Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sherrilyn Kenyon - Son of No One

It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the
beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all? 


Comment: Being a fan of the Dark-Hunters series by this author, obviously I try to read the books that come out very slowly...I mean, I wouldn't mind it if they were all fantastic reads, but sometimes they aren't, and certainly not to the level of the first ones, but...one keeps hoping.

Son of No One is the most recent installment and the main characters are two new ones, people we've never met. Nothing against them, but with so many on line to have a story...still, I (still?) trust the author's mind to write things in a way that will make sense. Eventually.
Cadegan is a demigod trapped by his brother in a alternate world where he can see what happens in other places but never leave. Apparently his origins aren't reliable and his existence might balance the evil side if he gets angry or turned into their side. 
One day, Josette, who has always had the ability to see things in mirrors, "falls" into one at her cousin's shop and ends up with Cadegan. Of course, having nothing else to do, they have sex and start a sort of relationship which is actually true love and at the end there's a HEA.

This really small summary is actually the plot. They met, she proves him he's trustworthy and vice versa, they love each other and they become a family in our times, very much in the middle of the war going on, going to happen.
I wouldn't think much of this book if it weren't for two things. First, it was good to see the interaction with other characters. It's one of my favorite things ever to see characters who had their stories interact with others and in a way, it allows us readers to see how they're doing. I liked the scenes where this happened.
The second wonderful thing was how FINALLY something happened to further the plot along. I keep that in bold letters because it's truly surprising. We see Jaden at last, after so much conversation when Acheron was released that Jaden's arc was starting and how he never showed up or if he did I didn't even notice, he was here, he talked and we did learn something about him! Yay. I just hope it keeps on.
Sure, this happened almost at the end, but we did learn new things and there's a vibe on the air which I hope keeps up in the next books, I really hope this means things start to happen for real in the series in terms of plot and plot related issues.

The romance between Cadegan and Josette was fast, too fast actually, and honestly, I confess I got a bit annoyed at the fact we saw the word "sweety" so often. I know it's a cute term of endearment but it got annoying to read it, like a grown up can't speak without those words at the end of a sentence. It's not a bad thing, but personally annoying and that affects the way I read it.

In the end this had to be a good story because it did make me hopeful about things to come, about the character's lives. The romance wasn't the best, but I feel happy as long as something happens because it seems there's so much to happen and when it goes so slowly or without much going on, it can be a disappointment. Thankfully, this one, at least, moved the plot a bit along.
Grade: 7/10

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Lisa Kleypas - Secrets of a Summer Night

Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.
Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle's most intriguing--and persistent--admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.
Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon--and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon's passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.


Comment: In my attempt to go through some of the beloved books by Lisa Kleypas I've been buying some of them to have them all ready to read one after the other. 
This month I've started the Wallflowers series, and this is the first book. It's about a group of young women who are wallflowers for some reason. They joined forces to find husbands for each other but their plans don't seem to always go according to plan...

This is Annabelle's story and how she wants to marry fast to avoid her family's demise into real poverty. So far, they seem to hang on barely, but everyone surely knows they're almost penniless. After many seasons however, Annabelle doesn't seem to be close to marriage so with the newfound friendship with the other wallflowers, she goes onto a country party in hopes of catching a husband. If only mr Simon Hunt weren't there to ruin her plans...
Simon Hunt is a very rich man, but he's no peer. He knows Annabelle wants to marry an aristocrat but since he met her he can't seem to forget her. Will she change her mind if she knows him a bit more?

I liked this book. I think the author knows her art and knows her strengths and does a good job in creating a solid, entertaining story.
What I liked the most in this book were all the little details about the character's lives and how a scene can have so much meaning. There's a purpose in this story and the things around the character's actions aren't there just to fill up space, they mean something and help to create and idea to better savor the story. Sometimes this isn't achievable with only words, the author has to dedicate time to think and write the details. In my opinion, this was done well here.

The story is very likable, there are the four wallflowers we know would have had a bad time on those days where image and reputation was everything (how far we've come, huh? Not.)
They talk about their difficulties and they start a friendship I hope to see continued on the following books. Once again, this is creating an environment where the main characters have to interact with others, not just between themselves, something I always thought important.

The romance between Annabelle and Simon starts with a lot of pre conceived ideas they both have about each other. There is a certain reluctance for Annabelle to see Simon as someone she might like, but he's in the way a lot and when the time comes for her to finally make a decision, when things are close to be solved for her, she realized all the interactions she had with Simon were just steps into making her opinion change about him. Their romance was slow to develop but each day and meeting had importance.
I liked how Simon seemed to have only one thing in mind but he changed too, as he knew more about Annabelle.

