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review 2016-10-22 00:00
Punk 57
Punk 57 - Penelope Douglas
Punk 57 happens in the same world as Corrupt, but the stories are not connected. You don't have to have read Corrupt first. Misha and Ryen grew up writing to each other as pen pals. Over the years, they talked about everything. They're best friends and begin falling in love with each other. Even though they don't live very far apart, they have an agreement to never have interactions besides snail mail. After a tragedy, things domino effect causing them to be up close and personal, and neither is what the other expected. They must get past what has been done to them and recognize what they have done to others.

This author has proven before that she has a real knack for tapping into the emotions of teens. She does it again with Punk 57. The feelings of needing to fit in, bullying and being bullied are major themes. Problems such as trying to be perfect overachievers by using stimulants in order to have the energy to do it all are highlighted. Inhalants make an appearance. I think this is the first time I've seen them mentioned in a romance novel. Social media impact is shown a lot. When something happens, the characters blast it on Facebook. Absentee parenting plaques the cast. This story does a good job of pointing out real issues kids have these days. It's a coming of age romance with adult sexiness.

I just wanted to add that I always love this author's playlists so I was happy to see it included, but also she attached the lyrics for some of the songs the characters write in the books (Misha is in a band, and Ryen is his muse). I thought that was a great bonus.

***Copy given in exchange for an honest review***

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review 2016-09-05 00:00
Aflame - Penelope Douglas I love this series and these characters. Going back to it again after so long was a real treat for me. Seeing the changes and constants between them all over time was excellent for a Jared and Tate lover like me. I still love Jax too, and really I just love them all. Excellent conclusion.
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review 2016-03-23 15:59
Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
Misconduct - Penelope Douglas

Misconduct begins with Easton becoming a teacher after graduation. The problem is one of her student's dad is the man she's been thinking about for the last six months. He's very handsome, but there's a lot more complicated things about him than just that.

Tyler has a lot on his plate right now, and he shouldn't be intrigued by his son's teacher. But he can't help it, and when the attraction gets to be too much he ends up taking there relationship beyond what each of them imagined.

But Easton has secrets, and things she doesn't want to share. And Tyler is having a hard time prioritizing his life with his wants and needs. These two may not be able to make it together very long if they don't get their heads out of their asses.

I really liked this book. At first, it just sucked me in and I couldn't put it down. But then it got slightly boring. It felt like it was the same thing over and over again, and that grew frustrating.

Other than that I thought Tyler was a horrible father in the beginning, but he got better towards the end. And I enjoyed Tyler and Easton together.

The only other thing I didn't like was some of the stuff that happened with Easton's brother. It just felt like it wasn't really needed, and it really didn't go any where or have any sort of conclusion about it either. So, overall that felt somewhat pointless.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-01-16 00:00
Corrupt - Penelope Douglas It started pretty good to the point of staying awake till 6 am because I just couldn't stop reading it. Now, when I picked it up again the next day, more than halfway through, it was just meh. Nothing new. I knew everything that was going to happen before it actually happened...too predictable and it was an overused storyline.The kidnapping of the girl by the bad guy and then the hero (her much-loved new boyfriend) appeared and saved the day? come on! If I read this book a year or two years ago, with less books read, maybe I'd like it more than it did now. As I said above, too predictable.
The whole thing about the 4 horsemen is what makes me rate it 2.5 starts (and giving 3).
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review 2016-01-03 07:54
Rival by Penelope Douglas
Rival - Penelope Douglas

Until You (Fall Away #1.5) by Penelope Douglas




Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don't care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn't trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her...they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.






My Review:

I'm going to use the same review for each book because I had the same issue with each book because it repeated in each installment. I'd like to note that I did have moments that I liked the story but for the most part but I struggled with the same thing in each book. The Fall Away series was an exploration into the mind of a child/children caught in adolescence taking their feelings and emotions out on one another without much reason for it despite the explanation as to why they are the way they are. You would expect to find a story like this written on a sex story website or something of its equivalent for all I felt toward the series as a whole.

My biggest problem that I had with the books is that these kids understand their relationships and reason their emotions and actions by living with the backwards thought that abuse equals passion and sex equals love.

You have absent parents who are completely oblivious to anything but themselves and in some cases are worse than the kids and the second issue is that they're kids.

They don't know what they're doing except looking for some kind of validation in the wrong place because they're certainly not finding it in mom and dad.

Its an interesting journey into the different perspectives to explain the sexual and abusive relationship between them and their need to find love and hate in eachother because of the giant hole that is in their lives.



My Rating:

3 Stars





Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews

Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley

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