I wanted to shake Claire. So hard. So many times. I'm super in love with the idea of the story, and there was definitely some comedy gold in there, but overall, the execution fell a bit flat. There were a few inconsistencies, and the ending felt too rushed.
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Ruin, #1
Genre: New Adult
Date published: August 11, 2013
I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michals offered to be my light.
I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough.
Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same.
And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.
I really, REALLY wanted to like this book. And the basic plot of the book is one of those adorably heart wrenching love stories I totally get into. And there were definitely some great bits. But as a whole, it was just okay. I really struggled to get into it. The insta-love wasn't convincing, and while there was a bit of internal dialogue about it, there weren't any external actions, which made it challenging to connect to the characters.
Towards the end, religion is laid on so thick, it basically brings in a paranormal undertone. As a personal preference, I felt that was overkill.