Review: Overprotected

Overprotected

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 252pp
  • Sales Rank: 418,072
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.
Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.
Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.
Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.
Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.
Daddy was wrong.

My Thoughts

I loved this book from the first chapter.  It grabbed my attention and held it through the very last page.  Ashlyn was kidnapped by her father’s employee when she was a young child.  After she was recovered, they moved to New York City and she has been on “lock-down” ever sense.  She can’t go anywhere without a bodyguard.  She is now 17 years old and she is going crazy with the lock up.  Ashlyn has figured out that she has a period of time that she can sneak out of the house and get some alone time.  One day she is running late returning home when she suddenly sees someone from her past, Colin, the boy next door who was horribly mean to her growing up.  Wow, has he grown up.  She has to rush off because she is late.  Upon arriving home, her current bodyguard, Stuart, is very upset with her.  He has always given her the creeps and is infatuated with her.  Ashlyn is ready to be ride of him and now has a way since he gets a little physical with her.  Daddy fires Stuart and hires the last person he would ever guess his daughter would ever get along with, her enemy, Colin.  Little does he know that they have both changes and Ashlyn quickly discovers she has some feelings for Colin.  What craziness with transpire in their lives?

Jennifer Laurens has a wonderful writing style, she pulls you into the story and hooks you so just can’t wait to see what is going to happen on the next page.  All of the charters in this books are well defined – not only is who they are but their personalties and weaknesses.  This is one area that I find a lot of books lack – weakness – it really helps me understand the characters better when I have a full picture of who they are.  I have never been to New York City, so I was very pleased with the level of description on the environment and what was going on in these places.  All I have to say is VERY WELL DONE!

My favorite character in this books was Ashlyn – she has such a diverse personality and she faces such crazy situations yet they all seem to make her stronger.  I wanted for the book to go on – I want to know what happens with Colin and Ashyn from here!  I really hope that I get this in the future!

My Rating

I loved this book and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.  I would highly recommend this book for teens and anyone who is just looking for a good solid review.  Jennifer Laurens has done an amazing job with this story – she keeps putting out great book after great book!  Thank you!
*  I won this book from the author.  All opinions are my own and I received no compensation other than a copy of the book to review.


Early Review: A Turn In The Road

A Turn in the Road (Blossom Street)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 29,999

Synopsis

In the middle of the year, in the middle of her life, Bethanne Hamlin takes a road trip with her daughter, Annie, and her former mother-in-law, Ruth.
They’re driving to Florida for Ruth’s 50th high-school reunion. A longtime widow, Ruth would like to reconnect with Royce, the love of her teenage life. She’s heard he’s alone, too…and, well, she’s curious. Maybe even hopeful.
Bethanne herself needs time to reflect, to ponder a decision she has to make. Her ex-husband, Grant — her children’s father — wants to reconcile now that his second marriage has failed. Bethanne’s considering it….
Meanwhile, Annie’s out to prove to her onetime boyfriend that she can live a brilliant life without him!
So there they are, three women driving across America. They have their maps and their directions — but even the best-planned journey can take you to a turn in the road. Or lead you to an unexpected encounter — like the day Bethanne meets a man named Max who really is a hero on a Harley. That’s when Bethanne’s decision becomes a lot harder. Because Grant wants her back, but now there’s Max….
From Seattle’s Blossom Street to the other end of the country, this is a trip that could change three women’s lives.

My Thoughts

The first Debbie Macomber book I ever read was book #1 in this series.  Each book seems to revolve around one of the women of Blossom Street and while others may move in the story it is primarily one women at a time.  I am glad that it was Bethanne’s turn.  I have always wanted to get to know her better and more about her sad story.  Flash forward to this book – Bethanne has been divorced for 6 years from her ex-husband Grant, who has now divorced the woman that he left Bethanne for, and seems to want to rekindle their relationship.  Bethanne has changed in the last 6 years not only is she a very successful  business woman, having started Parties, when Grant left her in order to ensure that she would not lose the home her children had grown up in, but she now has two grown children, one of who is getting married in mere weeks.  While on a visit to Blossom Street, Bethanne bumps into her ex-mother-in-law, Ruth, who is planning a trip across the country for her 50th class reunion.  On a whim, Bethanne says that she will make the trip with her.  Bethanne’s daughter, Annie, joins the duo for the trip across the country after her heart is broken by her boyfriend.  Even though Ruth has planned all her stops for the trip, plans quickly change as Annie mentions she would love to see where her father was born.  Ruth remembers that she had a good friend, Marie, who lived in the town and off they set to see if the restaurant Marie’s parents owned is still there.  They find that it is and Marie now owns and runs it, in a odd turn of events, all of Marie’s employees are out and the trio offer to pitch in for the day.  The first four customers that day are a group of bikers.  Bethanne notices one and makes eye contact.  His name is Max and this is where the adventure begins.  While Annie and Ruth want Bethanne to reconnect with Grant, Bethanne is very interested in Max.  While on the trip, Bethanne, Ruth and Annie not only learn a lot about each other, their secrets and fears, but about love itself. 

All of the women in this story are likable and very easy to connect with.  In the beginning, I was not sure what to make of Max and Grant.  Quickly, I realized that I like Max a whole lot more than Grant.  He just seems to be good underneath all of his pain.  Grant just seemed to assume that Bethanne would come crawling back to him, over confidence if you ask me. 

The story flowed well.  I enjoyed that there were different story lines for each of the three women and they were all having their own trouble with love.  While the main story is that of Bethanne each women has her own story as well.  I think that the trip kept changing and with each change came new challenges and opportunities.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book as I have all the book I have read by Debbie Macomber.  Her books are always solidly written and enjoyable.  The perfect rainy afternoon book!

My Rating

4.5 of 5 stars – as always with a Debbie Macomber book it was enjoyable and yet not the same as the last book.  There are always surprises just waiting to happen.

Review: Matched

Matched

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: November 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Format: Hardcover , 369pp
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Lexile: HL680L What’s This?

Synopsis

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

My Thoughts

I was really not sure how I was going to feel about this book.  I had read very positive reviews of it and some not so positive reviews.  I knew that I loved the cover.  It just totally spoke to me.  The color is really what drew me in.  My main observation about this book is the world that Ally Condie created is close enough to our world that I understand it on a basic level.  When I stopped and thought about it more, it concerned me that this world that the Society build is so much like a jail or something similar.  The Society controls everything, what you eat, when you eat, your job, your exercise, everything.  Even though, it is accepted there is an underlying sense of fear in the world.  I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to read more about what is going to happen.  I did feel like the book ended in an odd place, like there should have been a chapter or two more.  I enjoyed the writing style and the characters and their development.

My Rating

4.5 of 5 stars.