The Starter Boyfriend by Tina Ferraro

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Kindle Price: Free!

Official Review: 1.5/5

Synopsis:

“17 year-old Courtney is completely stressed. There’s the rift with her softball teammates, homework, housework, her part-time job at the tux shop, her dad’s upcoming wedding…enough! Would it be too much to ask for someone special in her life, a boyfriend she could talk to, count on, even lean on a little?

The best she’s got is a blue-eyed surfer boy who seems to save his biggest moves for his board, and a “friend date” to Homecoming with a guy still in love with his ex. Oh, and then there’s the tuxedo mannequin in the shop window, who happens to be reliable and an amazing listener.When the mannequin gets stolen in a senior prank, Courtney finds herself in a midnight pursuit along beach boulevards, trying to save more than the mannequin, but the job she’s come to love. After turning to the unlikeliest of people for help, and finding that surfer boy is as resourceful as he is good-looking, her load begins to lighten. In fact, she soon might find not only what she needs, but what she wants, too.”

My Review:

I’ll be honest, this is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. It was decent, but also pretty creepy.

Courtney is seventeen and using a mannequin in the clothing store she works at as her “starter boyfriend.” He’s supposed to be simple something she can make mistakes on without experiencing heartbreak. Yet, she calls it ‘him’, named it “Tux,” imagines how his breath might smell, how his lips might feel, and what his manly scent might be. (spoiler) She even goes as far as breaking into (she had a key though) the clothing store in order to sit and talk to him. The mannequin effectively distracts from the main point of the story and it was painful. I cringed every time I heard her mention Tux or any time she thought about it. To each their own, but I thought that was a bit weird, Courtney might need counseling.

There was little to no character development with Courtney, besides maybe she stops lying. I don’t understand why she felt the need to lie to everyone though. It was so unnecessary. She goes from pretending that she’s stressed out and feeling sorry to herself to realizing that everything is pretty great in her world. I didn’t see what she learned besides that.

Almost all of the rest of the characters were unfortunately very uninteresting. The antagonist, the love interest, the best friend…all of them except for Courtney’s stepmom. She was so energetic and lively. A little over the top, but she was fun to read about. Did she need more book-time? No. She had enough, but I do think that she should have been seen bonding with Courtney more in the time that she was given.
The book itself wasn’t terrible exciting. It was just a quick read that wasn’t completely boring, but not very intriguing either. It didn’t seem to be going anywhere, just simply stating what was happening in Courtney’s life. Even the conflict seemed rather minor, just a simple spat between high-schoolers that didn’t have much foundation to it. Everything consistently worked out for Courtney, no matter what it was. In the end, she has a wonderful stepmother, a great best friend, a boyfriend, good news about her mother…it was all too much. Courtney’s world is too perfect and that honestly made me want to side with Saffron. What Saffron did was wrong and there’s no excuse for that (plus her execution for her plan was terrible), but I at least see why she was so upset. Overall, this book was a kind of weird, had a decent ending, but it wasn’t memorable.

The Cure by Stephanie Erickson

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Price: $3.99

Official Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

“One life will make the difference.” Macey Holsinger has been hearing that promise her whole life. But it hasn’t saved anyone yet, not even her little brother.
The disease has claimed countless lives in the last hundred years, and the government is working hard to find a cure through human testing. Testing that has killed nearly as many people as the disease.
At sixteen, Macey has better things to think about than saving lives and submitting to any rule other than her parents’. As a budding artist, she has her whole life ahead of her, at least until she faces her own testing.
Questions plague Macey. Questions that make everyone else nervous. How can death be justified with more death? What’s the point of all this?
Answers evade her until she’s left with only one question: How much will she sacrifice in the name of the cure?
If you liked The Hunger Games or Divergent, you’ll love The Cure!

My Review:

I’m always very skeptical about books in the free section and in the dystopian, Young Adult genre. The abundance of the less-than-riveting choices is astounding and not in a good way. But, The Cure shocked me and I loved it.

The first thing that I noticed was that this is under the dystopian genre, but if you look at the title of this review, this isn’t a series. Yes, this is a young adult dystopian book that is not a series. Everything is tied up in just one book and that is amazing.

