Monday, April 27, 2015

Book #Review: Blackout by Chris Myers .@CMyersFiction .@Julie_AToMR | Bewitching Bibliophile

Book Title: Blackout (Lost Girls book 1)
Author:  Chris Myers |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Books on the Edge
Genre: NewAdult Romance
Series/Stand Alone: Book 1
Format: ebook, paperback
Cost: $0.99, $12.99
Pages: 273
How I got it:  Blog Tour Company
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: April 27, 2015
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Some memories should be buried… The blackouts started happening when I was eight. There are long periods of my youth I don’t remember. I’ve woken up in strange places, feeling disoriented and unaware of how long I’ve been out. After two years abroad attending a private school and sessions with a top-notch psychiatrist, I’ve been deemed cured. The blackouts have ceased, or so I thought, until I wake up in a ditch back home in North Carolina. Dare, the guy pulling my broken body from the wreckage, has a restraining order against him. He’s no longer the clean-cut boy I went frog gigging with but road-hardened. His lean, muscular arms, riddled with tats, drag me out of the SUV. I should fear him, but instead, his touch sparks memories that tell me I once worshipped him with all my heart.
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This is a first time read from this author and I'm now adding her other works to the books to be read list.  This book was extremely engaging, as I didn't know what to expect, as the story unfolded for Teal it also unfolded for us so we learned what she did and it was very harrowing at times and really good all around.  As I said the story is engaging, it pulls you into the mystery, you want to know what happened and why she keeps blacking out, because as she said this problem makes her extremely vulnerable.  As evidenced by her high school experience.  The story is told from the point of view of Teal and you get her emotions, confusion, fear, desperation and her sense of determination to discover her past and become a fully "normal" young woman, as she says she no longer wants to be different.

The story takes it's time to build and unravel especially because it's told from Teal's point of view.  She's a eighteen year old girl trying to figure out her place in the world where people know her family's past and know her past but she's at a loss due to the memory loss stemming from that day so many years ago.  She wants a future and it doesn't include being sick and being prone to the blackouts that have plagued her since she was eight.  I loved the search for self and for her past and of course her complete loss when attempting to fall in love.  This all felt realistic considering she'd been so sheltered and separate from others her whole life.

Chris managed to make the swamp and the Outer Banks feel so real while reading, I visited a few summers ago and this just made me feel like I was right back there.  The world was described in a way to pull you in and make the swamp a character in the story just like the humans as well.

As the story unfolds you only learn what Teal knows because as a young woman who's life has been dominated by this mystery she's really focused on it.  Teal isn't good at focusing on her outer appearance other than to say she looks like her mother so this gives you the opportunity to build her appearance in your head however you want other than knowing she's a red head and pale, she's pretty much a blank slate.  The other characters are built the same way giving you the chance to make them appear however you want beyond the basic details that make them unique.  I loved her best friend Kami who was a well written and rounded character, I wish we had gotten more form her because she was very good at making Teal feel "normal" and accepted her and her issues. I was pissed with Kami when Officer Tate pulled his b.s move and I totally get it, it happens quite often, way more than people think.

Eventually the plot thickens to the point where you are so absorbed you're just reading to find out what happened.  I loved her cluelessness when it comes to love and even though she wants to change it doesn't happen immediately it takes sometime for her to become comfortable with Dare, and her other suitor.  I loved that she had to choose, the one that is easy or the one that comes with complications and a few strings to the past?  I liked her and Dare together, and especially as friends.

The only problems I had with the book took place because Dare had been with someone else less than a week before and y'all aren't being safe.  The discussion didn't take place until after sex had taken place.  My second problem with the book and really the part that pushed me to drop it to 4 stars instead of 5, is the immaturity shown in discussing their sexual body parts.  Throughout the book hoops are jumped, lengths taken all in the desperation not to use the word vagina or penis.   These are the clinical terms y'all, not "squeezebox" really WTF is a squeezebox??  Considering you're dealing with some adult content and then you do this??  His 'spear of her indulgence" for real?? Yeah no.

77.0%"I'm hollering, Chris has used every euphemism she can just so she doesn't say cock. I'm dying is too funny. Every thing else is clinically correct but those two parts? ? Nope. It's a "moule" and "the spear of my indulgence". Bwahaha. Still love it though"
92.0%"Why am I reminded of Reba's  "song lights in Georgia" ? "

I loved the ending, however I'm not sure she made a good decision there, I loved that she was willing to be a shield for someone vulnerable and that she was willing to take the risk and be apart of Dare's world.

It's a wonderful story, engaging suspenseful, and extremely sensual (despite the euphemisms)   and I finished it really quickly because I just needed to know what happened 10 years ago.
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