Sunday, December 23, 2012

Review: Fall From Grace by Christine Zolendz

Hi all!

It's been a long time since my last post, but I'm hoping to be regular with my review posts again :) Here's one now!




Series: Mad World #1
Release date: 22th of July 2012
Published by: DarkRoadDesigns
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 232 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought e-book from Amazon.com

Summary:

I'm finally home after struggling through my brother's illness and death. But, home is definitely a bit different. My best friend (the only person alive now that knows my secret) has a new boyfriend; and he has a friend. Shane Maxton: bad boy, tattooed rock god, eye candy extraordinaire. He is also New York City's most arrogant, self-serving, son of a, well, a definite one-night stand kind of a guy.
But, it doesn't matter to me because I've spent my existence looking for the love of my life, my angel. And, there is nothing that Shane Maxton can do to change that.
A paranormal romance.

Review:

This was a surprisingly interesting romance with a paranormal twist. Everything seemed simple and ordinary at the beginning – your typical hot rocker romance – and the wider pictures wasn’t explored a bit, there were slight hints and suspicious sentences but nothing was full out reveled. It kept me guessing and when it was due time everything became clear.

I liked that this story wasn’t overshadowed by the paranormal aspect and it stayed in the background with the character relationships at center stage. So many romances nowadays have such complicated mythology and plot lined that I can’t feel any connection or even interest in the on goings of the characters who are the ones that for me make or break a good book.

I have to also mention that the end was explosive, not that I hadn’t seen it coming or guessed but, nevertheless, it was a gripping twist with the additional information, although some of these elements got me confused because they were just thrown at me without any preparation and seemed slightly out of place. But I guess that’s what the second book is for – explain and tie up loose ends-

Characters:

Grace was a heroine I could admire, she was able to remain strong, opinionated, independent, kind, fun, brave, talented, despite being messed up, broken, in pain inside and kept in the dark on what was really going on. I liked that she held her own amongst a bunch of guys, mastered smarty one-liners, knew how to party and had had girl power. But I couldn’t help but want to slaps some sense to her in regards to her treatment of Shane. Ok, he was a sexy lady magnet and he used that charm to flirt and sleep around to his heart’s gratification, but treating him like the last scum at times and not taking his feelings for her seriously, that was too much, I just wished she’d cut him some slack. Furthermore, she was adamant against him being her beloved even though she experiences a powerful attraction towards him, but all the other jerks were the ones to consider? I really thought she should take off her blinds, be honest to herself and think things through logically.

Shane – despite being created based on the recipe for your scorching irresistible swoony romance hero, I couldn’t really fall for Shane completely. Yes, he was a hot and sexy bastard, initiating the occasional squeelworthy sweet scenes, but I still felt that there was something missing, he lacked some depth to me and I was hoping to get more insight into what made him tick and the way he was. There were some explanations in the end if you can call them that, but despite those, Shane remained unreachable to me.

Other characters:
Lea was a good friend to Grace and she made a cute couple with Connor. Tucker was so overdone to the point that it wasn’t funny anymore, but you have to have one of his type in a book to understand how awesome in comparison the hero is and we’re talking about a million miles here. There were a lot of other guys in the story who unfortunately weren’t developed enough and thus, for example, I couldn’t really tell most of the guys in the band apart from each other. Gabriel, one word – intriguing!

Overall:

A good paranormal romance read with an interesting plot and an absolutely excruciating cliff hanger in the end! I need to read the second part – now! Recommend to anyone who likes a satisfying romance with a lot of sexual tension between the main characters without much gratification too soon. While not perfect, this story had its distinct undeniable charm.





4 stars!

LIIS





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