Something older :)
Author: April Brookshire
Title: Young Love Murder
Series: Young Assassins #1
Release date: 24th of August 2011
Published by: April Brookshire
Reading level: FICTION - ADULT: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 502 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
First love's a killer, but so is seventeen-year-old Annabelle Blanc. The teenager was raised to be an assassin and taught to never fall in love. She lives for the job until she meets Gabriel Sanchez, the son of her latest target.
Wealthy, spoiled and self-indulgent, Gabriel Sanchez is a teenage playboy. Setting his sights on the beautiful Annabelle, he's drawn to the mysterious new girl who's playing hard to get. Gabriel also finds himself drawn into a world of deception, violence and murder.
Off-centered for the first time in her life, Annabelle struggles to fight her doomed attraction for the handsome Gabriel.
In this gritty, mature YA novel, you'll follow Annabelle and Gabriel in an intense, funny, angry, crazy, rocky and passionate romance.
As two worlds collide and they're repeatedly thrown together and pulled apart by fate, will Annabelle and Gabriel overcome betrayals, revenge and heartbreak to find a lasting love?
This was an oddly intriguing read, I don’t even know how to rate it. It definitely had a premise I hadn’t encountered often before in YA - teenage world-class assassins. A lot of shooting, killing, betrayal, love and mountain-fulls of angsty angst. Come to think of it, this book isn’t really for people under 17 with all the blood and sexy times, but at the same time this wasn’t a topic heavy, dark or depressing read either, which I can appreciate.
Basic gist: Anna, the tough, talented and gorgeous assassin is sent to take out Gabriel’s, the sexy, spoiled and confident hunk’s, father, who’s a big shot criminal. What happens happens, and Gabriel and Anna fall in love with lots of emotional turmoil following, since Anna is good at her job and does the deed despite her involvement with the mob’s son. One chases the other thought the wide world and a big tug war beings with once Gabriel being cold and murderous towards Anna and then the other way around. Their relationship has a lot of issues I think should be addressed to a shrink. Nevertheless, love is love and those two are crazy for each (there are some adorable scenes which I really enjoyed).
The humor at times was genius, totally made me chuckle. The banter between the main couple and Jackson (one of my favorite characters, a sexy dork) and the fourth, who I’m not going to mention here, was hilarious, snarky, teasing and exactly to the embarrassing “pain” points. The dialogue in general was decent too, but there was a considerable emphasis on description and Anna and Gabriel’s (whose points of view the book consisted of, them taking turns) thoughts, views and emotions.
What I wasn’t really fond of was the constant talk of intense, passionate and soul mate kind of love between Anna and Gabriel. They were so messed up and, thus, I completely understand their need to, when finding someone who invokes such deep feelings, to hold on to it, but as they were not entirely sane to begin with, then in conclusion, their romance was just as a crazy and all-consuming. Still, the high amount of “I love you”, “don’t love you”, “can’t help but love you”, etc was simply too much for me to take seriously since we were talking about teenagers, however grownup or experienced in the cruel real world. Also, since love and hate is the same emotion one the opposite sides of one coin (allegedly) then this couple also switched back and forth and it became slightly tiring.
Anna – I liked her, her lifestyle was of course out of this world, but she was still and teenage girl, who experienced her first love, which had quite devastating consequences. Despite her job and cold/tough exterior, Anna was a sympathetic girl, wacky and messed up, but sympathetic.
Gabriel – He came across as this playboy and arrogant douche at first glance, but was a total softie inside. He was sweet and loving with Anna, unfortunately, their relationship was very volatile and doomed from the start, but that didn’t mean they didn’t try to make it work. The way they hurt each other was thoughtless and brutal, but it went with their reality. All in all, I liked Gabriel, he was determined and didn’t let anything deter him to make Anna his.
I still don’t really know how to rate this. The enjoyment factor was high and it was a gripping read, but many aspects were overdone or so painfully far away from reality for me to take it seriously. I’m between 3 and 4 stars, but in the end I think I’ll give it a 3 and expect better from the next book (which I understand should be still coming?).