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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not true to size, 1 Jun. 2014
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Needed a last minute fancy dress outfit so ordered a size bigger than my usual dress size to be on the safe side - I could barely get this over my shoulders.


Hopeless
Hopeless
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it, 17 Feb. 2014
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I thought this was a very enjoyable read. It does have some of the usual NA cliches: Holder (where do they get these names?) is a bad boy who actually isn't bad at all, there are obstacles to Holder and Sky being together as well as a secret in her past etc. etc. - but actually the plot went in a few directions that I was really not expecting and actually got fairly dark in parts. Moreover, Sky is refershingly original. Neither whiny nor dumb, I really enjoyed her smart, funny internal voice as well as her attitude to life generally. Points also for her having a gay friend and the author not making it "a thing". Holder and Sky together are hot, which is what we all read NA for after all, and the build to their relationship is believable and has just the right amount of sexual tension to keep you turning the pages. All in all: recommended.


The Edge of Never
The Edge of Never
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but didn't blow my mind, 17 Feb. 2014
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I feel a bit tough giving this three stars but I couldn't quite bring myself to call it a four star book. There was a good build up of their relationship with points for a slightly different plot and some fairly hot scenes. But there is a final twist that comes out of nowhere that does, to be fair, explain some of the character's actions but just felt a bit "Lifetime Movie" for my tastes. There were also a few plot points that didn't seem to go anywhere. Still, a fairly decent NA book. I did enjoy it and would say that it was an above average NA read.


Frigid
Frigid
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here - eye-rolling NA, 17 Feb. 2014
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Follows all the usual NA tropes (sexually prolific bad boy, good girl who is practically a virgin, off-beat names (Kyler anyone?), misunderstanding as an impediment to the couple getting together and drawing out the climax (pun intended)). Some hot scenes but utterly forgettable and totally predictable. There are much better NA books out there but it was probably my own fault for buying a book called "Frigid" in the first place! Also, are we really still in a place where men who sleep with "easy" girls and call them skanks but put the virginal good girl on a pedastal are attractive romantic types? I like a cheesy romance as much as the next girl but it's like feminism never happened at all.


How To Be a Woman
How To Be a Woman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every woman must read this book, 17 Feb. 2014
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The biggest compliment I can give this book is that when my nieces are old enough to deal with the decidely adult subject matter, I will be giving them a copy hoping that it helps to shape the women that they turn out to be. Hilariously funny, totally honest and completely spot on with her opinions - Caitlin Moran is a feminist icon for the modern age.


Easy
Easy
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it but then promptly forgot it, 17 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed Easy when I was reading it, then when it came to do this review, I actually had to look it up on my Kindle to work out which NA novel this was. So it loses a star for being slightly generic and forgettable but an otherwise fun NA read.


Into the Deep
Into the Deep
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite NA novels, 17 Feb. 2014
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This was the first NA book I read and remains one of my favourites. It's got most of the usual NA elements although Jake isn't actually a bad boy in the traditional sense, more of an outsider and then eventually an ex. Still the central core romance is both hot and compelling and I raced through it to the end. Charley is a good protoganist - anyone who has experienced lingering feelings for an ex can understand her dilemma and her internal voice was strong and funny and utterly believable. I was interested in Charley and Jake's backstory and there were enough surprises along the way to keep me hooked. The flashbacks to the past worked really well for me, particularly in contrast with all that was happening in the present day - seeing the sweet evolution of their relationship alongside the aftermath just made you that much more invested in them as a couple. I should point out that the story was only partially concluded - there is a sequel to come - so you don't quite get the satisfaction that a complete story would give you. However, I will definitely be reading the sequel. Recommended - A good easy read for holiday or for fans of NA generally.


Beautiful Disaster
Beautiful Disaster
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it, 17 Feb. 2014
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I like my NA fiction as much as the next girl and have read a load of these books in the last month or so. I'm really surprised that this is as popular as it is because I just couldn't finish it. I thought the writing was fairly dire (it's NA, I'm not expecting Tolstoy but come on this just reads like (bad) fanfiction) and I just couldn't get my head around the weirdly co-dependent (at sometimes almost abusive) relationship. I know NA is all about bad boys who fall hard for the good girl with a secret but Travis was so aggressive and obsessive, I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to care if they made it or not. Abby was such a damp squib that I couldn't empathise. It is also in no way sexy to call your girlfriend "Pidgeon".


Collaboration (Backlash)
Collaboration (Backlash)
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Instantly forgettable, 17 Feb. 2014
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This book follows the usual NA trope: two people from different worlds, good girl with a dark secret plus the bad boy who really isn't that bad, give them some strange names (Taryn and Trace in this case) and a dilemma to keep them apart (he's a hip hop star, she's a country star - will it ruin their careers to get together?!) and that's it. It was an okay read but utterly predictable. Some of the dialogue was woeful and a few of the plot points didn't really go anywhere. It was NA by numbers. There are plenty of NA books out there (Deeper, Into the Deep, Hopeless) with hotter build up between the couple as well as an actually interesting plot, I'd recommend reading them instead.


Deeper (Caroline and West Book 1)
Deeper (Caroline and West Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning NA book, 15 Feb. 2014
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My reading tastes are very mixed: I read a lot of what might be considered 'proper literature' and I also read a lot on the trashier side of fiction. In the last month I've read a glut of New Adult books. A couple of them have been so woeful, I couldn't even finish them. Deeper by Robin York was at the opposite end of the spectrum, easily the best NA book I've read and here's why:

- Caroline is a genuinely interesting protagonist who develops through the course of the book. She's smart and sassy and has a great internal voice. We come across Caroline at a really low point in her life after having explicit naked photos of her posted on the internet by her ex. Her plight is described in such away that you relate and sympathise with her immediately. But unlike other NA books, she is not only 'saved' by the bad boy, she becomes stronger and saves herself.
- West is very hot. Clearly this is the main requirement. But he's also a truly three dimensional love interest with a back story, a voice and problems of his own.
- There is a slow burn build to their relationship which makes it more realistic. There are also genuine impediments to them getting together rather than the usual NA staple of miscommunication and insecurity on behalf of the girl. The sex scenes and the lead up to them are well worth the wait.
- The supporting characters are well-developed and likeable/detestable as appropriate.
- There is an actual plot, which is interesting. The revenge porn element of the story was so well done that I found myself getting genuinely angry on Caroline's behalf. Again, very different to your usual NA plot, it actually made me think.

Finally, I think the best praise I can give for this book is that as soon as I read it (in one sitting, staying up until 4.30am!) I wanted to read it again. There's a sequel out in July, and I have already pre-ordered it.


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