on Jan. 5, 2011 :
RATING 4.5 STARS out of 5 STARS!!!
I stumbled across author Amanda Hocking and simply put, WOW!! I was addicted from start to well almost finished as there are 5 books in the MBA - My Blood Approves series and only 4 have been written.
I started reading the , 'Trylle Trilogy' first. Amanda's 2nd series and I fell in love with her writing. Her ability to fill her not very large books with so much. Her characters are meaningful to the storyline and interesting.
MBA series I have read all 4 books currently in the series, My Blood Approves # 1, Fate # 2, Flutter #3, Wisdom # 4. The book covers do not do the stories justice. I'm not saying they are bad covers, but some people judge a book by its cover and well.... I love when titles are meaningful to the story and these are.
ALICE : 17 yr old female lead who is a little lost in this book. She has her bff Jane , who is always out for a good time, maybe too much of a good time. Alice kinda tags along with Jane rather than standing on her own two feet and being assertive.
MILO : Alice's 15 1/2 yr old brother who is the nurturing , protective, always worrying about Alice, studious, younger brother that acts older in some ways than Alice. He is the family cook and makes sure the chores get done.
ANNA : Alice's mum likes a drink and works long hours on the graveyard shift. Leaving Alice to her own devices. School work not a high priority.
JACK : 24 Yr old guy who has a penchant for interesting T-shirts and Dickies shorts ( I had to google those darn shorts as he wears only that brand just to see what they looked like...lol!!) and converse shoes. Wiry, beach bum tan, blue gray eyes.
MAE : 28 yrs old , the mothering type with the British accent, who Jack lives with.
EZRA : 26 yrs old and married to Mae and has a Lamborghini Gallardo. ( Niiicccceee:D )
PETER: 19 yrs old, grumpy bro of Jack's , in an unconventional way.
MATILDA : White , Great Pyrenees dog. ( must Google the breed, I gather she is a huge dog).
Jane and Alice get themselves in a pickle at the start of this book enter Jack with screeching tyres to save the day. From the very first page, Amanda had me smiling at Jack, a great guy who is very thoughtful taking Alice under his wing. They just clicked.
Amanda spends a bit of time setting up the story for MBA, keep reading!!! The POW's ( didn't see that coming) the twists are amazing once the story starts to unfold ..........and then things with a certain character get complicated.
I am holding my tongue and it's very , very difficult not to review and spoil , as sooooo much happens within these smallish books. You are not left with unanswered questions. Amanda is wonderful keeping the books in the series growing and moving along at a great pace everything she writes weaves in nicely throughout her series.
I am a bit of a Team Peter fan...now I think most would be Team Jack, but...I can't help feeling for Peter. I looovvve Jack , but there's something about Peter that I can't ignore in this series. I can't wait to read about him in this series ( I'm like..where's Peter, I want Peter... * stamps foot* lol!!).
Oh, I just want to say what I want to say but I can't :(
I don't want to spoil. you'll just have to read. I got soooo addicted to this series that I devoured all 4 books in 4 days. To give you an idea how popular Amanda has gotten with her writing, alone she sold 99,000!!!! books in December 2010 alone!!! click on link to her blog page http://amandahocking.blogspot.com/ scroll down to her Thursday 30th December posting. I can see how she did it her stories are wonderful. I have passed the word onto all my book buddies. You've got to appreciate she is a self published author and is becoming a bit of a superstar in the self published world, there is hope for all you budding self published writers.
I love how Amanda includes music, movie references through out her books that I am proud to say I understood. Bit of 80's , bit of modern, bit of oldies but goodies. When her characters are texting each other she uses Bold print rather than Italics that can be hard on the eyes , especially sitting at the computer until the wee hours reading. The bold print made it easy to distinguish the difference. She does have quite a few vocab errors in her writing that flows through all her books I have read so far, it can make the flow of reading stop a little as you get your words right in your head. This could simply be fixed. I'm a reader who likes to be challenged by a story, have theories when I read and read about characters that have layers , are deeper than first thought. I think Amanda does this very well.
