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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: Boyfriend from Hell

Release Date: August 30, 2011
Author: E. Van Lowe
Publisher: White Whisker Books
Length: 260 pages

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationship—they are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.

“But come on, guys, she’s my mother… Can I really tell her that while we’re snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, I’m secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes? Of course not…”

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again. She hasn’t had a man in her life since Megan’s father left ten years ago.

Enter two mysterious young men, Megan’s new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando. Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.

But neither of the handsome pair is quite what he seems. In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride. Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him. If she doesn’t, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

Review:

Characters: The characters in this book seem unreal, and I'm not talking about the good kind either. These characters seem to conform to the whim of the author rather than setting themselves as unique characters with original personalities, instead they change so much that it's hard to keep up with what truly makes them unique and special. It was weird reading from the first person perspective because as soon as Megan, the protagonist, did something that would have been out of character for herself she would acknowledge it and then move on as though by realizing it, it made up for the sudden character change. I know it sounds weird, but these characters had no minds of their own and they seemed to be wholly controlled by the author's plan, no matter how uncharacteristic it may seem.

Romance: The romance, seemed not only a bit rushed, not quite an insta-love though, but somewhere in between that and a slow burn. In addition to it's weird growth, the romance kind of fades in and out of the story. There's even a point when the love interest is barely mentioned for a long stretch of time only to come back randomly. There's no real love triangle in this book but there are plenty of hints to a more distasteful one that popped up every now and again.

World-Building: The world-building may have been the saving grace, no pun intended, of this book. While I'm a sucker for angel lore books, this one is wholly unique as for most of the book there was no reference or even a hint of foreshadowing to the paranormal, in fact when there was finally a bit of paranormal activity going on it had less to do with angels and more to do with Satan, who yes I know is a fallen angel, but I'm hoping you get what I mean. The description is a bit misleading as implies that both Megan's and her mother's boyfriend are prospectively the devil incarnate, however it's very clear when that plot point is even referenced which one is carrying the pitchfork. Also, some chapters open up with random flashbacks, that have no reason of being there except to be vaguely referenced much later on.

Predictability: While I can say that most of this book is predictable, I cannot say that the rest is unpredictable, because that would imply that it made sense. Honestly the parts of this book that caught me off-guard were random at best, things were revealed that not only seemed to come out of no where but didn't seem to fit the character or really the storyline at all. I have to say it was a bit weird to read one chapter and have the next begin with something that seems so ludicrous that I have to read it a few times to realize that I made no mistake in what I read.

Ending: The ending was also a bit off, it seemed pretty rushed yet it dragged on for a while after the final confrontation. It tried wrapping things up but it was choppy and didn't really make sense since the events that were taking place seemed so out of place that it wasn't like I was reading an ending but more of a last minute epilogue.

Rating:

After all that I was sure I was going to rate this 1.5 crests, but in actuality I enjoyed the story a lot. It's kind of like a guilty pleasure, while the writing is ridiculous and the characters are puppets to the whims of the author with no real personalities of their own, the story is addicting and fun to read if only to laugh over the absurd writing and plot.

Question: In honor of this series being my new guilty pleasure, What's your guilty pleasure book or book series?

P.S. Do you guys like that I'm asking a question at the end of my reviews? I thought it would be a fun way to comment on reviews and a great way to learn more about you guys! :)


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