Friday, February 28, 2014

Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

ComplicitComplicit by Stephanie Kuehn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


WTF was that? The blurb makes it perfectly what's to happen. That ominous It's him ending should take away from the reader's need to know. Because in essence we're told their what's what point blank... And yet, that's not how things play out.

Him piecing their past together, it's almost boring; but him piecing his reality together? Fascinating... even to that last moment when I was left gobsmacked about what had just/finally taken place. Because  as he so eloquently put it himself, ' Perception and perspective can be stronger forces than reality.'

So Complicit is him putting things together, retracing the steps that lead up to his present. At times, I just couldn't rouse myself to care because Jamie he was neither brave nor wise nor good. A lotfelt too woe is me, too self-entitled (though maybe that's hindsight?) Liking him- even with Jenny seeing something in him- well, there's no big reason to do so. I just couldn't see it. There's this big disconnect from him to me but why, I am unsure.

The interesting: His memories of Cate versus who she really is. Well, she's not just girl-misunderstood. Because there's truth in how she paints her... but again not-just. In fact, it's all the 'not-just's' that make Complicit different. Jamie isn't just the boy you want to take under your wing. (There's something else to him. ) Cate isn't just who they all think she is. (There's something more to her.) Jenny, for that matter, the fact that she's with the guy at all, tells me she isn't just new girl... (there's something else there, too. I'm sure.)

By the way there's tragic and tragedy and the fact that our lives have been both all at once.

Yet despite all that, I feel like there's a lot more that could have been said. The whole Greek tragedy analogy we eventually work with oversimplified things, I thought. Him cast as so and so, or Cate, or even their birth mother as so and so... they are each more than that.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Just One Night (Sex, Love & Stiletto, #3) by Lauren Layne

Just One Night (Sex, Love & Stiletto, #3)Just One Night by Lauren Layne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


just one night is quite possibly my favorite of the series. the pair of them match up in a lot of ways. at first, it's in how well they don't get along; then later it's in how they do. that push pull thing going on between them was enjoyable. they are another inevitable, but before that? fireworks!

i also like that there's a past here, a knowing of sorts: a knowing on her part of him being the way he is; as well as a knowing on his part, that she's not her job... well, eventually at least.

there's also a genuine 'like' that they have for each other especially as it's based on said shared history. it's what made the two  believable. the bumps on the way to them though: his promise, their roles.. all made for this reading a fun one. It's the best part of things in fact. I couldn't make myself stop reading because it was simpy FUN.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Minders by Michele Jaffe

MindersMinders by Michele Jaffe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Wow. I have so many questions and I have no idea where to start, but let’s just say that reading this was a little like watching Inception. The question of What’s this was on repeat the whole time Sadie was in his head. In. His. Head.

I want to sum it up but don’t want to give anything away; plus given everything in it, I think I wouldn’t be doing this book any favors. BUT this is what I have got: there’s a program of some sort with two parties to it: one aware and the other not at all.  Well, three actually, as there’s the whole Roach bit ala puppet master. But there’s the more intriguing bit of how she tells his story.

His all lost boy-sad boy, piecing things together and finding things out even when everything and EVERYONE around him was telling to simply let go. I was all WHY WHY WHY like he was, I suppose. As he digs a story unfolds of them as brothers and them as family and them and their choices and who they’ve let down and who they haven’t. It’s all so sad and ach-y~ a lot like watching a Hallmark movie only without the happy ending. Because his happy is long way over, it’s his present that’s all about the after that.

The awesome bit here is how she is in his head and pulls us in with her. Because he DOESN’T KNOW and it’s in HIS  NOT KNOWING that things unfold with honesty. We see him for who he is and how he could be. There’s not much play acting on who he was, what he wanted, and what he was feeling because there’s ignorance TO HER that made it all work out that way. In the mean time, there’s the cracking of objectivity and --- hell, that inevitable --- empathy morphing into this one-side Thing that had me befuddled. Befuddled because she knew better. I knew she knew better, but there she was falling as she was. More confusing still was me rooting for the idea of a them, when in reality there really is no them. Because while she was in his head, he wasn’t in hers.

