Mini-Read Reviews: Jellybean Kisses by Amy Evans & The Island by Luke Shepard

Jellybean Kisses

Source: Amazon
Publisher: –
Series: –
Edition: eBook,42 Pages
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: 3.5/5

First love is the sweetest….

Jax and Jacey are everyone’s favorite couple, even though they’ve barely ever kissed.

In kindergarten, Jax pulled out a chair for Jacey and swept the play dough off so that she would sit down next to him and he’s been carving out ways for them to stick together ever since. Though everyone in their conservative, small beach town sees them as a couple, they’re not, exactly. Because while they both want more, they’ve agreed to wait.

Jacey works hard, respects her elders and follows every spoken and silent rule about fitting in and doing the ‘right’ thing. She doesn’t dare give the gossips more fodder from her family, so she’s kept Jax firmly in the friendzone. It takes a hurricane for her to realize timing is everything, but months later she’s still too afraid to put her heart on the line and tell him how she feels. Then plans change – hers for summer and his for college, and Jacey needs to make the most of the time she and Jax have left, or stay stuck in the land of missed beginnings forever.

Jellybean Kisses is a short and sweet story about the budding relationship Jacey and Jax. Jacey has built herself a wall to hide behind in order to escape the shadows of someone else’s poor choices but she struggles to maintain it, as she tries to balance her conservative views and the relationship she wants with Jax. I personally didn’t like Jacey too much because of her indecisiveness but I did find her struggle to be a normal teen while maintain her religious beliefs interesting. Since I struggled with something similar growing up I really understood how she felt when she had to compare what she should be in the eyes of her religion/peers and what she wants. I really liked the interaction between Jax and Jacey, and I liked Jax quite a bit since he had some much patience for Jacey. The jellybean scene was incredibly cute. Overall it was a really nice read for to fit in during a busy day.

3.5 stars

The Island

Source: Amazon
Publisher: –
Series: –
Edition: eBook, 38 Pages
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult Contemporary
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Rating: 2/5

Volume 1 of the Colony Z series!

When the Undead have taken over America, one group of survivors find safety by escaping to a remote, unsettled island.

There they work to rebuild society, while trying to survive whatever it is that is after them.

Alone and isolated, their relative peace and safety is shattered when a group of Others shows up on their island and their leaders must make life-altering choices in the blink of an eye.

This is only the beginning. This is their story.

The Island is an interesting start to a novella series called Colony Z. At first I was a bit hesitant to like this because one of the main characters has very few redeemable qualities, but the human nature in it is portrayed rather well. I had a few issues other than the blunt and hard personality of Owen, I didn’t  understand what kind of island this was because it’s very close to the mainland. They exist I know, but we are never given a clue as to where they are so I had trouble picture what kind of island it is. Is it filled with pine trees? Is an island to the north where the winters would be harder? Instead we are given a ‘the past is best left in the past’ attitude and the refusal to talk about the way things were before, which does work but it also kills some of the world building. I did like Michael because he’s not afraid of the truth and hates lies, but I felt the end was a bit too happily ever after for me. I’m curious to see how the story will progress, but so far I’m not convinced.

2 stars

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3 Responses to Mini-Read Reviews: Jellybean Kisses by Amy Evans & The Island by Luke Shepard

  1. Pamela D says:

    The lack of world building would have driven me crazy too in The Island.

  2. lab1990 says:

    Seems like The Island could have used a bit more detail! thanks for sharing.

    Lauren from http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  3. I like short contemporary reads, but they’re not always so satisfying when they’re less than a hundred pages. They can still be fun and adorable, but I rarely find any that feel really complete.

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