The Fountain by Suzy Vadori

Over the holidays, my aunt (if she’s reading this, hi Auntie Linda!) got me two books in a series, both signed by the author. I read the first one, called The Fountain by Suzy Vadori. Sadly, I was not very impressed.

The story follows a girl named Ava Marshall, who moves across the country to go to the same boarding school her parents went to: St. Augustus. Almost immediately she is bullied by a senator’s daughter named Courtney. Courtney’s antics are evil, and she hates Ava for absolutely no reason. Ava doesn’t know what to do, and she feels helpless. So, when she stumbles upon an ancient-looking fountain in the forbidden West Woods on her way to her Gran’s, she makes a wish. This wish makes Courtney disappear, and her family with her. Which means that Ava’s aunt never got into college.

Ava spends the rest of the book trying to fix her mistake, along with her new best friend, Ethan. She must compete with her English teacher, Ms. Krick, who wants to wish for endless youth, to get to the fountain. She has to unravel a mystery and dodge her boyfriend from back home, Lucas. She is caught in a fight to reverse her wish as quick as she can so that her father can live his life like normal.

Alright, onto the good stuff.

Storyline: This story is a teenaged love-story drama with a hint of fantasy and magic. Not usually my style, but I enjoyed the book nonetheless. It begins at St. Augustus, where Ava makes her wish at a magic fountain in the woods. Then, as Ava slowly figures out that Courtney had disappeared, her new best friend Ethan joins the hunt for answers. From then on, it’s just plot twist after plot twist. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but I must say that the plot twists are overkill. There are way too many. It almost seems like Vadori ran out of ideas. I get it, though. I’ve been there. I just feel like things could have been done differently. There honestly isn’t much else to say.

Storytelling: The storytelling of this book is decent. The first chapter showed a glimpse into the future, and chapter two bounced back to the beginning, which followed Ava’s first day at St. Augustus. I liked that a lot. In fact, there was a lot of jumping around the timeline, which I found intriguing (in a good way). I rarely read books like that anymore. However, even though there are flashbacks, in certain places it seems as though the author is trying to cram as much context into the book in as little time as possible. Don’t be afraid to leave things unsaid! Nevertheless, even if you decide to give a ton of context, you should explain the importance of this context, which Vadori didn’t seem to do. Due to this… stuffage of context, certain details are unclear or are hard to remember. Additionally, the context Vadori did give was not exactly what I felt was needed―she gave the wrong context at the incorrect times. A lot of the time I was thinking, Why do I need to know this? This added a lot of annoying mystery to the book. The wrong things were left unsaid, and it made me somewhat confused.

Now onto the subcategory of detail. When Suzy was writing about people or outfits or anything similar, her description was amazing. Like, 9/10 amazing. On the other hand, she didn’t really describe events in the book. Her amazing description was left in the unnecessary details. I don’t want to know what Ava looks like while she’s staring at herself in the mirror. I want to know how she feels when she’s breaking the rules by running into the West Woods. I want to know the thoughts running through her head when Courtney sabotages her. I want to know how her body moves under the water when she swims. Yes, I know she’s an amazing swimmer, but how does that look? How far behind her are her opponents? Also, how does the West Woods look when you’re in the dark and risking expulsion? Sure, a little bit of detailed description about a dress is great every once in a while, but I really don’t want or need to hear about Ava’s sand-colored hair in the second chapter.

Characters: Ava Marshall starts off as relatable. She’s anxious for her first day at school. She’s scared that she’ll get a crappy roommate, she misses her boyfriend, and she’s homesick. She ends up getting a good roommate named Jules, who I’ll get to later, and seems to forget entirely about her boyfriend after she meets a new boy named Ethan. I’ll get to that later as well. Anywho, first, I must say that Ava is an astonishingly flat character. She shows almost no feeling and seems incredibly unintelligent. She has no visible flaws. She only has basic characteristics that everyone has. Later in the story, I ended up yelling at the book because so many things are so obvious, and she just doesn’t seem to get anything. In order for me to truly relate to her, I must be able to see her thought process, and why she does what she does, and I can’t see that. Onto her relationship with Ethan. When Ava meets Ethan, it’s like she completely forgets about Lucas, her boyfriend from San Francisco. She even goes on a date with Ethan. The author only even mentions Lucas when he calls or texts Ava, and of course when he visits her for homecoming. Why is she being unloyal to her man? When Ethan kisses her in front of Lucas, how did she not see it coming? Again with the unintelligence. Overall, Ava is rather annoying. I’d enjoy the book more if she had any development whatsoever.

