Author: Tammara Webber
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary)
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Oh wow, Tammara Webber has gone to the dark side.. and I like it! This novel isn't your typical contemporary, it is SO much more. You might be fooled into thinking it is going to be a semi-light read in the beginning, but oh my when Lucas is introduced, everything becomes darker, more complicated, more serious, emotional, and just deep. Jacqueline's situation could happen to any girl out there and rape is a very serious topic. I remember watching season 3 of Veronica Mars and the serial rapist mystery and how terrified I was for the girls there. I was holding my breath so many times throughout the novel, for fear for Jacqueline and also during the scenes with Lucas. My god, Lucas is just so messed up but so vulnerable at the same time. I think they both needed each other to get through some serious stuff in their lives and I loved how raw and real and brutally honest their relationship was. This author and novel is one and something to look out for. I recommend this to every YA reader. This is why I love contemporary novels!
Other books by Tammara Webber
Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus Flower #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Young Adult (Steampunk)
I am just so disappointed in Stormdancer. This is one of the few books during my one year of blogging that I DNF-d. I always ask myself, whenever I contemplate whether to DNF a book or not if I am enjoying the novel, if I am easily distracted while reading it, if I even understand what is going on, and lastly if I want to find out the ending or how the story progresses and reaches the end. Unfortunately for Stormdancer I just didn't care. The book was SO full of unnecessary details that derailed me from the plot. There are so many new terms and characters that I had to keep on flipping back and forth and try to understand what the hell is going on. Also, I have to stress on this, the detaillllllllls. Why do authors love to complicate things? A person enters the room. Yes describe what they're wearing, what they look like, but don't spend TWO pages giving me descriptions of the surroundings! I was so restless, so fidgety and so easily distracted while reading this novel. I just couldn't enjoy it, and I couldn't even bear to make myself finish. There are multiple books, such as The Unnaturalists and The Diviners, that I made myself go through and finish even though in the end I didn't enjoy them. However Stormdancer, from the first page, couldn't hold my interest. I am so disappointed because this was one of my most anticipated 2012 titles and I actually received a physical ARC of it. Which is why I am giving away my physical ARC for someone else that would appreciate and enjoy this novel.