In The Hope Of Memories by Olivia Rivers

29011221In The Hope Of Memories by Olivia Rivers

I received the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

My rating: 1/5

Goodreads plot summary: Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives.

Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together:

Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD.
Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline.
Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight.
And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing.

Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will need to confront their personal demons head on.

My review: I must say that at first the book pulled me in as the writing style was nice (which surprised me). However the more I read, the more disappointed I got. Analyzing it now, I can say the novel hadn’t even a proper “start”, it felt like it began from the culmination.

The whole idea of the story was good, but you know, I just stopped reading it after 10  chapters as it got me so bored, I only read the last couple of pages just to learn how the story ended.

Moreover, the novel was overfilled with ordinary conversations and unfunny jokes, when instead of them there could have been nature and New York city descriptions.

Overall, my opinion is that the novel didn’t turn out as nice as its cover and synopsis.

 

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

7812659Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 4.5/5

My review: First of all, I must say that I didn’t plan on reading this book and haven’t read the plot summary before starting it (which I encourage you to do too), I just started it because I liked the cover and Nicholas Sparks’ writing (as I’ve read a couple of his books already). I was surprised because the book turned out to be so good.

The story follows mysterious 20- something Katie who suddenly arrives in Southport and rents a tiny cottage  at the end of  a gravel lane. She gets a waitress job in a nearby restaurant for which she’s thankful for as she had no money to even buy some food after paying for the rent. However, she keeps avoiding people and when someone tries to talk to her she gets so startled. [ You get so curious to learn what brought her to Southport.] But you can’t avoid people forever and soon she makes friends with her only neighbor Jo, who brings some light into Katie’s life with her overflowing positiveness. Then she also meets widowed Alex, owner of the nearby store and she quickly becomes friends with his children and him and her life starts getting so much better, she can’t quite believe it, when suddenly the life she left behind starts haunting her. The reader learns about her tragic story.

After you read 100 hundred pages, the book genre switches from romance to suspense. It was a good combination actually. I simply flied through the last 100 pages as the story’s got me so thrilled. And I was glad to see how the story ended, though I wish there were more details to the ending. [ I can even name what I also wanted to see in the end of this story, but if I write it, the book will be spoiled for you.]

Overall, it was a quick nice read, but at same time it touched some serious issues.  Nicholas Sparks has a talent for capturing the bond between parents and children, women and men; for capturing friendships and this summer-feeling in his novels!