Now onto Ethan. He’s attractive and he plays basketball. He can easily sneak around the school after hours. He’s a major flirt. That is really all I see in him. He is also quite stupid, and vulnerable and hopeful for instantly believing Ava when she tells him about her wish. I’d at least ask a few questions before going along with the whole magic thing. The author tries to make him more likable by making him interested in books. Cute, but can you show us how, or why? I’d also love to see more feeling out of him. The only time I really see anything except sly smirks from him is when he’s drunk and trying to win Ava over. I can feel his sadness. Barely, that is, but at least it’s a start. My advice to the author is to think about emotion.

All in all, Vadori could greatly improve on her characters. What is Gran’s importance? I could ask the same thing about Coach Laurel. Is Jules only there for fashion advice? Is Lucas only there for drama? I need less plain archetypes. I need the author to really know her characters. It seems like many of them are just there to be there, to fill space.

Voice and Point of View: I would describe this piece as mostly written in an informal voice. A big part of voice is vocabulary, and the author’s vocabulary varies. As does the omniscience of the third person point of view. Sometimes, we see Ava’s thoughts. A lot of the time, however, we do not. I personally love a very omniscient third person, so my advice to the author is to add more thought and emotion into her writing. Don’t be afraid to use italics to emphasize.

Dialogue: I am the least impressed with the dialogue in this book. Not to sound harsh, but it was kind of difficult to read. Yes, it conveyed normal teen emotions, but who uses “Uuuuuuh” in writing? Why the extra letters? Generally, the dialogue was incredibly flat and short. Don’t be afraid to rant. I know that it’s hard to put yourself into the mind of another person, and that can result in flat dialogue. I say practice, and get to know your character. Put your character into a certain situation. What would they say at that moment? If one of the characters from WIP, Solaris, were, say, being charged by a rhinoceros, she would say, “Oh, for f***’s sake.” If her little brother, Lux, were in the same situation, he would say, “Crap!” And if their mentor, Echo, were there, she’d just stare down the thing and scare it with her glare. If you are a writer, get to know your characters! It will definitely help you in the long run.
Alrighty, friends. That’s enough ranting for today. I may have been a little bit harsh in my critiquing today, but in total, The Fountain was a decent read. It was nice to have a break from the heavy writing of Sarah J. Maas and read something a normal girl my age would read with no problem. I rate it a ⅗ stars. Thanks for reading, and I will see you next week!

New Years Resolutions

To start off the new year, I’ve decided to document some of the goals I have in relation to the blog, reading, writing, and photography. Having a clear, specific list of my goals will hopefully serve as motivation as 2019 goes on.

Since our blog is self-hosted, there is lots to learn. Specifically, in the department of aesthetics, I’d like to be able to navigate the theme and work with code in the back end of the site. I’d like for our blog to be customized outside of the norms of the theme, in an effort to match aesthetics with the style of our writing.

In regards to the timing in which we post, I’d like to keep a regular schedule. My hope is that we will post once a week, every weekend. Between both Livia and I, I’m sure this is going to be doable. We’ve already started formulating plans for an organization system that will ensure this goal is met, without any last minute BS posts.

Since I mentioned BS posts, allow me to elaborate. We want our content to be written to the best of our abilities, every single time. The integrity of our writing is something we will be shining a spotlight on this year. Not to say that we haven’t been up to date, but there have been a few instances where we ended up writing a post the day before and didn’t allow sufficient editing time.

For me, I’ve set a personal goal to just read. I’m trying not to set a specific number for myself for two reasons. First, I’ll never remember to log all the books I read anyways, 2018 taught me I’m a bit of a forgetful lass. Second, reading isn’t homework for me, but nstead a chosen activity I enjoy doing. The moment I attach numbers and due dates to how and when I read, it’ll start to stray from a beloved hobby to a dreaded chore. I don’t want this to happen. I want to read because I enjoy it, no ulterior motives needed. Even having said this, I do want to read more. In 2019 my goal is to cut down on useless Netflix bingeing and focus my time on something more worthy.

Speaking of spending my time on something more worthy, I’d like to put more of my time into my WIP. I WILL finish the first draft of my manuscript this year. It’s a dream, not to mention a passion of mine to write. I’m going to try to set mini, non-specific goals in hopes it helps me power through and finish the dang thing. I’ve learned from NaNoWriMo that setting word count goals brings more feelings of disappointment than happiness, at least in my case. Stay tuned to be updated as I try to find a system that works uniquely with me. Livia plans on finishing a first draft of a manuscript by July first, as mentioned in a previous post. She will most definitely let you know when her manuscript is finished as well.