I think the book is very good, very entertaining and with many things that captivate the reader to keep reading, Personally, I liked the secondary characters too, and how the wallflowers antics were a funny side to a seriously toned story. I feel very curious about the other girls' stories and can't wait to read them.

This romance is very enjoyable. The writing and the plot details match quite well. I think the author imagined well formed characters and although the main plot is a bit predictable, after all we all know how the HEA will certainly happen, the way things are told seem alive and special.
I'd change a thing here and there in the pace mostly, because there were times where t seemed things moved along fast. Simon and Annabelle knew each other years before but it was just an acquaintance, I still wonder what in her made Simon feel so fascinated, besides her beauty I mean. But overall, that didn't distract me from my enjoyment of the story.
Grade: 8/10

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sarah Waters - The Paying Guests

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.
For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.
This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all, a wonderful, compelling story.


Comment: I got interested in this book after reading the blurb at GR. The book showed up at my on line shop site suggestions and the title seemed interesting. After I got the book I was quite intrigued although it's not my usual type of stories, meaning set during the 20s. I didn't investigate further, but after the first chapter I went to see the author's work and yes, there is a trend to her books.

This is Frances' story and how she and her mother are forced to have lodgers - paying guest as they call them - in their big house after Frances' father died and left many bills and debts. The book is set after the first Wold War ended and England is still filled with former soldiers, misery, poverty and a changing society.
Lilian and Leonard Barber are a young couple, middle class, and they have an apparent good marriage. But as time goes by, we follow the way all the characters start to know each other, friendships are settled, conventions are put aside and even desire makes an appearance. But once things change for good, it seems they won't stop until someone pays for it.

This was my first book by Sarah Waters. I didn't even know about her before and I wasn't compelled to do any research, so the book kind of made a surprising impression on me.
I confess I thought this book would address a relationship between Frances and mr Barber, but after a while it became obvious the connection wasn't with mr Barber, but mrs Barber! Then I did some more research and it seems there's a recurrent theme in the author's novels', which is lesbian characters.
I was doubtful about the whole thing, but the relationship between Frances and mrs Barber, Lillian, was slow to happen. Still, when they changed from different classes friends to lovers, I didn't like it so much, but at the time, I was already hooked on the story and, I do confess, marveled at the author's writing talent.

It seems Sarah Waters is a wonderful author and that is obvious. Even when things weren't going that well, plot wise, I admit it that I couldn't stop reading, because the way the plot is created, almost unimportant and fulled of society little things, the difference in classes, the monetary connection between lodgers and owners, the political situation of the time setting, all that seemed trivial but together with the author's talent made for an amazing story line where one can feel all the details in their conversations, the tension in their meetings, their interactions, the innuendos of their behavior. I think there aren't many authors with this storytelling power out there.

The lesbian content went from pointed at, to subtle, to wishful to obvious. I can't say it's something I feel easy to read about, but in this book the relationship has to go through many obstacles, and not only society ones. I think there are a lot of decisions made on the relationship that propel the plot forward but are huge risks which to my common sense seem silly but I can understand the meaning of it to the plot.

The book is divided into 5 parts, being the first one a sort of set up for things to come, my favorite in terms of atmosphere. There's a crime committed during the story and the investigation is an important part of everything. I think the biggest lesson one can take from this, we should think before we act. Sometimes common sense and a cold head work better than any impulse, even if heartfelt.

Like I said, I was marveled with the writing, so addictive and polished and perfect. The story got from a daily telling of  the character's lives to a momentum setting and I was hoping for some amazing end, something unique, but unfortunately, the end is a disappointment, I hoped so much more from this! After such a gradual but increasing tension of what was happening, I expected a spectacular end, but it wasn't so. What an anti climax. I really think the characters didn't had what they deserved, especially for heir own peace of mind, after the things they did and the consequences that would ask of them.

The characters are beautifully done and put on paper. Frances is quite the character, she has so many good qualities and at some point I thought she would honor her personality, her values, but some things happen and she didn't react like I thought. I only mention her because she is the key player and it's from her POV we see most things. I really hoped for a better end for her. Or, at least, something more suitable for her behavior throughout the novel.