I have a whole bunch of questions. Like Miranda who? And what about Plum and poor Bucky! But Minders has left an impression one with the little nugget of how well laid plans have far reaching consequences, but mostly it’s re-interpretation of his emotion and his memory, the way things are associated with the simpler things making knowing him through her almost possible.




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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Well, sh*t. What was that?

Where did Adam go?

Who is this misunderstood Warner type I have just now learned of?


These are not the people who pulled at me in Shatter Me! Everything and everyone is flipped about and changed; I can barely recognize them.

The good? No weepy girl lead. Hurrah! The bad? No weepy  girl lead. It’s good this less-the-whine, but it’s bad too because the path her story has taken has rendered her so utterly unlikeable.

OK, so I concede. Yes, a good story does not just hinge on the likeability of its protagonists, but there’s got to be some positive in it for me to like it. Because the positives that Book Two was building up to? They’re gone from this one. Reading this series progressed thus: an OK start, a massively entertaining second, and… a hold up, I think someone just stepped off a cliff because things plummeted really fast in this one.

Mainly it’s all a tad too convenient. How Warner is not the bad guy I loved to hesitantly like. You see, Bad Boy Aura dissipates in the face of all those explanations. But it’s a handy development too because Adam the pretty awesome has likewise disappeared here. Yet, I’m of two minds when it comes to Adam. The about face in who he was for her made for yet another too easy fix like an arrow pointing to any direction BUT HIM for her.

Yet it’s the laying out of him being the first and the obvious choice felt a brave thing to lay out as well. The idea becomes: the good guy isn’t always the right guy. (Ha! And there upon shines my silver lining! At least I could name one thing I liked. This then was not a total loss.)




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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2) by Kasie West

Split Second (Pivot Point, #2)Split Second by Kasie West

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This was a total Level Up from book one. West writes a great combination of the sweet, the funny, and the exciting. All made better with leads who are decidedly likeable. And it’s likeability that’s limited to Addie and Trevor either… because, biggest POSITIVE surprise here, Laila (who was so-so in the first) and in Connor (who comes from out of nowhere) had me enjoying this sequel even more.

So, Addie and Trevor. Long has it been since I last typed this , but… swoon. She had me liking her more and more; he had me liking him more and more as well; but it’s them that had me loving this. There’s a natural thing in the new (but not new) connection they had; the whole building up into something (all over again) simply worked.

Better yet: where the complications they’re made to deal with come from. Nope, no football scheming here. The excitement type comes from slightly more interesting and definitely more in line with the general feel of things with shady then shadier conspiracy moments. It meshed well with everything else going on (with Paras and Norms, right?

But it’s Laila and Connor that just add something extra. I was not expecting them. But maybe I should have in the spare needs a pair scheme… but the way the way her end of the story unfurls, it’s exciting, there’s chemistry and I laughed because there really was something to the two of them. Plus, there’s how some of “how” she becomes is made clear especially why she’s all just push-push-push when it comes to those that matter to her. But it all boils down to her and Connor! Because – and I’m sorry here, but twice in one write-up – swoon. The way they match up with her pushing, and him not giving and sometimes vice versa. Well, I just enjoyed this




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Friday, February 21, 2014

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door (My Life Next Door, #1)My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Why have I only read this now? Seriously?! Because this was good… on so many levels.  I blame the cover; it’s so painfully cute-sy sweet that my desire to read it waned with each moment my eyes landed on its too cute cover couple.

My Life Next Door is more than said couple. It’s definitely more than the sweet moment they are depicted in. In fact, this isn’t a sweet book—or isn’t just a sweet book. There’s emotion and depth and truth, beyond her gazing sweetly at the him right before the even sweeter kiss (as the cover had me thinking.) And I like that. Having read this author’s second book, I already felt that this was going to be more than just kissy- face couple on the cover. And indeed: payoff.

On misconception.  Where some think one thing while others, the opposite; sometimes the truth lay somewhere in the middle. All the players in this one are more than we think them to be: Sam’s life is not as easy as some assume, but neither is Jase’s life as complicated as she expects. Others too like Nan and Tim are (not ) screwed up for the reasons apparent. Her sister and mother not what she’s known previous. There is a boat-load of “I think’s and I believe’s” that contrast so well against the real things that eventually come out, so that the disappointments felt bigger, and so much more with the latter’s opposite.

