For Real by Alison Cherry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It wasn’t that this book wasn’t good. It was pretty good, but it wasn’t what I was expecting based on the blurb. It’s not a romance. If you’re looking for a travel the globe on a reality show romance, you’re going to be sorely disappointed like I was.
This book wants to be about sisterly bonding or whatever, but I had a lot of issues with the way the older sister (Miranda) acted towards the younger sister and main character (Claire). My sister and I are the same age difference these characters are and I would never treat her as terribly as Miranda treated Claire.
This is why the epilogue felt so unsatisfying. Not only does Claire not get the guy, but you (at least I didn’t) don’t get the sense that the sisters’ relationship has actually improved on any real level. A set of grand gestures isn’t enough.
All in all, this novel is pretty weak on every point. The character development is lacking when it comes to everyone but Claire, the entire premise of the reality show is amazingly cheesy, and none of the relationships, platonic or romantic, are satisfying on any level.
So while I didn’t hate reading this book, I definitely don’t recommend it.
You and Everything After by Ginger Scott
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Ugh. What a let down. This is going to be a short review because this book was pretty unremarkable. I’m just going to tell you the two main reasons why I think you should pass this one by and you can make your own call.
This book suffers from Jamie McGuire syndrome. It’s essentially This is Falling written over again from 2 different perspectives. I didn’t want to read about the prank war or meeting the parents or going to a baseball game BECAUSE I ALREADY READ THAT BOOK. I wanted to read about Cass and Ty having NEW experiences. Instead I got the Cass and Ty version of Nate and Rowe’s story. Pass.
Ty. Ty was not the hilarious, great character that he was in This is Falling. He was boring and sappy and obsessed with Cass. Cass wasn’t a crappy character or anything I just got really sick of Ty gushing over how she “owns” him instead of saying funny things and being a badass. His characterization in You and Everything After was super inconsistent with his characterization in This is Falling.
And on the subject of Ty- Ginger Scott made it seem super easy to be in a wheelchair most of the time. A lot of the time there’s way more to being a quadriplegic than just sitting in a wheelchair (risk of bladder infections, need for daily caths, etc.) and I feel like Scott could have done a little more research and elaborated on Ty’s condition. Obviously all of that is pretty heavy stuff and it’s possible Scott purposely avoided it because that wasn’t the kind of book she wanted to write (fair enough), but I’m a fan of the real. If you’re interested in reading a book about a girl in a wheelchair that doesn’t gloss over all the gritty I highly recommend The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen. It is excellent.
Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
I hate the title of this book. As far as I’m concerned, there has never been a worse title than this one. Every time I read it or think it, I cringe. That’s why it took me so long to read this even when THREE different people recommended this to me. It’s $2.00 on Amazon right now, so I bit the bullet, I read it.
I did not have high expectations, but for the most part, this book rose above them. It’s surprisingly well written for NA. I found myself easily absorbed in the story and if I didn’t have 8,000 other things going on I’m sure I would have read this through in one sitting.
I LOVED Ansel. He was sweet and passionate. I loved how he followed his heart and was so sure of his decisions. I wish there were 3 more books about Ansel and 3 different women so I could decide which one I think deserves him.
I didn’t like Mia at all. There was really nothing about her that I can rightfully complain about. She just wasn’t my type of character. I didn’t like how insecure she was and how she avoided things. I didn’t like how she needed all of these crutches to be honest with Ansel and how she wasn’t confident sexually unless she was wearing a costume and pretending to be someone else. I didn’t like that she had no spine and ran away from her problems instead of facing them head on. I understand that there are likely people like this and I’m not saying this is bad. I’m saying that I didn’t like it as the personality of my book heroines.
There’s a billion trillion sex scenes in this book. They’re really well written and EXTREMELY hot, but damn it, I wanted a little more plot. This is the reason why I’m rating it down 1.5 stars, because there was just too much sex. I would have rated it down more, but at the end of the book the characters acknowledge that they use sex as a crutch so I almost felt like the sex scenes were deliberately too many so I’m able to somewhat let it go.
I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the Wild Seasons series, but for $2.00 this was definitely a good read.