The Academy: Introductions by C.L. Stone {Review}

The Academy: Introductions by C.L. Stone {Review}Title: The Academy: Introductions
Author: C.L. Stone
Series: The Academy #1
Publisher: Arcato Publishing on December 23rd 2012
Format: eBook, 280 pages
Source: Publisher
1 Stars
The sum up

I didn’t like it at all. I couldn’t care less what happens in the future books, nor do I have any desire to learn about the Academy. I’m done with the series.

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Burning by Elana K. Arnold {Review}

Title: Burning
Author: Elana K. Arnold
Publisher: Delacorte Press on June 11th 2013
Format: eARC, 320 pages pages
Source: Publisher
3 Stars

Summary

Ben: Having just graduated from high school, Ben is set to leave Gypsum, Nevada. It’s good timing since the gypsum mine that is the lifeblood of the area is closing, shutting the whole town down with it. Ben is lucky: he’s headed to San Diego, where he’s got a track scholarship at the University of California. But his best friends, Pete and Hog Boy, don’t have college to look forward to, so to make them happy, Ben goes with them to check out the hot chick parked on the side of Highway 447.

Lala: She and her Gypsy family earn money by telling fortunes. Some customers choose Tarot cards; others have their palms read. The thousands of people attending the nearby Burning Man festival spend lots of cash–especially as Lala gives uncanny readings. But lately Lala’s been questioning whether there might be more to life than her upcoming arranged marriage. And the day she reads Ben’s cards is the day that everything changes for her. . . and for him.

My thoughts

The town of Gypsum is literally about to close up shop. Nobody needs the gypsum from the mines, so the town has lost their greatest source of both income and jobs. Almost everyone has already moved away, but there are still a few families left. Ben is weeks away from leaving town to start college with a full ride. His friends are crazy jealous since they don’t have college to look forward to, they’re going straight into jobs once they move to Reno. Lala is a gypsy fortune teller, camping with her family on the side of the road leading to Burning Man. In an effort to placate his friends, Ben joins them on a trip to see the hot gypsy girl and ends up getting a Tarot card reading.

Ben and Lala were both likable characters. Ben was driven, and he knew he wanted to go to college and really make something of himself. He felt bad about leaving his friends (and his little brother) behind, but he knew that going to college was a great opportunity which he couldn’t pass up. Lala had recently become disenchanted with her lifestyle as a gypsy. She was dreading her upcoming arranged marriage and was dreaming of things other kids got to experience.

I’m torn on the love aspect here. On the one hand, it was so sweet and truly lovely. On the other hand, it was a classic case of instalove. Seriously, after 2 (very short) conversations, they were already in luuuuuurve. But, other than that, I really enjoyed the way it was handled. The two were mature and respectful of each other and the people around them. If it weren’t for the instalove, I might even have called it a great love story.

I found some parts of the book unbelievable. Lala did something completely out of her comfort zone that I almost rolled my eyes at. And now that I think about it, Ben did the same thing. He was ready to give up the thing he’d worked at all his life at the drop of a hat. His friends, however, were understandably jealous. Ben was actually going to college, going to make something different for himself. He had an opportunity that they never would.

I liked that the story was told from both points of view. It helped me understand not only what Lala was going through as she became more and more unhappy with the direction her life was heading, but what Ben was going through as he struggled with his decision to leave his family and friends and accept his brother’s differences.

We got to know a lot about Lala and her gypsy family. It all sounded pretty real to me, so I trust that Elana did her homework and researched their lifestyle and way of doing things. I found it all very interesting, how they view puberty, marriage and familial relationships. And the Tarot cards played a big part of the story, too. I’m only vaguely familiar with them, and I learned a lot about what all the cards mean, and even how their placement during a reading matters.

The sum up

Interesting background information and a sweet (if unbelievable) love story make this a quick, fun read. I think it lacks the emotional punch Elana might have intended.

About the author

ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse–a gorgeous mare named Rainbow–and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Long Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of the East/West Literary Agency. Sacred is her debut novel.

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Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn {Review}

Title: Another Little Piece
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Publisher: HarperTeen on June 11th, 2013
Format: eARC, 419 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary

The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn’s haunting debut.