On Growing up and being more. There’s also a whole thing on who her mother was and who she was becoming. In fact there’s a lot of “becoming“ here and not just on her mother’s part. The same extends to who Sam is for Nan, her best friend, and who Tim (Nan’s twin) is to the both of them. A lot of what’s hard comes through here. There’s a growing up and a growing apart given the inevitable shift in WHO THEY ALL ARE TO and FOR each other: Mother isn’t just mother, now;  Best friend isn’t just best friend, either; and, sister isn’t just sister, for that matter.

All the change is ache-y; especially in the way things play out because none of it is about her, but around her. None of it is happening because of her. But she feels the effects nonetheless. This is where the “cool calm way” she’s perceived of having is a façade; she’s not the cool and collected thing he thinks her as, she’s simply caught unawares as everyone else’s life moves forward. All of it is so sad yet true….

The only negative that’s nagging at me is how most of the change is so…. well, negative.  Mother is not just mother. Sure. But why reduction into someone who’s not as strong as thought? BFF is not just BFF. Sure. But why so much vitriol in their unmaking? To balance those, there’s the shift in Tim and the introduction of Jase, but really, why so negative?

On their connection. I think the sweeter side of things balanced out the sad  so that it’s a sweetness I’m thankful for. Her in his life felt very fish out of water at first, but it’s in the way things they found their rhythm and their roles, that adds another dash of real. Nothing is instant in this. Sure there’s a prince charming moment, but otherwise, it’s sweet the way they got to know each other and they way the rest of them know her.  Better though is the honesty by which he makes his case; her presence in his life and his absence in hers: brutal in delivery yet truthful still.

I enjoyed this.  




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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer

Cress (Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Knowing who they were all up against should have simplified matters, but that’s not so here.  I still had fun with this though. Some might say there are too many points of view, too many narrators weakening (diluting?) the story’s impact. I think not because each person here had something to add; none of them were just part of the background. So, was the story with all of them telling their parts scattered? I didn’t feel that; if anything, with each person introduced and every other twist thrown out, it felt like a puzzle becoming whole. There’s basically, a building on. It’s the same thing that has me wanting Winer’s bit more. (Oh, the wait!)

To the good:

I loved that all the people from had something to contribute, some thing going for them here. Like how Wolf and Scarlett added that necessary older vibe with the passion and the questioning.  Or how Kai wasn't just prince charming. Heck, the 'charming' was being worn down by everything else!  Or Cinder, and how not-at-all-clueless she was through it all. But my new favorite thing about this series? Why, Thorne of course. And Cress. And Thorne and Cress! (I was totally picturing the Disney version as I read this… that’s how cute they both read.)

Cress and her sweet-ness, and how through the whole thing a little bit then a little more of the same is tested. By what he does and what she has to do. Out of her “tower”  it's not exactly... easy. Especially how she sees herself playing a role and the Captain playing a role of his own as well. Because clearly they're both more and less than those  roles she'd carved out for herself (and him).

Point? She's more and so was he, but sometimes less as well. More: they're both more than damsel in distress, and more than the guy on the white steed, as she’s got strengths she possess she’s completely aware of (all techno-savvy) versus him and how he receives her perception of him.  There’s something endearing to the two of them together… and I couldn’t get enough of it. Also, them knowing next to nothing about the other and how that’s addressed. I died from all the cute, I tell you because the longer they were in each other's presence, the clearer it was to me that a 'Kiss. NOW' was necessary.

And then to the not so good:

Like the first two books: making connections is pretty easy to do here; it’s what might have taken away from the fun every other aspect here offered. That said… I liked most of this.




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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Fever: A Novel by Megan Abbott

The Fever: A NovelThe Fever: A Novel by Megan Abbott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I’ve only read two books by Abbott having finished this one, I think I have to get her other stuff. This one had me recalling what Dare Me’s had me thinking: Girls can be scary sometimes and in Deenie’s experience, a lot of the time.

