Review: Prisoned

PrisonedPrisoned by Marni Mann
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Real rating: 2.5
Title (Título): Prisoned
Author (Autor): Marni Mann
Genre (Género): Dark romance/Dark

Publication date (Fecha de publicación): August, 22nd, 2016


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Good plot, not so god plotting.

The book is narrated in two time spaces, present and past, and with two POVs (Kyle's and Garin's). It starts at their teenage years, introducing them and their best friend Billy, who live in a very poor neighbourhood and dedicate to steel and sell drugs to survive. Then it rushes to the present time where Billy has died from an overdose. Kyle and Garin haven't seen each other in more than ten years, since Paulie's (Billy's brother) death, but the funeral of him brings them both together again. Kyle, however holds a big secret that she can't tell no matter how much guilt it brings her, because if she did it would kill her. And she specially can't tell Garin. So, against her best reasoning, she accedes to have a drink with him and next she knows if that she wakes up in a cell, prisoned with Garin to her side. They have been drugged and she knows that the responsible for this is aware of what she did and is going to punish her for it.

So far so good, right? Exactly. The idea was very good, but how it developed was easy to guess, for a trained eye. Now I'm not going to spoil anything to you, don't worry. But I'm going to say that from the beginning I knew what her big secret was and I had a intuition of who had put them in that cell, because it was the most logical thing to reason by how and how many characters were presented. Then again, there was one particular POV that gave it completely away halfway through the story. When the book was coming to an end it took a twist and I thought "If it actually follows it this is going to be a great story to me because it'd have surprised me", but it indeed didn't and my thoughts on what her big secret was and who was the responsible for their prisoning were unluckily right.
That said the story became a little slow for me to read. I finished it no matter how, but I wasn't hooked.

About the characters I'll say that I liked Kyle as a person, but she annoyed me a lot repeating a hundred times that she had a big secret. The reader can understand that the first or second time and maybe it would have been better so see/feel how much it really affected her. Anyhow, she was a tough woman and much braver than she thought, so hats off to her.
And Garin is a well built asshole. I don't like his life style. I love the character.

To conclude, I really liked the ending, it's kind of an open one (not a cliffhanger) and it was the BEST part of the plot to me. If it had ended any different, if we had known exactly what happened I could have really dislike this. But I didn't.

I know this is a harsh review and by no means I intend to harm anyone's feelings. I know someone put all of her into this, it just didn't do it for me. I had a hard time writing this myself because I felt kind of guilty, but I wanted to be honest as I was asked. Summing up: YES, I like the idea; NO, I didn't like how it was developed because as I've said it was guessable and that changed everything for me; YES, I love the ending and YES, I'd read this author again.

I think Marni Mann has plenty potencial and a great mind, so I'd love to try something by her again. So don't let my thoughts stop you from reading it if this looks appealing to you!


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Review: It Ends with Us

It Ends with Us It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Pronto también es Español)

There's not enough stars to rate this powerful read

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This review is really hard to write because I don't really want to say anything that will give you the smallest hint of what this book is about. I was told to go in blind and it was the best advice I ever took.

Hoover you nailed it again and best than ever, this is your most beautiful, heartbreaking, powerful and healing book. No one besides you could have told this story with the beauty and care that you did.

This isn't a romance novel, this is a book about life. About many people's lives and it embraces them in a way that is as angsty as empathizing. This book is an eye opener. I'm not sure if Colleen has realized how much impact it will have, how many souls it will touch and change. This is one of those books that will completely impact on you. You will devour it and feel every single thing that the characters feel and then you will be thinking of it for days and days and days. It never stops, in the best way. IEWU is now a part of me and I will recommend it to as many people as I can.

Colleen has a way of narrating that makes everything flow, so beyond being a powerful read it is also a piece of art. It's delicate and delightful. It's poetry.

With any other book I would probably also talk about the plot and the characters but I won't do that here. The only thing I'll say will be about Lily and Alyssa, girls, I want to be you when I grow up, that's it.

And now I want to thanks CoHo for being brave and bold and such a great writer and human being. Thank you for writing this book. Every human being needs to read this.

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Review: The First Taste

The First Taste The First Taste by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first taste of Jessica Hawkins was delicious

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The first taste is the second installment of The slip of the tongue series, though it can be read as a standalone. There are characters from the first novel that make an appearance though, so if you don't want to spoil anything you should probably read it first.
TFT follows the story of Andrew, a devoted loving single father, lover of bikes and tattoos (don't let this fool you, he's not an alpha j*rk at all), who was left four years ago by Shana (the mother of his daughter, Bell) and promised to never fall in love again. He's committed to his girl's happiness and wants nothing more from life than seeing her grow. That's why when Amelia enters his life she's the perfect match.
Amelia is the head of a Beauty PR agency, soon to be divorced from her cheating husband. Her work is her life and she plans for it to stay that way. A one night with a sexy, but not at all like her, mechanic could make no harm.
Problem is the chemistry between them is undeniable and soon they find themselves wanting more from each other. How will their 'no strings attached' pact continue when they jump into a second night and then a third one? Sometimes opposites attract and you can find your match in the most unexpected place. Can sex be just sex? No when you find yourself trusting someone in bed as you've never done it before.
This is the story of two broken people who were found by love when they least wanted it. They thought they were smarter, they though they wouldn't fall, but it was bigger than them. So what do you do when you find yourself falling for someone but you know you can't love? When past is too heavy you have to make a choice, will you let it go and embrace a beautiful present or will you continue to hold on to it and let your chance scape?
Jessica Hawkins surprises the reader with a very good built story, sweet, harmonious. The writing style is really good and catching, it makes it hard to put the book down. She guides you with baby steps through their lives, making you slowly discover the characters, understand their reasons and see them evolve. This is a really beautiful, angsty and heart-warming romance.
The secondary characters are a big plus to this story, making you laugh out loud and wanting to take them out of the book to hug them.
You don't want to miss their story!

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