Saturday, 12 May 2012

Review: Young Love Murder by April Brookshire

Publisher - Self-published by author
Publication Date - 24th August 2011
Genre - Young Adult/Comtemporary Romance

Rating - 4 out of 5: I really liked it.

Reviewed by - Ally (Codename: Book Reviewer)

Book Info - First love's a killer, but so is seventeen-year-old Annabelle Blanc. The teenager was raised to be an assassin and taught to never fall in love. She lives for the job until she meets Gabriel Sanchez, the son of her latest target. 

Wealthy, spoiled and self-indulgent, Gabriel Sanchez is a teenage playboy. Setting his sights on the beautiful Annabelle, he's drawn to the mysterious new girl who's playing hard to get. Gabriel also finds himself drawn into a world of deception, violence and murder.

Off-centered for the first time in her life, Annabelle struggles to fight her doomed attraction for the handsome Gabriel.

In this gritty, mature YA novel, you'll follow Annabelle and Gabriel in an intense, funny, angry, crazy, rocky and passionate romance. As two worlds collide and they're repeatedly thrown together and pulled apart by fate, will Annabelle and Gabriel overcome betrayals, revenge and heartbreak to find a lasting love?

My Thoughts - So you guys don’t know this, but one day I'm going to be recruited by the CIA, I’m going to become a part of MI5 and be on the FBI’s most awesome list, you uh huh, that’ll be me. But shhh! I’m not supposed to tell anyone. Psst “Did you get your letter in the Mail?"

Anabelle: Hero? Maybe so. Killer? Definitely

Gabriel: “I’m still a player, but I’ll just be playing with one girl from now on"

She’s playing with her heart and He’s playing with his father’s life. When 17 year old Anna gets to play teenager for her next mission, she never knew she’d fall for a teenager. With Simon depending on her and her older brother there to tease her every move this assassin has a lot of people she WANTS to kill and so few she can.

The book follows Anna and Gabriel’s young love and you guessed it murder. Fighting and shooting betraying the one you love most and well everyone else’s drama, this book will take you on a rollercoaster.

At times psychotic others cute and fluffy and sometimes just funny, this little gem will kill you, ok Anna and eventually Gabriel will kill you. Definitely for the older crowd this steamy romance was really good. Alternating between Gabe’s and Anna’s POV we get to hear their snarky comments and Lol monologues.

Anna I found at times whiney, ok once and it was totally understandable but still! She’s meant to be a lean mean killing machine not whining over a boy (another reason I wouldn’t be a great assassin). I loved her older brother he was funny and the sneak peek at the end of the book of his next book well can I say I’m down for that.

So time for my gripes…

This book was long, not long in a boring way but long in the why are you not 2 books kind of long, there were two different plots and the story shows a series of years, where they finally mature, or get more psychotic you be the judge. Although, while I’m saying this in my head when I was reading I was shouting “Hell yes two for the price of one!” I’m actually glad it was only one book; instead of dragging it on into a story no-one likes or wants to read with giant margins and a novella they call a book (house of night series anyone?)

Gripe 2- the characters were kind of flat, not in a bad way (how can it not be in a bad way you ask?). Well it’s clear a lot of research was put into the book for the killing methods and the overall book, they weren’t flat in the conventional sense but flat in the this book is awesome “why aren’t you awesome-ER?” Kind of way!

Summary -  A good book (or two) that was funny, killer and action packed. And it was about Assassins soo … I’m a little biased (another reason I wouldn’t be a good assassin).

Other reviews of this book:
Book Filled Blog / Book Whisperer / Nightly Reading


kimba88 said...

first i gotta tell you..huge fan of the show MI5 here :)
I am glad you liked aspects of it but disappointed that the characters fell flat. I can deal with length, but i prefer my characters to be fleshed out. Great review :)

Jenny said...

This one sounds funny! The premise anyway. I'm sad to hear the characters weren't as amazing.

Ally said...

Yay me too! The book was awesome, it really was the characters were good. it was fleshed out but I just wanted moore, I may have been being a little greedy. *Blush*

It was awesome! You be the judge! :)

Marie Ifmarybooks said...

Well I was the book that I received over the past 2 weeks and i'm on holidays that's why I already read them all :).
Thanks for your comment on my blog !

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