Friday, May 17, 2013

Wanted Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Wanted blog tour! Thanks to YA Bound for organizing the tour. For a full schedule of the tour, go here. I have a review and a giveaway 3 e-copies of Wanted coming up. But, first, let me introduce the book:


Wanted
Considering she’s a girl who calculates everything, Addie Battes knew the statistical probability of being abducted in her lifetime—too bad she never analyzed the odds of falling in love with her captor.

While stopping at a crowded rest area one summer night, seventeen-year-old Addie accidentally catches a truck hijacking in progress. Desperate to rid the crime of its only witness, one of the thieves kidnaps Addie. Yet surprisingly, when a renegade thief attempts to silence her for good, Addie is saved by the very man who abducted her. Now, forced on board a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, Addie finds herself surrounded by international smugglers who want nothing more than to throw her overboard.

All except the artistic and intriguing Charlie Hays, whose strange protectiveness convinces Addie to trust him, even when common sense tells her otherwise. Yet, despite her doubt, and his unrelenting temper, their relationship develops into something much more. But, Charlie’s scorned colleague has stowed away, and as he seeks revenge against his coworker, Addie and Charlie are forced to put their new love—and lives—at risk.

My Rating: 4 Roses
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I was worried I'd end up with a weird and unrealistic Stockholm Syndrome relationship. But, I ended up with a great romance that surpassed all constraints. Wanted was a great New Adult read.

I loved the depth to the characters in this book. Not just Addie and Charlie, but the other members of Charlie's smuggling gang.

Addie came off as a bit naive at times, but since she was homeschooled and hadn't had a lot of social experience, it was understandable. She dealt with her odd situation well. I liked her strength in facing the danger she was put in. And I liked that she didn't turn up her nose at Charlie and his friends because of their profession. Her mind works very logically and that allowed her to understand that circumstances are different in the situation Charlie was raised in. I loved that she didn't let anyone run all over her, even when being kidnapped, and that, when she was determined, nothing would stop her. Overall, I liked her character.

Charlie was a complex character. Let's be honest. He's a thief and he's done some terrible things. But, he's not a bad guy. After being pushed around from foster home to foster home, he grew up in a bad area and had to join a gang for his own safety. He ended up in a smuggling business and adapted as best he could. But, essentially, he's a sweet guy. And having Addie around brought out the best in him. I really liked his character.

The romance was okay. It occasionally required some suspension of belief. Though the author did a great job of making sure that it wasn't a Stockholm Syndrome relationship, it went a little to fast to be realistic. For example, as soon as Addie found out that she wasn't going to be hurt, she immediately warmed up to Charlie and acted like they were friends. That probably wouldn't have happened so fast. But, then again, books aren't real so they don't need to mirror reality. So, it was only a minor issue with me, though I know that others might not be as gracious. As for me, other than that one issue, I liked how the romance was done. Charlie and Addie were a sweet couple and I was hoping that they would get a happy ending.

I liked that the other guys in Charlie's gang were complex character. They weren't just a bunch of thieves. They had their own motives and personalities. Like Charlie, they had redeeming qualities that made them likable and I was fond of them regardless of their many illegal activities.

The plot was very fast-paced. I was kept interested the entire way through. There were thrills of danger that kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending was great. Thought all the loose ends were tied, I still wonder if there will be a sequel, since I felt like there was a lot more to the story. But, we'll see.

Wanted was a wonderful New Adult read. I would be cautious in recommending it to people who are sticklers for realistic romance and totally anti-Stockholm Syndrome situations-you know who you are. But, if you like reading a great romance like I do, you should give this book a read.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 3 e-copies of Wanted. Open internationally. Ends May 31. 
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About the Author:
Amanda Lance
A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.


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