On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.

A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.

Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.

My thoughts

Annaliese was recently found after having disappeared over a year ago. She can’t remember anything from her past, including the year she was gone. She doesn’t recognize anyone from school, her house, or even her parents. And though everyone insists she’s Anneliese, she’s positive she isn’t. When she starts remembering things that have happened to other girls, she knows something’s wrong. And she doesn’t know why, but she can feel a deadline approaching fast. Now she needs to find out what happens when it arrives.

I want to be one of those people who appreciates this novel for its quirkiness and unexpected twists and turns, for it’s simple prose and elegant story telling, but I am not going to be one of them. It is quirky and has a ton of twists and turns, and it does have simple and elegant prose, but in the end, all I can think is: This story is flipping weird.

As the reader, we knew nothing of Anneliese other than what she was told. We experienced the memories and confusion just as she did, which allowed us to really appreciate how scary and disorienting it was to not know anything about yourself. She seemed very detached, which was totally understandable, but it also made it hard to like her. I felt so sorry for her parents, who were torn between wanting to never let her out of their sight and allowing her to go at her own pace.

The boy who seemed to know more about Annaliese than she did was creepy, as hem was supposed to be. And the boy who was kind-of-dating Annaliese was someone I just felt sorry for, more and more as the story progressed. And that’s all I can tell you about the characters without spoiling anything.

But really, even if I wanted to spoil you, I don’t think I could. Because, to be entirely honest, I’m not really sure what the hell was going on about 80% of the time. There were a ton of flashbacks and none of them had any context or explanation. The book isn’t described as science fiction, but that’s a huge element in it, but even that isn’t described completely. Seriously, this was me during most of the book:

I was left with an unclear story and too many questions, and I don’t enjoy that in a book.

The sum up

While I thought Another Little Piece was okay, it just wasn’t my thing. I’m not sure I would read anything else from this author.

About the author

Kate Karyus QuinnKate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and menthol chapstick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would… build character. Another Little Piece is her first novel.

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The Program by Suzanne Young {Review}

The Program by Suzanne Young {Review}Title: The Program
Author: Suzanne Young
Publisher: Simon Pulse on April 30th 2013
Format: eARC, 408 pages pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars

Summary

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

My thoughts

Sloane lives sometime in the near future when science has declared teen suicide an epidemic. Luckily, science has found a cure – The Program. Kids who show signs of depression can be forcibly admitted into The Program. Once the kids come out, they’re happy and without care. But they also can’t remember things from their past, even their friends. Sloane, who has already lost her brother to suicide, spends all her time with her boyfriend James, who was her brother’s best friend. The two of them are just trying to stay “happy” until they turn 18 and are no longer eligible for The Program.

Sloane was an amazingly strong female lead character. She knew she had to remain stoic, but it was hard for her; not only was she still upset from her brother’s suicide, she was scared of being taken away. She had James to lean on, but only in private, when nobody else was around. He was also strong; not only was he carrying guilt for not having saved his best friend, but he had made it his personal mission to take care of Sloane and their small circle of friends. That’s a lot of weight on such young shoulders.

There were other characters: friends, classmates, doctors and her parents, who added their own thing to the book. There were a few special ones whom I can’t call out specifically for fear of spoilers, but I will say I enjoyed them all (except for the really bad guy). There were some sexy times, but it was not at all graphic. Boo.

The story was incredibly suspenseful. The tension was just amped up over and over until I didn’t think I could take it anymore. The kids were afraid to show any emotion at all, and you know keeping it inside wasn’t any good for them at all. They couldn’t have a bad day or get in a simple argument without fear. Every time they saw a handler from The Program, they were scared to death that they were next. And since they knew what would happen, some felt suicide was the better option.

Several times, I found myself holding my breath, wondering if it was the end of Sloane, or someone else we’d gotten to know.
Several times, I found myself holding my breath, wondering if it was the end of Sloane, or someone else we’d gotten to know. The people from The Program were always lurking around the school, waiting for someone to look sad so they could scoop them away and erase their memories. And there’s no running away, The Program would just track them down and drag them back. It’s no surprise that some chose suicide as their only option.

