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Posted February 7, 2014
I say this a lot, but I love reading YA contemporary romance! I
I say this a lot, but I love reading YA contemporary romance! I consider it my favorite genre because so many of my favorites are contemporaries and many of them can pull me into the story and the romance from cover to cover. The Promise of Amazing, like a lot of other books in this genre, was sweet. However, it didn't hold an "amazing" quality to it. It didn't hold a memorable quality to it, which is one of the biggest reasons why I didn't love it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
THE POSITIVES, FIRST
I liked Wren. If I can say I'm proud of a character by the time a book ends, that character is usually a good one. I love to see growth—I don't care how flawed she (or he) is at the beginning of the book. As long as a lesson is learned and a noticeable, positive improvement is made, I'm good. Wren did that. At the end, it was clear that she had grown.
I also liked the ending. It was just . . . really sweet. It suited the story, which was also good. I liked reading about Wren and Grayson and the troubles they faced, though I wasn't a fan of Grayson for a long time. It took me awhile for me to warm up to him because he didn't make a great first impression, but by the end of the book, he wasn't so bad.
A CASE OF INSTA-LOVE
Uh-oh. I know—"insta-love" is a big turn-off for many readers, and unfortunately, it was there in this book. It's not usually a big deal for me, as long as it's done well, but Wren and Grayson's connection was just not developed enough at the point where they started being really attracted to each other. I did like them as a couple eventually, but I never did love them because they entered the "I-love-you" stage too quickly for it to feel completely convincing.
The Promise of Amazing wasn't quite amazing. While I did like reading the story, the book didn't stand out. It didn't wow me, but it didn't terribly disappoint me. It was a nice contemporary read and I am glad I got to read it, but it just didn't feel like a memorable read—rather a forgettable one.
*I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.
Posted February 6, 2014
With an absolutely adorable cover and title to match, I went int
With an absolutely adorable cover and title to match, I went into this story with high hopes. I did notice a few 2- and 3-star reviews before reading it, but I didn’t read the reviews. I’d rather go into a book with an open mind and no preconceived thoughts regarding it. Though this book wasn’t “amazing” as the title would suggest, I did overall enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The Promise of Amazing is told through alternating POV’s. First we have Wren, the “quiet” good girl that feels lost in the hussle and bustle of school life. She’s looking for a change, but doesn’t quite know how to achieve that yet. Compared to her over-achieving brother and sister, Wren is feeling inadequate and doesn’t know what to do with her future. Grayson, on the other hand, is a huge star at his school, good looking, errogant, and outright in love with himself. After getting expelled from his former high school for selling term papers, he’s now in a new school with past mistakes from his past coming back to haunt him.
The two are extreme opposites. Though I understand the reason for this, the romance between the two was hard for me to grasp. I just didn’t understand what these two saw in each other. Yes, there’s the instant attraction part… but that can only go so far. They were totally in love with each other at first sight. And let me just tell you, “first sight” consisted of Wren staring at the back of Grayson’s head while doing the heimlich on him, saving his life. Not what I would consider the perfect “love at first sight” romantic scene. (Though these silly little things are what I loved most about this story.)
Insta-love? Yeah, it’s full-fledged in this story. Seriously, insta-love overload. It’s excessive. Though I’m usually a huge hater of insta-love, for some reason I was able to overlook it here and still enjoy the story. Maybe it was my mood? Perhaps because I loved the cover so much and I really wanted to like this story? Or maybe I’m just forgiving? I’m not sure, but for some reason I didn’t really care about it. There was more to the story than the romance.
Speaking of the romance… it fell flat. Like, pancake flat. I didn’t see the connection these two supposedly had. I just didn’t feel the amazingness that I was hoping to feel. And though I could see why Wren probably liked Grayson at first, (i.e.: the rugged good looks, confident attitude, an edge with a troubled past….) I just didn’t see the overall attraction, even love these two felt for each other. Grayson was appealing on the outside, but the fact that he got into so much trouble in the past, and really didn’t have any plans of making amends for these wrongs, made him anything about appealing to me. I thought Wren should have ran away, and quickly. And as far as Wren goes, yes, she may have been cute and easy on the eyes, but what was it about her performing the heimlich on Grayson that made him fall head-over-heels in love with her instantly?
The story did pick up a bit after a slower beginning, including quite a bit of realistic teenage drama (which we all love, right? :)), but I didn’t much care for the ending. All in all, The Promise of Amazing wasn’t all I had hoped it would be, but it did keep me entertained and I did enjoy it. And that cover… now THAT’S amazing!
Posted January 3, 2014
A realistic romance for teens where the characters are not perfe
A realistic romance for teens where the characters are not perfect!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm really happy to have fallen on this story, where two very different young people change radically their way of seeing life after meeting each others.
Far from being a cliché, I really think sometimes people can grow up with some unexpected encounters that are thrown in their paths. And this is exactly what happens with Wren and Grayson.
If I may make a little digression, I must confess that the name of the hero made ¿¿me imagine the character of CSI in his lab instead of a teen... Therefore, nothing very glamorous! But that was just in my mind... Sorry for this bad association ... Lol!
Seriously, this is the story of a perfect girl that lack of rebellion bones who is tasteless and odorless. She wishes to affirm her personality but don't really know how.
On the other side, a boy who is a bit too wild, closer to be thrown in juvi than being a prince charming, wants to get back in the right track to give meaning to his life. Two young people who will learn to mature.
Personally, I like Grayson's character a lot. Especially, his peculiar notion of truth and lies... very personal interpretation...Lol!
Fun and realistic, the story has not shaken me by its originality but I had a good time.
Posted December 31, 2013
I went into this book with really, really high expectations. Wit
I went into this book with really, really high expectations. With the word "amazing" in the title, can you blame me? With its ridiculously adorable cover and story of an average girl saving a reformed bad boy, I knew I was destined to love this book. In the end, the story was less than amazing and left me feeling rather ambivalent all around. It pains me to say it, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wren was a sweet girl. I liked her character. Mature for her age, but not really sure what she wanted out of the future, she made for an interesting protagonist. I liked the journey she was taking, I just wish it had been with a different guy. Grayson, honestly, never quite did it for me. I didn't find him to be a particularly likable character. I never truly believed he was sorry for his past transgressions. He was just a spoiled pretty boy that lacked any substance. I failed to ever see a real connection between Wren and Grayson. I didn't feel any chemistry between them.
I enjoyed the book mostly because of Wren's growth throughout the story and not for the romance. She started out as naive and a bit of a pushover, but managed to find herself somewhere along the way. She really came into her own. The concept of the story was great and would have been a lot cuter had I actually liked the love interest. But, since I didn't, I can't give this book more than three stars. If you're a fan of young adult contemporary romances, you should give it a try and see if you can appreciate Grayson more than I did.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.