Macey Holsinger is the heroine, and she honestly is. Macey is in tenth grade, loves art, misses her little brother, has two parents and a best friend who’s like a brother, and a whole lot of questions. Her questions and natural instinct to defy what everyone just accepts gets her in trouble in school, but lands her an opportunity she would’ve given almost anything to participate in. Macey had a well-developed personality. She went through a range of emotions: anger, sadness, fear, depression, determination, and so on. Her main objective wasn’t to take down the government nor was it to just let the government do whatever it wanted and I respect Erickson for pulling that off. Macy was real, a person who just happened to live inside of a book. She loved, cried, screamed, defied, glared, stayed in a vegetable state for a week, stood up for herself, questioned everything including herself, thought outside the box, cared, and never stopped being human.

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The Trouble with Flying (Trouble series) by Rachel Morgan

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Official Review: 3/5

Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old introvert Sarah boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, the last thing she expects is Aiden, the guy sitting next to her who’s never flown anywhere before and refuses to shut up. Hours of random conversation later, they part ways. Sarah can’t stop thinking about Aiden, though, and wondering if she made a terrible mistake letting him go.
Should she abandon her safe, predictable life and go in search of him, or would she be chasing a happily ever after that could never exist in real life?

My Review:

This was a cheesy romance book with a bit of religion slipped in, but it was cute. The synopsis, in my opinion, makes the book seem bland, but it wasn’t. There aren’t any hair-raising incidents or edge-of-your-seat issues, but it isn’t boring.

Sarah Henley is a shy push-over that isn’t aware of how easily controllable she is. She was an unique and interesting character and her point-of-view was refreshing. She enjoys writing, but she’s allowed herself to try to get her Bachelor of Science instead of pursuing her dream, despite the fact that she’s miserable. Her character development was done tastefully. Aiden pushed her out of her comfort zone because he was out of his comfort zone and she benefited from it. I liked watching her slowly step outside of her protective bubble more frequently as the book continued on, even though it obviously made her uncomfortable at the start. She’s a talented writer from the responses the other characters have made towards the things she’s wrote, but she doesn’t believe it due to a verbally abusive and manipulative boyfriend. I was really rooting for her by the time the book ended.

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The Legacy of the Key (Ancient Guardians series) by S.L. Morgan

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Official Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis:

“Discover today a new dimension that will remove you from reality as you know it. Welcome to the new book series: Ancient Guardians. Book One, The Legacy of the Key, promises to give you a fun, new, and thrilling reading experience!
No matter where you are, facing your reality with passion and purpose will always lead down the path you were intended to go.
Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father proud.
After finalizing the last of his estate, and returning to pursue her degree in medical school, she has never felt so confident. While making her way through this world on her own, she is
suddenly confronted with the truth of her existence, and the reality of her future.
It is when she encounters two alluring and mysterious men, that a series of extraordinary events takes place, putting Reece’s life in grave danger. With her life in the balance, Reece must blindly trust the two mysterious strangers; and when she does, she is brought into an enchanting world that is beyond her logical comprehension. This captivating land reveals new worlds and new dimensions to which her existence is paramount.
But it is once she falls in love with the stunning Levi Oxley that everything will change, and Reece’s life will be in more danger than ever before. Forced to return to Earth and face a Council of Worlds, Reece discovers there is more to this enchanting dimension than she could
have ever imagined.
At a moment’s notice, even thru the fog of our denial, our journey can become
crystal clear. And within the revelation, once our fear subsides, we can find contentment and purpose if we focus on the things that matter most.
Trust—Courage—Love.”

My Review:

If I have to read the words “grin” (in all tenses) or “my love”, which appeared throughout the book sixty-nine and twenty-three times respectively, I will scream. Just because you’re in love with a woman, doesn’t mean you have to forget her name and call her “my love” constantly and, Morgan, there are other words for “grin.”

