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Novella Serial Review: Naked by Kelly Favor

Serial Saturdays: On Saturdays, I review serialized series (a series that is released in parts that would normally make up a whole novel) to see if the series is worth keeping up with or starting. Here is this week’s offering:

Series: Naked
Author: Kelly Favor
# of Parts: 7 (Naked, Bad, Wild, Wrong, Ache, Raw, Scar)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: New Adult, Dark, Romance, Contemporary
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: Third Person

Thoughts:

I think if you going to read this series you have to remember that it is a serialized FICTION series–or else you are going to roll your eyes right out of your head at how fast everything progresses in this series and how rashly the characters act. And that line right there–about rolling your eyes–is probably going to give you the wrong impression of this series. Because nothing is really THAT over the top with this book–it’s actually surprisingly realistic in some parts of its delivery–but I just want to remind readers that the romance in serialized stories moves fast and often on the basis of an “insta-connection” (which if you are like me will normally drive you nuts reading a full sized novel).

That being said, I really didn’t mind their insta-connection. As I said before, I found the series to be fairly realistic in terms of the situations Caelyn and Elijah found themselves in–though there were of course moments that were a little too “fantasy” for me (especially how they meet). BUT, I was open going into the book knowing it was a FICTION series so I decided to have a little fun with it.

It helps to have all parts of the series with you when you read because it is a little addicting. Most parts end with a cliffhanger so you really want to see what happens next. But, don’t buy all of the series at once until you are sure that you like it. Naked, part 1, isn’t the most accurate representation of the series as it has a different feel to it. I think a lot of people will enjoy it but not necessarily like Bad, which is part 2. In Bad we learn more about Elijah and the book progresses into its more “dark” aspects.

By “dark” I mean that this isn’t your typical New Adult read with characters that have tragedy filled past. While both characters have tragic pasts there is also more going on with the plot that we don’t see in other reads. I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say that Elijah is the definition of a bad boy (and I’m not just saying he is a playboy that sleeps with a lot of girls like some other books try to sell).

I was getting a little tired of the “but I love him” bits by the end of the series though. I didn’t particularly love Caelyn as a character either but I liked Elijah. However, I was always entertained as I was reading it because the plot moved in a direction I never thought it was going to go.

Conclusion:

I don’t think the majority of people will like this series because it is a little on the darker side in terms of plot events. It’s an insta-connection romance that doesn’t have much substance to it. But, the plot is always moving with lots of interesting spins so it is entertaining if you are looking for a break from the usual New Adult fare.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Wanted by Amanda Lance (Wanted Series #1) and Heartless by Catou Martine

Synopsis for Naked (from Goodreads):
Caelyn Murphy is broken.

She’s broken because of something that was done to her–something she can’t even bear to think about. So she does the only thing she can think of…she runs. Away from her Ivy League college, away from her perfect life, and away from the man who hurt her. Only she runs straight into…

Elijah.

Elijah Daniels is hardened from a life that’s seen the worst the world has to offer. But when he meets Caelyn, he knows there’s something different about her. She’s been through hell and back, but she hasn’t given up.

Caelyn can see that Elijah is gorgeous on the outside, but she also knows he’s dangerous. And the last man she trusted hurt her so badly, she may be beyond repair.

But the harder she tries to resist, the more Elijah’s persistence strips her of her armor and leaves her naked and vulnerable.

In the end, neither of them will be able to predict just how far they might have to go to save themselves…and each other.

DNF Series Review: New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay

Fresh Fridays: On Friday, I review a brand new series (ie. only has one book released so far) to see if the series is worth keeping up with. Here is this week’s offering:

New England Rocks by Christina Courtenay | New England Rocks Series

Series: New England Rocks or Northbrooke High
Author: Christina Courtenay writing as Pia Fenton
# of Books: 4 (New England Rocks, New England Crush, New England TLC, New England Dreams)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary
Heat Rating: cool
Point of View: Third Person, Single

thoughts

I want to make it clear that I didn’t finish this book. I tried–I really did–but I enacted my 50-page rule and decided to stop reading this book and I’ll explain why below.

First, this book is completely a Young Adult novel. It’s nowhere close to a New Adult novel so don’t let the cover fool you like it did to me. It’s tame and high-school soap-opera-y which is why I decided to stop reading it.

If I was about 5 years younger (ie. a teenager) I would have probably enjoyed this book. But after reading so many New Adult novels that deal with mature subject matter (not the sexy stuff, but the pasts filled with tragedy and abuse) this book was just so tame in comparison. The only “thrilling” part was the love triangle but it was just so rudimentary in its delivery I didn’t care.

I felt like Rain was a boring character. She comes across as pretentious and because of this I had a hard time connecting or liking her. She isn’t a complete badass–again, very tame–and I felt like she fell into every stereotype of a young adult heroine: new girl in a new school; good looking and every boy is attracted to her but she doesn’t really know it; etc.  I just didn’t find anything refreshing in it and the added love triangle didn’t do much for me. At least the choice seemed pretty obvious to me based on who Jesse’s girlfriend is so I didn’t find it annoying.

