Author: M.G. Reyes
Series: Emancipated #1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Edelweiss
Rating: 2 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The good girl, the bad boy, the diva, the hustler, the rock star, and the nerd. Six teens legally liberated from parental control for six different reasons, all with one thing in common: something to hide.
Now they’re sharing a house in Venice Beach, acting like a family, and living their lies. No parents. No limits. No alibis. One witnessed a crime, another might be a murderer—and one’s been spying on them all.As they cling to a fantasy of freedom and slowly let down their guards, the past creeps up on them. And when one of them gets arrested, everyone’s carefully constructed facade comes crumbling down.
In this steamy, drama-filled series, relationships are tested and secrets revealed as lies threaten to destroy their perfect setup.
The only reason I finished this book was my desperation to satisfy my curiosity. There is a mystery woven into these pages and I was itching to know how it was all going to connect. But had it not been for this mystery I would have definitely DNFed it.
The main reason being the writing style. I hated it. It’s written in third person omniscient and it read so impersonal. It felt like I was reading a book. Don’t laugh. There’s validity to that statement. I like to get lost in books. It doesn’t feel like reading, it feels like being immersed in a whole other world. This book? It felt like work. The language and dialogue sounded awkward and stilted. And because of that I couldn’t get behind any of the characters.
Every single character was flat to me. They were people on a page and they never came to life. Candace was a stuck-up bitch. Grace, I just honestly don’t know anything about. Paolo is a lovesick idiot. Lucy is a rock and roll star wannabe. John Michael didn’t feel genuine. And Maya was too quiet to learn anything about. Part of the problem was the number of main characters. There were too many and with it being written in third person omniscient we are distributed equally among their perspectives. It was just too much.
I won’t be continuing on with the series. I found out enough that my curiosity is satisfied. I don’t think I can make it through another book with this writing style. It just 100% did not work for me.
Have you read this one yet? What did you think?