Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest review of Tear by Rachel Van Dyken

Tear (A Seaside Novel)


Blurb:
Life as a teenager is never easy. But for Natalee Murray, 
things have just gotten way more difficult. Bored with life,
she can't wait to graduate high school and get out of town,
especially considering the famous band members from AD2 suddenly
start attending her school, making her once boring life, absolutely insane.
 
It starts with a pen. A single brush of fingers, and she is captivated.
 
But Alec and Demetri have a dark secret, one that could shatter their reputations and Natalee's heart. What do you do when one guy paints your life with color while the other infuses your soul with passion? How do you choose when your heart is divided?
 
*This is a New Adult/Mature YA. Minor swearing and drug usage.
 
Jewels' review:
I admit it, I stayed up until 1am reading Tear because I couldn't put it down -
if I could have kept my eyes open I would have stayed up to finish it.
But, I wound up finishing it the next day. This is definitely a change from 
all the Regency novels Rachel has put out, but she's just as good at contemporary. 
If I had to use one word to describe Tear, it would be "angsty". And that's a good
thing! I felt that it was fun and romantic, but it was gritty and there was depth
to it that is appropriate for the plot.
 
I really enjoyed how she slowly drew out details about Demetri and
Alec's lives and personalities throughout the book. That suspense,
not knowing why the boys were truly in Seaside & what was in their past,
kept me, as a reader, compelled to keep reading. I really enjoyed the depth 
of the brothers' characters, they weren't just shallow, "bad boy" rockstars. 
The "love triangle" was definitely reminiscent of other YA series, 
but she does it with class and even jokes about it within the novel.
 
 I did think that the resolution of Natalee's "parent issues" was too quick 
and easy. It would have been nice for that sub-plot to have been slowly woven
 throughout the novel instead of having it all dealt with quickly and easily
 towards the end of the book. Also, I felt that given Natalee hadn't even kissed
 a boy before she met Alec & Demitri - the way their physical relationships
 quickly progressed seemed perhaps a bit unrealistic, but maybe it was the whole
 "rockstar" thing. Anyhow, who am I to criticize? I loved reading the book -
 it was a fun escape for me and I am definitely looking forward to the release
 of the sequel "Pull".
 
Source ~ purchased
 
you can pick it up on kindle  here

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