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  • Break Away (Away, Book 1) 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! Rating: 3.5/5