I’ve been borrowing my father’s camera to take photos for the blog and bookstgram, seeing as I don’t have my own. He doesn’t use it much, so I’ve pretty much adopted it as my own. I’ve been functioning on an archaically basic knowledge of how to use the pesky thing for the past year. 2019 is the year to change that. I will either take a photography class or scour the internet to learn all the capabilities of my Nikon D2300. Editing goes along with this hand in hand. I’ve already started to learn basic editing tips and tricks, and now it’s all about applying them and learning more. Livia plans on getting a camera for herself, adding more variety to the scenery of our photos due to the fact that she now lives in the forest. She wants to take some pictures in the snow with her fellow bibliophiles. She cannot wait to contribute to the photography scene of our blog!

Let us know some of your new year resolutions! Keep us updated on how they are going; we’d love to chat about books, WIPs, or photography and as you can probably tell, we are always in need of tips and feedback! From Liv and I both, we thank you so much for taking the time to read what we have to write and we wish you a wonderful new year!

Most Anticipated Reads of 2019 Continued

Happy New Years Eve! To celebrate the last day of the year, I’m posting the second half of my most anticipated book releases for the new year! Wishing you all a joyous year and followed through resolutions!

  1. This book was found only by my relentless GoodReads surfing. I believe I found it on a list dedicated to books readers are most excited for in 2019. The Girl King by Mimi Yu sounds amazing in its uniqueness, and I promise this is the only book I found off another most anticipated releases list. I have high hopes for this book, based on the synopsis, to squander many stereotypes and writing cliques, and to truly ascend to have a distinctive perspective. This book is set to be published January 8th, 2019.
  2. Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller first caught my eye simply by its lovely cover. After that, I ventured to read the synopsis and that too made me want to read this book. I’m hoping for this book to be similar to Sky in the Deep in its captivating plot and cast of warriors. When I did more research about Levenseller, the author, I discovered she has also written another book that has been on my TBR shelf for a long time. I’m looking forward to February 26th, 2019 when it’s published.
  3. Cassandra Clare is who really got me into fantasy, albeit it was modern fantasy. I love the creativity of her stories and the incorporation of fantastical creatures. On the other hand, I must say that I am slightly overwhelmed by her continuing the same story forever. Nevertheless, I am still ecstatic for her next installment in the Shadowhunters universe—Chain of Gold, coming out on November 29th.
  4. Six of Crows made me laugh, cry, throw the book across the room; the works. That pesky duology (to one day become a trilogy) and its colorful characters stole my breath and my heart. After the emotional whirlwind Leigh Bardugo put me threw with those books, the only book hangover cure where other books by the same author. So then came the roller coaster that was the reading of the Shadow and Bone trilogy. After reading pretty much everything Leigh Bardugo had written, I was sure that this gal was one of my favorite authors. The twists that hit you like a brick wall, stark out of nowhere. Not the mention the characters I will forever wish upon a star that they could be real, instead of works of fiction. Set to be released on January 29th, 2019 is King of Scars, written by the gifted Leigh Bardugo, and taking place in the magical world that is forever my favorite place to go to escape reality.
  5. Academy of Assasins by Stacey Brutger was a very fulfilling read for me (feel free to check out my full review on the book). The next book in the series, Heart of the Assassins, was equally good in its caliber. I’m very excited to see what Brutger does with the development of the characters and their intermittent relationships. I have high hopes to see growth in her choice of words and writing style in Claimed by the Assasins, which is set to be released sometime in 2019.

