The Gods of Asphalt - Book One
on Feb. 18, 2013
Fantastic read that gets 5 big, shiny stars from me. The action starts on the very first page, grabs your attention and just never lets up.
The story is told from a male pov which is more unusual in YA books and I have to say I found this a refreshing change. Sawyer and his brother River are the main characters and the relationship between them is endearing, it’s a no punches held one (literally! they scrap all the time!) but at the end of the day, they always have each other’s backs. The dialogue between them is snappy, witty and pure entertainment, a real highlight of the book for me.
The plot is interesting and I’m very happy that I choose to read this book at the weekend as I could just plough through it which was all I wanted to do. Sawyer moves to the town of Valentine to live with his grandfather to give himself the best chance of winning a basketball scholarship to college. So it’s about the new relationships he makes there and an ongoing conflict with his father. There are family secrets too. Some immediately obvious but I didn’t guess the full extent of these secrets until they were revealed near the end of the book.
All the characters are true to life and I can honestly say I enjoyed getting to know them all. And I just loved when I got to the end of the book and saw there is more books planned for the series, I feel like this is the start of a beautiful new friendship between me and folks of Valentine. And even better the next one is about bad boy River, bring it on asap, I can’t wait to have a full book all about him!
Note : Thanks to H.E. Ellis for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Really, really enjoyed this emotional rollercoaster of a book. True rating is 4.5 stars. It's written in diary form so its first person point of view which I enjoy but I know is a turn off for some people. All I can say is give this book a chance, it is worth the risk :)
Tara is a 32 year old married woman, fed up with where she is in life and unable to see things getting any better. One night she watches an interview with an ex band member and old flame from her favourite band from her teenage years. What he says in that interview is a trigger for her to do something radical to change the direction her life has gone in.
I think the less you know about this book before you start reading, the better. Just hop right in, strap up tight and prepare for a wild ride. Tara is character that got under my skin and I wanted to shake her, warn her to stop taking so many risks but most of all I wanted to give her a big hug. By the end of the story, I really cared about her, I wanted her to catch a break and have her happy ending even if I couldn't figure out how that could possibly happen. The fact I felt so strongly for Tara, I think speaks volumes for how skilfully the author has drawn her and how totally engrossed in Tara's world that I became. And that ending...all I can say is wow!
Highly recommended to all who like psychological, mind bender books!
Thanks to Cynthia Hill for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
True rating - a very high 3.
This is a very sweet, frothy read and I really liked it. And that cover, from the colours to the dance pose, wow, I love it.
Alana is a ballet dancer who has to cope with an alcoholic father and an abused mother. 2 things save her from the awful reality of her home life - her ballet dancing and her 2 besties Chris & Adin. A time comes where she has to choose between her life and saving her mother and the choice she made rose her several levels in my estimation.
My big fear about this book was that it was going to be yet another book about a love triangle. Thankfully it's not! It's also not insta love which is my pet hate. Instead the mutual love between Alana and Adin feels real, passionate and totally believable. My favourite part of the book was the bits in Puerto Rico, it sounds amazing from the scenery to people, I fell in love with it a little. The humour that was scattered throughout the book was another plus for me too, Alana's awkwardness at times made me smile knowingly, been there, done that!
The only downside for me was that I would have liked the story to move a little faster. At times it was a little too drawn out for me.
Overall though, a fun read and recommended to fans of YA books.