Tuesday, July 3, 2012

{Review} Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols + Bookmark Giveaway!

Such a Rush

by Jennifer Echols
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: MTV Books
Pages: 320
Source: ARC from Author

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.
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I've always been a fan of Jennifer Echols' novels and while I certainly enjoyed Such a Rush, I can't say that I favor it over her previous dramatic romances. Leah becoming a teen pilot is the most unique part of the plot. I wasn't captured by the 'love-triangle', but I did feel my heart race from the sizzling chemistry between Grayson and Leah.

Telling the story from the beginning of Leah's interest in flying is really what sold the story to me.  I was getting the depth of Leah's dreams and insecurities and not just being told how she feels about her life. I was seeing the impact of her mother's neglect and their style of living on Leah. The first few chapters were all I needed to gradually make up my mind about Leah's character. The final verdict? She has a strong will and her ability to make up her mind about her future at a rebellious and tender age makes her stand out among many contemporary female leads.

I wasn't particularly happy with the main cause of tension during the story. Grayson feels that in order to keep his twin brother, Alec, from making the biggest mistake of his life, he needs to enlist Leah to date Alec. There are so many complications that arise because of his plan that one would expect for a big blowout towards the end, but when every lie and secret comes out in the open the story feels rushed and the drama anti-climatic. The fact that Leah doesn't really want to go along with the plan casts a dark cloud over the parts of the story that I would have otherwise enjoyed. The story line felt a little similar to Echols' romantic comedy, The One That I Want where the characters are in mismatched relationships, the most obvious difference being that Such a Rush is written for an older audience.

The hope of a happy ending is strong while reading Such a Rush, and all in all, Jennifer Echols doesn't let her readers down. She brings on the heat and searing glances, giving Such a Rush just a touch more maturity than previous romantic novels.

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  1. I've wanted to read this from the second I saw the cover. It's nothing really special, but I thought it looked really cool with her hair flying everywhere. And it really matches the flying theme of the book too.

    I haven't read any of her other books. Actually it's more like I don't read contemporary books generally, but this one has caught my attention.

    Great review! It's good to know that while this is YA, it is meant for a more mature crowd.

    1. Thanks Michelle! The cover really drew me too because of the flying hair. I definitely recommend her other works, especially Forget You, Love Story, and Going Too Far, since the audience is the same as Such A Rush.

  2. I'll give you that the cover is interesting with Leah's hair flying around her like that but it just doesn't jump out and say Read Me.

    Your review doesn't spur me to jump up and buy it either. Forget you, Love Story might be interesting though.

  3. Your review has made me want to read this even more. I can't wait to read this!!!!! Thanks for the review. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!


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