The synopsis makes Reece seem like someone who knows how to handle abrupt situations and pull through: “Reece Bryant was able to pick up the pieces of her broken life after the sudden death of her father. Though emotionally draining, she found the courage to move on, which would have made her father proud.” Yet, when you read the book, you get none of this. Reece doesn’t seem distraught and when she goes back to visit her hometown to finish up some paperwork about her father’s death she has a “let’s get this over with” attitude. We’re told that she misses her Dad, but I didn’t see any evidence that make me believe she was (spoiler) except when her “Dad” visited and she started crying for a bit. Even that wasn’t much evidence. Reece isn’t a terrible character, she’s not interesting but I didn’t dislike her. The two main issues I had with her was that she shrugged her shoulders and accepted whatever two men she’s never met and doesn’t know tell her. If two men insisted I get into the car with them and that “all will be explained later,” I would be very uncooperative and the alarm bells would be ringing loudly. I also didn’t appreciate how she went from a seemingly independent woman to “I love you so much that it’s rendering me helpless!!” A Saint Bernard would be in awe of the amount of drool that came out of her mouth.

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Land (Stranded series) by Theresa Shaver

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Official Rating: 1/5

Synopsis:

Five go by Land – Five go by Sea

A group of teens on a class trip to Disneyland are left stranded. An EMP over North America has destroyed everything electronic. No cars, no planes, no phones, no electricity. Refusing to wait for someone else to help them, ten courageous young people take charge of their future and choose to begin the long journey home. 1500 miles of adventure and lawless country await. Will their determination be enough?
Alex, Quinn, Josh, Cooper and Dara – setting out on foot with nothing more than some soon to be worthless cash and a little advice from a trusted teacher, they walk through a burning city that has come to a halt. The devastation they see as they make their way out of the city is a small part of the horror that the nation will become. As the days go by with no food deliveries and no water flowing from taps, civilization will start to crumble and it will be survival of the fittest. With five States and half a Province to cross they will need to plan well, count on each other and pray for a little luck. Even with that, chances are slim of getting home when you are Stranded.”

My Review:

This book was the epitome of ridiculous. A bunch of teens go to Disneyland from Canada and a nuclear bomb is dropped which causes an EMP. That’s not the ridiculous part. The ridiculous part is that in three seconds everyone starts freaking out. One of the teachers DIES, the teachers left start calling students expletives, the teachers are telling each other to shut up, all the adults somehow have thousands of dollars on their person, and the teachers calmly let a bunch of kids go off on their own because they’re “leaders.” Everyone is convinced that a group of sixteen year olds can make it from Disneyland to Canada on their own. What? Why? The whole scenario was absolutely ludicrous and it was painful to read. It takes one day before everyone just starts looting and gangs start to rise and all manner of order is one-hundred percent gone. Also, “five go by land, five go by sea.” If two groups are mentioned, why doesn’t the book ever follow the group that goes by sea? I would have liked to know what happened to them. (Further research shows that we find out in the next book.) (spoiler) At the end, all we are told is that “the other kids are dead” by a “former” bad guy that was friends with Cooper’s dad.

The characters. Each one of the characters were bland and annoying stereotypes. And almost all of them had alcoholic parents. Why? There was the goth girl (Dara), “Mr. Responsibility” (Quinn) (yes, they said that), the bad boy (Cooper), and the class clown/jokester (Josh). They even managed to create a love triangle. You know how in a lot of teenaged movies, adults play the teenagers? That’s what it was like. Only the adults are in clothes that are too small and they have stereotypical voices and sometimes forget that they’re teens and use their natural adult tone.

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Sophie’s Secret (Whisper series) by Tara West

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Official Rating: 2/5

Synopsis:

“After shedding 30 pounds of baby fat, Sophie Sinora has grown into a pretty, but insecure, teen in bloom. To make her life more complicated, Sophie can sometimes read minds.
Sophie’s BFFs, AJ and Krysta, are also ‘gifted’ with paranormal abilities. Keeping their gifts secret proves difficult, as their powers are strengthening, making them feel more and more like freaks.
When Sophie falls for Jacob, she hopes he’ll ask her out to the Freshman Formal. But when she’s forced to cheat and lie for him, she wonders how far she’ll have to go to make him like her. Add to her growing list of problems – her teacher’s suicidal thoughts, a locker bully who wants to kick her butt, the hot school flirt who won’t stop teasing her, her pregnant sister who boots Sophie out of her room, and the growing tension between Sophie and her best friends.
Sophie’s got issues. Hopefully, she can fix them in time to save her teacher’s life and her social life.

