Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

19th Jul 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer EcholsSuch a Rush by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books
Pub Date: July 10th 2012
Pages: 325
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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5 Stars

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Jennifer Echols has a way of creating this incredible tension between characters that always leaves me grinning like a fool. I enjoy it, oh, so much, and Such a Rush delivers plenty delectable tension.

Probably in the most entertaining, unconventional love triangle ever, Leah, Grayson, and Alec take us on a path full of yearning, excitement, laughs, frustration, and, oh yeah, sexytimes. Leah is unlike any female character I’ve yet to read. She’s gutsy, yet vulnerable. She’s aware of how people perceive her and plays into that part, which made me want to reach into the book and hug her. I love how she can be tough and a tomboy, yet also play the sexy vixen.

Leah had a relationship with her best friend that I found to have a great core, though at times their motives for certain situations were questionable. I never doubted that they cared for one another, even when they were throwing insults back and forth.

The Hall boys. Oh, man, did they make this book interesting. Alec was such a nice guy. And a model gorgeous one, at that. He was easy-going, and always ready with a smile for you. It’s impossible not to love him. The thing is, his twin brother, Grayson, had that edge that makes guys irresistible. He’s one of those boys that will say something to you so mean in the heat of the moment it will make you want to cry, then make it all better with one burning look or a passionate kiss. And you can’t help yourself! Even though he’s mean one second, and thoughtful the next, you fall hard for him anyway. That’s Grayson…and I wanted him all for myself. :) Now, go forth and fall for the Hall boys.

I was extremely surprised by how much I enjoyed learning about airplanes. Jennifer Echols wrote it into the book so seamlessly and expertly that by the end, I felt I could fly plane myself! It really should come with a “Do Not Attempt This At Home” warning, haha. There were a couple of scenes of them in the air that had me on the edge of my seat and others where I felt so serene. I just felt like I was in the plane with them.

In so many respects, never have I read a book whose book title delivered in spades. Such a Rush: you betcha!

 

About Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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Review: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

4th Aug 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Forget You by Jennifer EcholsForget You by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books
Pub Date: July 20th 2010
Pages: 292
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Why can't you choose what you forget . . . and what you remember?

There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.

But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them?

Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her.

Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

I’m not sure if this book purposely meant to make me feel just as disoriented as Zoe after she lost her memory of the previous night, but it did a little. I felt like I was also wading through everything, trying to put things together from practically nothing. Obviously I know as much as Zoe does, since it’s told from her POV. It was definitely an interesting experience, but I have to say, I enjoyed going through this experience with her.

There’s one thing I enjoyed more though…and that was Doug. I know, you’re shocked! :P Again, thanks to Zoe, I was SO confused as to how things got the way they did with Doug. I mean, before the crash she kept bringing up how they hated each other, then after the crash and memory loss, he loved her! What in the world could have happened in one night?!?! Don’t worry, it’s all explained and it all makes sense the more you read, and by the end it’ll be crystal clear. In the meantime though, you’ll begin to fall for this sensitive, attractive, sarcastic guy. His honorable intentions made him so endearing! I’d also like to point out just how steamy this book is…smokin’! Certainly for a more mature young adult audience.

Now, Brandon. Ugh. I did not find his ways cute whatsoever. I wanted to kick his ass! I’m glad that relationship didn’t drag out for longer than it did, or I would have been pissed! He was an ass. Plain and simple. Another ass? Or rather, asses: the dads! Zoe’s and Doug’s dads were horrible, each in their own respective ways. I really disliked them. Reallllly.

I loved the beach scenes in this book, mostly because I love parties at the beach, especially ones at night. Darkness, waves, friends, music, beer = awesome. It definitely made me yearn for the beach.

Forget You is sure to leave an unforgettable notch on my bookshelf. This is only my second Jennifer Echols book, but just like Going Too Far, it had me from the first chapter. And just like Going Too Far, Forget You also got me out of my reading slump. I dare say I see a trend here, one I can appreciate.

Giveaway time! Recently, Jennifer Echols was kind enough to send me a copy of her newest book, LOVE STORY, for review and with it came an autographed copy of Forget You, just for me!! :D So now I want to share my extra copy with you guys. Enter to win FORGET YOU below:

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About Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

5th May 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Going Too Far  by Jennifer EcholsGoing Too Far by Jennifer Echols
Published by MTV Books
Pub Date: March 17th 2009
Pages: 245
Format: Paperback | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far...and almost doesn't make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won't soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won't be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge -- and over....

I hadn’t read any Jennifer Echols book before this one. I am now sure I’ve been missing out.

Going Too Far tells the story of Meg, a girl who does a lot of careless things. She lives in the moment, never making plans and never committing to anyone for more than an evening. She has casual sex with boys she shouldn’t, drinks, smokes a little pot now and then, rides around on her motorcycle without a helmet, and pretty much makes her parent’s lives as miserable as possible. This is all surface stuff, what everyone sees, making everyone assume is just another punk kid with blue hair who doesn’t really give a crap about herself.

I never really imagined her reasons for living so recklessly…neither did, Officer John After, who this book is also about. Officer After is a good cop; a little harsh sometimes, but a mostly good. When he takes Meg and her 3 friends in for trespassing on the bridge where, years before, some kids lost their lives, he makes it his mission to teach them a lesson, especially Meg. She has to go on a ride-along with him for a week, which isn’t the worse thing in the world because Officer John After is really hot. Totally. Hot. He’s tall, blonde, muscular and has these beautiful, haunting brown eyes.

Each night they get to know each other better and we slowly start to understand why Meg acts the way she does and why John would choose to stay in town after graduating from high school. It was difficult not to fall for John. Aside from being hot, he’s smart, funny and considerate. He takes his job very seriously and Meg realizes that even though the attraction might be reciprocated, he would never act on it while on this assignment. But after….? :) John, however, wants more than just a hook-up (because he’s that damn dreamy) and getting Meg to admit how she really feels without fear is a lot trickier than he anticipated. Meg’s challenge with John is getting him to realize that he could be doing so much more with his life. Her method of getting him to see this though, doesn’t exactly turn out as she expected.

Overall, this book was amazing. I just could not put it down! It completely filled some book void I having been experiencing this past week. Thank you, Ms. Echols, for getting me out of that rut. I think fans of Sarah Dessen, like myself, would really love this, so go out and read it if you haven’t yet!

 

About Jennifer Echols

Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.

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