Unlike DARE ME with its girls and their tight knit groups with the politics and roles that the second dictated, this was broader in scope without taking away from the intimacy the telling. Yes, there’s the odd and the mysterious and even the hysterical, but underneath all that is a girl’s experience coupled with her father’s and her brother’s. Just to make it clear: FEVER is good.

Deenie’s changing and she’s not the only one. Her experience of this and others' perception of this are all told with this hazy and mysterious feel because there’s a distance put between the girls and the rest. It’s both matter of fact yet quietly but definitely unsettling. That same thing was made even more complicated by a disease that makes no sense. So factor in small town politics versus parental expectation, well it all sort of yields a pressure cooker situation. (In which half the time I had no idea what was coming next. ~ Yes, I liked that aspect, too.

But it’s the specific points of view of the more personal sort as with her father and his NOT-KNOWING contrasted against her brother’s NOT-WANTING-TO-KNOW that hooked me in some more… because, yes, it’s all those specific connections that make this more than just a mystery.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi

The Summer I Wasn't MeThe Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


The Summer I Wasn’t Me is to put it simply: problematic. First, there’s a lack of urgency in certain matters. Second, there’s an oversimplification in certain other things -and not just who was cast in the role of “baddy” or in what the same was capable of. And finally, there’s a lack of depth in the lot of them; you’d think depth would be present in at least one of them considering the place they all found themselves. But, NO.

To the first: there’s an almost blasé way things are treated in what eventually happens. I cannot fathom, why in the midst of that… nothing was done, neither for that matter was anything done immediately after; instead we had the romance between other protagonists FINALLY coming to fruition. In fact, “the dealing with” came almost moments before the end, like an afterthought. There’s no denying that things like this happen… yet, here it’s laid out as an “it happened/ it happens” manner.

Sadly, that’s not the only oversimplified aspect here. The “treatment” and the people behind it both felt false in depiction. The depiction in how others attempt to “fix” things felt unreal in how stupid things are allowed to play out. Worse though is where only some saw through it, there was the majority that didn’t. The question then became WHY… why some and not others?  Considering not one character had a corner on the market for stupid (The protagonists in this were just as likely as the next to do the dumb thing) ‘Oversimplifcation?’ perhaps not... stupidly simple may be the better descriptive here.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

Ink is Thicker Than WaterInk is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


3.5

Ink Is Thicker Than Water…. So, Amy Spalding, I think I love you. Too strong? Too desperate? The thing is this second book totally merits this new found devotion of mine. The way things play out in this one: it’s not just about her:

It’s family again,
it’s new connections,
and then it’s choice.
And it’s eventually all sorts of complications that stem from one, or two, or all of those.

First, here we have issues of family: family that one has been born into, as well as family that’s been made given choice after choice. But mainly I like how here’s no SLOW realization on her part that not everything is about her… the simple fact is she’s so aware of others and their baggage… but there’s negative to that same thing as well… the way she’s so good at coming in second… she was too good at being good, I felt… still, that’s not such a big thing to complain about, is it?

Another remarkable is the exploration on who she was as opposed to considerations on who she could become as well as who she was becoming. In fact it is that BECOMING for her and for so many people in this that pulled me in further. It’s that none of them are static here: not her, not her best friend, and neither her sister. So that change is palpable here and the effects of that ripple out so obviously, too. It’s the changes here that make it clear there are connections between and among them to begin with. And I JUST LOVED both aspects as presented here.




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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

The Edge of FallingThe Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In The Edge of Falling, you figure out the truth a long ways from the ending, but the why of it as well as what comes because of it are what make this book. In this there is a pushing away from others and a pulling into self, and then much later there’s a choosing of the unlikely (or may be not too unlikely, considering what we soon discover about the parallels in their situations.)  And because of all that, this was not an enjoyable read, but still was one I couldn’t put down.

It’s obviously not enjoyable to witness all those moments that pointed to the lead’s need for perspective. It certainly wasn’t enjoyable to see her choosing a thing despite how wrong-ly thought out, or not thought out at all, a decision was in the making.  Even the unnecessarily slow reveal of what really took place on that edge was not as interesting as the rest of it because it felt a tad unnecessary in the piecing of it together as it was rather obvious.  Still, the lead drew me in (yes, that’s despite all those flawed bits) BECAUSE I feltwith her.

