There are times when Heather & 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 2 “snippet” reviews — short, sweet, to-the-point reviews that we’ll try to keep to 2-7 sentences. So we hope you enjoy these!!
Is Rules of Survival perfect? No.
Did it lag a bit? At times.
Did it tend to focus more on furthering the romance rather than being a complex mystery/thriller? Of course (but that was mostly to be expected.).
But is it fun? That would be a yes.
Why? Mostly because Kayla & Shaun are handcuffed together… for almost the whole book. To be honest, that’s the main reason I picked up Rules of Survival in the first place. Fun and interesting character and relationship development typically occurs when you’ve got two great, flawed characters forced into close proximity. Especially when they initially dislike and distrust each other. And indeed, interesting developments are to be had. Add in some great banter, mortal danger, lots of running, bounty hunters, and a healthy dose of romantic tension, and you’ve got yourself a pretty entertaining book.
Overall, if you like your romances sprinkled with a little action, danger and humor (and who doesn’t?) check out Rules of Survival.
* Recommended for readers 18+
Amy Brill wrote this book after being “inspired by the life of Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer.” As far as the astronomy goes, this book was incredibly accurate and mainly true to the life of Maria Mitchell. Hannah Gardner Price (the fictional version of Maria Mitchell) searches the skies each night for a new comet with significantly outdated equipment but precise and systematic methods. She is an extraordinary woman and is mainly self-educated. What she was able to accomplish in the late 1800’s with this equipment in a Quaker community was rather remarkable. My problem with the book is that it was mainly an autobiography of Maria Mitchell set as fiction. So, while it was incredibly accurate scientifically, it was rather flat in a literary sense. It seems almost like the story is forced into fitting the events of Maria Mitchell’s life instead of being a fictional story about a female astronomer.