2018 Recap

2018 is coming to a close. For a girl with an infinite to-do list, this ever-moving timeline can be somewhat daunting. The beckoning new year brings my time—or lack of which—sharply into perspective. To keep myself in bright spirits I’ve decided to reflect/recap some of the things Livia and I were able to accomplish this year pertaining to not only our blog, but also our writing, and our place amongst the bookstagram community. At the beginning of summer 2018, Livia and I started Book Bosomed Buddies, our first blog. We were able to post somewhat regularly for the majority of summer and all was well. School hit us harder than an anvil in a cartoon, and we needed a break. I personally just wasn’t organized enough at the time to pull off everything that had to get done, and my lofty ideas soon became a hindrance to keeping a manageable schedule. Around mid-August, I decided we were not only going to switch domain names, but also the platform in which we hosted our website. My mind was set in stone that we needed a self-hosted website, no matter that neither Livia nor I knew how to manage a self-hosted website. It’s something we’re still working to learn to this day (Livia and I are still very confused, but we are working on it). Looking back at where we started and compared to where we are now… I’m astonished and proud, yet even more ready to work even harder in 2019 to really improve not only the visual aspects of our website but also the integrity of our reviews and posts.  Yes, this transition caused us to go into a sort of hibernation, but it gave me the time to gather my wits and come up with an organized schedule for writing, posting, and picture taking. For the past month or so, Liv and I have been meeting our goal of posting every week around 80% of the time. Taking the time to reflect back on that percentage opens up roads to improve that percentage until it reaches 100%.

Onto writing. Blogging aside, both Liv and I have a passion for writing. This year for me, was a big milestone in my development as a writer. For the first time ever, I participated in NaNoWriMo. I felt confident enough to do this because I had finally stumbled upon a book idea I loved. It wasn’t like my past ideas, where I’d write nonstop for all of a week, then slowly putter out. No, this one felt right. I’d often find my mind disappearing into this fictional world I’d created, I knew my characters, could hear them conversing in my head. The plot was exhilarating to write, idea after idea flowing out, and all working together in an exciting way. This is the book I want to be published someday, this is a book I want to read so badly there is no option but to finish. While NaNoWriMo didn’t turn out as successfully as I had planned on it being, it gave me invaluable insight into my story. Writing on a schedule doesn’t really work for, as I discovered throughout November, but I have lofty goals for my manuscript for 2019. Livia is rather swamped with school, but she tries to write as much as she can while still having time for other things. However, she may need to cut down her Netflix binge-watching schedule. She has had a similar experience to mine and is currently experimenting with writing in third-person. She’s a few chapters into a new project that she is really looking forward too. Livia is also contemplating going back to her longest book that she wrote in the summer to incorporate some things she’s learned in her creative writing class (thanks Ms. Pohl!). She and I have set a goal. If she doesn’t finish a manuscript by July first, she must buy me at least one book! (completely her idea, by the way). Either way, I get a new thing to read in July! We both hope to make a ton of progress this year, and we hope our fellow authors reading this do too!

When moving onto the subject of reading, there isn’t much to go into depth on. This is unfortunately due to my poor ability to keep track of what I’ve read. At the beginning of the year, I had set a very high goal on GoodReads, but I lacked the follow through to now be able to reflect on my progress towards completing that goal. I have noted, however, that the amount of books I’ve read on a daily basis has slowly declined, the further we’ve moved into 2018. Livia feels the same, but she is hoping to get back into reading again. She just finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, and she must say: Wow. We both hope to read as much as we write, for what is a writer who can’t appreciate other writers’ work?

Also in 2018, I started a bookstagram account to serve as a platform for our blog. I’ve never been very good at the upkeep involved in social media so there were many times this year where we did not keep a regular posting schedule. Despite this, I was able to interact with other bibliophiles with the same fervor for reading and become somewhat immersed in the community feel of bookstagram. In addition, running this account pushed me towards photography (we kind of needed photos to post!) so I was really creatively pushed to come up with original photos and unique angles in which to take them. Throughout this process, my knowledge of the inner workings of photography grew. Livia hopes to get a camera so that she can join the effort. We will see!

Overall, 2018 was a fast-paced year. One where both Livia and I decided to jump head first into a whole world we knew practically nothing about. I, for one, was definitely throw for a loop, and both of us went through a huge learning curve. This blog has helped us stay close as friends and coming into 2019, I hope it helps us build more relationships with other bibliophiles around the world. We hope you have an amazing year!

Most Anticipated Reads of 2019

Hello bookish darlings and welcome! This week’s post is a bit special in celebration of the New Year! This is part one of two posts, highlighting some of my most anticipated book releases of the new year! Stay tuned tomorrow for the second half of this mini countdown of sorts for 2019!

