Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review: Redemption by Michelle Horst


It started out quite good actually with the Prologue and part of the first chapter, at least until the stranger alias Eli Jackson suddenly started to fix the gate to Quinn's house. Why would he do that? It didn’t make any sense. The downward spiral started after that. I wanted to read about their growing friendship but the next chapter jumped forward a couple of years and all of a sudden, there was another guy.

The Jackson Family kept to themselves and people in town were scared of them but Quinn jumped into his arms without a doubt and bamm! they were best friends. Ahhh, what?!

So, after a few months of dating, Quinn was going to marry this other guy without a second thought although she kind of had feelings for Eli in the first place but this didn't even came up once during her dating time or even after. Not until Roy was history did Quinn all of a sudden have feelings for Eli and her soon-to-be man was forgotten. I felt sorry for him because he deserved better.

Quinn was an annoying character. She changed her mind every few seconds and her actions were the exact opposite of what she said.

(Please keep in mind that this is just my personal opinion and that you might see it differently.)

This story seemed rushed and felt lacking in depths, emotions, lengths and especially missing well worked through transitions, as it just jumped from one thing to the other without any developments storywise or characterwise. I was confused most of the time and didn't like how Quinn ‘lived years’ within a few months because I couldn't believe how what she went through was overcome by her so quickly. Some stuff was just so bad that I wanted to throw my kindle away.

There was one chapter I absolutely loved because it felt real, honest and showed that the author has much more talent than the rest of the book felt like. I was so in love with how the characters were cuddling in front of the TV and when they each moved one step after the other closer to each other. There was chemistry and butterflies and it was exactly what I had been missing in the rest of the story because despite this little light in all the darkness, there wasn't much growing, development, or well thought through actions. Every change in the story happened abruptly, as did the ending.
It was a much shorter book than anticipated and you can imagine my surprise and disappointment when the story all of a sudden ended just like that.

-- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 2 of 5 stars