Dual Review: #Poser and Capture

Posted August 23, 2015 in review Tags: , ,

Dual Review: #Poser and Capture#Poser by Cambria Hebert

Series: Hashtag #5
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: #Selfie, #Heart
Also by this author: #Selfie, #Heart, #Nerd, Avalanche , Wet, Wingspan

The Hashtag series is the winner of Best Contemporary Series of 2015 (UtopYAcon 2015) 

Book Five in the Hashtag Series! 

Posers gonna pose 

I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.
I'll never go back to nothing ever again.
I vowed to protect her, and that's exactly what I'm gonna do.
The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.
They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be.
I won't ever tell. She can't ever know.
When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I'm afraid I'll become and not the man I am.
It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren't.
How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?
I didn't start any of this.
I never asked for it.
But it came knocking at my door.
When secrets and threats knock, I don't hide.
I open the door.
Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.

Oh, wow. Just…wow.
So, the book started slow for me. I had no problems putting it down for some reason. It was odd because I devoured the series up to this point. But, the beginning felt like it was just sort of ho hum for me. Then, about 30-40% in, things go interesting. And by interesting I mean “WTF” kind of interesting. Here’s why:
1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE when books give you snippets from the villains POV. Its tough because the author has to make them both human and horrible, ya know. Cambria did NOT disappoint with this and its probably one of the best villain POV’s I have ever read.
2. Ivy’s discovery of what happened to her (I won’t say it in case you have read #Selfe). This is a super tough topic to tackle in a book. Too much and it comes off as really fake. Too little and it doesn’t seem realistic. Again, Cambria made this so real I actually teared up for Ivy and Braeden. You can really feel the torment, confusion, hurt, and betrayal. Its powerful.
3. Holy crap the last few chapters are crazy action packed!!!!! It harkened back to #Hater and I loved every minute of it!

So, you do get a bit of closure, but lots of things are left open. What happens with Missy? What do Braeden and Ivy decide to major in? Is Braeden gonna get his shot with the Knights? Thankfully, Cambria is writing another book. Frankly, if I had my way, she would never stop writing these books. EVER. Do you hear me, Cambria? Never stop writing!

Dual Review: #Poser and CaptureCapture by Rachel Van Dyken

Series: Seaside Pictures #1
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Surrender
Also by this author: The Consequence of Loving Colton (Consequence, #1), The Consequence of Revenge, The Dark Ones, Untouchable Darkness, The Consequence of Seduction, Empire, The Matchmaker's Playbook, The Bachelor Auction, Enrage, The Playboy Bachelor, Eulogy, The Consequence of Rejection, Envy, Risky Play, Ruthless Princess, Surrender, Scandalous Prince, Mafia Casanova, Destructive King, Mafia King, Office Hate, Falling for the Villain, My Summer in Seoul, Broken Crown , Office Date, The Anti-Fan and the Idol, The Godparent Trap, Dissolution, Exposing the Groom, The Unperfects

Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.
Dani lives anything but a normal life.Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.Or that it's her fault.
It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?If she was whole, would he be the other half?

Overall, it was another enjoyable, quick read from RVD. Did I love it? No. Here are my thoughts:

1. She brings in all her characters from the previous Seaside books and Wes and Saylor are in the story briefly too. Oh, and Zane mentions he is related to Nixon. So, it was cool to see her tie all her books together.
2. You don’t have to have read the previous seaside series as this starts a new spin off. However, Alec and Demetri play a huge role so if you didn’t read the previous books, you might be a little confused at some points or feel like you missed something.
3. The plot is good, Dani and Linc are likable characters, and the story keeps moving without dragging. However, it wasn’t amazing, you know? I felt like it was a typical New Adult genre book. Trouble girl meets hollywood hunk. Love blooms.

So, maybe my expectations are high because its RVD. Maybe I struggled with the book because I didn’t read the previous seaside series so I had no idea who most of the characters were. Bottom line: its a good NA romance book. If you like NA, you will love this.

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