So this book.... It appears that most ranked it rather highly, so I hate to come through here and tear it down, but... It just wasn't a four for me. Certainly wasn't a five... I don't think that that should dissuade anyone from reading this. I really enjoyed this book. I mean I am pretty sure I finished it within 2 days, so I really couldn't have hated it that much :P . Also it was $2.99 on iBooks if I am not mistaken, so jump on that one. and if you don't want to read everything that I wrote here you can always skip down to where I summed everything up in a few sentences. I realized how long I ended up making this thing and added that in to make things easier.
I fell in love with the characters. I loved watching them develop and change. There were just certain parts in the book where I just thought "I really doubt that this character, based on their background and what we know about them so far, would do that." I especially had thoughts along those lines in a few particularly melodramatic moments in the novel. There were parts of this book that were so engrossing that I literally couldn't put it down. This review is just so hard to write because I feel like it is not fluid at all. I think this may have been my actual problem with the book. It lacked fluidity. Also I doubt both Ketner's and Kalicicki's writing styles. It often seemed forced throughout the story. Honestly their word usage... well... it didn't seem natural and sometimes I even questioned whether the writer actually understood the meaning of her own words. From the first part of the story to the middle and then the end just changes so drastically, that it is like more than one person was writing the book... Go figure, right? That said the story was a lot of fun to read and get lost in for awhile. I'm hoping Ketner and Kalicicki become more comfortable and fluid in their writing and I have no doubts that I will be enjoying their next book as well.
The first half of the book is really rather emotional, but luckily most of the emotion is not actually placed on the romance, but on another bond that is formed by the Lexi, our little heroin. There is of corse flirtation with the male lead and warming up to more going on in the background, but I liked that that wasn't the main focus really. When Lexi describes her troubled past.... I rolled my eyes. Shoot me. I rolled me eyes. I am sorry, that is way over dramatic. And I am pretty sure if that if she was a real life human being and she had that interaction with someone, her nightmares would be a whole lot different then the foreshadowing that was given. It is just a bit over the top ladies. I'm sorry, but it is. I will say no more on that bc I want to give nothing away.
The mid part of the book... kinda lost me for a second. I got a little bored with it and from the melodrama (there are only really a few scenes with it I just have a very low tolerance for that kinda stuff) that I even considered giving this one a break and switching back over to the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre which I strongly recommend to anyone who enjoyed watching Fire Fly by the way. Anyways, I am glad that I didn't, because the story picked back up again in many ways. There was no real twist or anything, but I like to read about girl kicking ass even if there is no surprise to it. What can I say, amongst other things, I am a huge martial arts nerd at heart.
You can tell where there authors attempted to throw in the curve balls, but... well... the first one was painfully obvious... the second... was also pretty obvious... and the third... oh the third. The third was something that I had literally said, if they do that, it will be the stupidest thing in the world. They did. It was stupid. Yes possibly the stupidest thing in the world. That statement is not taken lightly as I am someone who lives in America, where our former President made up his own words so much that they were referred to as "Bushisms" in a non-mocking manner. That is pretty stupid. The third twist in this story: stupider. I nearly hit myself over the head with my iPad when I read it in hopes that I could etch-a-sketch it out of my brain.
Here are some notes I made in my book
I hear a loud concussion
To which I said: "I am not sure that concussion is used correctly." And I am honestly still curious on this one. I know that it is referring to a "violent shock" but... it seems awkward that you would hear that... Like, I could see saying something along the lines of "I hear buildings crumbling from the concussion" or something like that... but to hear a shock... seems weird to me. Not that you wouldn't... it just seems slightly awkward. I realize that I am rambling on this one now but if anyone has any answers for it please leave a comment.
"She's a model," the same lady says behind me. "I guess being beautiful isn't always a good thing."
