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Sparkling water fanatic. Lover of random crap. Goodreads member curious to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.

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Vampire Academy Vampire Academy
by Richelle Mead
Start date: September 1, 2013

Eve and Adam Eve and Adam
by Michael Grant
Start date: August 1, 2013

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Love's Forbidden Flower

Love's Forbidden Flower  - Diane Rinella The title of this book reminds me of a quote from Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series :"Just thinking about flowers. And impressing people. I mean, how strange is it that we bring plant sex organs to people we're attracted to? What's up with that? It's a weird sign of affection. It's like people are trying to be both subtle and blatant at the same time. Like, they won't actually go up and say, 'Hey, I like you, lets get together.' Instead, they're like, 'Here, have some plant genitalia and aphrodisiacs."The above post brought to you by Stacia's random thought no. 829,481Oh hey, this another one of those books which starts off with young characters and progresses several years well into adulthood. My brain struggles with how to shelve this multi-age stuff. I split the difference between the young and old, so NA it is. This is another it's not you, it's me kind of book. The writing itself wasn't so bad. There was quite a hefty amount of over-flowery phrasing and a few instances of awkward conversation which came across as something that no male would ever say, but the writing itself was much tighter than I'd expected. I think I only found one typo, and the sentence structures had a nice flow. It was easy to tell that the author put a lot of work into getting the details fine tuned, and I can appreciate that.My complaints weren't really big ones. What it all boils down to is that I wasn't a fan of the story setup. That's about it. The reader is thrown right into the middle of these strong feelings between two people which we were never allowed to see develop from infancy. If you're going to tackle a taboo subject such as incest and it's not supposed to be merely for the purpose of shock value or titillation (I was actually fine with [b:Naughty Bits|5982208|Naughty Bits|Selena Kitt|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1367949168s/5982208.jpg|6155615] because it never tried to disguise itself as anything other than bizarre sex), then you need to take to heart that the reader is going to want to see why the situation could happen as it's actually unfolding. The reason for this is so we understand how the characters got to the point they are at. If there's no understanding, it's hard to know if you should even root for the characters or have sympathy for them. I completely get that it's going to be hard to follow a well-known book of the same subject such as [b:Forbidden|7600924|Forbidden|Tabitha Suzuma|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1302655056s/7600924.jpg|10018976]. No one is going to want to be accused of being a copy of another person's book, so the pressure is on to have to come up with a fresh take on the subject. Unfortunately, Forbidden came along and set the bar pretty high when it came to portraying a situation as this in such a light that it got people to rethink their feelings on the subject, myself included. I never quite reached that same level with Love's Forbidden Flower. Was this book interesting? Yes, I think it was in many parts. Were there explanations given for any part of how/why these feelings developed? Yes, there were. But so much of the explaining came after we were forced to witness the feelings of Donovan and Lily, which ended up feeling like much of it was too little, too late.The readers were told over and over that the these two people had feelings instead of getting to really experience how Donovan and Lily graduated from a slow fall into something much deeper. We were told, and then were were jerked around as both people went back and forth while trying to figure out if they should act on those feelings. If I'd understood the feelings all along, then I might have felt more sympathy as I watched both of them being ripped apart from the inside out. If you're new to this subject, you might find the book more engaging than I did. The book has quite a few fans, so you might want to check out some positive reviews to see if this would work for you. Maybe it would.