What Happened To Goodbye By Sarah Dessen

4.7/5-Mclean has gotten the opportunity that a lot of people would love to get a fresh start somewhere new. This story is the reason why Sarah Dessen is my favourite author.

(Summary Taken From Goodreads)

Since her parents’ bitter divorce, McLean and her dad, a restaurant consultant, have been on the move-four towns in two years. Estranged from her mother and her mother’s new family, McLean has followed her dad in leaving the unhappy past behind. And each new place gives her a chance to try out a new persona: from cheerleader to drama diva. But now, for the first time, McLean discovers a desire to stay in one place and just be herself, whoever that is. Perhaps Dave, the guy next door, can help her find out.

(My Opinion)

To me, the message of this story is that, even though you run from your past, you really can’t hide from it. The plot for this book was amazing, after reading some reviews on how Sarah Dessen lacks in this book compared to, The Truth About Forever I was curious to know why. I can now say that this book was amazing, screw what anyone else says! The characters in What Happened To Goodbye are very lovable and just the other characters’ Sarah Dessen is known for writing about.

Sarah Dessen was trying to get the fast-paced writing-style she usually has in her novels into this one. I think she did a great job with it considering the pace for one of her other books. But I still felt like she could improve more with some of the secondary characters.

The fact that Sarah Dessen chose two places for all of her books to be set in is great. What makes this book even better is when she includes characters from her older books into this one. I loved that and how she put them in the most normal places too. Like in all of Sarah Dessen’s books, the message was amazing and heartfelt with a dash of love and romance in there. If she keeps this great job up, her next book is going to be a smashing hit. I would recommend this book at anyone who is a fan of Sarah Dessen’s books and/or love romance novels with an even deeper meaning than romance is everything you need, go get this book. 

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Dark Kiss By Michelle Rowen

3/5-This book was a disappointment for me. The hype and excitement I had towards this book after reading some good reviews about it vanished before I was finished the second chapter. The only reason why this book didn’t get a straight out 2 was because I like Michelle Rowen’s writing style, but I’m not exactly sure why.

Summary)

Sixteen year-old Samantha Day has a mission to stay on the safe side of things. After being kissed by her crush, Stephen, she gets strange urges and hunger pains. But not for food. A part of her is missing but she doesn’t what or how to get it back. Now, the only person who can help her is a street kid named Bishop who seems to be more messed up than she thought. Maybe the secrets he’s carrying around are the reason why he can’t think straight. A terrible darkness is moving toward the city but in order for them to stop it Samantha will have to give up the things she cares most about.

(My Opinion)

First of all, I just want to congratulate myself on actually finishing this book. I haven’t read many Angel books but I still found myself rolling my eyes, slamming the book shut, and repeating,

“You’re the biggest idiot I have ever met. Why are you so stupid?”At least ten times each chapter. The idea for Dark Kiss was so similar to a lot of angel books that it made me want to scream. Most of the characters weren’t original or that exciting. The only characters I felt deserved my interest were Kraven and Zach. And that was only because Zach was a huge sweetie and Kraven was a little funny. Everyone else was just…I don’t even know.

The fact that a lot of popular things in YA books now a days are in this book was one of the reasons why I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the relationship between Kraven and Bishop and I already know where it will lead without having to read the next book. Another thing I didn’t like about this book was that it was predictable. I felt like I knew the Sam’s next moves before I read them. I hated how quickly Sam and Bishop’s relationship bloomed and the way Sam felt towards Bishop disappointed me because it was too fast and too instant, not very realistic or good. I’m still wondering why Michelle Rowen felt the need to write this book in the first place.

Zach was a complete sweetie, I loved his compassion and how he was almost always calm about things. Even though Kraven was a bit funny, he wasn’t that original. I liked the ending because I wasn’t expecting what happened between Sam and her friend. I also wasn’t expecting Bishop’s answer to Sam’s question. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book in the Night watchers series, Wicked Kiss. But if you love angel books no matter what, this book is for you.