Thursday, May 15, 2014
"Pretty Little Things" by Teresa Mummert
Publication: March 11, 2014
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
From Goodreads: I was young enough not to understand that my life was different. Colin became the one person that I could count on to protect me. He suffered for the both of us by carrying the burden of our secret.
We were the lucky few that got a chance to start over. A fake family, a new home and a pretty little life built on lies. But while our lives continued to intertwine, we were put on very different paths. Now it was only a matter of time before they collide and the beast behind the beauty is exposed.
My Thoughts: Wha...what in the hell did I just read? Okay. Let me just figure out where I want to start, so I don't come off as being a total ranting bitchtastic book blogger. Because I'm not. But this book makes me want to be one.
First of all, Pretty Little Things sounded promising. The description (although a bit vague), the hype, the beginning of the story... these were all were things that drew me in. Alas, that is the ONLY good thing I can say about PLT. The story just fell apart, and quickly. I felt like I was being tossed back and forth from one story to a completely different one. The plot was full of "what the hell is going on" moments, and not in the good mysterious way. Honestly, it felt like it had potential... but there was just too much the author was trying to convey in one story that didn't make any sense, at all.
For instance, we have a few chapters thrown in that are written from Jacob's POV. Why? Why are reading this random crap from Jacob's view? It did not contribute ANYTHING to this story. Don't get me wrong, I am a character driven kind of girl. I usually prefer Character Development over Intense Plot. But this... this just made NO sense. And it pissed me off.
Oh, and while we're on character development, can I rant for a minute about Colin? Seriously? This guy can't decide if he wants to play the hot egotistical jackass or the over-caring standoffish brother. I don't know, but I didn't connect to him at all. And Annie just got on my nerves with her stupid wishy-washy-ness.
And let's not even get me started on the ending. Because besides the fact that it felt VERY rushed, it also made ZERO sense.
But I will say this: There were some HOT moments. I mean, steamtastic I-need-a-cold-shower moments. Unfortunately, that couldn't make up for my other issues.
So, would I recommend this book? No. Not as it stands now, anyway. Maybe with some intense editing and flushing out of the story I would consider it... but even then, I'd probably still be too pissed off that I wasted my time the first go round.