In the beginning, I wondered why parents would voluntarily send their kids away to a place like that, I just knew that Sloane’s parents were going to be there for her and let her be unhappy, at least in the home. But no, they were pro-Program. And after a while, I could almost see it. If you had already lost 1 child to suicide, wouldn’t you do basically anything to keep from losing the other one, even if it made them unhappy?

I just went from reviewing the book to discussing the ethics of The Program, so let me get back to the former.

I can’t imagine how it would feel to be in the situation these kids were in, but thanks to Suzanne Young, I absolutely felt the terror and fear Sloane, James and their friends did. Young created a not-too-distant place where a government-mandated non-voluntary treatment for suicide prevention was totally believable. I was caught up in the story and lost myself in it many times. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the sign of an excellent writer.

I was left with a few unanswered questions, and though I think this was originally going to be a standalone, I was very pleased to find out that a sequel is due next year.

The sum up

Believably realistic and surprisingly romantic, this is an excellent entry in the dystopian genre. I can’t wait to see what happens in the follow up.

About the author


Originally from New York, Suzanne Young moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She currently resides in Tempe, where she teaches high school English. When not writing obsessively, Suzanne can be found searching her own tragic memories for inspiration.

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Endless by Jessica Shirvington {Review}

Endless by Jessica Shirvington {Review}Title: Endless
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire on October 1st 2013
Format: eARC, 480 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
Summary

LOVE WILL KILL US ALL

Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose—literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she’s about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she’s not nearly ready.

The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head—not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face…

My thoughts * Beware of spoilers for the previous books *

Endless picks up shortly after the conclusion of Emblaze, with Violet’s mother back from the dead, her dad unconscious (from a punch to the face by her mother!) and Lincoln having finally admitted he cares for her. Of course, it’s not all chocolate and roses now. The bad guys have just resurrected the baddest of them all for an as-yet-unknown evil plan, Phoenix still has a mental hold over Violet and The Academy has taken a strong interest in Violet and her fellow Grigori.

I really loved all the characters in this book. Violet was even stronger this go-round. Not only could she kick ass and take names, but she could handle disappointments and just generally rise above the petty stuff that would have upset her in the past. Lincoln was finally over the whole secretive crap and totally upfront about his feelings, which was a nice change of pace. We learned a lot more about Phoenix and got to see his personality, emotions and the reasons behind his behaviors. And dare I say, I actually felt sorry for him by the time all was said and done.

We got to know Violet’s dad and mom, plus witness their interactions with each other. (Remember, until now, he thought she was dead.) Unfortunately, they didn’t have a lot of time to get to rehash the past and do some explaining; a Grigori’s work is never done. Violet’s bestie, Steph, was back and again playing a part in the story. Onyx was still there, causing trouble wherever he could, and Dapper, trying hard to avoid it. There were a lot of new characters involved, especially as Violet and the gang spent an extended period of time in the Grigori Academy. Speaking of the Academy, Violet took some classes about the history of the Grigori, but sadly we weren’t privy to what she learned. I would have liked to know more.

Violet and Lincoln had amazing chemistry, made all the more poignant by the fact that they were soul mates who couldn’t be together. If they were to truly be together (i.e. get it on), it would have joined their souls forever. Then, if one were to die, the other’s soul would literally shatter. So in order to protect the other, they both agreed to hold off on the sexy times. You can imagine all the lip biting sexual tension that might ensue.

The dialogue was just as ironic as the previous books. Violet had a tendency to get a little snarky when the mood struck her. And Lincoln was getting better at responding in kind. Phoenix still liked to say exactly what he knew would rile someone up. All of it added up to highly entertaining conversations.

Jessica Shirvington creates wonderful fantasy worlds that exist within our own world. The mythology, language, even the buildings people visit, were vividly described and I could picture it all. The fights were exciting, the sexy times were very sexy (though not too graphic), the sarcasm was funny and the sad parts made me tear up.

The end of the book finished with not quite a cliffhnager, but not quite a resolution. Somewhere in between. I am anxious to pick up the final book [DON’T click that link unless you’ve already read books 1-4.] and see how everything shakes out.

