The Watcher By Lisa Voisin A Review

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin

Title: The Watcher

Author: Lisa Voisin

Publication Date: March 4, 2013

Publisher: InkSpell Publishing

Source: ARC from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour

Challenge: 2013 Debut Author Challenge

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Summary

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?

Ancient history is only the beginning.

Review

The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is not a book for me. I did not connect with the characters and the love story left me feeling nothing. I know a book is not happening for me when I keep checking to see how many more pages I have to read before I am done. It may be the case of a book in the hands of the wrong reader but I found The Watcher to be overly long and lacking in action.

Mia and Michael were in love 9,000 years-ago. There are countless scenes in which Mia wants to take their relationship to a more physical place but Michael pulls back. The story behind why is explained in exhaustive detail over hundreds of pages. There is a lot of high school drama about the new guy in school who turns out to be a real bad boy. Then, there is a demon rape. A demon rape in which the victim blames themselves for the rape. It kind of made me uncomfortable reading about it.

Overall, The Watcher by Lisa Voisin is a paranormal-romance that is heavy on the romance. It is not a book that particularly resonated with me but if you are interested in Angels/Demons and lots of descriptions of making-out, you may enjoy The Watcher more than I did.

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Nobody But Us By Kristin Halbrook A Review

Nobody But Us By Kristin Halbrook

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Title: Nobody But Us

Author: Kristin Halbrook

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Source: ARC from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge Tour

Challenges: 2013 Debut Author Challenge

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Summary

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love…and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Review

This review contains spoilers please read at your own risk.

This is a really difficult review for me to write because I wanted to love Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook but I just could not. There are quite a few reasons why and they start with Will. From the beginning, he rubbed me the wrong way. His dialogue is difficult to read (the frequent use of the word aint is grating to me), he is controlling and violent, and he reacts the wrong way in just about every situation. Later in the book when we learn more about the terrible tragedies that have filled Will’s life, his behavior is more understandable but it takes a long time to get to that point and it still did not excuse his over-the-top behavior. In a book billed as a love story where 90% of the book centers around two characters, disliking one can make for a difficult read. Had I not received this book as part of the Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour, I would have put it down knowing it just was not for me.

I do not know if I am just not the target audience for Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook but it really left me cold. I did not believe the love story. Will and Zoe seem like two small children who are making huge mistakes. It is difficult to understand why Zoe could so easily make excuses for Will and his violent outbursts. Yes, Will had a horrific time growing up and it is tragic, but he overreacts violently in most situations. I think most 15 year olds would find this kind of behavior frightening, not loveable. I know that Zoe growing up with constant abuse probably has a different definition of normal behavior than most, but she seems to be able to have normal relationships with some people (her best friend Lindsay and a librarian that takes a special interest in her) that I found this perplexing.

The second half of the book did pick-up. It gets much more exciting and believable. The insights into Will’s life, meeting the women who his mother abandoned him with and learning more of his story is helpful. It gives us a better picture of how Will got to where he is. The complete lack of stability makes it understandable that he is unable to react normally to any situation. I love when Zoe starts to think for herself and make her own choices. She is by far the smartest of the two and a lot less annoying. She, I actually felt sorry for. Living with an abusive father who killed her mother in a small town where everyone knows, but no one does anything to help her, is completely tragic. At 15, that is more than anyone should have to deal with. Zoe proves herself to be smart but her age belies common sense and I kept yelling at her to get away from Will because being with him is a terrible mistake.

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook does bring up interesting issues such as the effects of living in foster care can have on a child. How some, especially those who are not yet adults, could see that running away would be a better solution to being in a foster home. That small choices can lead to catastrophic conclusions. It may be my age but connecting with Will and Zoe was difficult for me. I do think that Kristin Halbrook is a talented writer whose next book I would read.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2013 Debut Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about 2013 debuts. In my Debut Author Challenge Goal post, I talked about a few books I am really looking forward to. I have already review two  2013 debut authors so far this year, Altered by Jennifer Rush and The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan.

So here goes, in no particular order my Top Ten 2013 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To.

1. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

2. The End Games by T. Michael Martin

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

3. PODs by Michelle Pickett

PODs by Michelle Pickett

4. Linked by Imogen Howson

Linked by Imogen Howson

5. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

6. The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

7. The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

8. Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

Taken by Erin Bowman

9. Starglass(Starglass #1) by Phoebe North

Starglass by Phoebe North

10. Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Reboot by Amy Tintera

That was hard! There are so many great debuts in 2013.

What 2013 debuts are you looking forward to?

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