Anyhoo, enough from me....what are you waiting for..go grab yourself a copy:D
My brother Milo was a studious little bastard though, and he'd probably been in bed before midnight and up before nine.
When I made it out to the living room, I found him sitting at the computer, probably researching a paper for shcool even though we were on Spring Break. He was a Sophomore in high school and had the social life of a toddler.
Milo cowered behind her, muttering things about how she needed to keep it down or Mom would completely freak out. Whenever Jane was around, he acted like a puppy about to pee on the floor, and it drove me nuts.
I think if you like Claudia Grays Evernight series you will like this series. Even if you didn't you will still enjoy this series.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
on Oct. 17, 2010 :
** spoiler alert ** While the book as a whole didn't really do much for me, Hocking did leave me wanting to read more about Alice, Jack, and Peter, if only to find out how (or if) they will ever solve their dilemma.
Part of my problem with the book is Alice herself. As a person who loves school (and *chose* to go back many years after finishing college) and someone who wants to do something valuable with my life, I cannot relate to Alice's lack of interest in getting an education, lack of interest in any sort of future career, and I can't wrap my head around why it does not bother her at all that Jack does *nothing* but play video games or go out to clubs even though he's 24 years old and *should* be a valuable contributing member of society at this point in his life. Sure, he doesn't need money to support himself, but I'd like him a lot more if he weren't a lazy bum and, I don't know...volunteered his time somewhere for a good cause, or had some crappy, low-paying job even. If I won the lot ...more While the book as a whole didn't really do much for me, Hocking did leave me wanting to read more about Alice, Jack, and Peter, if only to find out how (or if) they will ever solve their dilemma.
Part of my problem with the book is Alice herself. As a person who loves school (and *chose* to go back many years after finishing college) and someone who wants to do something valuable with my life, I cannot relate to Alice's lack of interest in getting an education, lack of interest in any sort of future career, and I can't wrap my head around why it does not bother her at all that Jack does *nothing* but play video games or go out to clubs even though he's 24 years old and *should* be a valuable contributing member of society at this point in his life. Sure, he doesn't need money to support himself, but I'd like him a lot more if he weren't a lazy bum and, I don't know...volunteered his time somewhere for a good cause, or had some crappy, low-paying job even. If I won the lottery tomorrow and didn't have to work a day in my life after that, I would definitely be finding ways to volunteer my time or some low-paying but fun job to keep me occupied. However, despite the fact that both Alice and Jack annoy me, I can see how they might appeal to teenagers who may not be interested in school and may fantasize about a life like Jack's.
I've read other reviews where people have problems with the fact that Alice is drawn to Peter despite the fact that he treats her like crap and is a total asshole to her. That aspect of the book doesn't bother me because it serves as a perfect illustration of the fact that the physical/pheromone/chemical connection between the two of them is not something either of them has any logical control over. Alice doesn't actually *want* to be with Peter in her brain, but the chemicals make it so she just can't stop herself. If she had a choice in the matter, it seems clear she would not choose Peter. But she doesn't have a choice (or at least at this point in time it appears she doesn't have a choice), and that's the point.
Back to what kept me reading until the end. Alice meets Jack and they form a sort of friendship, that over time, morphs into more-than-friends feelings on both their parts. Alice meets Jack's "brother," Peter, and has an immediate attraction/lust/pheromone-induced connection that she doesn't necessarily want and can't control (he feels the same). I'm not usually one for love triangles, but I think what works for me about this one so far is that it isn't actually a love triangle. Alice loves Jack and Jack loves Alice. The connection between Alice and Peter is some purely chemical reaction their blood has to each other and neither seems to want it, but they can't get away from it either. The complicate matters, the physical connection between Alice and Peter will make it so that if Jack ever drinks from Alice, Peter will know and be forced to kill both Alice and Jack (like...literally unable to stop himself from doing it, even if he wanted to stop). I'll probably keep reading the series just to figure out how there is any sort of resolution to this impossible situation.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)