Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: Slow Burn by Nicole Christie

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I'm on a roll with reviews at the moment :)




Author: Nicole Christie
Title: Slow Burn
Release date: 23th of August 2013
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 448 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

It's the beginning of senior year, and seventeen year old Juliet Somers has made the rash decision to transfer to her boyfriend's school in an effort to spend more time with him. Sexy bad boy Johnny Parker is a legend at Leclare Academy, and Juliet still can't believe that an average girl like her was able to tame his wild ways. She can't wait to start her new school with him by her side.

But one night, Johnny's self-destructive habits lead to a stunning betrayal--and Juliet realizes she's made a huge mistake. Now she's stuck at a school where she doesn't fit in, and all the girls seem to hate her guts. Even worse, Johnny is determined to get her back, pulling crazy stunts to win her forgiveness. Juliet is resigned to being an outcast for the rest of her senior year, with no friends, and no clue what she wants to do with her life.

Things start to look up when she gets to know some of Johnny's friends, and finds that some of them are really good guys. With the help of an unlikely ally at her side, Juliet begins to think her situation is not as bad as it seems. As the school year rolls on, she opens herself up to new experiences, makes some huge mistakes, and discovers things about herself she's not sure she likes.

Juliet resolves to stay strong against Johnny's seductive tactics, but it's becoming increasingly harder to deny she still has feelings for him. Will she risk her heart to him again--or will a hot contender manage to sweep her off her feet?

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book by this author and when I accidentally noticed that she had written a new story, I was eager to give it a try. All the aspects on why I was fond of her first book were still present and I was glad that they were even a tad better. The main ingredient being humor, and boy did this book have some hilarious scenes, not to mention the dialogue was as expected fun, fresh and had some great banter and witty lines.

The fact that the book was quite long gave the story possibilities to further explore its plotlines, characters and fit in as much as possible to flesh out the story without being overloaded with filler and irrelevant parts. Something else I really enjoyed was the development of the relationship of the main couple. I love zero-or-enemies-to-friendship-to-love romance and this book definitely delivered. The progress was believable and exciting to follow.

Other good stuff:
- A love triangle that wasn’t completely unbearable! I could hardly believe it!
- The guys of the football team. I liked that they treated Juliet nicely and genuinely cared.
- School uniforms –don’t ask, I just find them really nice looking and practical!
- The humor – because it’s quite excellent, it needs to be mentioned twice.

And now to some stuff I wasn’t crazy about:
Exhibit A: Half way through something happened that totally rubbed me the wrong way, not really the fact that it happened, but more the circumstances surrounding it, it came across completely random, sloppy and I had issues understanding the reasoning behind it when till then it was completely denied regarding another and the person, being portrayed as she was, was hard to picture in that situation. After that I also realized that the story had become too day-time soap-opera-ish, which can be both good and bad, but here it just started to bug me.

Exhibit B: Will the blackmail through provocative tape/photos ever end? I’ve noticed this trope in too many YA and NA books and my sentiments haven’t changed –it’s an annoying and a cheap move for a final conflict. Is there really nothing else to tackle for teenage couples nowadays before the grand finale?

Characters:

I generally liked Juliet, she was mildly snarky and quite witty with her observations and overall talk, but she was also incredibly indecisive that I had to really use all of my willpower not to stop reading. She couldn’t make up her mind, she made stupid decisions, she overreacted or underreacted, so on, and I guess you can defend her by the fact that she’s a teenager, but that doesn’t mean I had to accept the way she acted and on several occasions I didn’t.

I actually really liked Dean, he was calm, the silent type, introverted, considerate, kind and slightly geeky – I loved the secret info regarding his likes and character (not shown to others) Juliet had the privilege of finding out.

Johnny needed help, urgently. At worst I could really imagine him becoming abusive towards himself and/or others, at best, he learns from his flaws, changes perspective, calms down and could really become a decent guy.

Overall:

While I absolutely loved Falling for the Ghost of You and this story had so much of what made the first epic, there was just too much of what I can’t say I was happy about. Some tropes and character behavior was simply irritating. Nevertheless, the plot was engaging, the dialogue fun and the non-annoying characters quite likable.

3 stars!

LIIS

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