July 1, 2014
I've read two previous books by Kasie West that I loved so much, Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us. On the Fence became one of my most anticipated contemporaries because Kasie West can sure write addicting contemporaries.. and it was. On the Fence was addicting and I couldn't put it down.. though it did take me a bit to get into it. I loved the idea of her crushing on her and her brothers' friend and neighbor. However what I didn't love as much was the whole fence idea.. I know it is the whole point of the book but I just wasn't that into it.. hence my 4 star rating.. unlike Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us which each got 5 stars. Don't get me wrong, On the Fence is a fantastic contemporary, better than so many i've read, but I just wished it had more of the spark i'm used to seeing in West's books. I loved the main protagonist, Charlie, and the love interest... especially the love interest (Braden). I loved how protective he was of Charlie. Oh! and I LOVED the football games we witnessed and just Charlie's closeness to her brothers and the guys on the team and how oblivious she was to the attention she got. I love sports related books so I was happy with On the Fence.. even when they went to watch a baseball game.. just all those sports references! oh and the jealousy of Braden that Charlie never seemed to notice or think it was directed towards her. I just love the idea behind a tomboy crushing on one of her guy friends. I definitely recommend it to all contemporary fans!
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa De La Cruz
April 1, 2014
Source: HBG Canada
Whatever you do, don't bother reading the synopsis of The Ring and the Crown because it has nothing to do with the book.. at all. Throughout the whole book I was waiting for when whatever was written in the synopsis and it never happened. Only 10% of the synopsis happened.. 250 pages IN THE NOVEL. I'm sorry but whoever wrote the synopsis must have read a different book because all I got from the novel was girls obsessing about getting married.. that is all. The magic was just a quick backdrop for the world so as not to label it a contemporary. There was so much cheating and obsessing and sleeping around.. and they were all 16 years or younger! The synopsis promised a prophecy.. a conspiracy.. magic.. power! but we truly got none of that until the last 20 pages where everything went even more downhill.. at least before that I could understand the direction of the novel.. but that ending? I was so furious and seriously thought I wasted my time reading it. I don't know what Melissa De La Cruz was trying to convey with this novel because I got nothing.. nada.. zero. This is not a memorable book and one I would like to forget.. it wasn't a great reading experience and it is truly a shame because the cover of The Ring and the Crown is one of my favorite covers of 2014.