Author: J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)
Publication: April 2nd, 2013
Rating: 2 out 5
Rating: 2 out 5
Synopsis: Some things are worth waiting for…
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.
Some things are worth experiencing…
Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.
Some things should never be kept quiet…
But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?
And some things are worth fighting for…
I can't put into words how disappointed I am with this book. I can't even… I… none on how much of a let down. Let's start:
The main character - Avery
She is completely unrelatable, which is a horrible start. Avery has had a dramatic experience with her high school. She's been harassed and done some actions that harmed herself. That can break a person; suicide rates are very high due to bullying. I hear stories all the time on kids that can't take it anymore. It's sad, and I'm proud of her that she pulls through, but my GOD is she annoying. She pushes her friends away for the smallest things, and when they try to help her with the big drama aspect BAM they're out of her life. It's like… what? She whines all the time. Everything seems to be wrong everyday for some odd reason; nothing is positive. This book should be called "Waiting for another thing to whine about". Dense is not a strong enough word for her. She gets slapped in the face (figuratively speaking) multiple times but instead of being pro-active, she hides under her bed or puts fingers over her ears saying "I CAN'T HEAR YOU! LALALALALA!" This happens through out 99.5% of the book. There are many times where someone would say "Oh wow, you're totally right. I need to stop and think about my actions." Nope, not good 'ol Avery.
The gorgeous Cam
At first I hated him. He kept saying how awesome he was, how girls flock to him and that he likes Avery only because of her looks. A little later he says she's "smart, pretty, and not like most other girls". Really? He doesn't know shit about her at that point. He's met her twice, only knows her name, and you call her pretty and SMART? How do you know she's smart? All she says are dumb things because she's shy around him because he's so hawt. There is NOTHING to go by but her looks. I'm into books that has the guy captured by their personality, not because they're cute. I know it happens a lot in books, but telling a person traits they don't know about yet? Not cool.
After Cam asking Avery out constantly for
Do you know how many times the word "awesome" popped up? Dozens. Every chapter had the word "awesome" in it at least twice. It's mostly the sentence "It's because I'm awesome". *rolls eyes* Their forehead must be tired from all of those eyebrow raises. Once again, eyebrows are raised at least two times each chapter. Examples: His eyebrows rose, her eyebrows slammed down, one brow rose, his brows arched ect. Other terms have been used frequently, but those two stuck out in my mind the most. At one point I believed I was reading someone else's novel.
Some redeeming qualities
The romance scenes. I give Armentrout credit for these… she really knows how to create a romantic scene that kept me engaged. Of course though the words "heat pooled in my belly" was used quite often through out the book, along with other terms on how turned on she was. Cam really was a great guy by the second half of the book. His witty comments humored me, but through out the whole book his narcissistic side bothered me.
I'm giving it one extra star because of the romance scenes.
Armentrouts books are almost always a 3/5 with me. Two were 4/5 but never higher then that. I saw a list she posted on Facebook saying she had 10 books that have been written but not published, and 8 books in the works. I believe what my problem is how fast she writes; to me, quality over quantity. Take time writing books, don't just zip out chapters left and right because you need to get to the other books asap. I'm guessing the word "awesome" is going to be used in every book multiple times. It's her favorite word and every character needs to say "I'm made of awesome" at least once.
*Reviewed by Amanda*
She received a copy of this book for an exchange of an honest review. That in no way has influenced her review.