Until Alex, J. Nathan

 

Until Alex, J. Nathan
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I enjoy some NA novels, and I liked the sound of this one. Sadly though it didn’t live up to the promise. I found it quite slow to start, and the things that had happened and were happening to Alex and Hayden were for me a bit too OTT, too far from reality for a novel thats set in real time, without any backing information or details. The actions seemed suspended from what would/could really happen. I know there’s a necessity to keep the reader guessing at whats going on, to keep some information back, but for me this went a little too far. Then there was some of the behaviours of them both…at times it was just too YA for me. That could be just me, after all I’m long past the NA target, despite enjoying many books in this genre, so that needs to be taken into consideration, that younger readers may be able to accept things that I couldn’t. I liked the characters, they felt very real but I just struggled with how they behaved some of the time.
I was struggling, getting that awful feeling that this was going to be a 2 star review – and I hate doing that, esp to a debut author. I’d hate to put anyone off writing ( and I’m just one person, one reviewer, there’ll be lots of five star reviews i’m sure) and then – wham, right on the home stretch J Nathan threw in a real curveball, some very cleverly constructed suspense that made up for so much of the earlier somewhat bland offering…I didn’t know who was behind what happened, though after I could see how the seeds had been sown, and it wasn’t pulled over quickly but drawn out properly, ends tied up neatly, eveything adding up properly and very satisfyingly, and it added for me another 1.5 stars to the novel! that makes me happy 😉
Stars: 3.5
ARC supplied via Netgalley

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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