Series: Reflection, #1
Author: Jessica Roberts
Publisher: Self Published
Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Source: I received a copy as part of a blog tour in exchange for an honest review
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.
But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.
Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.
And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with?
* May contain some spoilers*
This is one of the most frustrating books I’ve ever read. Maybe even the most. I was this close *puts thumb on index finger* to bursting out in tears because of all the pent-up emotions. And because I was frustrated. A lot. The beginning is just toooooo slow for my taste! Right at the start you already know that she had an accident. It’s even in the blurb. But instead of knowing what exactly happens, there are 200+ pages you have to struggle through before you get to know what happened with Heather. This really worked on my nerves. I wanted to know what was going on. Not experience everything she went through in the six months or so before her accident, with full details. Okay, it helped with forming an image of Heather and her friends. And what lead to the crash. But couldn’t this be done in fewer pages? Or couldn’t we return to the here and now from time to time, so I would know how she’s faring now? Since you already know it’s just a dream….
The most frustrating part was definitely the ending. We’re finally in the here and now. Get to know what happened, why it happened. The consequences. AND THEN THE BOOK ENDED! AAAAAAAAAAAAAA! You’ve got to be serious? This is no ending at all! How could it end like this? Why did I read all of her memories if the book finishes here? It was such an anticlimax and cliffhanger at the same time. And I was left hanging! With a lot of emotions that I couldn’t give a place! Therefore my almost bursting in tears reaction 😉
I also had a hard time understanding Heather. Who she was, what her real character is like. Cause you experience everything through her memories, who are sometimes pretty otherworldly, or making no sense at all. This makes it hard to believe that everything is real. Especially when you keep in mind this is supposed to be a dream. And in the end it left me confused and with no information about Heather at all. Fortunately this was a very compelling read, so the book managed to keep me interested, even if I didn’t have a clue of what was going on. I really wanted to know how it ended! (Of course this was before I read the actual ending -.- )
I haven’t got the tiniest idea of how many hearts this book is worth. On the one hand it’s a book that occupied my mind, even after finishing it. On the other hand it was pretty boring and frustrating to read about all those memories. Therefore let’s strike the golden mean: 3 HEARTS. I’m a little scared for the next book though, I don’t know if I’ll be able to survive another roller coaster like this…
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