  1. My most anticipated read for 2019, one that stands above all the rest, is a book currently being written by my all-time favorite author: Sarah J Maas. I’ve simply adored every other book she’s had published, so I’m very excited to get my hands on anything she writes. Including her newest work in progress,  Crescent City. Its set to be released in 2019.
  2. This year I bowed to the whims of my heart and opened the book Cruel Prince by Holly  Black. It was positively amazing, but I should’ve listened to my brain, who had warned me not to start it until the rest of the series was published. Predictably, its ending left me needing the next book, The Wicked King. It’s set to be released by January 8th, 2019.
  3. My love for the Witchlands series stemmed from chance. I had originally traveled to a book signing to meet Alexandra Bracken, I didn’t know there were to be other authors there. But boy am I glad there was. Susan Dennard, one of the coolest chicks I’ve ever met, was also at this signing. Her charm convinced me to give her first two books a try and, well, I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting ever since for Bloodwitch, set to come out on February 12th, 2019.
  4. Years ago, the voice behind the Unwind series captured my curiosity and my heart. I eased through the entire series and a few months ago I found Scythe on my local bookstore’s selves. Upon seeing the author, Neal Shusterman, I knew I had to read it. As soon as I was done with Scythe, I moved on to Thunderhead, and the ending nearly killed me. Ever since I have been eagerly awaiting The Toll, the third and final installment in the series. It’s being released sometime in 2019.   
  5. For me, this series is like wine. It gets better with time. The first time I read the Shatter Me series, it was somewhat slow going, and just a semi-okay read. Maybe a year down the line, something prompted me to re-read the whole series and… WOW. It was significantly better for me the second time around, and I’m not sure why. It may just have had something to do with the genres I was into at both points into time, or maybe not. I guess we’ll never know. Anywho, after finishing Ignite Me, I was disappointed to hear that Tahereh Mafi was going to end the series like that. So when I found out she actually had plans to continue the series, I was pleasantly surprised and infinitely excited. All within good reason, because Restore Me shattered me (hehe). Since then, I’ve been awaiting Defy Me, in hopes it will bring my frenzied emotions to rest. I’m afraid that quite the opposite will end up happening though. The next installment, Restore Me, is set to release in April of 2019.

Throne of Glass

Hey guys! I thought I’d make my magical reappearance today, which just happens to be the day after my birthday! I’m sorry for the absence, I’ve just been settling into a new town, a new school, and a new home. I hope you all are well!

Recently I read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas for the first time. I know, I know. You may be thinking: “How have you not read that yet?” Well, the answer is simple: I don’t know. Months ago, Ky and I were in a bookstore in Phoenix and she made me buy this book. It took me forever to get to it. I was going down my list of unread books and, since that was beginning another series, I waited a while. Then, since my creative writing teacher makes us read a book every month and my friends kept screaming at me, I finally started the book about a month ago. Sadly, due to my busy schedule and my recent reading slump, I only finished it the day before my book review was due. Honestly, I wish I had more time to enjoy it.

As most Sarah J. Maas books are, Throne of Glass was absolutely amazing. It follows a girl named Calaena Sardothien, a trained assassin who has spent the last year in a prison camp called Endovier. One day, the Crown Prince, Dorian, sends for her to compete to be the King’s Champion. She accepts the offer and heads to the palace to go up against other famous criminals, all looking for freedom after serving the King for four years. However, shortly after she arrives, her competitors slowly begin to die off, being found half-eaten by a mysterious animal. Now she must not only compete to become Champion, but also avoid being killed by this odd creature she knows nothing about.

Now, let’s get started.

Storyline: I love this book because of how creative it is. It is obvious that Sarah likes faeries, which is something I’ve dabbled in writing myself. She is way better at it than I am, by the way. Anyway. The whole point of being an assassin seemed kind of mainstream to me, but adding in the whole King-of-assassins thing was a very good move. The small peeks into Calaena’s backstory showed enough to explain some things, but were still reserved enough to maintain a sense of mystery. I’m excited to learn more about my favorite assassin’s past.

Characters: These characters are easy to fall in love with, but they still have many flaws.. Let’s start with Dorian. His snarky attitude and scandalous reputation are pretty basic, I’ll be honest. But Maas definitely made it work. The young prince of Adalarn is charming, feisty, and flirtatious, all qualities you’d think would lead to his character falling under the basic bad-boy archetype; but fear not, there is more depth to our beloved Dorian. I think that watching him fall in love made me look past his stereotypical rebellious outside and into his sweet and kind-hearted inside. But I must say, when he gives Celaena a puppy, that is very cliche and annoying.

Now, onto Chaol. The Captain of the Guard is seemingly rock-hard and emotionless at first glance. Yet when you get to know him better, he is really just a softie who gives pretty girls rings in the middle of the night while trying not to blush. He’s embarrassingly adorable. He’s protective and smart and encouraging, all things I look for in a partner of my own. But he’s missing one critical detail: a sense of humor. I hear that he gets better later in the series, but in this book, he doesn’t even laugh. It’s almost like he’s inhuman. I don’t know why, but I just find his lack of happiness and closed-mindedness unrealistic.

