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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Jay McLean - Combative - Book Review (Review Copy)



Publisher: Jay McLean, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary romance, romantic suspense.
Length: 384 pages.

Jay McLean has been on my TBR list for too long. I’m so, so glad I was finally able to read this book. And, hooray, it’s a trilogy.

Kyler Parker finds himself in trouble with the law when he lets his anger get the better of him, and his fists do the talking. A returned soldier, he has trouble adjusting to the life he left behind. When he’s offered an opportunity for salvation, justice and revenge, he takes it. He doesn’t have much choice, but doesn’t think too much about what the consequences are for his future. Until he meets a girl called Madison Haynes who appears to have a bitter sweet relationship with the letterboxes in their building. She’s his new neighbour, and she might just be worth more than the revenge he seeks. She might be everything. But who is she?

Madison is so intriguing. She’s really kept under wraps and you can feel Ky’s frustration, but also the sense that they understand each other without needing to know much. Ky is that wonderful combination of protective, loyal and tortured. Talk about intriguing and compelling. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

Book Review - Katie McGarry - Pushing the Limits



Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Length:

The first book in a series of six, so far.

Echo Emerson is a top student and talented artist who was one of the in-crowd, until a horrific event scars her for life. Problem is, she can’t remember what happened and no-one is willing to tell her. Even more troubling is that she’s no longer allowed to contact her mother and hasn’t seen her since that fateful night. She endures isolation, cruel taunts and a controlling father. When she meets the new guidance counsellor, Mrs Collins, Echo makes it her mission to get the truth from her file any way she can.

She enlists the help of her fellow student, Noah Hutchins, who also wants access to his file. Noah is bright, but is on a self-destructive course after the death of his parents. Mrs Collins gets Echo to tutor Noah. Bad boy meets broken girl, let the scheming begin.

This book is so intriguing, I really felt for Echo and Noah as they were working through their respective struggles. I have to say, I really liked Mrs Collins. I kept waiting for her to be exposed as a witch, or a psychic or something supernatural. She is always one step ahead of everybody and freakishly calm about it all.

The politics of high school social life are portrayed insightfully. Other themes explored include broken families and the broader reaches of mental illness in family life. Katie McGarry does a fine job of approaching these themes delicately and with honesty.

I really, really loved this book.
5 Flares.








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Book Review - Katie McGarry - Pushing the Limits



Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2012
Genre: Young Adult
Length:

The first book in a series of six, so far.

Echo Emerson is a top student and talented artist who was one of the in-crowd, until a horrific event scars her for life. Problem is, she can’t remember what happened and no-one is willing to tell her. Even more troubling is that she’s no longer allowed to contact her mother and hasn’t seen her since that fateful night. She endures isolation, cruel taunts and a controlling father. When she meets the new guidance counsellor, Mrs Collins, Echo makes it her mission to get the truth from her file any way she can.

She enlists the help of her fellow student, Noah Hutchins, who also wants access to his file. Noah is bright, but is on a self-destructive course after the death of his parents. Mrs Collins gets Echo to tutor Noah. Bad boy meets broken girl, let the scheming begin.

This book is so intriguing, I really felt for Echo and Noah as they were working through their respective struggles. I have to say, I really liked Mrs Collins. I kept waiting for her to be exposed as a witch, or a psychic or something supernatural. She is always one step ahead of everybody and freakishly calm about it all.

The politics of high school social life are portrayed insightfully. Other themes explored include broken families and the broader reaches of mental illness in family life. Katie McGarry does a fine job of approaching these themes delicately and with honesty.

I really, really loved this book.
5 Flares.








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