In the end, quite the reading experience, a really perfect and genius's voice but a sadly disappointing end to a brilliantly told story. I don't know if I feel like reading more by the author, but this book was almost the thing, except for that ending.
Grade: 6/10

Song # 22

I'm loving this singer's voice. This song in particular is beautiful, the voice, the melody and the lyrics make this really special. I can't stop listening to it. The video is interesting too.
Love to listen to this on repeat...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Amy Harmon - Making Faces

Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl's love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior's love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beast, where we discover that there is a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.


Comment: I knew about this book because of one of my book clubs. This was th book chosen for this month and despite not being something I usually go to, it has YA parts included, I still decided to honor the commitment and give it a try. I'm glad I did because the story is very good.

Ambrose Young has it all, he's gorgeous, friendly, successful and popular in his high school. After 9/11 and a fright he wasn't counting on, he looks at his life and thinks he must do something, so when school ends, he convinces his 4 best friends to join the army. But the outcome isn't perfect at all.
Fern Taylor has had a crush on Ambrose since he helped her and her cousin to bury a spider. But when she tries to help a friend to conquer him through an old fashioned letter exchange, she couldn't imagine the lessons and struggles she would face for him and with him...

I really liked this story, much more than what I imagined. It has some YA parts but thankfully those aren't about love ever after. I have a hard time believing the forever kind of love in young adults who don't always - if ever - weight in what true love and dedication entails. Anyway, that didn't happen here, although there's a start up base to the rest of the story which we see in the beginning.

The majority of the story is what everyone now says is new adult. Ambrose and Fern are young when their story happens, but I have to say there are mitigating reasons for why their story feels mature and well thought, opposed so many YA novels out there.

Fern has always took care of her cousin Bailey, who was born with a disease that makes it impossible to walk or to even move his arms. She has an old view of the world with reality so obvious in her life. The fact she isn't beautiful like most people also helped her to construct an idea of herself which stopped her from being vacant and self absorbed. So, in a way, she's mature for her age. And she likes o read, so...
Ambrose has a loving father, who isn't his biological father but that doesn't stop him from recognizing the good man he is and how lucky he is to have him and to have his support. Of course, this shaped his view of the world but he isn't an angry, impulsive guy. He tries to be fair and do the right thing. I think he felt a bit too perfect at times, but his impulsive action made things so uncomfortable and wrong that it's almost like he is paying for the time he didn't think things all the way. Although this can be debated, after all, serving one's nation is seen as something worthy.

It's obvious there's a lot of tears on this book's path and be prepared for it. I think the author was very clever because she dosed the emotion and the negativity very well, in a way that wasn't over the top and too hard to overcome. Things hurt and things are bad here and there, but there's this sense of optimism and the reader kind of gets ready to see it happen because the plot makes it happen that way. So, despite the huge avalanche of emotion, it's not unbearable because of the good things we see happening and being told a lot of the time.

There are some ideas about beauty and worth and how one can be what one needs instead of just being what other think. I liked the ideas inserted in to the plot quite a lot, and also how they were dealt with.

The romance is cute. It starts innocent, letters exchanging, sort of, and their personality complement each other When it has to, the support they both take from the other helps them appreciate what they were given, especially Ambrose. I think the HEA was believable and the focus was mostly on the sweetness and the friendship. The epilogue is full of hope and the stamp of approval for their relationship. But the actual story isn't rushed or too sugary.

I liked the story and despite my tears and personal little ideas about what to change, I can't say the author didn't do a good job, because she did. I feel humbled when I get a book I thought I wouldn't enjoy much, but end up liking a lot after all, even more so when it has elements I usually can't stand (like YA). This happened here and I'm quite glad to have read it. The writing feels a bit young at times, but I guess it's part of the whole deal. In the end, it had strength and a purpose, it worked out really well. Very good story!
Grade: 9/10

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rhys Ford - Fish and Ghosts

When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.
Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.


Comment: I got this book a few months ago based on the promising blurb. I had hopes this would be a fascinating and romantic story. If there is one thing I look for in m/m books is the romance and relationship element and for that, one needs the writer's talent.

This is Wolf and Tristan's story.
Wolf and his team of paranormal researchers try to prove many supernatural manifestations are purely schemes aiming for profit. When they are asked to prove Tristan is a crazy unbalanced young men, they go to the property where Tristan works and try to prove the place is not haunted as people say.
Tristan not only believes in ghosts but he wants to help them any way he can and the Grange, left by his uncle seems to be a place where ghosts come to when they are ready to leave. He agrees to the team's presence there to assure his family ghosts exist o they can leave him alone. But Wold is a surprise for Tristan, on all levels...