Alright, now it’s time for our lead lady: Celaena. She’s hot, she’s closed off, she’s badass. Yeah. The stereotypical female protagonist. She’s got the tragic backstory. She’s got the strict yet caring mentor. She’s got the near-death experiences. Okay, what else? Well, I’ll tell you what else: she is basically inhuman. How in the world does anyone go from a year in a legit death camp to happily bouncing around, adorned in frivolous gowns, not a mental scar to show? What the heck? Are you emotionless? Have you blocked out every memory of getting whipped? I’m pretty sure I’d be traumatized for at least a month after that. It might just be me, but that transition was unnatural. That was nagging at me the whole time I read the book. Frankly, her motivations were kind of annoying. Would you not want revenge against the person who put you through all of this pain? I would, but Celaena’s motivation is to work for him. Yes, I understand the freedom-after-four-years thing, but still: to work for your enemy. To kill his enemies, who may be on her side. The King is a cruel man, and I wouldn’t want anything to do with him, even if I did get free after a few years. Celaena is hard to relate to, but I’m sure her decisions will make sense in the end.

Storytelling: Sarah J. Maas has a way with words. I admire her thorough descriptions; it’s almost like I’m witnessing everything the characters are. Her imagery is incredible. When she explained the palace, I was in love. I was somewhat thrown off by the gaps in the time frame, like between tests, but it really wasn’t a big deal. I would’ve enjoyed more suspense and foreshadowing, but all in all, she had a lot of literary elements that I love.

Voice and Point of View: Sarah J. Maas uses what I describe as a formal voice. She is not conversing with her readers, nor does she use a more casual language. That is my favorite voice to both read and write, and it really worked well with this story. Also, her way of writing in the third person is astonishing. I’m writing my first third-person story currently, and I will definitely be taking a few tips from her. I adore how even though we aren’t seeing the story from the characters’ eyes, we can still understand them and know what they are thinking. Her style changes with each character, and to do that is impressive.
Alright, my friends. I suppose that’s all I have to say, for now. In total, this book is a great read and I can’t wait to get the rest of the series. I give Throne of Glass four out of five stars. Have a great day!

A Cactus in The Valley Book Review

This past week I read, and enjoyed, A Cactus in The Valley, written by the wonderfully talented Olivia Bennett. Here’s a wee summary:

Teenagers Terra and Wyatt are the only two survivors of a four-person plane crash. Stranded in the desert with little to no resources, they make their trek towards hopeful salvation. This story is artfully told through duo points of view and plot-deepening flashbacks peppered within from both Terra and Wyatt.

The integrity of this book is applaudable. Olivia Bennet’s writing is poetry, and the amount of figurative language she uses is astounding. Now, books like this may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed having to look back and actually think about what the author was trying to convey with her beautiful and twisting words. The compelling flashbacks and intertwined points of view made for two very different outlooks on the whole plot of the book. Olivia does a splendid job of building and developing her characters, with past experiences and memories that shape who they were throughout their trek.

Although I loved the book, I would’ve enjoyed seeing more chemistry between Terra and Wyatt. I felt like a lot of their relationship was up in the air. It would’ve been nice to have them talk more throughout the desert, only so that, as a reader, I could be given a better opportunity to learn how Terra and Wyatt fit together. I say this realizing that the amount of dialogue they did or didn’t have was strongly influenced by the character’s personalities. Speaking of personalities, these stick out in the book for their originality, free of the stench of stereotypes already worn through in most books in the YA genre.

The ending was short but sweet. It is only because the book was so enrapturing that I would’ve appreciated more at the end. I’m kind of curious to know how Terra and Wyatt’s families dealt with the accident. I felt like there was a lot of feelings that were just swept under the rug and not approached. For example, do Terra and her mother resume their old relationship? Or are there miles of guilt and unsaid words still between them? It would’ve been nice to have a few nagging questions answered about the search, too. Did authorities end up finding the crash site? If they had stayed at the airplane, would help have come? I realize this book centers around Wyatt and Terra, but getting to experience the outside world and how they fit into it after they had been rescued would’ve been a nice bonus.

I highly recommend this book and the fact that it’s written by an independent author makes it all the more incredible for how good it turned out. I’d give it 3.5 stars.