Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Faster we Burn by Chelsea M. Cameron

Faster We Burn (Fall and Rise #2)
 
Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.

At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.

Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?
(Cover & Description from GOODREADS.)
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Chelsea M. Cameron
Publication Date: April 20, 2013

Kat's Review

This is the second book in a series, but it really can be read as a stand alone if you haven't read the first.   

The book alternates between Katie and Stryker's points of view, showing how their relationship grows from a distraction from their problems, to a relationship neither saw coming.  What I like about the characters in Chelsea Cameron's books is that they are believable for their age group.  The scenes between Katie and her mom made me smile because I vividly remember having some of the same types of interactions with my own mom when we saw things differently.  The friendships also feel very real to me.  Hanging out, watching movies, sharing the appetizers at restaurants because everyone is on a tight budget, those things ring true to me when I'm reading about college students, making it all very believable. 

This is the third book I've reviewed from this author, and I find each one better than the last.  I don't know if that's because I think her writing keeps getting better, or because I grow to like the characters more and more, but I find that her books are enjoyable and easy to read.  The main character of this one, Katie, grew on me from the last book, showing a deeper, more complex personality than was able to shine through in Deeper We Fall.  She falls into a physical relationship with Stryker in an attempt to erase her feelings for her ex-boyfriend, but as they spend more time together, they find their feelings for each other moving past just the physical.  When things crash down around them, their feelings are put to the test. 

This is certainly a book about romance, but it's a modern take on the subject.  It's also a book about growing up and growing into who you choose to be, even when those choices don't please everyone.

Rating: A Good Read

There are a lot of New Adult books out there, and Chelsea Cameron's are some of the better written of the bunch.  A great way to get introduced to the genre if you're not familiar with it, or a great addition to your collection if you're already a fan. 

Related:      Review of Deeper We Fall                    Review of My Favourite Mistake



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