Review for Star Crossed (Stargazer #1) by Jennifer Echols

Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols

TITLE: Star Crossed
SERIES: Stargazer #1
AUTHOR: Jennifer Echols
PUBLICATION DATE: February 26, 2012
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books, A Division Of Simon & Schuster Inc
PAGES: 375 pages
FORMAT: E-book
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 3 bows

Wendy Mann loves her job, but she’s losing it. After her bosses tell her she’s fired, she begs for another chance and they give it to her: rehabilitate teenage rocker Lorelei Vogel before she loses her recording contract. It’s an impossible job, but Wendy is determined to do it. It just becomes more difficult when she realizes Lorelei’s ex is being repped by Daniel Blackstone, her college rival, and they will all be in Vegas together for this particularly hellish week. Daniel cannot believe he’ll be seeing Wendy again. She starred in way too many of his college fantasies, not that she’ll ever know that. But Wendy is an unneeded distraction and soon, he cannot help but pay more attention to her than to his client. With the heat turning past the boiling point for these two, can they still manage to keep their respective stars in line long enough to save Wendy’s career?

I didn’t love this novel the way I’ve loved all the other stories I’ve read by Jennifer Echols. I found Wendy to be too over-the-top and just plain annoying. Yes, we get it. You spent a week as a stripper (but apparently it was a very good week) and you have gorgeous blonde hair. Good for you, but seriously, get on with it. Daniel, wasn’t much better, coming off as high handed and too damn quiet. He laughs at Wendy’s dumb sex jokes, all of which made me cringe. He’s apparently very attractive, but I had a hard time imaging him in my head. The romance between the two felt awkward at best and forced at worst. I understand there are legitimate reasons you two cannot fuck each other’s brains out and get it over with, but I felt like their relationship was just lust and once they are together for a few months, it’ll burn out quickly. The fact that they stupidly got married for a publicity stunt makes it that much worse.

The plotline, at least, was interesting enough. I would actually really love to see more of Lorelei. She is what kept me reading, to see if her storyline would work out. I don’t think we’ll get much more of her in this series and that is just sad since she was the big highlight for me. The novel was decent enough, I supposed, but disappointing because I’ve adored all the Jennifer Echols books I’ve read until now and I hate seeing something I’m excited about fall below my expectations. I am planning on reading the next novel, but I’m not nearly as excited about it was I was before I started this. Hopefully the next heroine won’t be so obnoxious and I won’t dislike her as much.

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Review for Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

TITLE: Sever
SERIES: The Chemical Garden #3
AUTHOR: Lauren DeStefano
PUBLICATION DATE: February 12, 2013
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
PAGES: 371 pages
SOURCE: Borrowed
RATING: 4 stars

After enduring the worst of Vaughn’s tests and experiments, Rhine escapes and finds refuge with the most unlikely person, Vaughn’s brother Reed. Cecily refuses to leave her side and Linden is still bitter and untrusting after all the lies, but somehow manages to still be supportive of her efforts. The characters embark on a journey to find Rowan that leads them to discover things that hadn’t even imagined…and they may not be better off knowing.

I….it was….Rhine….Linden….Gabriel…..Cecily….

I loved it and I hated it and I’m just so confused! All these goddamn feelings! I really enjoyed parts of this and it was fascinating finally seeing so many of the pieces fall together, especially the things I wasn’t expecting, but fuck were there some disappointments. The chief among them was Rhine herself, who gets better a little in the beginning, including Linden & Cecily in her thought process and decisions, but goes right back to hiding things and running away on her own, which was just selfish and stupid. She abused her relationship with Linden and even after all the shit she put him through, he still bends over backwards to help her and she just seems so ungrateful. Then she finally finds Rowan and learns that he knows Vaughn and is more or less enamored with the evil doctor for his work towards a cure and she says NOTHING. It’s obvious that she disapproves, but she doesn’t even try to explain things to Rowan at all, not even when Vaughn spews outright lies to cover his tracks. I wanted to slap her!

Rowan himself was a little too naive, but otherwise pretty likeable. Cecily does a lot of growing up in this one and she quickly became one of my two favorite characters, the other being Reed. Reed is Vaughn’s completely opposite and so quirky that I took to him immediately.

Poor Linden gets his eyes opened, whether he wants it or not and he is the character I felt most sympathy for. Poor boy has never known anything but the best luxuries money can buy and has never had cause to doubt his father, but he does now. ****SPOILER****One of the biggest reasons I cannot love this novel is because Linden dies. I found that to be completely cruel and unnecessary. Yes, Vaughn deserved to be punished, but not like that because Linden never did anything wrong.****END SPOILER****

Another big issue was that Gabriel isn’t in the book except a tinsy bit at the end. This felt like a return to love-triangle land because even though Rhine and Linden were annulling their marriage, it’s their relationship that deepened, not the one with Gabriel and that angers me. I love Linden and he deserves happiness, but I’m firmly on team Gabriel and that’s what I wanted more of.

Basically what I’m trying to say is that this is a pretty good ending to a fascinating trilogy, and while it is enjoyable, there were a few key issues that kept it from being completely loveable.