I won't be long with this comment. I was disappointed with this book. It didn't work for me for several reasons, being the two main ones the following:

- The romance felt flat. I didn't believe their emotions that much. I assume the author has a specific vision about how things were happening but I wasn't sod on them. At first yes, the reluctant attraction (one of my favorite things in romances) was interesting enough, but from then on, their slow paced relationship got too indifferent. They just didn't seem to click as a couple and I never felt much sexual chemistry between them, even when in more intimate moments.
Tristan is a very likable character but he also had a sort of too innocent take and although I can understand why for the story's development and vibe, I still think he got a bit whinny at some point. He just stopped being endearing to me.
Wold was more the type of character I like in these romances, more assertive, confidant and almost alpha, but he didn't push Tristan right away and things started slowly. Still, despite his personality being captivating, together they didn't seem to work that much. Then Wolf's past and origins got in the way and the story started to feel like too much was going on.

- The plot seemed interesting at first but after a while so many things were the focus, the paranormal activity, Wolf's family, the bad ghost, the tactics to stop the bad ghost from further harm, the main character's relationship... so may things that well paced and structured could make this really special. But, for me, it was just so confusing, I had some trouble concentrating on the story and on what was happening.

It's not that I didn't like it per se, but so many elements just didn't seem to match together. I can see how many lied the story and how the author's style can be interesting, but for me things didn't work. I could discount the plot if the romance was a winner, but unfortunately, neither convinced me.
I think the good parts, mostly about the ghosts presence and the why of things weren't enough to distract me from the things I believe could have been better. Some times, some books can be good but not work for someone in particular and this happened to me here.
Grade: 4/10

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Caris Roane - Obsidian Flame

For a hundred years, Marguerite has been imprisoned and used for her powerful psychic abilities. Her only relief comes from her regular visits with Thorne, her vampire lover.  His every touch leaves her hungry for more..and aching for their next encounter. When Marguerite is finally set free, she returns to Mortal Earth to begin a new life for herself.  She dyes her hair white-blonde, paints her nails blood-red, and seduces a sexy-hot stranger. Why can’t she stop thinking about Thorne?
Now that Marguerite is gone, Thorne craves her more than ever..and follows her to Mortal Earth.  Unfortunately, he is not the only vampire who wants her. As one of three powerful women with obsidian flame abilities, Marguerite is a valuable treasure—and a dangerous weapon. For Thorne, she is a soulmate he must protect at any cost…even his own life.


Comment: This is another of the books in the Ascension series by the author. The series focus on a world where vampires ascend to another plane, where life is similar to ours on Earth, but where ascenders have wings and special abilities and powers. The main action revolves around a war between good and evil, of course, and how each faction grows an army to the final battle which I assume will happen in the last - and following - book.

This is Theron's story. He's the leader of the Warriors of the Blood, a group of special and more powerful fighters who combat the enemy all over the world. Recently all the warriors have met and fell in love their mate, with the exception, so far, of only three. Theron has been in love with Marguerite but their relationship is complicated. But now she is free from the sort of prison she has been and only wants her freedom. But Theron isn't able t let go, so he takes a break from his duty to pursue his heart's desire. However, things aren't as simple as that and the fate of many against the fate of two can really be a fair math? How will Theron convince Marguerite to be with him always?

This series' plot has been increasing in action and momentum, obviously ready to come to a point because the series will end. Or, at least, it will come to the end of the arc if one can say so, because accordingly to the author more stories were planned until the publisher decided to finish it will the remaining book. The author will self publish the last three warrior's stories afterwards, eventually.

Despite these facts, one thing is clear. The author wanted to take things to a new level and set up the jump into another arc or series. Maybe. Now I don't know because of the publishing issue. Anyway, this story is a goos continuation of the things happening in the previous books and manages to set up things in a very intriguing way in what we think will be a sort of epic finale, at least in terms of action.

The characters all play some sort of role here. The ones we know continue to be important and there are several new appearances to fulfill the plot development. There are new discoveries and actions that can be surprising and once again, despite one can read this as s tad alone story, I think it's one of those cases it would only ruin it because so many things are linked, it actually best to read in order, not only to best understand the characters, world and plot, but mainly to be able to understand the whys of so many decisions.

I liked the way things moved and the best part is actually the plot and character's conversations.
However, the romance really annoyed me. I don't like Marguerite, and the way the author kid of reformed her at the end wasn't enough. I think Thorne deserved someone strong yes, but different. Honestly I can't empathize with a character that only wants sex and as many partners as she can find. I understand the reasons she has and how her personality works, but sincerely, I didn't like her and felt sad Thorne, as one of the key players, had to be saddled up with her.
I liked they had a HEA but Marguerite will never be someone I care about. I just can't accept her choices although I can understand them.

