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Honest and fair reviews from seven girls and a guy who read.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
ARC Review: Eve and Adam by Michael Grant/Katherine Applegate
From the blurb:
And girl created boy… In the beginning, there was an apple— And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal. Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy. Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?
I was very excited when I got approved for this ARC. After reading it, I feel let down by this book, and the potential it had to be outstanding.
The concept is fascinating. I expected a riveting story around the dangers and advantages of bio-engineering, plus a bit of teenage romance. What I got was a lukewarm romance chockfull of tropes and cliches. Meh. There wasn't much for me to like about this book, except maybe the cover. That is cleverly done, playing off the Adam/Eve/temptation/science/technology theme.
So much of the story didn't work for me. The slut-shaming (Eve's promiscuous best friend), the insta-love (Oooh, Solo, you so swoony, barf), the perfection of Adam (so utterly gorgeous, he stops everyone he comes across in their tracks, OMG), the one-dimensional characters, the lack of character development, the lack of character depth, the switching POVs (who both sound like the same person), adding a 3rd POV - the list goes on.
I'm sorry. This wasn't a good book, at least not for me.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
ARC Review: Mistletoe Magic by Sydney Logan
From the blurb:
It’s Christmas Eve, and Melanie Taylor is on a mission to find the perfect gift for her husband. Something special. Something expensive. Something that will save her marriage. Can a chance encounter on an elevator make her Christmas wish come true?
Just in time for the holidays, Sydney Logan delivers a short story about two people who've lost that loving feeling. I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy of this story, and at less than 5K words, it was a quick read.
Melanie is shopping for a last minute gift for her husband who's spending too much time at work. Ethan is in the same department store, trying to purchase a gift for his wife, who's lately been caught up in fashion and money. Both are saddened by the state of their relationships with their spouses, but neither has any idea how to fix things.
It's a poignant story about what really matters, and that sometimes, we can get so caught up in work and material things that can damage a relationship.
With a little bit of magic, a mistletoe and a power outage, there just might be hope for these two to find what they have been missing.
It's a credit to the author that she manages to put much emotion and realistic character depth into such a short story. That's quite a feat, and I hope you'll give this story a chance.
And when you're done reading this, why not check out Lessons Learned as well?
Author's Goodreads Page
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