My Review:

When I opened this book, I didn’t have access to the internet so I couldn’t double check what the synopsis was on goodreads. Everything that was in the synopsis occurred in the book, but it was very watered down. I was expecting the book to be more about the supernatural powers that Sophie, AJ, and Kyrsta have. Instead, I got bits and pieces about their powers and mostly learned more about Sophie’s her pregnant sister, depressed teacher, her rather small issues with her friends, and her romance life.

Sophie is the main character and the whole book is from her perspective. It was interesting to see things through her eyes and read other people’s minds, but she insulted people too much for me to enjoy it. While yes, a teacher that picks his nose is very gross, to call him “Pick-and-Flick” isn’t very kind. Nor is calling Cody Miller “Grody Cody” polite either. Sophie uses her power to try to understand a few people better, but only if it benefits her. For example, Frankie (spoiler) who she uses her telepathic powers to figure out if he likes her or her favorite teacher or her new best friend, Lara. Yet, not with Mr. Dallin or Cody. Why doesn’t she want to know what those two are thinking? Surely they know about what people call them and I’m sure their feelings are probably hurt. Everyone is dealing with something, being ridiculed by the “entire” school can’t help. But Sophie doesn’t care because she has already labeled them and therefore doesn’t want anything else to do with them.

The rest of characters were just as okay. They all felt 2D and I didn’t connect with any of them. Sophie’s best friends, Krysta and AJ, didn’t really do very much, especially Krysta. AJ only served to give the plot a bit more “trouble in paradise” between friends. The only interesting part in the whole book was the issue between Sophie and her sister, Rosa Marie. I would have like to have seen more bonding between them, but it just didn’t happen.

The plot was rather interesting, but it didn’t hold up because of the lack of anything that actually had something to do with the three main characters’ powers. In order for me to have even thought about the sequel, there had to be more than a few obscure hints about the girls having an increase in power. There had to be more to the plot and I was disappointed that there wasn’t.

V is for Virgin (V is for Virgin series) by Kelly Oram

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Official Rating: 2/5

Synopsis:

“When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?”

My Review:

To be totally honest, I didn’t really like this book. I liked the concept, a teenage girl not being afraid to stand up for her opinion on abstaining from sex until she was married. Her cause and purpose was admirable, I wouldn’t disagree with that. But there were a few other aspects in the book that made me uncomfortable.

The first issue I had was that there was no obvious character development. People can always improve, people in real life and characters in books. Always. There are perfect characters, but they aren’t realistic. What does an author have to do in order to make them realistic? Give them flaws and gradually develop the character(s) as they start to realize their issues and try to fix them. I didn’t see any development in Valerie, but plenty of flaws. When “Virgin Val” becomes public and her campaign “V is for Virgin”, starts to become more popular, she starts to blow off her friends. The first person being her best friend, Cara. It was honestly disappointing how their friendship turned out in the end. Valerie made it seem like everything was Cara’s fault. While I do agree that Cara was very selfish in some of the decisions she made, Valerie wasn’t a saint either. She ignored Cara and started to make new friends, casually leaving Cara behind and then blaming it all on her. Then Valerie does maybe two things to try to “patch” the relationship and when it doesn’t work out, she storms off as if she had be bending backwards trying to make things work. But in all honesty, she wasn’t. All Valerie did was “fit” Cara into her schedule and she barely even did that. There was no change in Valerie’s perspective on the situation nor her actions, even though she was wrong.

