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Posted February 18, 2013
The Fast and the Furious meets Mean Girls in the first book of The Blazing Charm series.
It was clear from the start that Anistasia is a girl with a past and many secrets, and I was intrigued to find out just what her story was. John seemed to be a pretty straight forward character but as the story unfolded, his own secrets came to the surface, revealing that the two have much more in common than their love for fast cars and racing.
This book had plenty of potential, with an exciting plot, but I felt there were a few grammatical issues that stopped me from really connecting with the characters and story enough to enjoy it all the way through. I didn't quite feel the chemistry between John and Anistasia until half way through and I was a little surprised by some of the decisions the MCs made, especially Anistasia.
It was nice to see a confident female MC, because all too often in highschool based stories the girl feels she is not good enough for the guy. Whether it was due to her past or just the way she is, Anistasia held her own and never once backed down, even when it came to racing John.
Overall, I was expecting more from this story, but it was a quick, fun read either way.
Posted June 4, 2012
What an original concept for a Young Adult Novel. I loved the mystery and the added threat from the Mafia. I haven't seen many stories like this in the Young Adult world.
I personally loved Anastasia. She is such a strong character who has had to learn to guard herself.
Most of the non-stop action comes at the very end. Until then this story mostly focuses on John's determination to break down Ani's walls and them getting to know each other. Their journey together and learning about each other was well executed and I loved the way they unfolded as characters.
For me this story started off a bit disjointed. This is part of the reason that the rating is only 3 stars.
However, once you get into it, things seemed to flow more smoothly.
This is a good start to a new series, and I am looking forward to reading the next.
Posted May 22, 2012
While reading this I had a sort of Romeo and Juliette feeling. Ani is a mobsters princess, John is the son of a mobster. The mob wants Ani back alive or dead at all costs, John mobster father is keeping tabs on him. Without knowing about their involvement with said mob they become friends.
Ani started out strong and tough at the beginning of the book but became a bit of self conscious teenager. I don't understand why she went from being such a strong character who didn't up with anyone's crap to being super nice to the people who were spewing their crap at her. John I felt to be the only consistent character throughout the whole book. He was what and who he was and didn't try to change (which in this case is a good thing).
Ani and John's relationship I did like, for not once did I feel it rushed. They took it a a slowish pace and it was never a BAM! they're in love kind of thing. They talked, got to know each other a bit and then got to the relationship part. Also the fact that she stopped it till they got to know each other a whole lot better with telling each other their secrets was great too (too many characters rush into a relationship and have the whole getting to know you thing after). John was there to help throughout everything that was happening and that was pretty cool in my book.
I felt as though there should have been a whole lot more editing because there were many errors that it kind of drove me crazy (me, queen of errors). I can take errors in the book when its 25-50% but I felt like more then 75% of the book had errors that had not been noticed. I also felt that the plot lacked in it's climax other then that one little incident (I was thinking they were going to introduce a character or some big plan that had been cooked up but sadly no) so I was a bit disappointed.
Posted May 21, 2012
I enjoyed the story line, and liked that the mysteriousness from both Anistasia and John’s past came out bit by bit; it definitely gave the story suspense. I liked that John and Anistasia started out as friends, even though a jealous girlfriend was committed to keep them apart, they manage to truly be friends until something else blossoms. Let me say, the cover is pretty awesome; I especially like the car seen in the background. I was excited to learn that there are car races involved as I am a car racing fan so those car racing scenes really interested me. This was just a really great story, and I hope you have the opportunity to read this one because Sinns has a great talent for writing us a pretty good story! :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 17, 2012
I was intrigued by the summary and the story was just as good. Toni Sinns wrote an exciting, suspenseful story that I enjoyed reading.
The story opens up to Anistasia's first day of school in a new town. She is getting grins from the guys and glares from the girls as she walks the halls to her first class. After not paying attention and being reprimanded by her teacher in her first class, she gains John's curiosity.
I really liked Anistasia. She is intelligent and cautious of everyone she meets because of her past. The reader isn't well informed of why she is this way until about half-way through the book. There are snip-its and little bits of information here and there, but not a full story. Because of John's persistence in trying to get to know her, she finally breaks down and makes a friend. It isn't long before they start seeing each other as more.
I enjoyed reading this book, however, based on the summary I thought there would be more running, cops, and mob shenanigans. None of that really happened until the last two or three chapters. I'm not complaining because I think there will be more of that in book two, but I wish there was a little more action. I felt like this book really only covered Anistasia and John getting to know each other. Watching them become friends and then fall for each other was fun and shed some light on who they were in the past.
Overall, this was a great first book to a series that will hopefully have lots of action in the future. I will definitely pick up book two and would recommend this to someone who enjoys reading romantic suspense.
Review originally posted at Doodle's Book Blog
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.
Posted May 14, 2012
This is the first novel I've read by Toni Sinns, her writing is good, story flowed well, character development was good and the story held my interest. It had some mystery/suspence and of course romance.
This is a story of a young woman named Anistasia who lives with her brother and is attending high school. We first see her you can clearly tell Anistasia is not a happy person and you see she has many secrets. We meet John who of course it looks like he has the bad boy status all wrapped up. John and Anistasia form a friendship, the both love fast cars and racing them.
As things begin to unfold in this story we see there is things going on behind the scene's. Anistasia and her brother are hiding from someone. John is holding back some family secrets.
Together these two learn to trust each other and work at trying to keep each other safe and out of trouble.
I enjoyed this story, Toni Sinns seems to have written a good book. I definetly will read her next book.
Posted April 23, 2012
this is a tantalizing story. Cant wait for the next book to come out to continue the exciting saga of a fresh new couple just trying to make something of themselvesWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.