Quick review for a progressive read. It’s hard to describe my reactions to this novel, because, on one hand, this is quite apt to Melina Marchetta’s style of writing – strong characterizations, compelling family-centered stories, and emotional revelations on the topics she touches upon (particularly with respect to race, violence, prejudice, etc.) I enjoyed the journey this novel took me on for the most part, even as it handed down its revelations progressively rather than in one felt swoop like the magnitude of the crime(s) this book centers upon.
Quick review for a quick read. I knew that was going to happen – I knew it, I knew it. 🙂 The last installment of the serial novel “Deceptive Innocence” was a satisfying read for the most part. I definitely appreciated the way the novella kept the tension going from beginning to end, and while this isn’t the end of the respective “Pure Sin” series, it concludes in a way that provides a good setup for the next novel.
Initial reaction: Yet another interesting installation in this series. Bell has more on her plate than a little bit in this second installment. I enjoyed seeing more of Bell moving the chess pieces around in terms of seeing how she could dig deeper into the flawed lives of the Gable family, but at the same time, she makes many missteps that cost her greatly. This installation also ends on a cliffhanger, but it’s well worth the tie-in to the previous installment and leads into the final part of this story nicely.
Initial reaction: I liked this story quite a bit. The heroine has a strong voice and motivation. The sensuality and tension radiates off the page and I found it hard to put down. I’m reading this as part of the full novel but I will review this individual section here.
Full review: Quick reflection for a quick read. This is the second serial series I’ve read from Kyra Davis (the first one compiled in the work “Just One Night”), and this started off with an intrigue I couldn’t resist. Most would know my love for works like “The Count of Monte Cristo” (one of my favorite books) and TV series like “Revenge” (an alternate adaptation of the aforementioned work), so when I heard about a woman who’s bent on getting revenge against a family that wrongly accused her mother of a crime she didn’t commit (murder), I knew I was in for the whole ride.
Quick review for a quick read. There were definitely moments in this book where I had second hand embarrassment for the wrong reasons, but ultimately I did like parts of Lisa McMann’s “Crash”, the first in her “Visions” series. The story revolves around a young woman named Jules who’s family runs a pizza shop. Yet she starts having visions of a car crash that kills several people, including her childhood crush and former friend Sawyer. The conflict trades between Jules’ s guilt/working to offset the tragedy and reconcile with Sawyer given his family’s falling out with hers (for several reasons).
I seriously side-eyed this book’s portrayal of mental illness and found myself thrown out of the story at times because of this. Half the time it was very flippant as per the voice of the heroine and trying too hard to be humored, while the times it did find its tone more serious, it didn’t really end up matching with the events that transpired. The narrative also felt a bit long at times because the central conflict kept being put aside where it could’ve benefited from better pacing.
Also, it’s clear to say that Jules was a legit stalker towards Sawyer. I honestly found myself cringing many a time with her efforts to try to keep Sawyer “safe” because of her visions. Like, I wanted to say “Dude, leave the poor boy alone.” Sawyer was very forgiving of certain things that Jules did, and I had a hard time really swallowing those events through the narrative (because it was the source of my cringing and secondhand embarrassment to say the least. I really don’t like stalker love interests in YA, male or female.)
Still, I did honestly like the overarching story and characters here. There were wonderfully harrowing moments of tension when they hit the ground running and while I somewhat predicted the twist at the very end, it makes me want to read more into the series. I also liked the audio narration on the whole. Interesting read with great ideas, but notable flaws that kept it from being more in my experience.
Overall score : 3 / 5 stars.