Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher | Review

Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher | ReviewWhere You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
Published by Entangled TEEN on January 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 211
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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3 Stars

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley's trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate's recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.

Where You’ll Find Me is a fun, quick read that really didn’t surprise me in any way. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, but it’s a rather predictable read that won’t really shock anyone.

Hanley might be one of the dumbest protagonists I’ve ever read about. She finds a random teenage guy living in her garage and one of the first things that pops into her mind is how attractive he is. I’m not even kidding. I don’t know about you guys but usually if there is some random person living in my garage, I think about calling the cops not about how pretty his eyes are. That’s not Hanleys reaction. She kicks Nate out but when he shows back up she decides to let him stay since it’s cold outside. No questions asked. This is even after he tells her that he can’t stay in a homeless shelter because they check ids. That’s kind of a red flag.

Nate is almost as bad. He’s this mysterious guy who is holing up in Hanley’s garage but he has money to buy food at the food court and clothes when Hanley wants to go on a date with him. How dumb is that? If I was homeless I would not be buying a new shirt for a date with the girl whose garage I’m living in. His reasoning for being homeless was not as bad as I expected and I actually found myself tearing up at his story. He was more fleshed out than Hanley and I appreciated that at least.

Hanley’s back-story really got on my nerves. She lost someone close to her and she completely shut down. She didn’t let anyone get close to her after that. That’s understandable to me but then she got mad at people for not trying to get close to her. She was very hot and cold. And then she meets a random homeless guy and decides to let him get close to her and know things that no one else does? It was unrealistic to me.

Overall, this review really doesn’t show any good things about Where You’ll Find Me but there were a few. It really was a fun read once I got past my issues with Hanley and Nate. If you have some free time on a rainy day, give this one a chance.

What others are saying about Where You’ll Find Me:

Conversations of a Reading Addict’s review: “This is a coming of age story that will break your heart into pieces at times.”

Closet Geeks and Slow Mo’s review: “The story was well paced and so well written, that I read this in one sitting.”

City of Books’ review: “Where You’ll Find Me is clearly a YA contemporary you don’t want to miss.”

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken | Review

Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken | ReviewElite by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #1
Published by Forever on July 9, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 338
Format: eARC
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2 Stars

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken is one of those books that I really don’t even know why I didn’t DNF it. To be honest, I’m not sure why a traditional publisher picked up this originally self-pubbed title. Fair warning: this review might get ranty.

Let’s start with the thing that bothered me most about Elite: the romance. Well, not really the romance but the love interest. Sure Nixon sounds sexy as hell but he’s a total ass! Since when is it okay to treat someone like shit and then say that you were doing it to help them? Oh and by the way, you think you might love them. No. That is not love. Nixon is a grade A asshole and I could not get past how mean he was to Trace. Oh and the secondary love interest, Chase, (because we really need a love triangle) isn’t any better. He helps set her up to look like this huge slut after one of his friends drugs her. Umm, no. So not okay. I thought I’d read about bad love interests before but these two take the cake.

Then there’s Trace. Where do I even begin with her? She figures she can’t win against Nixon and Chase and the rest of the Elect so she decides she might as well make fun of herself and maybe people will think she’s cool. Yeah, that doesn’t really work out for her. As if that’s not bad enough, she is the biggest cry baby I’ve ever had the misfortune of reading about. Every little thing sets her off. And she’s not one of those people who cries in private, she cries in front of everyone. Like that’s really going to make people like her more. Oh and the main source of her crying fits, Nixon, just happens to be the guy that she can’t stop thinking about. Of course.

The story makes no sense. This 20 something year old guy runs the school? Even though he’s not actually in charge of anything, everyone listens to him? Even the principal? How exactly does that work? It’s kind of explained later but it still doesn’t really make complete sense to me. Also, what kind of school lets their kids get away with this kind of bullying? There’s also segregation (for the good of the students) and other stupid crap like that. I don’t know about you guys, but I would leave that school ASAP.

There’s a lot more that I could rant and rave about but I’m going to try to wrap this up. The writing is crappy, the characters are annoying, the story makes no sense, and the romance did nothing for me. I truly wish I could get back the few hours I spent reading this book because it was a complete waste of my time.

Overall, Elite is one book that should have remained self-published. This is one book that I highly recommend you don’t waste your time or money on. Oh and as if one book isn’t bad enough there is going to be at least one more in the series.

What others have to say about Elite:
Tinley Innes’ review: “The best way to summarize this book is this: Twilight with the mafia instead of vampires.”
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers’ review: “This book had me laughing, had my heart racing and even breaking with the events that occurred.”
Friday, April 16, 2010

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting | Review

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly Derting | ReviewThe Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Body Finder #1
Published by Harper Teen on March 16, 2010
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 327
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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5 Stars

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

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OMG! What can I possibly say about a book as awesome as The Body Finder? I had read reviews for it so I knew people liked it before I read it but I never thought it would be that good. Kimberly Derting’s debut novel totally blew me away.

Violet’s ability to sense the dead is unlike anything I have ever read about. It was super creepy but I couldn’t help but keep reading. As Violet was drawn into the murders of local teenage girls the book became even more impossible to put down. And it was pretty impossible to put down from the beginning. The story was so fast-paced and brilliantly written.

The characters were probably the best part of the book. The subject is so morbid but I found myself laughing at so many things in The Body Finder. Jay was cute, cocky, and incredibly clever. He made me laugh the most but Violet’s other friends, Claire and Chelsea, were close seconds. Claire was so clueless and Chelsea was more than happy to point it out. Of course, Violet was also great but in completely different ways. She was insecure in everyday life but she was brave in hunting down a killer. I liked her contradictory nature.

Overall, The Body Finder should go straight to the top of everyone’s to-read list. I can’t recommend it enough and I can’t wait for more from Kimberly Derting. The Body Finder has earned a permanent place on my list of favorites.