Dang it’s good. Once in a while you run into books like Cindi Williams Chima ‘ s Gray wolves clan novels or Scarlett Dawn ‘ s King’s hall series and you just know you’ve hit the jackpot. This is one of those times. This is a series that will keep you wanting more.
When I first read the synopsis, I had no idea that it carried so much depth. The synopsis was all simple and small in comparison to the depth and broadness of the story in its entirety.
The story starts with Isaura. She is the thread that binds everyone together but her story is not the only one you will hear. Her story is the general plot, one that is not by any means finished in this book and everyone else’s stories are the subplots that somehow manage to enrichen the plot and sweeten the deal even more.
I expected to be bored by the novel. I felt that Joyce’s choice of diction was what I would have chosen to start a novel, and since I don’t find my work riveting, I assumed she’d bore me soon enough. Not so. I was pleasantly surprised and happy to have run into this book. It delves into the facets of relationships, clan wise as well as filial.
I would most definitely recommend this book to people of all ages especially since people of all ages starred in it.
Joyce manages to give everyone a role that brings their lives and fortunes into the limelight so that nobody feels cheated, especially the reader. I did at one time feel eager to see Isaura but the drama that ensued made the wait worthwhile.
I definitely love this book and will be giving it five stars.
*I was given an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *
P.S I loooovvveee this book and I hope your opinion of my review of it has not been marred by its provenance.
Recommendation: Buy it!
I really really liked this book. Third Degree is pretty awesome. Personally, Julie Cross always gives me just what I need whenever I read her books. It was nice to read something a little light hearted than the previous book I read. Child prodigy, Isabel Jenkins goes back to college in a move that is slightly reminiscent of Doogie Howser, M.D., the kid doctor. Isabel has two degrees already and several other merits and qualifications under her belt and is ready to be a full-time doctor. Or so she thinks. WHAM! She fails the Emotional readiness test! Shocking! Suddenly, her future is left wide open. Isabel is much like Bones from the Bones show in the manner she interacts with the world. sort of. She’s full of medical terms that sound like Jargon to most ears. She has no sense of privacy, hello Doctor! and her idea of fun is sitting in at a heart surgery or better yet performing one. So here goes, our little girl into the quasi real world; College. Haha. Much fun, no?
As a child prodigy, Isabel has been waited on hand and foot. Her opinions have been put on a pedestal and her quirks? well those are welcome. In the hospital. Not in School. Woopsies! Well nobody gave Isabel that memo. Isabel is sheltered, no lie. She didn’t grow up learning things that we as human learn, such as how to relate to people through trial and error. She’s misunderstood because her methods of doing things are not the same as others. As someone who’s a little bit like her, I really connected to her. I never connected with the world when I was little and I had a lot of issues in trying to be normal. Enters assistance in the form of a very hot RA; Marshall. Now Isabel my dear is not new to coitus buuut she’s new to relationships. Isabel herself is adopted and her only manner of knowing her place in life is through her parents’ marriage. Now, her parents are getting a divorce. Her stability becomes threatened. Poor Isabel has to figure out her place in the scheme of life and how to be strong on her own. Tough. Marshall agrees to tutor her about life if she tutors him in Anatomy.
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Izzy’s Educational To-do List (#2-3)
2. Literature: read at least five novels that are popular with female teenagers and have zero educational value (Renee recommends Twilight series books, Tracy says anything but Twilight; Marshall has never been a female teenager).
3. Chemistry: experiment with alcohol and/or other substances with similar purpose (Marshall did not seek out input from his sisters on this subject because he refuses to acknowledge that, at thirteen and sixteen, his sisters may know something about illegal substance use).
I’ll definitely give this a 5 star. If you’re looking for something with humor, some good life lessons and family, this is the book for you!
Put me back together by Lola Rooney is a must read. I’ll give it a three out of five. Could have gotten more except for a few mysteries that will forever remain uncertain to me. It was the story of a person hunted by ghosts from the past. In a different world, most of us start living lies when we are older and have seen much of the world. We twist our mistakes and lies into the truth and live with the consequences. Katie Archer, the protagonist of the novel has been living a lie since she was a child. She did something innocent and stupid that became the greatest regret of her life and destroyed a lot of people’s lives. This mistake twisted her psyche until she became withdrawn and a shadow of her former self. People saw her in a light she believed should not shine upon her. In her attempt to escape this life, she chooses a college 3,000 miles away from the truth and attempts to hide sho she had become. Enter Lucas Matthews, hottie bad boy with a mystery of his own. Ummmmm getting interesting uh? As you might have guessed, they connect. He sees her and she sees him, for the most part.
Her lies starts to pierce her happiness with Lucas. How could it not? She believes he doesn’t know her truth. She’s let the past define her for so long that to her, it’s her weakest point and the thing that could destroy her. She could be right, especially when old foes come a’knocking…
You’d Better Watch Yourself, Katie Kat
You’ll Never Get Away With It
I’m Coming For You ——
Things I would have loved to see change
1. I would love for her to clear up the mystery completely. I’m way calmer now than when i read it. I felt that she left our heroine in danger although i have my suspicions that maybe she’ll be just fine. But please! girl has got to clear that up! For realsies! shoooeeeyy
2. The mystery event that went on in this novel should have been better related as to the consequences and weight of it. What happened destroyed people’s lives and future. I guess i should say, I’d have loved to a more in-depth handling of the repercussions of the event and Katie’s part in it. I don’t want to reveal too much, but although what happened happened innocently-ish, I needed to see more legality towards the end. I think you’ll agree with me if you read the book.
3. I would have loved to see more of the process of guilt and responsible processes rather than the outcome. How did Kate become the Kate we know. Truly? Something horrible happened in the book and I would have loved to see more of the in-between rather than the beginning, end and middle.
So there are my three stars. I am recommending it because, it is quite frankly interesting and does have potential. It could definitely be five out of five if it fulfills the three changes I listed above.