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Posted January 4, 2014
Bartender Rating: Well/House: Can't wait for the follow up.
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I became an instant fan of Zart's writing after I read Take Care, Sara (a NA romantic/tragedy/drama). I was beyond excited to sample her Young Adult genre and interested to see if there would be the same connection between the author and the reader. I was not disappointed. Zart's writing emotionally connects you with the character from the first page to the end.
Incomplete tells a story of true love from young, eighteen year old, Grayson's point of view. Grayson is a 'closeted' singer-songwriter and because he is completely in touch with his emotions, every feeling is a thousand-fold. Grayson's family is broken and he looks for comfort in his childhood friend, Lily. Until recently, he never realized or acted upon his utter love for the girl next door.
From my own personal experience, when an author takes on the challenge to write the POV of the opposite sex (in this case, a guys reference), it's often disconnected or ultra-masculine/feminine; trying too hard to achieve the desired result, to have the reader believe. Never did I question Grayson's actions or language. Grayson is written perfectly, and although I know some guys that would dismiss the magnitude of devotion to Lily, I believe that these same guys would act similarly if their true love was in jeopardy. Zart briefly mentions a look Lily's father portrays while assessing the interaction between Grayson & Lily. No words are spoken, just a look, and it's a confirming moment.
Lovely Lily is down to earth, romantic and very aware of Grayson's needs. She doesn't waste time getting to the point of the matter. Lily is a friend first, and always. She reminds Grayson continually that all is not lost and happiness can be achieved if you go after your dreams. Grayson is momentarily lost in love and Lily is there to make sure he gets back on track.
Unlike Take Care, Sara , where I cried and hurt and retreated into my own thoughts of loss, Incomplete is painful when things seem hopeless, uplifting when truth and love are welcomed and witty when you remember they are just kids.
The secondary characters, Aidan and Ana are a wonderful support system for Grayson when he doesn't even ask for their help. They keep the story going strong, and Grayson from going over the edge. Aidan, Grayson's little brother, is well aware of his parental misfortune and the responses to his home life push Grayson to find the silver-lining and take care of the boy he loves.
I want to know more about why Grayson & Garrett truly hate each other with a blinding rage. This duo is intriguing and although I believe it's all in Grayson's perspective and he's protectiveness of Lily, I feel like there is a story there that needs to be fleshed out.
This review was difficult for me to write. I LOVED this book. I LOVE the writing of Lindy Zart. Why not Top Shelf then? I felt like I was reading a little bit from S.C. Stephens and a little bit from Colleen Hoover (which, hey, that's not so bad), or similar story-lines, meshed together. I just don't like to be reminded of another author's storyline while reading a new book. Incomplete does end with a cliff-hanger and I WILL REQUIRE THAT ARC!
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Posted July 3, 2014
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Not sure where to start with this review. I just wasn't a fan of it and usually I like YA romance books but this wasn't for me. I was recommend this book by a friend who gave it 5 stars so that is how I knew about it. I think it was on sale the week I got it. So I think I am just out a $1 and some of my time. Recently I have been griping about books with male leads and the male lead is emasculated. Its one of my biggest pet peeves with romance/relationship books. This book was the perfect example. Grayson Lee was the sensitive, emotional, filled with lots angst, whiny, self hating male lead BUT, I am suppose to believe he's tough and girls want him. OKAY!
He also was obsessed with Lily the female lead in the book where it was just not healthy.
Page 21 (reading from my NOOK)
"I watch her go, everything inside me pulsating with need for her, aching for her. Not just her body, but her. I want to be surrounded by her; her scent, her touch, her voice, her fury, her desire, her love. Everything. I want all of her and I can have none of her."
Yeah that was from the beginning of the book. Oh and the book has as a lot of description. You can't just have one feeling you have to have plenty. At first I thought there was a word count quota to be filled. It was extremely repetitive. I got it. Grayson doesn't think he's worth being with Lily, but did we have to hear it all the time?
Back to the emasculation of Grayson. I think he cried about 4 1/2 times in this book. I say 1/2 because once his tears just glisten. I'm okay with guys crying. I've seen it myself. I have two older brothers. I understand but this was just too much. I wanted to tell Grayson to grow a pair or to borrow mine. I think my ovaries are stronger. I also had to take a break from the book because he was singing along to Nickleback. Do I have to explain that? He even danced to an Avirl Lavigne song and he's that guy who will watch Pitch Perfect with you too! There was more of that constantly through the book and I just kept rolling my eyes. Like I mention, this is one of my biggest pet peeves.
Lastly, the book doesn't really have an ending. You are suppose to read the sequel.
Anyways, I would not recommend this book. Its a toss up between one or two stars.
Posted June 30, 2014
This is a partial duel review for incomplete and Complete.
In Complete, begins a few years later, this time from Lilly's point of view. After Lilly and Grayson's friendship evolved and changed, Grayson has come back, bringing with him everything that reminds Lilly of her feelings for him, and something else Lilly wasn't prepared for. And the electricity between them will take your breath away.
Once again another beautiful story of Grayson and Lilly. You will laugh and cry and want to yell at them for putting up walls and everything in between. These books are about love, and how people try to protect themselves, and the one they love. How sometimes people do stupid things, how people hide from the truth. It's real. People will deny their hearts because of some reason not realizing that just communicating can make everything better. I see it all the time. It's something everyone does and experiences, whether they see it or not at the time (or ever,) it happens. Lindy does an amazing job!
You will end up with a serious case of book hangover after these books, and it might last months... or possibly even longer.
4.5 out of 5
Posted May 22, 2014
Posted April 28, 2014
Incomplete by Lindy Zart
3.5 out of 5 Stars
First love, all consuming, over bearing, overshadowing, and soul crushing. In Zart's tale we find Greyson and Lily, two childhood friends who grow into high school lovers.
Weighed down with family drama, Greyson struggles to find his worth anywhere outside of Lily's eyes; but he is supposed to go to college thousands of miles away while she finishes her final year of school. Challenged to release the love of her life so he can follow his dreams, Lily learns what true love really is. Together they fight their feelings, grow together, hurt one another, lose themselves, and find their purpose.
While this was a well written story with a very relatable couple and an interesting array of characters and plot twists, it just seemed to be missing that little bit of something that finally showed up in the epilogue. An intensity and desperation that I remember feeling myself at that age, where every hurt was extreme, and every high in love was in the clouds. With that said I have very high hopes for Complete because the intensity finally came out towards the end of the book!
**A complimentary copy was given in exchange fo an honest review**
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Posted March 24, 2014
Posted January 4, 2014
I was asked to beta read this book for an honest opinion of it.
Lindy did it again. She's created a story that drew me in, kept me on the edge of my seat, and left me wanting more.
The characters in this story seemed so real, and I could relate to a lot of what was going on - which is something I enjoy in a book. I felt the pain and happiness with them.
This is a book that should be added to everyone's to-read list... and I am in desperate need of a sequel - immediately.
It was one of my top books of 2013.