, but I question her oath to never fall in love again. I can understand why she feels responsibility and guilt, but it just didn’t make sense that she would shut herself off to the possibility of love in the future over this event. Knight’s girlfriend was raped and ultimately committed suicide. He has a “thing against rapists” … yes, that’s an actual line from the book and a total hero complex. He was also just a bit sexist in my opinion. He was always telling Rain what he thought she could or couldn’t handle when it came to her job and, frankly, it started to bother me.
Rain was inconsistent. At times she talked a big game and was spunky and feisty and stood up for others and came off like a hard ass. The next thing I knew, she was acting like a helpless damsel in distress. She just made poor decisions with little thought about what could possibly happen to her while she was trying to save someone else. But, of course, her ready and willing Knight was there to save her at every turn. Then he would subsequently get mad at her for being reckless and they would fight. The pattern of their relationship (on again, off again, on again, off again) got rather tiresome.
The potential for a great story was there. It started out with a bang. Unfortunately, I found the longer the book went on, the more uninterested I became in it. The side characters, with the exception of Amy, were undeveloped and cliché and unlikeable. The whole book just was missing the spark I was sure it would have based on the prologue. This book was classified as a New Adult, but I would actually consider it to be closer to a Young Adult.
The author has the basics. The story just needs a little more depth and character development. I would certainly read another novel written by this author.
I received this book from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
“He’s got history, you know? But those people are the best kind because they already know what’s out there and are ready to figure out what they real...more“He’s got history, you know? But those people are the best kind because they already know what’s out there and are ready to figure out what they really want. Do you know what you really want?”
I was drawn to this book for two main reasons: Penny and Bishop. Penny sounded like such a kick-ass girl in the description. I have what just might be an unhealthy obsession with the troubled “bad boy” actor/musician/fighter that is so common in YA and NA lit these days. Additionally, as I may have mentioned a time or two before on this blog, I love reading about romance between a regular girl/famous boy.
I did love Penny. She was awesome. She truly was the kick-ass girl I thought she was given the description of the book. I’d like to think she and I would be friends if she a) was real and b) didn’t live in Alaska. Bishop just didn’t really interest me. I honestly felt he was boring. Yes he was troubled and vulnerable, but i just couldn’t connect with him. I didn’t care. Or, I didn’t care until that thing happens in the book – once you’ve read it, if you chose to, you’ll know exactly which “thing” I’m talking about. At that point, I felt so much for him. He was in so much obvious pain and was so vulnerable and unable to control his actions, it broke my heart.
The side characters were rather well-developed in this book. Gramps was amazing. He was a firecracker. He reminded me of my own grandfather in a lot of ways, so it was painful to read about his decline into dementia. Penny’s mom was a well-written character, but not one that I enjoyed reading about. I have a wonderful relationship with my mother. I know I’m lucky. Not everyone does. Penny’s mom was too controlling, manipulative and close-minded for me.
I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but trust me when I say I do. Still. I can’t help it. After seeing this cover and reading the blurb on Goodreads, I thought I was in for a fluffy New Adult romance novel with a Happily Ever After. Instead, I learned this was a book about growth and self-discovery, with a side of romance. The journey, so to speak, was great, but I found the romance lacking. I won’t say it wasn’t believable, necessarily. I just didn’t care. I didn’t connect enough with Bishop to care or want to see them fight for their relationship.
It wasn’t a bad book. I don’t regret reading it. It just really wasn’t what I thought I was getting.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There were a lot of distracting cosmetic issues with the galley copy. It was incredibly difficult to read. The spacing was weird and when the document was sent to my Kindle app the first time, half the letters were missing. I converted it myself with Calibre and there weren’t as many missing letters, but there were weird paragraph and sentence breaks. I didn’t base my review on these issues, but I thought it worth mentioning. It did detract some from my ability to enjoy it.
“Everyone has hard times,” I said, not comprehending. “You’ll have them whether you are alone or with someone you love, so why chase away the people...more“Everyone has hard times,” I said, not comprehending. “You’ll have them whether you are alone or with someone you love, so why chase away the people who love you?”
I was so intrigued by the teaser to this book. Good girl makes a mistake and runs away to escape said mistake and try to find herself? Girl finds a hot guy in an unexpected place? Things aren’t what they seem and there’s danger and mystery? What’s NOT to like about this?
The beginning of the book drew me in. I so wanted to find out what Ina was running from and what she was running towards. The author painted an authentic and easily imagined setting on the mountain. I could definitely picture myself escaping the city to enjoy the fresh mountain air and the trails and, of course, the scenery (cough, Adam, cough). I enjoyed Ina’s time in the mountains, exploring and finding herself, but something just seemed to be missing. When the mystery of the “mistake that went viral” was unmasked, I felt letdown. I expected something more… outrageous, I guess. I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when the escaped prisoner came into play. It was just a little too “damsel in distress” for my liking.