I felt with her because there’s truth in her emotions; they may not have made sense and I may not have agreed (and certainly none of the people around her may have agreed,) but what she was feeling and what she was doing as a result followed in a direct way, as in there’s one thing then another thing, approval/ agreement with the same just not being the other thing that followed.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos

There Will Come a TimeThere Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


There Will Come A Time…

OK... I am not quite sure why I get excited whenever I come across a protagonist whose upbringing (could/might) run parallel to mine, but I always do. (Perhaps it’s because rare is the moment when I come across a Filipino-anything in YA?) My excitement was only furthered by another parallel: he’s a fraternal twin! Because really, dude, was this book written for me?

Then reality/reason seeped through (or more likely, his story became clearer to me): outside those two things: this book wasn’t all I was hoping it was going to be. The Pinoy flavor that could have been has been much diluted. I mean, sure there are nods to Pinoy stuff mostly in talk of food and lingo and kin yet, in the effect, we have little nods and little else. And if I were honest: the same is really a non-issue here.

While I’d have loved it more if things veered toward him and a connection to who his parents are as well as they’re experience and how all that affects the first, well, that’s not what this story is about. Instead the point here is how he is in fact exactly like any other kid. And who he, as “brother” (not simply “Filipino” brother,) deals with what he’s been dealt with… and that’s OK too because there’s accuracy in that portrayal: that grief isn’t geographic, that loss and attachment aren’t just because of where your parents come form or how you’re brought up. It’s simpler than that: because bottom line there is connection and attachment as well as reaction to loss of the same.

Making things even more “universal” is him and his want-don’t want thing going on with him and the other girl who’s has always been there. It’s not as easy as first presented… the connection between them. If the first aspect of the story is heartbreaking, you’d think some of what soothes would be served up here. It’s not. Nothing in fact in this is easy for him: seeing her in a different light given the shifts in their position in relation to each other is not heartbreaking but runs more along the twin lines of confusing  and frustrating.

Overall, this was OK.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Backward Compatible: A Geek Love Story by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Backward Compatible: A Geek Love StoryBackward Compatible: A Geek Love Story by Sarah Daltry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Backward Compatible. So where in the story of two completely nerdy (or is it geeky?) leads, falling in love and doing completely nerdy (or is geeky?) together does backward compatibility go? Their activities ranges from tame movie going, to the slightly more interesting cosplay to the well, then to the always hilarious moment of having Lanyon of One Lines hanging out (or hanging on?) to them.

I liked this even when I felt like I wasn’t supposed to. The jokes you see, could cross a line. And still, I laughed because Lead Guy and Lead Girl? They both were pretty simple in what made them (and me in turn) happy. Namely. a crude joke here, here and here.  (in every line in this in fact.. and almost always because Lanyon was making some offhand observation of some sort or making some joke often at the expense of some one’s mother.) Plus all their game playing, though the game-speak more than likely flew by me,  the way it’s made part of the story was …  funny.

The single-minded way they could get when on something and then continue and continue and just continue some more sounds like something my brothers did (OK, still do) … and it’s hilarious for that very reason. It’s not just the passion for that one thing though, there’s an enthusiasm for them for a lot of the things they take part in whether pretending to be some other character, or forming sudden friendships that sprout up out of nowhere, or hell, even the passion in seeing how not like others certain someone’s are, and yes, there’s them doing for all intents and purposes nothing of value and still getting a kick out of it all the same. Really, nothing happens here. And still I laughed.

We can thank Lanyon for that… there are lot’s and lot’s of gems in this one… granted there are lots and lots of the opposite as well, but I laughed on both accounts. Now ere I being honest, the laugh a minute way things went here, could have had this book falling under the trying too hard side of things AND maybe the number of in-references that others may get and more than a few others (like me) will not get could get annoying BUT the general way things are laid out here: they work. Because what we have are two awkward protagonists finding love in the likeliest place, going on a digital adventure with a team of likeminded odd balls, some more apparently similar than a few specific others BUT it’s the “falling in love” but simplifies things.

