Thursday, April 19, 2012
Slow Twitch (Brenna Blixen# 3) by Liz Reinhardt
Slow Twitch by Liz Reinhardt
Summer scatters three friends, ties them back together, and makes them question who they have been and who they want to be in the future.
Brenna expected to soak up the knowledge of great Irish writers at her summer workshop in Dublin. But there are some things even the best books can't teach you, and a passionate new friend and an old familiar full of surprises challenge Brenna to follow her heart. By the time she's back in the States, she can't wait to throw herself back into Jake's arms and tell him exactly what he means to her.
She puts the brakes on that plan when it becomes clear that Jake may not be ready to shoulder any more. He visits his family's palatial home in the mountains of New York, and is exposed to all the possibilities a life surrounded by his pampered relatives and washed in money would hold for him. But is it possible to accept so much and not change who you are? Jake has to face the reality that changing sometimes means losing things...but how much is he willing to put on the line?
Saxon has been thrust into a life of drudgery and indentured service he never dreamed of after a brush with the law puts him on family-enforced probation. Who would have thought Sussex County's resident bad-ass layabout would fall head-over-heels in love with a girl, an elderly aunt, and a shot at a whole new life. The problem is, he's a Maclean to his marrow, and it's in his blood to be a selfish screw-up. Isn't it?
Brenna, Jake, and Saxon spend one summer growing up, working things out, and doing their best to weather the changes that get thrown their way. But can the love and friendships of one amazing summer last through the ups and downs of the coming years?
Slow Twitch is book number three in the Brenna Blixen series. Book one is Double Clutch, and book two is Junk Miles. All books in this series are YA Mature. Slow Twitch contains sex, drug references, alcohol consumption, and swearing. It is intended for mature or older readers.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I was charmed by Brenna in Double Clutch. She impressed me with her head on her shoulders, her feet solidly planted on the ground. So I was completely taken aback with the turn of events in BOOK TWO. I recall feeling her that reasons were a cop out to getting what she wanted at the expense of another. Now, a couple of moths later, I’m happy to report that SLOW TWITCH brings back a little of my admiration for her in DC. So Slow Twitch might not be as good as book one but it’s a far cry better from Book two.
I enjoyed how each of them got a chance reveal more of themselves even when these revelations were done reluctantly. Things got done in this book and it allowed me the opportunity to get a clearer picture of why Brenna was the way she was. Still, I have to say that my favorite moments were of Saxon: a little less the bad boy, he was turning into something so different from what I’d come accustomed to in the first books. I felt satisfied with his outcome… which is not precisely what I felt for the other two of this not-quite-love triangle.
I was confused by Jake because the same issues I had with him in the past crept up a little, but I wasn’t as bothered. Perhaps this is because in this he read more authentic. Jake and his insecurities even Brenna and her need to be who she was and her need to decide what she felt, felt less forced to me. Maybe because it’s been a couple of months since I read the last one and now I’d become used to their personalities? Basically, they all felt like persons /personalities to me instead of people just spouting of justifications/excuses.
It’s an OK end to a series whose start had me excited. The “me, me, me” bent I attributed to Brenna personality after BOOK Two has been blunted now. I think I know her more… and maybe even like her (just not all the time.)
Side note: Is it just me or does Brenna draw Saxon type personalities to her? I am quite curious about what’s in store for Evan, (aka Saxon with ovaries.) Will there be there a spin-off?
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