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Posted September 7, 2013
Posted December 2, 2013
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This book was addictive. I looked forward to reading it each time I picked it up. The story was well written, the characters brought to life in such a way that you pictured them clearly as you read. The characters were strong. I love when you think you know what the outcome will be and you are surprised at the end. This was the the second book in The Sunset Series and it definitely can be read as a stand alone book.
I loved that Justin was determined to make a life with Molly regardless of the people that was chasing him. It was also nice to see a guy rescued by a women for once. The only complaint that I have is that I wish that Ms.Mellon would have had more romance in the book. So if you enjoy a quick, light read then you should really pick this book up.
Posted November 15, 2013
Posted September 15, 2013
Out of the Blue. Sunset Series Book 2. Opal Mellon.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.
Well as regular readers will know I love a good romance with an edge to the story, and this looked like something a bit different. Well, different it was...but not in a good way for me :( The characters which had sounded so promising, were incredibly juvenile in actions. I'd hoped that as they were supposed to be mid twenties plus that I'd be spared the teenage petty angst that dominates a number of romance books. That's fine if you're a teen or new adult, but for those of us a bit older we want people with problems and relationships that have a bit more substance. I thought I’d get it in this book but instead we have characters that are older in years, but sadly act more like 15 year olds.
Justin and Molly meet up after seven years when she needs an escort for the school ten year reunion. There were incidents here that were reminiscent of a school reunion – but with teens, not supposedly mature working people. Then there's the issue of things like the emails and later texts Molly gets. Two issues here, first she thinks its her friend pranking her, then when they discover its not there's all out panic...come on people – its a couple of marginally iffy emails. They don't contain any threats, and most people would just dump them, but these characters go off into full blown paranoia. Then there's the fact Molly is supposed to be a computer expert. Top in her field etc and yet its Justin that they need to look at the email. Though he's had a copy forwarded he says he needs to see her PC, – well, I’m not an expert but even I know that he doesn't...it won't have anything on that he cant get from the email itself. And he doesn't have to go to her PC to see the latest one, but should be able to access it (she should anyway ) from anywhere. Emails live on servers not just on individual pcs....That sort of silly stuff was irritating. Then the whole Club Blue theme – if its copying the Japanese model the aim is to sell lots of expensive drinks, and yet the men at the club just seem to float chatting from group of ladies to another group, when they are paid to either be hired or push drinks...The later issue where the police become involved gets glossed over, they don't seem to have to make a statement or have any other contact with the police, just assuming the danger over and the perp will be locked up. That's a dangerous assumption to make.
It feels to me like the book was written with very little research. Add to that the way the issues arising are in the main treated so lightly when its serious, and so seriously when its just light and the book was just not one I enjoyed. Maybe teens will feel closer to the issues and actions but for me its a no no.
Stars: remember its just My view – you may like different sorts of books and these issues not bother you but from me this is just a one star.
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Posted August 21, 2013
I had a hard time understanding what the author was trying to convey at times - in regards to the characters actions, words and movement. The Japanese cartoona seemed to play a huge role in the book - boys look like girls, girls look like boys...at one point I wondered if a s e x change was going to happen in this book. The dialogue also felt choppy and left me feeling like I was missing something.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2013
It seems this author wants her characters to have suffered sexual abuse, this being the second I have read dealing with it. If you can stomach all the "I'm broken/damaged/dirty" the book is otherwise pretty good. It is a vast improvement over the previous book, as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2013
This story is carefully crafted, with the rare kind of skillful writing that is not seen much in modern times. The author has clearly worked hard to hone her skills since her earlier writing, which was also good and tackled a difficult theme, but didn't have the careful level of craftsmanship this work shows. I will be eagerly watching this author's progress and development as a writer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2013
Posted August 10, 2013
Mellon has an excellent way of writing about real life situations. Her novels are romantic and inspirational. I can't wait for the next one to come out.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2013
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Posted October 19, 2013
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