I also didn’t find Jesse to be that much of a redeemable character. He was a bit of an asshat from what I read at the start–but I think if I read a little more of the book I might have been more on his side because his story started to develop a little more just as I started quit.

I think I would have liked it more if this book was told from a first person POV instead of third person. I’m not sure if it would have improved the connection to the characters or not but it just felt odd to read this type of young adult romance in a third person perspective.

Rating: 2/5

overall

I’m not sure when/if the next book is set to be released but I won’t be picking it up. I probably won’t ever finish this book and that is A-OK with me. People under the age of 18 will probably enjoy this light-hearted read. But fans of New Adult novels will find this a little boring and tame.

Similar Reads:

  • Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

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Synopsis for New England Rocks (from Goodreads):

When Rain Mackenzie is expelled from her British boarding school, she can t believe her bad luck. Not only is she forced to move to New England, USA, she’s also sent to the local high school as a punishment.

Rain makes it her mission to dislike everything about Northbrooke High, but what she doesn’t bank on is meeting Jesse Devlin …

Jesse is the hottest guy Rain’s ever seen and he plays guitar in an awesome rock band!

There’s just one small problem … Jesse already has a girlfriend, little miss perfect Amber Lawrence, who looks set to cause trouble as Rain and Jesse grow closer.

But, what does it matter? New England sucks anyway, and Rain doesn’t plan on sticking around …

Does she?

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Series Review: Three Irish Brothers by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Other Books in the Series:
book2 book3

Series: Three Irish Brothers
Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz
# of Books: 3 (Beautiful Pain, book 2, book 3)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Unknown
Genre: New Adult, Mature, Emotional, British
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: Third Person

Thoughts on Beautiful Pain:

I actually got this book for free one day for both my Kobo and Kindle. Since then it has gone up in price but I wouldn’t have been overly upset if I had paid the two dollars for it.

I think it is important to highlight the fact that this book is British. It’s written by a British author so it has that style of writing we aren’t completely used to this side of the pond. It tends to be very proper, not as many contractions in the sentences and not much slang–it almost comes across as mechanical to readers who typically read North American literature. Because I read a lot more North American books than British, it always throws me for a bit of a loop but I do read quite a few British novels so I easily get accustomed to that.

So it could easily be a product of the book being British in origin or maybe people in British are super mature: but I just found the dialogue to be a little awkward and overly mature for the age of the characters. I’m the same age as Sophia and no one I know talks like she does so I found that hard to accept at times. But given her past I wouldn’t be surprised if she is just that next level of maturity.

Out of all the freebie books that I have, I choose to read this one because the concept it really cool and different from other books out there. I mean, Harry is the ultimate bad boy and the element of Sophia being his probation officer is something I have never encountered before. It’s an interesting spin on things I think it is executed fairly well all things considered.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand Sophia and Harry’s relationship and how it worked between them. Their relationship is essentially built on lust and the “unspoken” connection between them. I don’t particularly care for these “unspoken”/love-at-first-sight-deal stories so I really didn’t get how they worked together or why they liked each other. I supposed it improved as we went but I never really got it to be honest–which is a shame because I really wanted to love them together.

I want to really stress that this book can be very dark at times. Although it is told through a 3rd person narration, there are times when we get a first person POV from Sophia when she describes her past. Nothing is really held back which I both appreciate and find uncomfortable at the same time. I find it’s hard to read in the mind of someone who has an abusive or depression filled past because it can be very dark and very emotional. On this regard, the book really excelled at conveying those feelings. It made Sophia seem very real and more than just a character in the book.

Conclusion:

Overall, this book didn’t really float my boat. I liked it and can appreciate it; but not enough to watch out for the rest of the series. I’m not particularly interested in the next set of characters but I’m not so turned off of the idea of picking the sequel up if it happens to be free on Amazon again. For those who want a darker New Adult read, this is a solid choice; especially if you like Ireland 😉

Rating: 2.5/5

Similar Reads: Release Me by J. Kenner (Stark Trilogy #1)

Synopsis for Beautiful Pain (from Goodreads):

My decisions were always wrong. I needed to get away from London, I wanted to start from scratch in Belfast, escape from the life that I didn’t want.

Working for Probation Service for the whole summer was going to give me the experience that I needed. I always felt much better when I could help people whose lives were shattered.

My parents told me that I wasn’t ready and I wouldn’t make it through but I was determined to show them that the past was behind me.

I had three months to forget about my bad memories, about the pain and my scars. Then I run straight into him, throwing it all to the wind, falling into a trap of love and lust.

Harry O’Donaghue was a local offender. At our first meeting he gave me the impression that he didn’t care about what I had to say and didn’t want to be evaluated by a stupid young girl like me.

Harry wasn’t an easy subject, either when it came to straight forward conversation about his future or about the crimes that he had committed.

Harry had a secret and everything suddenly became complicated. He was bad to be around, bad for me in every respect, but I still allowed him take me to paradise…

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