I recently finished two books that left me wanting a lot more, so I decided to put them together and give a mini review for each, since I don’t have much to say!
The Sound of Shooting Stars by Heather Allen
Title: The Sound of Shooting Stars
Author: Heather Allen
Genre: YA, romance, contemporary fiction
Publication date: November 19, 2013
Publisher: Createspace Publishing Platform
Jamie Grey grew up tossed around between foster homes. At an early age he shut the world out, deciding he wouldn’t care. Whatever life had to throw at him, he would look the other way. Now his senior year is about to start and he’s been forced into yet another new home. This will be the last time, he assures himself. When an unexpected curveball comes his way in the form of a certain stubborn seventeen year old girl, Jamie soon finds out that life doesn’t always work out the way you plan it.
Beckett Chase has been entitled her entire life. Living in the plush landscape of Palm Beach, Florida, she’s never wanted for anything. She’s always taken what and who she wants with no remorse. When she sets her sights on Jamie Grey and she’s met with rejection, her descent from the top begins.
With a twist of events causing Jamie and Beckett’s worlds to collide, will they be able to put aside their differences or will fate intervene offering an entirely different option?
I first read the sample available on Amazon, and was totally hooked! Those first six chapters were amazing, and I was completely sucked into the story. So I paid my $0.99 and downloaded the ebook immediately. And guess what? Those six chapters were a complete lie as to what was coming up next!
The plot was cliche, full of unnecessary drama and sickly sweet instalove. Jamie was the best character, and even so the focus was mostly on Beckett and her problems. Those problems being the standard high school Disney drama with a bit of slut shaming and sexual predators thrown in. When the creepy guys backed off, I was expecting a full on cat fight to emerge – hair pulling and flailing arms included. It was just so much whiplash-y drama that I ended up rolling my eyes halfway through and skimming the second half. I only kept reading because I wanted to see what would ultimately happen to Jamie and Beckett. Which by the way – I still don’t see their chemistry. Maybe on a physical level, but nothing romantic or real at all.
But hey, at least the cover’s pretty, right?
Scarred Love by M.S. Brannon
Title: Scarred Love (Sulfur Heights #1)
Author: M.S. Brannon
Genre: NA, romance, contemporary fiction
Publication Date: June 6, 2013
Publisher: Createspace Publishing Platform
Darcie Claiborne spent several years of her young life living with a monster, always fearing what he would do next. Clasping onto her last ounce of hope, Darcie releases a scream. It’s her final attempt to live; to survive the villain of her reality. Sweeping her up in his arms, Darcie’s knight in shining armor rescues her from the hell she’s been living; from the stepfather she’s feared for all those years.
Reggie Evans has been forced to grow up before he’s ready when his mother dies of an overdose, leaving him responsible to raise his younger brothers. One fateful night, Reggie jogs by an old, run down house and discovers a young girl clinging to life as she screams for help.
Three years later, Darcie is healing and always protected by the man who saved her, but now she’s fighting with something she isn’t prepared to face. The growing love for the man who saved her life three years ago, the same man who’s nine years older. All the while, Reggie fights to protect Darcie from the demons of her past and new ones of her present.
Well I got this one for free on Kindle, and the synopsis was what pulled me in. I was hoping for a tragic story (because I was in a dramatic mood) with a beacon of hope shining at the end and a message about healing and moving on from trauma. Aaaannd I did not get that. Instead it was three hundred something pages of Darcie lusting after Reggie (and I know it said “growing love” in the synopsis but I expected sweet bubbling romance not “let me jump into your pants right now” romance. And Reggie? If she’s seventeen, it’s called statutory rape.
I pretty much skimmed through the entire book, still searching for that hopeful message about healing. Instead, I got a severely dysfunctional family, always cursing and throwing punches (at each other, and other parties) to solve their problems. The drama was just too much – there wasn’t a moment of rest in the nearly four hundred pages of this book, and I was just plain exhausted by the 50% mark. I did like Presley and Darcie’s friendship, and wish that could have been developed a lot more.
Long story short, it wasn’t what I was looking for, and the ending was wrapped up too nicely in the prologue after the huge event in the last chapter. It was like “my stepdad who abused me for ten years went after his niece who also happens to be my best friend and now she’s got the scars to match mine but HEY at least I’m sleeping with my knight in shining armor! Oh and did I mention he’s twenty seven? No biggie, right?”
Just… ugh. And yet I’m compelled to read the sequel, which details Presley’s story and her life after she was attacked by her uncle. Maybe I’d get what I’m looking for from that one? Probably not. I’ll save my cash and skim it when it’s free.