As You Breathe Again (The Walker Boys #2) by Molli Moran

As You Breathe Again (The Walker Boys #2)

 D+
★ ★

Delaney Shaw isn’t looking for anything complicated. After her teaching career is put on hold, she decides to spend the summer in Georgia with her best friend. Lanie lives for the here and now, and she isn’t thinking past the end of the summer. She’s never had any problem being unattached, because she learned a long time ago that life is safer that way.

Until Reece Walker decides to change her mind.

Almost a year after his ex-wife’s death, Reece is still reeling from her passing. He’s devoted himself to raising their son and working his family’s farm to keep himself grounded. Reece feels like he’s lost sight of the man he used to be, and he’s not sure how to find his way back.

Everything changes when the woman he’s unsuccessfully tried to forget walks back into his life.

Even though she’s fighting their sizzling chemistry, Lanie is losing the war. But love isn’t always like it is in the movies, and they have real issues. Lanie is terrified Reece’s small town won’t accept their interracial relationship, and she doesn’t know how to let him in.

Lanie has had years to build her defenses, but Reece isn’t the sort to give up without a fight. If he can counter Lanie’s fears with the future only he can offer her, maybe they can both learn to breathe again.


Note: I received this advanced reader’s copy  via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book had loads of potential that was totally wasted. It’s a tragedy that I didn’t enjoy this book because it could’ve been a real contribution to the New Adult genre that also featured a multicultural romance,  but the execution wasn’t there. Being part of a series I was skeptical about reading this without reading book one, however the blurb expressed that it could be read as a standalone. I don’t think it should be read without reading book one because I felt disconnected with everything.

I’m guessing there was this foreshadowed romance that developed between Delaney and Reece in book one, however it didn’t translate well. The romance seemed unrealistic and like insta-love, which means it’s cheesy and their connection wasn’t based on anything. Not once did I ever feel like their love wasn’t forced, or like love at all to be quite frank. But this might’ve been because, as I stated previously,  I didn’t read book one, or it could be the one-dimensional characters in the book.

Sometime one-dimensional characters hide in the silhouette of  complexity. Delaney Shaw was that type of character – I couldn’t relate to her. She’s  afraid of commitment because of her past experiences, which she allows define her future. Fun and carefree, no one knows the real Delaney beneath the mask except Reece who has his own demons. These simple truths weren’t the reason I didn’t liker her character, it was the lack of realism. She didn’t feel real to me – her character was supposed to be vibrant and full of life, but she just seemed dull. Again, this could be because I didn’t read book one.

Another issue I had was with the inconsistency. She’s supposed to be this strong woman that’s slowly allowing her weaknesses to show and open-up her heart, but it wasn’t balanced enough. There were times I felt as though I was reading a different character with her mood and attitude changes. After completing this novel I still didn’t understand who she was and what motivated her besides Reece.

Reece wasn’t bad. There’s nothing amazing about him or memorable. Everyone of importance seemed like minor characters and minor characters that don’t add any substance to the book. Let’s just get off the characters.

Plot? Hmm…this book lacked the length needed for a journey of self-discovery, nor was it a straightforward romantic love story. It’s fast-paced and but seemed to drag on FOREVER.

This seemed like the first draft of a really good final product.  I’m just saddened by how much I didn’t like it.

Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.


 

Why can’t we time jump to July 5! So, the next installation of the Saga series is coming out soon, and my excitement level is above maximum.

Have you ever read Saga? Do you plan to? What are your feelings on graphic novels?

Versatile Blogger Award

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Hey everyone! After my little hospital stay I’m officially back (I know you can’t contain your excitement) and have been nominated by the amazing duo at Bookidote for this lovely award! Thank you guys so much, and for everyone who hasn’t checked out their blog I have one thing to say (or one sentence): “You’re missing out on some serious awesomeness.”

Here are the rules:

  1. Show the award on your blog -√
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you. – √
  3. Share 8 different facts about yourself √
  4. Nominate a few blogs of your choice √
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination √

My Facts – they’re theme specific:

The first movie I ever memorized was The Incredibles 

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My first rated R movie was Underworld

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I have an obsession with foreign films

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I watch The Office every day

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There was one year I only watched Food Network and the Cooking Channel…the entire year.

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My entire family likes olderish sitcoms like, The Jeffersons, Fraiser, Sanford and Son, Bewitched, Golden Girls, Friends, etc.

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When I see people eat hot dogs on television I always want one…until I get it and remember I HATE hot dogs.