Is that where the title’s significance springs a new them together, syncing  up with the old them separately? Or is it just because of new game in question has them all come together in a hilarious fashion? One thing is clear though: this was funny.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

Thou Shalt Not Road TripThou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Thou Shalt Not Road Trip starts out all clever and funny in the lead’s  book and the humor with which he presents his brand of faith, BUT things shift, there’s less and less humor and more and more instances of the narrowness of his views (all their views, in fact)  and even an the overly-simple way in how almost everyone sees certain things/ people. So this became less clever and funny, mainly because liking the lead became more and more difficult with each page of him doing what he was doing. Frankly: missing the mark, there was a lot of that going on here.

First, with each page, liking him was becoming more and more difficult… even impossible. He’s written a bestselling book in a two week period, has a lost love he’s made to deal with over the course of a road trip (a road trip that doesn’t SADLY doesn’t add much to the story), and brother who’s there but one he wishes weren’t; then all those things on faith – driving the point home that some people could oversimplify things when they shouldn’t have been. In fact there’s an almost-mocking vibe that last aspect is presented. And sure I’m non-practicing Catholic, but the way things are set forth here: there’s an overly simple way in the way ALL of the react that doesn’t sit right.

So it’s not really about faith; he in fact no Jesus and his book’s is in fact no Bible… expect it’s that hyper-fast way things happen with him in the middle that almost led it there. Perhaps it’s perception: of who his was as others saw him, of who he was as he saw himself, of who he was others expected... even of who Fran was, and even of who his brother was (becoming). So behind the he’s so great, the book’ so great plus the ast way things occur, look deeper and you see he’s just a kid, with ordinary kid problems: what do they think of me, what does she think of me and what do I think of myself?? I wish things were kept at that simpler level because then maybe I could a have loved this more.

And really I could have loved THIS more: the road trip and that long lost love-come back aspects especially. To the first: long have I been a fan of road trip books. It allows for a host of discovery in self in others and what was and what could be… none of those are allowed to happen here. What happens: a set of misunderstandings and clarity on his end that not everything revolves around the him as the lead.

OK, so maybe I liked this aspect after all: it made the story LESS about a lead who I disliked and more about the others around him. In fact, maybe that road trip aspect does have value here: it’s proven that he’s not the center of the universe; things happen, and they’re not always going to be about him. Thinking of things in this light I have to take it back: the road trip angel does serve a purpose… if only to distract from how I disliked the lead.

To the second: on long lost loves and things of that nature. That no-non sense vibe she starts with, that tough girl-schitck, is sadly a really just a shtick. And man what a letdown is all. Anyway: him, Fran and what she’s doing. It’s all about perceptions and reactions. Him reacting then her reacting equals me, frustrated once the ‘real thing behind was unearthed.

So there's a clever start here, but it's a let down in the end.




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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3) by Samantha Young

Before Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street, #3)Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


The first book is still my favorite (though at a rating of 2 point 5, that’s not really saying much.) This third book has the cute then the complicated and then the hot and the sexy as well as the dramatic. As is often the case with books of this type: I could have dealt with less of the last and more of everything mentioned prior.

Except it’s a drama that makes sense and even better: it’s a drama that doesn’t drown out all other aspects going on. Anywaaaay: I liked that there’s this true connection between two leads even before anything happens. It’s not exactly anything new (the whole besties turns something else,) but I liked it. And sure there’s the sad-sad-sadness they both bring to the table, but the very same doesn’t cancel everything else out. Anyway, both go into things aware of the other’s baggage, yet this knowing doesn’t stop the drama (and if anything it’s the same the flames of the latter.) 

I liked the Friends vibe going on here…except you know, sexy times, a whole lot of sexy times. But back to my point: there’s a linking from one to another then another that allows a knowing by some or all of who the others are, both in terms of the good they’re capable of- and in Nate’s case the not-so good as well. You’d think the whole group thing would complicate matters for the two leads; and it does but not just. Like how there’s this peek into who the men were, or the peek into who the women were sans their respective partners.

This was cute and sexy, just what I needed… well, mostly needed, at least.




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