Crow’s Rest by Angelica R. Jackson
published on May 12th 2015 by Spencer Hill Press
young adult | fantasy | romance
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Avery Flynn arrives for a visit at her Uncle Tam’s, eager to rekindle her summertime romance with her crush-next-door, Daniel.
But Daniel’s not the sweet, neurotic guy she remembers—and she wonders if this is her Daniel at all. Or if someone—some thing—has taken his place.
Her quest to find the real Daniel—and get him back—plunges Avery into a world of Fae and changelings, where creatures swap bodies like humans change their socks, and magic lives much closer to home than she ever imagined.
*I received a digital review copy for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
***Possible minor spoilers.***
So I just came back from attempting to pump life back into my brain after this book fried it. I’m afraid it can no longer return to the way it was before. Some of the things in this book just can’t be unseen.
This book was basically a paranormal romantic movie gone awry. It has all the cliche aspects down perfectly, but done in a more gag-worthy manner. Such as:
- the heroine who is The One. And is, unfortunately, literally referred to as “The One.”
- a failed harem of “hot guys.” You don’t know how much Avery pined for each of the three guys. It was painful to watch, especially since each of the guys had crappy personalities.
- a villain who spills out his entire plan upon the heroine’s request.
More on the heroine. See, Avery’s a complete nut-job. And she acts so immaturely: announcing every time she “defeated” an enemy, demanding “stories with lots of drama” when her love interest clearly doesn’t want to talk about it, being obsessed with all the hot guys, healing her love interest before her dad… Also these quotes such as the one below which made me want to shove a fork up her ass:
“My knee jiggled in a pee-pee dance.” — is this how we teenagers are supposed to think when we need to take a piss? What even?!
And then we have the romance. You’re probably going to need a trash can near you to puke on for this. You see, it’s just a love triangle… with Avery swooning for other guys on the side. Each of the love interests made me want to hurt someone, as such:
Love interest A: The moody-as-shit friend. I don’t understand this guy. First he gets all jealous when love interest B starts flirting with Avery, and then the next minute he’s telling her that he’s never been into her.
Love interest B: Your typical YA love interest. He’s the kind of guy who likes to flirt but you know you shouldn’t trust.
Love interest C: Random hot guy. Basically this guy isn’t really a love interest, but Avery thinks about his “wide shoulders and etched pecs.” Also describing him like this:
“Makes all those Hollywood hotties and boy bands look like orcs.”
But really, it was the main romance that made me want to throw a fit. At first, Avery was pretty much head over heels with her friend, and then love interest B comes along and bam! What pains me the most is that she even mentioned in the book that what they had wasn’t insta-love:
“I don’t believe in insta-love, like in books and movies–but there’s something here. Something in you that speaks to a part of me that I didn’t even know was there.”
*cue gagging noises*
Oh, and we also have some pretty shitty parenting in this book. Avery’s mom was okay and pretty supportive, but she was only there for the first quarter of the book. Sure, she had things to attend to, but doesn’t she check on her daughter every now and then? She won’t even know if her little girl’s suddenly frolicking in the grass with her new lover. And don’t even get my started on Avery’s dad, who, by the way, puts his lover (who is not Avery’s mom) before his daughter.
The gist of this review? Crow’s Rest made me want to hurl, gag, and stick a fork in my eyeball. Normally this is the part where I recommend the book to people who I think will love it, but I honestly can’t think of anyone right now.
Sooo… Any plans of reading this book? Have you read it yourself?
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