Review: In Deep – Terra Elan McEvoy

Review: In Deep – Terra Elan McEvoyIn Deep by Terra Elan McVoy
Published by Simon and Schuster
Published: July 8th 2014
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three-stars

Ultracompetitive Brynn from The Summer of Firsts and Lasts craves swimming victory—and gets in over her head—in this irresistible novel from Terra Elan McVoy.Swim.Push.Breathe.Swim. Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends at school. Not the gnawing grief over her fallen hero father. Not the strained relationship with her absent mother and clueless stepdad. In the turquoise water, swimming is an escape and her ticket to somewhere—anywhere—else. And nothing will get in her way of claiming victory. But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool in a wickedly seductive cat-and-mouse game between herself, her wild best friend, and a hot new college swimmer, Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I was excited about In Deep for a long time. McVoy has a way about her writing that shows she’s not afraid to go there. Every book you get from her is different and that’s what I appreciate about her and what I appreciated about In Deep. It wasn’t a favorite of mine but it was good and a quick read.

In Deep is about Brynn, a top competitive swimmer that lives her life on discipline. She has very few friends, a deceased father and a remarried mother. She has one good friend and dislikes romantic attachments. To her all she needs is swimming. But when her BFF Grier starts hanging out with the new college hot guy on the team Brynn needs even more than swimming. She needs to be the best at everything. But at what cost?

Right off the bat I will say that Brynn is not a likable character. She only thought about herself and nobody else’s feelings seemed to matter. I appreciated her discipline for getting what she wanted, but her methods were not something I could get on board with. She was one of those girls to me that could only be happy if she made everyone else miserable. Honestly I didn’t understand her need for competition with Grier. But I’m also not a huge fan of the frienemy business that was made popular by Gossip Girl. I also didn’t really get the whole Gavin thing. Besides being hot there was nothing great about him. He was kind of just there for me.

I did really like Kate. She was a great character in Brynn’s life. She gave her some balance that she needed and even made her likable. Their friendship, although rocky and not 100% solid, was one that I could work with and get behind because it was real. It wasn’t that annoying friends but not friends thing, and it wasn’t all or nothing. They fought and worked through it. Kate was shy and timid to an extent but also didn’t let people walk all over her and I appreciated that.

All in all I liked In Deep. It was a quick read with characters that definitely will make you feel things. The plot moved quick at the end, maybe even too quick, but it all made sense. McVoy stayed true to what I’m used to from her and managed to give me something new. I can’t wait to see what she has for us next.

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Blog Tour: Criminal – Terra Elan McVoy and a Giveaway{CLOSED}

Welcome to the next stop on the Terra Elan McVoy blog tour that has been hosted by Shanyn over at Chick Loves Lit. At the bottom you will see a list of other stops on the tour. Please check them out and see other people’s thoughts on this book. Along with the tour is a chance to enter a giveaway to win a signed copy of Terra Elan McVoy’s newest book Criminal. Thanks to WordPress, my blog host, I am unable to post the fancy widget for Rafflecopter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enter. Please click on this link for your chance to win. Trust me, it’s worth the click ABCers. It’s a great book. Okay, on with the review.

Blog Tour: Criminal – Terra Elan McVoy and a Giveaway{CLOSED}Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Published by Simon Pulse
Published: April 8th 2014
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four-stars

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime – a crime that ends in murder – Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about?

Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional…but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Let me start by saying I find Terra Elan McVoy a fascinating writer. I’ve read every one of her books and with every book she has surprised me. I find that she doesn’t it into a certain category like some writers do. She writes what she feels and goes with it. From Pure, to After the Kiss, to The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, to Being Friends with Boys; each one is a different story that by no way follows a certain formula, and her newest book, Criminal, fits in perfectly. It’s grittier than her other stories, with a darker tone, but still fabulous.

Criminal is the story of Nikki, a girl that lives a hard life, but thinks she has the perfect boyfriend in Dee. Dee claims he loves Nikki and even has a tattooed “N” right over his heart. Nikki would do anything for Dee and does by helping him with a crime that ends in murder. Refusing to see the truth about her boyfriend and the choices she made Nikki continuously lies to herself and the people that have been by her side. And when she ends up in jail for Dee’s crimes she must decide just how much to support the person that may have been the worst decision she has ever made.

Nikki kind of broke my heart in this book. She was such a lost little girl that was just dying to be loved and Dee made her feel that love. Her father was gone, her mother was a joke of a mother and she had no other family. Nikki was desperate for stability and it was blatantly obvious with how she clung on to Dee when all the signs where there showing just how much bad news he was. It made me really sad for her because she was such a bright, smart, tough girl, but she became a stereotype and wrecked her life over essentially a major loser. It pained me how naïve this poor girl was when it came to life and when it came to love, but the great thing about this book was watching Nikki grow. McVoy did an awesome job showing the growth of Nikki from a love stung puppet to a woman that learned what was right and wrong and that Dee was no good for her. And that is what made this book so great in my eyes.

I also found the plot to be very well thought out and even paced. Nothing happened too quickly and Nikki’s reactions to things that were revealed was right on. I believed that she didn’t think she did anything wrong and that she didn’t think she would get arrested. I loved how loyal she felt to Bird and how that played into her motivation for trying to do the right thing. Everything just worked really well together and I think that is what makes McVoy such a remarkable author and a chameleon of sorts. I  don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see where she takes us next.

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