I was so annoyed at this, the sex scenes I skipped, because they didn't mean anything to me, as I always felt Marguerite wasn't cherishing them as they should, in a way. They are mates, destined ones based on the details of the world, and she still wanted something different. Ok, but then it wasn't fair to Theron...I think in a way it was interesting to have this POV in a character, but still, not a favorite and not enjoyable to me.

I'm curious over the next and final story but this one wasn't as amazing as I hoped for, considering Theron and his role as leader and ho things are, in general terms of world structure. Still, enjoyable enough but never special or fantastic.
Grade: 6/10

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TBR Challenge: Jill Sorenson - Crash Into Me

Though he’d gone into virtual seclusion, Ben Fortune was still the world’s most famous surfer, known as much for his good looks as for his skill. He’s also a suspect in a series of brutal murders that may have begun with his late wife. 
Now FBI Special Agent Sonora “Sonny” Vasquez has been sent undercover to the elite beach community of La Jolla to make friends with Fortune. With her fierce beauty and take-no-prisoners attitude, she’s more than equipped for the job, and soon she and Ben have collided in an affair that is both intense and irresistible. But for the first—and worst—time in Sonny’s career, her emotions are threatening to get the better of her. 
Could this sensual, wounded man, who is genuinely anguished over his troubled daughter, really be a killer? And could falling in love blind Sonny to the greatest danger of all?

Comment: I've had this book in my TBR since April. I've read another book by the author and I liked so I've decided to try more of her work, this being the one that, by blurb alone, seemed the most intriguing one. I was quite pleased it would fit this month's theme for the TBR challenge.

This is Sonny Vasquez story and how, being her a FBI agent, she was charged of the investigation of Ben Fortune, a suspect of killing women in his residence area, all because of the gossip about his wife's murder years before. Sonny takes a new identity and starts to get closer but she didn't count on all the drama around Ben's life, her own and the fact there's a strong attraction between them.
Ben just wants his surfing and to take care of his daughter. But Sonny brings him feelings again, along with a huge amount of problems. But is he really guilty as evidence makes him look?

This book is very deceptive. Only author's fans or previous readers know this is filled with drama and situations that are hard to solve magically, as it happens in so many contemporaries. And I don't mean the crime, I'm referring to the character's lives and what they are making out of it.

The main issue is the solving of a series of crimes committed around La Jolla beach. Ben Fortune is a former professional surfer and he lives nearby. His fame carries on, even more so because his wife was murdered and he was the one who found her. Of course, he was a suspect but his innocence was proved although suspicion follows him still.
However, his main problem is to deal with his teenager daughter, who has issues of her own, and who seems to be changing as all teens do at some point.
Sonny comes in and starts to change his way of seeing life, of thinking about himself. I liked the ay they started to matter to each other and how what they were before meeting was simple and objective, but their perception of things changed along with their feelings. This could be done rather obvious to better pop up to the reader, but there are so many things surrounding their lives that I think there's a constant layer of drama just waiting for confrontation.

As aways, there's a secondary focus, in this book is Carly and her new boyfriend who isn't just any random guy. There are a lot of personal links in this book and some are real surprises, at least they were to me.
In this book, there are many things to bear in mind, and many issues societies nowadays seem to overlook for the sake of their own problems. Other people's challenges are their own. I think the author presented some very crude visions of what it's like to live with guilt, insecurity, fears and weights that carry one's head down. I still think there was a slightly darker vibe around the story and that can put off some readers I suppose and to be honest I wish the author could have dosed the good things a bit more. I understand the fact this book is as it is but a lighter mood here and there would have been nice.

The romance ended up with a HEA which has a good amount of sweetness but not overly done. I liked how Ben and Sonny talked a bit, how some of their issues were dealt throughout the book.
This story is meant to be serious and accomplished that well. All the subjects addressed are things we all should pay attention to, so in terms of building up a good environment to the story, the author did well.

The crime isn't the most ingenious in the world and the villain becomes almost obvious from a certain point on and I wasn't surprised by who it was. Still, all things surrounding it aren't as easy and obvious to deal with and the path all characters had to take to reach  sort of positive end was hard and with plenty of lessons to be learned.

In the end, this was a good book, many interesting subjects, a good and hot romance, two sweet but impulsive teenagers, lots of drama and situations that seem unreal so much work did they cause. But I like the author's style, despite the things I would remove if I could. I do plan to read more by her.
Grade: 7/10