Romance

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares| Bitching Review

hereandnowTitle: The Here and Now
Author
: Ann Brashares
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance

Goodreads synopsis:
An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.

What happened: In the years leading up to the turn of the century of 2100, it seems anything is possible, even time travel. Though, due to the carelessness of the previous generations, the world falling apart. The population is being wiped out by a deadly blood plague carried by mosquitoes, but a sliver of hope remains for the few survivors…time travel. From the year 2098, they travel back to the year 2010, with a hope to live quietly in another time stream.

Prenna James, one of the travelers is 13 when the story begins, she arrives naked in a creek with the numbers 51714 on her arm though no one has a clue what it means. 4 years later at 17, she begins to rebel against her communities leaders over the rules imposed on her. Prenna’s best friend/crush Ethan, helps her figure out what 51714 means and be another teenage superhero and save the world from the doomed future ahead.

My thoughs: When I first read started reading this book I was really confused, it seemed all over the place, though as I continued everything seemed to piece together and make sense. Though in saying that everything didn’t make sense… take time travel for instance. There was nothing in the book saying how or when it was developed, just that it happened. FOR GOD’S SAKE! HOW DID IT HAPPEN! TELL ME!!!

Then you have the Prenna and Ethan romance (if you can even call it that). Oh boy, how that was a train wreck from the beginning with the whole ‘love at first sight’ nonsense. But it seems throughout the whole book Ethan only exists to bail Prenna and provide some of the most ridiculously manufactured romantic situations. Even though  throughout the whole book it seems all Ethan wants to do is have sex with Prenna, they even plan it out, though no sexy times happen because they don’t want to ‘start the plague’. Oh god! Give me a break, that’s the most ridiculous ending.

But even with all the weird stuff, it was okay, nothing too great but it wasn’t anything I would rush out and buy.

Grade : 3/5

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Hooked by Liz Fichera | Bitching Review

Early Review: Played by Liz FicheraTitle: Played
Author
:  Liz Fichera
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Goodreads synopsis:

This Game Is Getting All Too Real
He said: 
I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.
She said:
 If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

My thoughts: To be honest this book confused me, it just seemed rushed and all over the place, but being fair I haven’t read the first book in the series ‘Hooked’. This book is a romance about a girl (Riley) and a guy (Sam), who go to a leadership conference together and when they are doing a challenge in the woods Riley falls down a cliff sort of thing, Sam goes down and saves her but they are stuck and have to spend the night. Sam tells Riley he is in love with her brothers girlfriend  and she makes it her mission to get them together. They go through the whole ‘sexual tension’ and what not throughout the book until the predictably get together in the end. This book wasn’t for me, it was an easy read and you didn’t have to think in it but it’s not something I’d rush out and get. I’d recommend this book for the 12-15 year olds that like romance.

Grade : 3/5

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