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Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Escaping Reality

Review: Drea
Title: Escaping Reality
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Series: The Secret Life of Amy Bensen #1
Format: e-book
Source: Netgalley
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Length: Novel
Subgenre: New Adult
Buy: Amazon, Nook
Rating: 3-stars
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Drea's Review:
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A note on a bathroom mirror sends Amy fleeing New York. This isn’t the first time she’s abandoned her life in search of safety. Following her “handler’s” instructions, she heads for Denver. She meets Liam—a sexy passenger who asks few questions but allows her little freedom. They tumble into a tumultuous relationship. For a girl accustomed to being alone, Amy clings to the togetherness she gets with Liam…and how he makes the world go away. But her past could be dangerous for them both.

The writing on this was fairly good and kept my attention with its fast-paced style. The love scenes are hot, hot. Liam is super sexy…most of the time. Amy is only mildly annoying as the narrator. A few things that irritated me about the author’s writing style. Namely, she rarely uses contractions, and Amy seems to spend the majority of the book telling us all the things she’s never ______ (felt, done, needed, etc).
But my biggest issue with this story is that absolutely nothing is resolved. The book ends with a huge cliffhanger and even more questions than when it started (seriously, 95% of the questions that began on page one are still there on the last page). So, if you can’t stand cliffhangers, stay far away from this book. If you like serials and dig New Adult, grab this one…and then be prepared to salivate until October for book 2’s release.

6 comments:

  1. I couldnt get excited about this story and yeah...that cliffhanger at the end didnt make me happy at all. But LRJ has a knack for that.

    Great review Drea.

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    1. I hadn't realized this book was by the same author as the Master Undone book I'd read *smacks her forehead*
      Sometime I'm such a goof.
      But yeah, the cliffhanger thing would probably get old. Her fans certainly seem to eat it up.
      I don't think I'd have minded as much if SOMETHING had been explained or resolved.

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  2. I haven't tried this one yet but I love her adult books. And yeah the woman is brutal when it comes to cliffhangers but so far it's worked for me :) Don't know that I'll be picking this one up though. Sorry it didn't work for ya.

    ~Anna
    herding cats & burning soup

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    1. To be fair, 3* is not bad. That's what I end up giving most books. And I'll admit, I want to know what happens. (DAMN her lol)

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  3. I feel the same way more or less. More questions at the end of the novel. The biggest thing that threw me off was the whole "erotica" feel of the novel. It's so un-NA if you know what I mean. Not that there are rules but it's one of those false expectations that I dislike.

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    1. I've yet to figure out how this whole NA thing works. Yeah, it did read exactly like an erotica. There likely would have been more question answering if there'd been less sex!! :D

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