Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Season of Eden by J.M. Warwick Review

From Goodreads: He's my teacher. I shouldn't be alone with him. But I can't help that he's irresistible. 

I let the door silently close at my back. He stared at me, and a taut quiet stretched between us.

"I like hearing you play," I said, moving toward him.

He turned, in sync with my slow approach. He looked up at me but didn't say anything. I rested my clammy hand on the cold, slick body of the baby grand. "May I?"

The muscles in his throat shifted, then he swallowed. "Eden."

My knees weakened, like a soft tickling kiss had just been blown against the backs of them. "Is it okay?" I asked.

His gaze held mine like two hands joined. He understood what I was really asking.

"Let me stay," I said. "Please."

"You're going to get me in trouble," he said.

Rating: 2.5/5

Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3/5

Ending: 3/5

I read this book a while ago so I apologize if it's not too detailed but I do have a great memory. I had high hopes for this book: I got it free from the author (who is a very sweet person btw) and was so excited to read it because I have read books about student-teacher relationships and I admit, I do like books that go into touchy subjects, but it was more...I guess clean than I was hoping for.

But I got past that and tried to clear my head and focus on the story. Problem was, the writing was not up to par. If I was reading this maybe 5 years ago, I wouldn't have noticed but I guess I'm used to more interesting writing. It passed to tell the story but held no interest. After the almost lyrical writing of Maggie Stiefvater and Ellen Hopkins prose, I think I've been spoiled. I probably wouldn't have even noticed as much if the story was more interesting. I felt like I was more in Eden's head and listening to her thoughts than actually being with her while she lives her life. Eden is going through some tough times and I feel like they weren't explored enough: Eden was written so cliché and her emotions were warranted but she was either to emotional and quick to recover or not emotional at all and her actions made no sense. She could have been more believable if her past was explored more and the writing was better.

Now, the relationship with her teacher. I felt their connection within the writing but then when I had a moment away from them, I would wonder what they really had in common. It seemed like she was just looking through him the whole time because she needed something to hold on to. She wanted something different. Which is okay, but she never comes to realize it. And if their connection was real, I would have liked more content of their relationship. After all, you can't give your characters such strong feelings for each other and not show more about how they developed.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you're bored and have nothing else around. It;s not terrible but I don't think it;s worth the time.

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