- File Size: 4184 KB
- Print Length: 451 pages
- Publisher: Calia Read (November 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A73HYV8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Every Which Way (Sloan Brothers Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I thought I would love this book, based on all the gushing 5-star reviews, but I did not. It was an "okay" book. It was a good story with some interesting plot points but, frankly, I was distracted from the story far too often by the odd word choices the author made to allow me to enjoy it. Sometimes I had to stop and re-read a sentence a couple of times and it still didn't make sense to me. For example, this sentence:
When he moved, the abatement she needed placated through her body. (Read, Calia (2012-11-13). Every Which Way (Sloan Brothers) (Kindle Locations 4798-4799). Calia Read. Kindle Edition.)
What? That doesn't even make sense. And that wasn't the only instance. On a more minor note, it also bugged me that Rennick was referred to as Severine's step-brother when he is clearly her half-brother. World of difference between the two words. There were also several conversations happening where it wasn't clear who was talking and several others where I knew who was talking but didn't know what the heck they were talking about.
Overall, I guess if you don't read too closely you could probably enjoy this book. I just wasn't feeling it and I really don't have any interest in reading any further books in this series.
I was seduced by the idea of this book. Two gorgeous brothers, love triangle, angst, drama, tension and hot romance - these were all things I was expecting. After reading Every Which Way, the debut novel by Calia Read, I wasn't entirely disappointed and most of my expectations were met.
To be honest, the second half of the book really kept me going and is where the story came through and delivered.
The Sloan brothers played a number on me and they had me bouncing back and forth between sides like a ping pong ball. Sigh. I still don't know which side I'm on. As far as characters go, I believe this author did a good job developing the Sloan brothers, although I feel there is still some mystery lying beneath the surface. I empathized with both brothers and loved and hated them both at different points in the story. In this aspect, I appreciate that the author did not reveal everything about the Sloans and has left much to be unraveled or discovered. Both Macsen and Thayer delivered some swoon worthy and I want to punch them in the face moments.
The character of Severine was one I had a hard time connecting with. I didn't quite understand her voice or POV. Although I did feel her angst, heartbreak and the dilemmas she was dealing with.
Speaking of characters, there is a "mystery" character introduced and I'm on pins and needles wanting to know where this is going. I'm afraid, really.
The writing style and dialog was bit difficult with me and I found it made following the story and immersing myself with these characters a small challenge. I felt at times I was missing something, like I had skipped a critical part of the story which would help me understand, so I would go back re-read parts but find that I still didn't know what I was missing. The author had some really great things to say, but the flow of the story at times did not seem natural. I have no doubt that this skill will be honed. And my thoughts about writing style and character connection aside, I still couldn't put this book down.
When the Sloan brother's story continues with the next book of the series I hope more will come to light to make all the pieces of this puzzle come together. I'll be reaching for the sequel, no doubt. I am hooked enough to be in a bit of a spin waiting to see what happens next in this story and hoping that the heats gets turned up really high!
Bottom line, Every Which Way had all the ingredients and if you have to decide whether or not to get this book - do it, if only for Macsen and Thayer!!! I enjoyed them, or really I would like to "enjoy" them and I enjoyed the book. Give it a try!
I've read books which I've termed bad before because I didn't like the story, or characters BUT I rarely dislike a book because of the writing style...or lack thereof ! This is one of those books. I am so disappointed and frustrated with this book.
The writing of this book was so confusing I found myself read pages over and over because I had no idea who was saying what?! My biggest problem was it felt like things were never explained or the characters motives were never fully revealed. I still don't fully understand why Severine has such an aversion to relationships?!? Like WTF!! So she's had a few friends go through heartbreak...never explained in the book only the blurb...and she has no relationship with her father....but would someone really be that f@cked up from that??
The book constantly felt like I was reading paragraphs of contradiction. One sentence says something and the next seems to override it?? The book was over 300 pages long and yet I felt I never read anything of substance...just words and words of pointless crap which never actually led anywhere. Pointless internal monologues of crap that went on and on. Throughout the whole book Severine seems to bait and antagonise every character and so all you get is to and fro bickering and attitude. It's exhausting.
I never understood why Severine was so heartbroken over Macsen?? They were together for a few weeks....not even 2 months...and hadn't slept together....they appeared to barely talk and yet she was devastated! Not to mention the fact that the entire time the author drives it home with a sledgehammer how Severine is afraid to lose herself, afraid to feel, afraid to give up her pride, wants control...blah blah blah. And WHY couldn't she get with Thayer!?!? From the beginning the author writes how Severine can't be with Thayer as it's 'trouble'..but what is the big friggin deal!?! Nup...none of the dynamics that were meant to be there for me cut the mustard. This just fell flat big time for me.
Mostly I just couldn't get my head around how bad I found some of the writing in this book. Phrases just didn't work, definitions just didn't fit, words were just used wrongly...it was bad. Here are some of my highlighted examples:
She smelled like cookies. She was her mom, and she was the same.
Huh?? So her mum smells like cookies...and her mum is Severine's mum...and Severine was the same...so she smells like cookies too?!?!
or how about this clusterf*ck of a paragraph...
One glance around the room, and it was just as she left it. She was going back to school, with a mind that had been wiped clean. There were prints all over her. She'd have to deal with that when she got back to campus. She didn't want to deal with it any earlier. But every head was turned in her direction. Severine would have to make a move soon.
Yeaaah...okay then. I'm not even going to pretend that makes any sense.
Thayer's shoulders moved up and down from laughter as he did the 'bro hug' that had been around for ages.
Why even write the part 'that had been around for ages'?!?! I just feel there were sooooo many parts in this book (98%) that were unnecessary to write about. It's like the author has no filter or writers diarrhoea and has to get every single thought she's ever had crammed into this book.
Or how about this doozy...
"This is amazing. I officially want to make love with this moment"
Uggghhh...yeah Severine...you are an idiot. The worst comparative statement ever!
And then there is this oxymoron...
Thayer's face is contorted in relief.
Contorted in anguish, contorted in pain, contorted in discomfort...but contorted in RELIEF!?!?! C'mon! How can a face be contorted in relief. I've just never heard it phrased like this before...and hope I never will again. How about "Thayer's face is full of relief/covered in relief/a vision of relief"??????
And another contradicting statement....
Her pride would always be with her, but she'd beg for this again.
So..screw the pride...that apparently will always be with her??
He grabbed his shirt and wrapped it tightly around his fist.
How does one do this while one is wearing one's shirt?? It just doesn't seem like a natural action? Maybe 'he grabbed her shirt and wrapped it tightly around his fist???
Ok and then this nearly made me want to stop reading all together...
Thayer watched her skin come into sight. It was his entity.
WTF...huh?? Entity??? Yeah ok then.
I just wished I never wasted my money on this book and lets just say the ending.....if that was supposed to be a cliffhanger??? Yeah ok then. Nice try at being all suspenseful and intriguing but I just thought...oh god...what..another whiny, schizo girl for us to look forward to in the next book?? Not if it was the last book left to read would I subject myself to this torture again.
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