There are times when Heather, Aly & I finish a book, but don’t have time to write a full, comprehensive review… or even a shorter “flashbulb” review. BUT we still want to share our thoughts with you on what we’ve been reading. That’s why every Saturday we’ll be featuring 3 “snippet” reviews — short, sweet, to-the-point reviews that we’ll try to keep to 2-5 sentences. So we hope you enjoy these!!
Unfocused, unpolished, and too angsty for my taste. I love me a good broody, dangerous guy as much as the next girl (Prince Ash, anyone? le sigh…), but Kalen is just annoyingly immature. And I can’t even begin to express how done I am with the whole “I’m too dangerous and irredeemable, and I can’t tell you anything for your own safety… yet I cannot stop following you everywhere because I inexplicably love you” trope. It’s just… yeah. Ronnie was a marginally better character, and she did get more ballsy as the story went on, less willing to put up with Kalen’s crap, which I liked. But when it comes right down to it, I was expecting a lot more of a plot out of this book, and beyond their romance, there wasn’t much of one. Added to that there were a lot of little holes that asked me to suspend disbelief a little too much (i.e. – a recently-orphaned, underage minor essentially living alone, and no government agency is looking into that? Seemed like a contrivance to play into another overused YA trope, “the conveniently absent parent.”) Overall, this premise had a lot of potential, and the book was interesting enough that I decided to finish it, but unfortunately, it just failed to deliver in too many ways.
I really enjoyed this book. It was time-travel that didn’t give me a headache, and though I did think “Enemies of Time” or EOT’s was a little cheeserific, I thought the plot and character development was well done. The pacing was a nice slow stroll, which is what I needed at the time I read it. Jackson, Holly and Adam were really fun to read, and I’m intrigued to see where Ms. Cross takes her characters.