The sum up

This is my favorite book of the series and I don’t see how the final one can top it. But I’ll be first in line to find out!

About the author

Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, and stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES. An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for FOXTEL and Sky News. Married for twelve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.

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Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker {Review}

Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A. Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #1
Publisher: Papoti Books on December 11th 2012
Format: eARC, 262 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
Summary

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

My thoughts

Kacey is just barely surviving after the accident that left both of her parents, her best friend and her boyfriend dead. She’s just biding her time until she can whisk her little sister away from their crazy aunt and uncle. When their uncle gets a little too close to young Livie, Kacey packs them up and runs. With the little money they have, she finds them a cheap apartment and they start over.

Kacey was the definition of dysfunctional. She hadn’t dealt with any of her issues following the accident and instead used violence to cope with things. She tried hard to keep it together for her little sister, but was having a hard time. Besides violence, her way of dealing was to keep everyone from getting too close. She enjoyed a good time in the bedroom, but was not a fan of emotions.

Trent and Kacey had great chemistry, and their relationship was a nice, slow burn.
Kacey’s little sister, Livie, was such a sweetie, and way too mature for her age. Several times, she was the one with the calm head who had to reason with Kacey. In her grief, I think Kacey sometimes forgot that her sister had also lost a lot in that accident. Livie is the focus of the next book in the series and I look forward to reading her story.

I loved the stripper next door with a heart of gold and her darling little girl. I would love to have a friend like Storm! The grumpy landlord was clearly a sweetheart in disguise who looked after his tenants. And of course, Trent. Overall, I was a fan of his, though I had issues with the way he went about doing things. He had a slight stalkerish tendency, though that led to some sweet scenes of him rescuing Kacey. And he had a manipulative way about him. I really liked the way the neighbors became a family unit.

Trent and Kacey had great chemistry, and their relationship was a nice, slow burn. He seemed more intent on “fixing her” than bedding her. He was pretty much trying for boyfriend of the year, encouraging her to seek counseling for her PTSD and saying all the right things.

I don’t hate you. I could never hate you. Give me your heart, Kacey. I’ll take everything that comes with it.

There was a surprise twist near the end, though I saw it coming. Because it was really the only option that made sense. That did not, however, take away from the emotion of it all.

The dialogue was straight forward, and Kacey had a tendency to say anything that popped in her head, which made for some amusing scenes. The sex scenes were graphic and steamy. Loved them!

The sum up

The story is sexy, sweet and sad, but the flawed characters really make it special.

About the author


Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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The Liberator by Victoria Scott {Review + Giveaway}

The Liberator by Victoria Scott {Review + Giveaway}Title: The Liberator
Author: Victoria Scott
Series: The Collector #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen on August 27th 2013
Format: eARC, 350 pages
Source: Publisher
5 Stars
Summary

Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.

When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is committed to living clean for his girlfriend Charlie, this dude’s been a playboy for far too long…and old demons die hard.

With Charlie becoming the girl she was never able to be pre-makeover and Aspen showing him how delicious it feels to embrace his inner beast, Dante will have to go somewhere he never thought he’d return to in order to accomplish the impossible: save the girl he’s been assigned to, and keep the girl he loves.

My thoughts

Oh, Dante. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. You’re a badass, you’re an undercover softy, you’re crazy protective of your friends, girlfriend and even her friends and family, you’re sexy and you know it, you know how to party, you dress to impress, you appreciate the finer things in life, you’re a sarcastic smartass, you have a secretly tortured soul, you’re head over heels in love with a good girl. Oh, and you’re a totes hottie.

I absolutely LOVED Dante in The Collector, and he made me fall for him even more in this one. He was still the same guy, just in love. And while the sappiness was a little overwhelming at times (find your balls already, Dante), he still had the same basic attitude about him. Even with the cuff that meant he had to save souls instead of stealing them, he still felt like the demon he used to be. That created serious conflicts of interest for him, which was where the tension between he and Charlie mostly came from.

Charlie was back and just as good as ever. She’d grown up a bit and was more mature, which I liked. She had much more on her shoulders, what with being the one who will bring 100 years of peace to the world and all. Annabelle was back and just as sassy as before. She had more of a presence in this story, though it was mostly comic relief and to rein in Charlie when needed.

