by Simone Elkeles
Series: Wild Cards #1
Release Date: October 1, 2013
by Walker Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Bloomsbury)
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*A copy was provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*
Even though this book was a really good love story, it wasn’t my favorite. To me, it wasn’t as good as Perfect Chemistry, which I thought was amazing. I can’t really put my finger on why I didn’t love this one. The writing was very good, and I loved the humor of the book. The staging and the beginning of the romance were really well done, and I really liked how Elkeles shaped the romance in the beginning. I think the romance grew really well, but I did get kind of annoyed with the drama and the I-love-him/her-but-I-don’t-want-him/her-to-know stuff going on. It made it interesting in the beginning, but as it kept on happening I kind of got sick of it. I think the romance grew really well though, and the fact that Elkeles changed the POV really enhanced the book. And I though the ending was pretty well done, but also a bit over-perfect, if that makes sense.
This cast was pretty awesome. Derek, first off, is a character. As in, he’s entertaining (obviously he’s a character, he’s in the book haha). He definitely had an ego, and that made it really fun to watch him and Ashtyn fight and argue all the time. He was funny, sexy, big-mouthed, but still a good character. [SPOILER: But did find it annoying when the romance finally started to get going about three-fourths of the way through the book that Elkeles suddenly made Derek a one-night-stand kind of guy ]. Ashtyn was a good female main character, only I didn’t really like some of the choices she made throughout the book. [SPOILER: I didn’t like the fact that she changed her own needs in a relationship to fit Derek’s needs. As I said above, Elkeles said Derek was a one-night-stand guy, but Ashtyn was looking for commitment, but she changed her mind one night to try and please Derek. That really annoyed me ].
All in all, this book wasn’t awesome, and I’ve read better romance books, but I did like the humor and the romance.