Nov 22, 2014

Review -- Those Four Letter Words

17916342Those Four Letter Words
Author: Christina Channelle
Release Date: July 3rd, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 62
Format: Ebook, bought

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Eighteen-year-old Jade Reamer is a tough girl with a reputation to prove it. She loves three people and three people only: her brother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Everyone else is irrelevant.

That is … until Reed enters the picture again.

Suddenly things start to spiral out of control and things aren’t as they seem. Life is no longer simply black and white, love versus hate. Suddenly, it’s hard to figure out which of those four letter words is true.

Especially when she can’t look away from those devil eyes.

I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Which is it? I don’t even know anymore.

Well, let’s find out.

My Review:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I have to admit I didn't really like the cover for it, and it was part of the reason I was hesitant to read the book. I knew it was a rather short book, more of a novella, so I decided to go ahead and try it.

It was a great book. It read really fast since it is short and all the stuff had to be packed into the pages, but it didn't feel rushed or like things weren't meant to be there. It all flowed very nicely and I'm glad about that.

I wasn't sure how I would feel about Jade. It makes her come across as this really tough girl, and she is for the most part, but you learn that she is like that because of some traumatic times in her past. You aren't sure what through most of the story, but at the end it all comes out.

There is Connor, her boyfriend, but there was something about him that just made me not trust him. I felt like he was trying to earn redemption at the end, but I didn't feel sorry for him. He could have let it all out, but he lied to her several times.

I didn't know what to think of Reed. He is kept mysterious through most of the story, but at the end both his story and Jade's come out. You get to finally understand what happened and how things are going to be worked out.

There is also Bryn and Nina. Bryn is her brother and Nina is her best friend. You don't learn much about Nina other than they are best friends and they eat lunch together. She tries to tell Jade that she is stupid about going back to Connor but you don't really get the full affect of why until the end. Then there is Bryn her best friend/brother. They are very close even being siblings and she loves her brother very much. They drift apart a little due to him becoming an alcoholic but they find ways to stay together anyway. He stays the protective brother no matter what else is going on. I liked that about him. I also like that he wasn't the typical brother to try and kill any guy going after his little sister. He figures out what happened years ago and gives him opinion on the subject. His opinion shocked me but also made me like him even more.

Even though this book is really short, you are sucked into the pages. There is so much that gets thrown at you time after time that you just aren't able to stop reading it. Even when you think thing are going to settle down, another curve ball was put into the pages. There is also a lot of emotion. You can feel the pain and the anger throughout the story as well as the shock that happens. It is hard to capture that especially in such a short book, but Christina was able to pull it off!

Christina had a great writing style that flowed extremely well. I've read quite a few novellas that just felt rushed or choppy. Even with how short the book is, she still gave you just enough to get to know the characters without it feeling like something is missing. Of course in shorter books you don't get extreme detail in everything, but she did a wonderful job of balancing it all. Some characters you learn about quite a bit, others you get just a little but enough to still understand.

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