Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Attainment by J.H. Cardwell Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"There are many ways to capture a person’s love, but unwilling, full attainment is never the best option. 
Life hasn’t been easy for 18 year old Reese Stanford. After a traumatic incident a year ago, she has a hard time trusting any guy. She finally allows herself to fall for the heart throb, Tate Justice, only to realize he too comes with his own set of issues.
Swearing off men, she meets a beach ‘god’ who will settle for no less than all of Reese. That is at least, until she learns a truth about Tate that changes the game entirely."

The book starts of with the rape of Reese Stanford. Yes, you did just read my last sentence. I'll repeat it again. The book starts of with the rape of Reese Stanford, from the rapist POV. 

Normally, books don't start of with such a descriptive detail on that. But this book did. I wouldn't be surprise if everyone found it to be the most disgusting thing in the world. At least the author could had given us some cloudy details, but not the big thing. Not every detail. Err...the disgusting details about the planning of the date rape. (Now we all know how to plan a rape. It's like one of those videos that tell you what information to not put on your internet profile. In the end, you learn how to stalk people and learn their possible passwords). 

Onto more pleasant details. Attainment isn't a bad book; it just needs to be 'improved.' (Ugh! It is so weird to be writing the review of the first book after writing the review of the second. The sequel is on my Goodreads page, because I abandoned the book). 

The plot. I hate how predictable it is. Partially, the reason why the book is so predictable is because the rapist's POV is occasionally there. With that, it takes away the element of surprise. Not to mention that the book is also told from Tate's POV and Reese's POV. It's like all the surprise comes from characters who are mostly 2D. 

The writing. It annoys me that Reese/the author goes on and on and on, without dialogue. Sometimes the writing and paragraphs and chapters reminds me of text messages people send me when they are giving me a recap of their lives. But the writing does keep you slightly invested. Especially with all the deja vu talk.

Reese herself is annoying. She's a classic example of a Mary Sue. Crazy perfect. Beautiful. Tortured in some way, but that part of her never comes out until it's the big moment of the book. Or whenever Carter appears.

It's John who is worth looking at. He's the guy to watch. 

Rating: Two out of Five

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