Aspen, truly the focus of the novel, had some serious issues, and she had a helluva wall up, preventing anyone from getting too close. It was so nice to see Dante get close to Aspen and become her friend. What Aspen needed was a true friend, and Dante was that for her. (For those of you worried about a love triangle with the new female, don’t be. Victoria herself announced that wasn’t where they were headed. I was glad to hear that. I like a good triangle, but Dante belongs with Charlie.) All of the same supporting characters were back, and a few new faces popped up.

There was a lot of action in this one, both actual fighting and in the training room. There were a ton of tense moments and once or twice I just knew it was going to end badly.

One of my favorite things in The Liberator was finally seeing hell.
One of my favorite things in The Liberator was finally seeing hell. We got a pretty complete tour, starting with where it was and how to get inside. Incredibly detailed and so creepy.

There was some lovin’ going on, but it was romantic and sweet without anything graphic. It might have been nice, though, to have some sexy time details with Dante… Just sayin’.

There were unanswered questions, which was frustrating, but Victoria Scott writes crazy fast, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we find out the answers. The ending was a quasi-cliffhanger; enough to make you worried, but not enough to drive you crazy. A nice compromise.

I can be specific and continue to point out all the great and wonderful things about Dante and this book, but I’m going to stop here and just say this: READ THE BOOKS.

The sum up

Sexy bad boy tries to mend his ways. Good times ensue.

About the author

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe. She’s the author of THE COLLECTOR trilogy (Entangled Teen) and the FIRE & FLOOD series (Scholastic). Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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TMI by Patty Blount {Review}

Title: TMI
Author: Patty Blount
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire on August 6th 2013
Format: eARC, 336 pages
Source: Publisher


Summary

Best friends don’t lie.
Best friends don’t ditch you for a guy.
Best friends don’t post your deepest, darkest secrets online.

Bailey’s falling head-over-high-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she’s never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn’t trust smooth-talking Ryder. He’s just a picture-less profile.

When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it’s time to prove Ryder’s a phony.

But one stupid little secret posted online turns into a friendship-destroying feud to answer the question:

Who is Ryder West?

My thoughts

Meg and Bailey have been besties forever. Through thick and thin, they’ve managed to stay close. Through Meg fending off the advances of the super nice boy next door, to Bailey’s abusive relationship, they know each other’s secrets and would do anything for each other. Even butt into each other’s lives if necessary.

This book was okay; it was a quick read and had some entertainment value, but I had a lot of issues with it.

The 2 main characters, Meg and Bailey, were supposed to be the best of friends, but they didn’t act like it. Throughout the book, they were friends, then they’d fight and be enemies, then they made up again. Friends, enemies, friends, enemies, over and over again. The flip flopping got old very fast. Also, they both seemed incredibly immature for 17 year-olds. I would have pegged them as maybe 13.

Meg was insanely driven to excel at everything. She had a focused plan and there was no room for anything else – no other friends, no boys, no subpar grades. She seemed to think that any deviation from her set plan would result in catastrophe. This was the reason she was avoiding any sort of relationship with the sweet boy next door who was very obviously crushing on her. Once the big reason behind her narrow-minded focus was revealed, I thought it was silly and not worth the build-up.

Bailey was one of those girls who changed herself to be a boy’s ideal girl. Unsurprisingly, the boys never made her very happy. Her latest was on the controlling side and downright mean. I’m not sure what she saw in him in the first place. I think she liked him because he was popular. I questioned whether Bailey was Meg’s friend at all when she decided she would make Meg realize her feelings for the boy next door by dating him herself and making Meg jealous. What kind of friend does that?

I figured out the mystery of “Who is Ryder West” within a chapter of his first appearance on Meg’s radar, so no surprises there. The plot was an interesting idea, but the execution left me wanting.

The sum up

A great idea bogged down by very unlikable characters.

About the author


Technical writer by day, fiction writer by night, Patty mines her day job for ideas to use in her novels. Her debut YA “Send” was born after a manager suggested she research social networks. Patty adores chocolate, her boys, and books, though not necessarily in that order.
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