on Jan. 11, 2012 :
This was an extremely entertaining read. I absolutely adored Dafne and her sarcastic and biting humor. After her parents’ death, she’d put a wall around herself, using sarcasm and bad attitude as a shield to not get close to anyone. However, Dafne can be nice if she tried, and we learn that she wasn’t always like this. Sure enough, she does become only kind of nicer later.
While the book was very entertaining, the plot kind of fell flat. The first half was way too long before the dream thing started happening en masse. The good part is that you really get to know the characters and their relationship with one another. The only thing that pulled me through were the writing, which was very well done and the humor. Ms. Vila had a way with words that kept me hooked, even while I kept waiting for things to happen.
Also, it would be nice to know what’s so special about Dafne that she just knew the coma wasn’t some virus. What made her so special? The ending also felt really rushed. Where was the conflict? Yeah, people fell comatose, but it was way too easy. All Dafne had to do was go and rescue Buffy, but there were no obstacles really, no danger, so there was no satisfaction from reading that the heroine actually survived some conflict.
Other than that, I really hope Dafne and Ian get together, but I also really like Buffy, so I don’t want that to happen to her. However, the fact that Dafne was ready to jump some other guy’s bones a few pages after what happened with Ian was kind of a turn off. For the first half of the book, she sounded like a judgmental prude, but she was perfectly fine with idea of hooking up, so she’s kind of hypocrite.
Overall, a very interesting idea, with the dreams. However, I did get tired of criticizing humans wastefulness and boring life and blah blah blah. It feels like every book I read recently had some say on human behavior, but that’s really just my mood and my personal preference, not the books fault!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Jan. 2, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this book. I found the plot completely original which is pretty hard to do now days.
I have read the Ylem and liked it slightly better, but both are well worth the read.
Tatiana Vila is a talented author and I can't wait to read more of her work!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Jan. 1, 2012 :
Dafne is content with her reputation as the Ice Queen, and most people in the town of Berryford have learned to keep their distance. The unfortunate exception is her twin sister Buffy's infuriating boyfriend, Ian, who insists on pushing Dafne's temper to its limits. Even with this irritation, her life is continuing in a comfortably predictable pattern, until she starts noticing many of her fellow high school students developing a glassy-eyed stare. When scores of people start dropping into comas with no discernable cause, Dafne feels in her gut these events are somehow connected to the students' strange behavior and that something more than a freak outbreak is to blame. After Buffy succumbs to the coma, Dafne must battle her own demons and force herself into an uneasy truce with Ian so they can work together to save her sister. Faced with compromising and guilt-ridden situations, Dafne must embrace the unexplainable and open her mind to the paranormal in a race against time to save one of the few people she actually cares about - before it's too late.
Vila's story makes a compelling proposition - that there is a defined bond between creative works and the need for humans to use these works to journey away from our everyday lives to dream-like states of wonder. Break Away asks the reader to consider what might happen if we fervently held onto these travels away from our humdrum lives and were able to live in our imaginary fantasies - how (and indeed why) would we ever come back? I found this a fascinating proposal and particularly enjoyed Vila's skirting the boundaries of appropriate relationships by highlighting the tension between Dafne and Ian. It is easy to see how some of these relationships would play out in real life and for the reader to see herself in Dafne - however much she might not want to.
My biggest challenge with this novel is one that I see often in self-published works - the need for a professional editing eye. I found myself distracted by the frequent grammatical errors and awkwardly worded sentences, and some of the literary gems were almost lost. The exquisite wordplay and delicious descriptions in the narrative deserve utmost care so they are not overshadowed by grammatical mistakes. Vila certainly has talent and more comprehensive editing will help her bring that talent to the forefront.
Break Away story is compelling and engaging and worth a read for any lovers of young adult fiction. I'm excited to see what Vila has to offer in the future.
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(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Dec. 28, 2011 :
Break Away by Tatiana Vila was a fantastic read from Read 2 Review. I found this book to be a refreshing read from what I have been reading in the past couple of months. While the story unfolds in a quick reading manner, the answers to questions within unfold in a juicy delicious slow way. Far from being annoying and an overused mechanism it is delightful. The plot was extremely fast paced and unwrapped in entertaining way. The characters were completely interesting filled with sharp and at times snarky humor and content. For those readers that have read other Tatiana Vila books will enjoy this story as well. It is not just another story line with different named characters but a whole new story. I love when authors are not afraid to break away from molds and previous works. I cherished that this book while being a complete story; it set up the future books in an exciting way that leaves the future story wide open with so many interesting possibilities.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on Oct. 22, 2011 :
Awesome read! I loved the main character, Dafne. She's tough and sure of herself, not like some winy leading ladies I've read recently. Ian, the love prospect, is such a heart-warming character, I just love him! And I have to say that one of my fav characters was Comus! He's so funny! Eccentric and one-of-a-kind, really.
I'm dying to see what's in store for all these characters in the next book--especially with Ian and Dafne :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 21, 2011 :
This is the first book in Tatiana Vila's Away series. It's a paranormal book without the usual paranormal creatures. The story is about a 17 year old girl named Dafne, who has been deeply hurting since the loss of her parents. When her sister is one of several people who have fallen into a coma for no known reason, Dafne has a gut feeling that it is more than a virus that is to blame. One interesting question arises in this story – Where do you go when you dream?
I have to admit that I had a little trouble getting into this book during the first half, though I can't put my finger on exactly why. I guess I didn't really like Dafne's attitude so I had trouble connecting with her. I feel that I connect more with a character when they have qualities that are similar to mine. Dafne grew on me during the second half of the book, and we found out why she has this major attitude problem with Ian – her sisters boyfriend.
The second half of the book involved some sexual tension and some heavy kissing, and that's always a good thing in my opinion. Also during the second half, we meet Comus. He's definitely a character that keeps things interesting. The paranormal qualities toward the end caught my interest as well. If I gave half star ratings, I would give this 3.5 stars. I think teens and young adults would really like this. If you're looking for something a little different from the norm, I would give this a try.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)