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Skid (Skid series) by Doug Solter

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Official Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

“Samantha drove the car that killed her dad. Now racked with guilt, the 17-year-old girl racer from Oklahoma promises to fulfill the racing dreams they once shared. Even if it kills her. Samantha sneaks into a private testing session and impresses the eccentric owner of a Formula 1 racing team who takes a chance on the outspoken, yet crazy-talented teen girl. Samantha pushes herself, pushes her car, pushes her luck at 200 miles per hour. She battles a seven-time world champion and Ferrari racing god who was once a crush-worthy hero to a teen girl, but now a dream-crushing rival to a young adult woman. Samantha befriends the nerdy-cute nephew of the team’s owner who she leans on for support and to keep her sanity. Yet his gentle advances towards romance clash with Samantha’s racing goals. For advice on what to do, Samantha wants to ask her two sisters, but they won’t speak to her. Not since she told them the real truth about Dad’s accident. The real truth about that dark and rainy night that splits her family in two. All Samantha’s problems come to a head at a place called Spa in the lush Belgian forest. A place infamous for killing race car drivers. The teen girl must use all her skill, all her daring, and all her luck to win it all and become the young woman she’s destined to be. But only if she can beat the Ferrari next to her. And only if she can conquer her fear of racing in the rain. And only if she can get her hands on the steering wheel to stop shaking. Fans of Courtney Summers’ strong female characters and those who love action-packed books like The Hunger Games should find Skid exciting and emotionally compelling. Fans of Ally Carter’s Heist Society should enjoy the international settings and lifestyles.”

My Review:

Let’s be honest. I barely know anything about Formula One Racing. Actually, not even barely, I don’t know anything about formula racing. Yet, despite the plot being centered around racing, I loved this book so much that I would be willing to read it again.

I loved Samantha. She had such an amazing amount of spunk, realistic flaws, insecurities, and struggles and I loved her for it. Her situation, in my opinion, was a bit far-fetched, but, as I said before, because I know very little about Formula One Racing, maybe it isn’t so far-fetched. Even so, I loved Samantha’s character. She has a deep chasm in her heart that has not been filled yet, because she is the one that killed her father, but rarely does she let that stop her. (I refuse to give anything away about this book, so the review might be a little short, but should you read this book, I want you to read it with a mind that hasn’t read spoilers.) It was difficult for Samantha, was much was obvious, after telling her family the truth about her father’s death and having to come to terms with her fear of driving in the rain. But she pushed on and never stopped. While I couldn’t connect with Samantha’s struggles completely, as they weren’t my struggles, I still felt for her and the burdens she carried because of her past. The character development for Samantha was wonderfully done. She grew up gradually at a steady pace and at first, you may or may not notice it, but at sooner or later you do. It’s a realistic turn around, she doesn’t go from “bratty snotty kid” to “young woman that attends charities every day”, but rather she faces her fears and experiences the reality of the world. But she doesn’t let it change her for the worse, instead, she learns from it and keeps on going.

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Bloom (Bloom Series) by A.P. Kensey

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My Review: 1/5

Synopsis:

“THE POWER TO CREATE…THE POWER TO DESTROY.

Both are at your fingertips.

Chosen individuals have been gifted with extraordinary abilities in order to restore balance to the world—a balance that suffers amidst endless chaos.

HAVEN KINCAID is almost eighteen. After moving away from her friends before the start of her senior year, she struggles to fit in at her new school. When the boy of her dreams shows interest, she finally has a chance to be normal—but Haven is more different than she realizes. After a tragic loss and a deep betrayal, she is kidnapped by a sinister group that will do anything to extract a deadly ability she can barely control—even if they kill her in the process.

COLTON ROSS is fresh out of high school. Driven by a desire to escape his abusive father and haunted by the memory of an absent mother, he moves to New York City to start over. When a favor for his friend backfires and he ends up in jail, Colton is bailed out by a mysterious businessman who offers him the chance to strengthen his new-found power and discover the truth about his past—a truth that will set him on a quest for insatiable vengeance.

BLOOM is an action-packed fantasy adventure that tells the story of two young adults surviving in a dangerous world. As their journeys unfold and collide, they must risk their lives to defeat an evil that threatens to destroy everything they hold dear.”

My Review:

The amount of absolute disappointment I have for this book is astounding.The cover was what brought me in after I noticed the price (free) and I was a bit excited to start it. It seemed like it would be an interesting read. I was completely and totally wrong.

First thought after finishing the book: “That was ridiculously boring, I’m glad I survived.”
(I have a personal policy not to write a review about a book unless I finish it. I was too far in, to just give up.)

The characters were underdeveloped with a cliché story-line and cliché situations, terrible plot-pushing characters, and a villain that seemed about as threatening as a baby with a rattler.

