Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book Review: Diamonds (Life According to Maps 2) by Nash Summers

Diamonds (Life According to Maps, #2)
Maps’ kingdom is crumbling before his eyes.

His parents are forcing him to get a job, there’s a new kid at school who won’t stop staring at him, and his best friend is too busy thinking about girls to help Maps deal with his real problems.

Worst of all,

Maps is lost.

And none of the roads on his map are leading to Lane.
Todd's rating:

After totally loving book 1, the bar was set ridiculously high for me, but ,sadly, this one didn't give me the same giddy butterflies in my stomach that the first story did.

Yes, I did love the whole Chicken Castle / chicken suit part, but much the same way as that particular scene ended, this story made me frown in a lot of places.

Bottom line:
I missed Lane. SO FREAKING HARD. For a large part of the book, he was totally MIA -- even after he'd returned from his summer-long baseball camp. At least that's how it felt to me. *sigh*

I didn't like Maps constantly running away, usually *literally*, not allowing Lane even the smallest chance to explain.

Maps ignoring Lane's middle-of-the-night window tapping truly annoyed me.

The fact that it took them *that* long to clear the air felt a bit contrived to me. It didn't flow for me, as book 1 did.

Perry, I wasn't sure if I actually liked him or not. I think I did. Maybe. Or not. Seeeeeeee???
I don't know, this one just didn't quite live up to my expectations after the first Maps * and * Lane book.

So a bit of a 3.25 *slightly-ambivalent* star rating for this one.

My copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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