In the Blast from the past post I’m going to recommend, review books, series that:
- I absolutely loved but I think never got the hype they deserved, nowadays you can’t even hear about them and/or just simply really underrated by my opinion.
- They are not recent releases, came out more than 3 years ago.
I’m going to try and do one every 2 weeks to one per month depends on my time. Not more frequently because my old review stash is depleting and not endless. I hope you are going to enjoy it. Also I’m going to try and write them as spoiler free as possible but some minor ones are unavoidable.
Brei Betzold- Painted lines
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I have mixed feelings regarding this book. I really like the plot but felt like with a little tweaking here and there it could have been better, it has the potential. This was my first and I think only ( I dont know why) book from the author so I couldn’t compare it with her other works. This is a romance story with a pretty dark undertone. The synopsis doesn’t do justice for it, its inviting enough but keeps a lot from the reader.
First of I think the whole building the motorcycles theme is quite a creative idea especially back then, nowadays there is more to find like that. All of the little professional facts are really detailed but not boring even interesting which shows a great amount of research. Pair this with the marvelous writing style and the insane emotional charge of the story and you got a surprisingly realistic and believable plot. The book gives you a window into the main character troubled life.
Scout, the protagonist, practically grows up before us. After a traumatic experience she falls apart and only thanks to hard work and strict rules that she can function, rebuilds herself. She is strong, a fighter and was really appealed by how Cas and Simon treated her. They didn’t let her prevail, make her own decisions, treated her like a child, stood in her way constantly and blamed her for things not in her hand.
The other secondary characters namely the boys from the team were my favorite. They brought lightness, a little bit of humor into the plot. It was a desperately needed addition to the heavy topic.
The relationship between Scout and Thayne starts off on a rocky road. It’s slow progressing mainly because of their trust issues. But I liked Thayne, he had a way to handle and help Scout in her journey of a happy life. Unfortunately the last couple of chapters successfully destroy every bit of the relationship they built up during the whole book. I just can’t understand why, it’s really doesn’t end on a note I hoped for.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, had a couple of problems with the ending but it’s an interesting topic paired with creative solutions.