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I enjoy finding new television series – I’m always on the lookout (if you have any suggestions)

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 These facts were probably overwhelmingly boring or just stupid – I’m not sure if I prefer the latter or the former – but hopefully entertaining. Now for nominations!

I Nominate:

the orang-utan librarian

The Bookkeeper’s Secret

Bookenstein

Brown Books and Green Tea

Happyalex

Jess’s Reading Nook

Michelle, Books and Movies Addict

Kiwi Reads

These blogs are extremely versatile and lovely so do yourself a favor and check them out – right now.

 

 

 

Updating the updated update

I’m out of the hospital & my laptop isn’t kaput forever!

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I was released from the hospital a few days ago but my computer was still down, so I wasn’t able to respond to a lot of your comments – I’m sooooo sorry! Turns out I didn’t have strep throat, but some overly complex name for swollen tonsils. I’m taking these stupid pills so now I can eat and swallow, which is awesome. A HUGE thank you to everyone who wished me well and continued to comment when I wasn’t responding – you guys are awesome!

 

Paper Towns by John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…


Let’s begin with Quentin. Quentin is the very definition of a one-dimensional character. After finishing this novel I still have no idea who he is, but not in a complex way that makes him this wonderful character full of animation and vitality, the exact opposite is true for Quentin.

What are his likes, dislikes, favorite color, favorite food, what kind of music does he like, what movies do he enjoy, etc. Yes, these are trivial questions but those are the things that make-up a person.

Little things + big things + actions = YOU

All Quentin talked about during the novel was Margo. In the beginning it was how beautiful she was. I kid you not, every page mentioned her hair, eyes, skin, smell, and just overall perfection. It’s weird and kinda creepy for him to be this obsessed with a girl that he didn’t seem to care much about until this book started. But I was able to move past this after awhile and focus on the future of the novel – I wasn’t impressed.

FYI (if you care): For people who haven’t been to Orlando Margo describes downtown quite well actually. After living in Orlando for a year I know that it’s terrible, and her representation of Orlando’s homes is also accurate, certain sections are paper towns. S0, that’s a score for Margo.

The second part of the novel is really boring. Quentin figures out Margo is missing and soon gathers clues to find her. In this time he reflects on how cool she is, how eccentric and misunderstood (I call bullshit) she is compared to everyone else in the world. Hanging out at abandoned buildings and reading poems by Walt Whitman because she’s so down-to-earth. Soon enough Quentin learns that maybe the Margo he thought he knew wasn’t her, but someone else.

Q: Who is the real Margo?
A: Who gives a shit!

I realize that that answer is harsh, but the proverbial question of “who is Margo?” got old quickly. The real question I repeatedly asked myself was WHO GIVES A SHIT! Seriously, Margo isn’t interesting. She’s not too cool for school or some overly complex mind troubled by her past. She’s just an upper-middle class girl who reads Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, hangs out in abandoned buildings, and runs away a lot for attention.  Could she be more cliche? I’m sorry, her extensive collection of records that include Johnny Cash is what really makes her unique.

Are you understanding my issue here? Now, I’m not trying to bash Emily Dickinson, Johnny Cash, or Walt Whitman – who I happen to love – because they’re not the problem, it’s how Green utilized these things as evidence that she’s so different. Until, of course, the end where she’s the same as everyone else. In the end I couldn’t buy what he was trying to sell, nor could I buy the ending and how neatly wrapped everything became. She was a spoiled brat – end of story.

The road trip portion of the novel was one of the reasons I relinquished and gave two stars. It was enjoyable and believable, especially to someone like me who’s been on MANY road trips.

Philadelphia –> Oklahoma, Philadelphia –> Florida, Philadelphia –> North Carolina, Florida –> Georgia, Florida –> Philadelphia, Philadelphia –> Washington D.C., etc.

The major problem Paper Towns suffered was making it about Margo and Quentin when he should have chosen one. Either Margo and her outer facade -the way she’s described is as if she’s this higher being with beauty, charm and majestic qualities, but there aren’t facts to back-up this claim – and the real her, or Quentin.

The end was supposed to be all philosophical and profound, a serious thinker, but it was just pretentious. Plus, where she ends up being is completely preposterous. I don’t really know what else to say. I can give a list of characters dimensions…

Margo – One-Dimensional

Quentin – One-Dimensional

Ben – One-Dimensional

Lacey – One-dimensional

Radar – Three-Dimensional (they didn’t mention him enough in the book)

Parents – One – dimensional

Entire high school – One-Dimensional

I’m sorry if this review wasn’t more in-depth but it took me forever to finish this book because it was soooo boring and self-centered. There were good moments but the bad outweighed the good by a large margin.