Haven Kincaid, is a teenager in high-school with a fairly good life even though she’s just moved away from the home she loves. She has two adoring parents, a lovable brother, a loyal best friend, and a crush that just might turn into something more. At first, Haven has a bit of a bad streak. She’s upset over the move and therefore punishing “everyone else” by being disruptive at school. For some reason, her parents let this slide and instead of getting angry, they’re just worried. I don’t know about other people’s parents, but if I decided the best method of action to express myself was to get a bad reputation at school, I would be the one worried, not my parents. Haven comes off completely selfish by doing this, considering her Mom has to take off work and get Noah (Haven’s little brother) from daycare just to talk to the principal about Haven’s behavior. I didn’t see any amazing qualities in Haven nor did she act like she was capable of having any actual emotions. She was either over-reacting or under-reacting. But, I don’t think that that’s totally her fault. Everything that Haven felt was told to me, whether it was her screaming in anguish (spoiler) over her parents being killed in a random fire or trying to act tough when she confronts someone. If I was a villain, I would’ve fired a couple of energy bolts at her and laughed as she does a jig trying to avoid them. She was completely childish.

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Perception (The Perception series) by Lee Strauss

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Official Review: 1/5

Synopsis:

“Eternal Life is To Die For.

Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along-side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans.

Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically.
Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.
PERCEPTION is a (SF/mystery/romance) Young Adult novel that takes place in the not-too-distant future in a world changed by climate extremes, natural disasters and impending wars, and where scientific breakthroughs cause class divisions—both financially and philosophically. It explores the clash between faith and science and how differences can separate us as enemies or ally us together. And in some cases, even in the midst of betrayal and personal crisis, there’s room to fall in love.

This is the first book in a series.”
My Review:

This book was irritating and forgettable. The heroine, Zoe Vanderveen, was shallow and naive to the point of stupidity, the parents and Zoe’s boyfriend were emotionless drones (spoiler) who didn’t seem to care that their son or friend respectively just disappeared and may be dead. Like the synopsis says, Zoe is a GAP, genetically altered person (so original!) and so is her family, boyfriend, friends, etc. And then her brother goes missing. That’s an interesting plot. The only non-realistic issue with this? No one seems to care besides Zoe. Zoe is the only one that reacts like an actual human being towards her brother vanishing. Which is fine. The issue was: Zoe is just short of a full-blown idiot and has the depth of an empty kiddy pool. Everyone is obviously keeping secrets from her, especially her boyfriend. Yet, Zoe continuously thinks something along the lines of: “If my boyfriend says he knows nothing then he doesn’t. He wouldn’t lie to me. I trust him so much.” The whole time I was screaming at her. It makes no sense to think that way when someone is blatantly lying to you. Then, when she meets Noah Brody (why do so many male characters in books have a name that ends in ‘y’?) she thinks something along the lines of: “How can someone be as gorgeous as Noah when he doesn’t even have blue eyes and blonde hair? (When she’s undercover) How can anyone find me attractive when I have brown eyes and brown hair? ” Excuse me? Have you not gone anywhere your whole life? Are you that sheltered? How insulting. And yes, this is another one of those stories where the girl is in a relationship but starts to love another man because of his looks.

Zoe is a spoiled rich girl who knows little to nothing about being undercover and is disrespectful towards people who don’t look like her or have the same cultures. If there was character development where Zoe goes from her original self to someone down to earth and actually attempts to understand the lives of other people, maybe I would have been able to bear it. But she didn’t. She stayed the same throughout the whole book and I was in pain.

I didn’t understand the romance. How could you (Noah) love someone who disregards the fact that your mother is dying and you want to be there for her because she (Zoe) needs you to help her? How can you love someone who doesn’t want to understand your culture or your situation with not being a GAP? How can you love someone so shallow? I don’t understand. Also, if my brother is missing, there is no room for romance whatsoever. Help me find my brother and after he’s home safe and sound maybe I can start thinking about romance. There was no connection between the two and it was a ridiculous romance.

While GAPs aren’t a new concept, this book could have been great if the characters weren’t lifeless and shallow. I’m thankful this book was free because I would have been disappointed if I had spent money on it.