To which I said: "But Cole was saying that Lexi was probably the prettiest girl these people in the whole (yes I actually wrote The Hole as "the whole" because I am smart) had seen. This girl was a model and obviously attractive in spite of all the bruises. I have a hard time believing that having a blue marking over a purple would really change that much when it comes down to an attractive girl being used and abused (yes I actually did write "used and abused" as well, because apparently I am a cheesy cliché type'a girl) in the place that the authors are building." I still stand by this statement. Other than it's cheesy-ness, but whatever
I pick up an IV pole and swing at the wall.
To which I said: " I kind of don't get this outburst here... It seems way over dramatic Nd (I'm thinking I meant to write [and]) like it wouldn't happen in real life"
He comes toward us, so I grab the chair near the window, turn my head away, and swing it into the glass with everything I have.
To which I said: "That is stupid. Why would you do that? You could have just it (going to guess that should have been [hit]) him over the yea d [head] with the chair. He would have caught it, I'm sure, but at least that move would have made sense." The spoiler is not really much of one, but it kinda is a little bitty bit for that one scene so I labeled it to be safe (view spoiler)[ Well, she showed me wrong. She had a reason for it. But that reason seemed pretty far fetched. Idk, maybe I am just hating at this point and that was actually clever. (hide spoiler)]
"Your building's on lockdown, so I'll stay here with her"
To which I said: "Ok cool.... So that means that they were doing all that stuff under the possibility of room search at any time still.... That's smart."
Oh god... this one killed me
"Dang, man, can't we just be there already?" Bruno asks with sarcasm as he stands up, stretching.
To which I said: "Not fully sure how this is supposed to sound "sarcastic".... Op... wait and a couple lines down another character spells out that he is being sarcastic.
"He's not complaining-just being sarcastic."
....I am at a loss... I just... No. Just because you state it is sarcasm over and over again does not make it so. If I am wrong leave me a comment. That is if anyone actually takes the time to read this novel that I am writing right here.
"... I especially love the food." I roll my eyes with sarcasm...
To which I said: "OK, the way it was worded was awkward, but at least she used sarcasm correctly here."
This one is a huge spoiler. Do not open if you have not read. (view spoiler)[ After Keegan has moved on from the Sutton topic straight on to food .... To which I said: "Ok so that in no way explained how Sutton would have known about what Lexi's stepfather did to her... How would just being her "dad's best friend" explain that when her dad is dead, and nobody supposedly knew what her stepdad was doing to her?" Seriously it makes no sense. Even with the last little twist at the end, it still never answers that question. And freakin Lexi over hear just excepts it." Oh yeah. ok. That makes sense. la-di-da..." No. It's not ok. Stop it. (hide spoiler)]
again... super spoiler. Don't do it. (view spoiler)["I know what you did to her, and I'm going to make sure you can never hurt Lexi again. Ever." (I can't do the fancy quote from the story and keep it in spoilers. Sorry it looks messy) To which I said: "How does Cole know that the commander is Lexi's stepfather...? She never said it and has never shown him pictures of the man." (hide spoiler)]
This last one goes ahead and answers the question that I posed in my last note. It doesn't necessarily give anything away, but I am still going to go with, spoiler. Don't do it. Step away from the pressy-button-thingy. No. (view spoiler)["Babe, all it took was one look at your face and I knew. I saw the pain in you eyes. I felt the hatred." To which I said: "So stupid." Yep. I stand by that. (hide spoiler)]
So to quickly sum it up this was a really fun novel with some really lovable characters and fast paced action that had some moments that made me want to break my iPad over my cranium and a few issues with flow n the writing that got a little awkward. Unfortunately I didn't seem to feel the need to mark down any of the parts that I enjoyed in the novel. Weird, that is usually something that I do, and these parts did exist in the book, believe me. As I said, I am already planning on reading the next book. I think these writers show some potential, at the very least as storytellers. I look forward to seeing how they progress. Sorry if the whole "To which I said:" pattern got a little redundant and annoying at the end. It was just so easy to go in a pattern that I left it. It seemed a little cleaner and clearer to read to me.