Mini Reviews: Until It Fades, What Goes Up, and Wesley James Ruined My Life

Posted August 11, 2017 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments Tags: ,

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I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: Until It Fades, What Goes Up, and Wesley James Ruined My LifeUntil It Fades by K.A. Tucker
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 27th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 356
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three-stars

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.
For a time.
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for K.A. Tucker books but for some reason, this is the first time I’ve actually read one of her books. It’s interesting reading the other reviews for this one because most of them say it’s different from her other books. I, obviously, can’t comment on that but it does make me interested in reading some of her other stuff because while I definitely enjoyed this book and it was a cute and quick romance read, I didn’t really love it. But I do wonder if something a little less light from her might be something that I like a whole lot more. I just felt like it was a little unfocused, with a lot going on and a lot of conveniently placed obstacles in their path. It also had a very Cinderella feel to it. I wish it would have just taken a few of the things going on, like the past with her teacher, the media frenzy, his future in hockey and her relationship with her parents, and focused on those. There’s a lot more going on around them with a lot of other characters but these were the items that I felt carried the most emotional impact in the story and wish there had been a bit more depth or development of those situations. But that could just be me.
Of course, I absolutely loved Brenna and the comedic relief she offered. Also, Lou was fantastic and one of those characters you always wish you knew in real life. I liked Keith, except that he sorted of faded from the story and really wish he had been there as just a friend instead of adding in his feelings for Cath to the story as well. But at least it was handled well and didn’t have a love-triangle sort of feel to it.
Overall, if you’re looking for a cute romance to read, this is a good pick. It’s fast, has a cute hockey player as the LI, an adorable kid, and a very fairy tale ( man swoops in and solves all the girl’s problem feel). Of course, if that sort of thing drives you crazy, I’d stay away. (The money solves all problems was the least favorite feeling of the book for me.)

 

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Reviews: Until It Fades, What Goes Up, and Wesley James Ruined My LifeWhat Goes Up by Katie Kennedy
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on July 18th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 336
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three-stars

Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.
Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.
There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they'll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that's out of this world.

I’m a little bummed by this because I really enjoyed Kennedy’s debut last year and was excited for another science-fiction YA filled with fun humor from her. But this one fell a little flat for me. I liked the characters and the beginning part about the testing was actually pretty interesting but once that was over and then the conflict happened, it really dropped off after that. It felt like the second part of the story was just a bit wandering and where I would expect to get a little bit more depth to the characters and their troubles, it just really glossed over them and kept it all pretty light. I just never really settled into the story in the second. It was constantly moving, which is good if you want some fast-paced action, but for me it felt a little bit like it had no idea where it was actually going. Also, with both of Kennedy’s books, there’s a lot of suspension of beliefs going on and for some reason, I had a much easier time with this during the first book than this one. Overall, I enjoyed it but there were times that I needed to put it down because I just lost interest and it probably won’t be a story that sticks with me over time.

 

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Mini Reviews: Until It Fades, What Goes Up, and Wesley James Ruined My LifeWesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn
Published by Swoon Reads on July 18th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 256
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three-half-stars

Sixteen-year-old Quinn Hardwick’s having a rough summer. Her beloved grandmother has been put into a home, her dad’s gambling addiction has flared back up and now her worst enemy is back in town: Wesley James, former childhood friend—until he ruined her life, that is.
So when Wesley is hired to work with her at Tudor Tymes, a medieval England themed restaurant, the last thing Quinn’s going to do is forgive and forget. She’s determined to remove him from her life and even the score all at once—by getting him fired.
But getting rid of Wesley isn’t as easy as she’d hoped. When Quinn finds herself falling for him, she has to decide what she wants more: to get even, or to just get over it.

Very cute and a very quick read. This is a good pick for when you’re in the mood for a romance that’s somehow both hate-to-love but also sweet and fun. It leans a little bit to the younger side, especially with such a big focus on Quinn getting revenge on Wesley because she thinks he’s the reason her parents got a divorce. It just doesn’t feel like something a seventeen year old would still believe after five years. I mean, Quinn really knows how to hold a grudge. I was glad it didn’t last the entire book, though, because I was starting to get pretty tired of it about halfway through. I also wish we had gotten more time to see Quinn and Wesley together. She spent almost the whole book hating him that there just weren’t a lot of swoony moments between them. Which isn’t always great in a romance. But still, it was cute and I was rooting for them. There are a couple of heavier situations, her Gran has Alzheimer’s and her dad is a gambling addict, but it never really delves too deeply into either. Which is nice when you want something that gives some emotion and depth to the characters and their motives but don’t want something that gets dark. But I do think it would have taken the book a little bit higher and deepened their relationship if maybe Wesley and Quinn could have spent some time dealing with these problems together. Overall, I really enjoyed this and think it’s the perfect length for a quick summer romance.

2 Responses to “Mini Reviews: Until It Fades, What Goes Up, and Wesley James Ruined My Life”

  1. Aww sorry to hear that none of these really blew you away. I hate when that happens. I haven’t gotten to read any of these yet. I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews for Until It Fades. Sorry you didn’t love it quite as much as you hoped. It IS really annoying when money solves problems. Wesley James Ruined my Life is one that I think looks really adorable from the cover. I definitely want to check that one out one day. Great reviews!
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