I adored Adam. How could you not? He was sweet, thoughtful and protective… and HOT. He had a well flushed out backstory. I liked Ina right up until her ex, Michael, arrived and she started making terrible decisions and handling situations terribly. The lack of consideration to Adam’s feelings was really frustrating to me. Ina’s struggle between the comfortable and the “what could be” was something I could, however, appreciate. It’s terribly easy to get sucked back into the familiar, good or bad, because it’s easier than the unexpected. Often less rewarding, too, but easier for sure. So, while I could appreciate her struggle, I still wanted to smack her. Michael, as is expected of cheating bastard ex-boyfriends in books, was a manipulative jackass.
I enjoyed the book. I think the plot was fairly well thought out and worked for the most part. The characters were pretty well-written. I was invested in the characters and I cared to see what happened to them in the end. It was all wrapped up pretty nicely. It’s not a book that I would necessarily read again, but it’s a good short read when you need an escape.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I went into this book with really, really high expectations. With the word "amazing" in the title, ca...moreFind this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads.
I went into this book with really, really high expectations. With the word "amazing" in the title, can you blame me? With its ridiculously adorable cover and story of an average girl saving a reformed bad boy, I knew I was destined to love this book. In the end, the story was less than amazing and left me feeling rather ambivalent all around. It pains me to say it, too.
Wren was a sweet girl. I liked her character. Mature for her age, but not really sure what she wanted out of the future, she made for an interesting protagonist. I liked the journey she was taking, I just wish it had been with a different guy. Grayson, honestly, never quite did it for me. I didn't find him to be a particularly likable character. I never truly believed he was sorry for his past transgressions. He was just a spoiled pretty boy that lacked any substance. I failed to ever see a real connection between Wren and Grayson. I didn't feel any chemistry between them.
I enjoyed the book mostly because of Wren's growth throughout the story and not for the romance. She started out as naive and a bit of a pushover, but managed to find herself somewhere along the way. She really came into her own. The concept of the story was great and would have been a lot cuter had I actually liked the love interest. But, since I didn't, I can't give this book more than three stars. If you're a fan of young adult contemporary romances, you should give it a try and see if you can appreciate Grayson more than I did.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. (less)
Like many others who have posted reviews on this site, I have absolutely. No. Idea. how anyone could rate this 4 or 5 stars. It's terrible. It's poorl...moreLike many others who have posted reviews on this site, I have absolutely. No. Idea. how anyone could rate this 4 or 5 stars. It's terrible. It's poorly edited. It's boring. The dialogue is awful. The characters are immature and unbelievable. AWFUL. I actually refuse to finish it - something that rarely happens. It just isn't worth torturing myself with this drivel.
I just couldn't really bring myself to care about these characters. I wish I could have. Maybe my problem is that I've read too many New Adult books l...moreI just couldn't really bring myself to care about these characters. I wish I could have. Maybe my problem is that I've read too many New Adult books lately. I'm not sure. To me, this one was just mediocre. Nothing really stood out.
I'm also very clearly in the minority when it comes to this book. Oh well. Can't love 'em all. (less)
It actually pains me to rate a Diana Peterfreund book so low. This book had so much potential. What a unique concept. It just didn't work out for me....moreIt actually pains me to rate a Diana Peterfreund book so low. This book had so much potential. What a unique concept. It just didn't work out for me. If I'm being totally honest, I probably skimmed the last third of the book. It took me almost the first third of the book to even kind of get into it. I feel let down. I may or may not read the second book in this series. I own it, so I'm sure I'll get around to it at some point. I'm definitely not in any rush to do so though. (less)
So, I'm reallllly not sure where all these 4+ star reviews are coming from. This book is absolutely mediocre at best. There's nothing truly unique abo...moreSo, I'm reallllly not sure where all these 4+ star reviews are coming from. This book is absolutely mediocre at best. There's nothing truly unique about this book. It feels like the author took Walking Disaster, meshed it with bits from other, far superior mature young adult books (Thoughtless, Slammed, etc.) and published it. It would also benefit from a good editor.
Not trying to be mean, but I can sum this one up in one word: MEH. (less)
This book was just... weird. The protagonist was completely unlikeable. I might have been able to overlook the weird factor if it wasn't for that. I p...moreThis book was just... weird. The protagonist was completely unlikeable. I might have been able to overlook the weird factor if it wasn't for that. I probably skim-read a good quarter of the book. Not what I wanted or what I was expecting. (less)
I really wanted to like this book. Really. It started off very promising but lost steam along the way. I'd give it two and a half starts if possible.....moreI really wanted to like this book. Really. It started off very promising but lost steam along the way. I'd give it two and a half starts if possible... very meh.(less)