Review: Torn (Torn #1) by K.A. Robinson

Book Title: Torn (Torn #1)
Author: K.A. Robinson
Published Date: May 7th, 2013
Publisher: Atria Publishing
Genre: NA/Romance
Series: Book 1 in Torn series
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Link: Amazon
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
 Chloe hasn’t had the best life. With a mother who is gone more often than not, she has had to raise herself. After graduating high school, she leaves to start a new life away at West Virginia University with her best friends Amber and Logan, determined to leave her demons in the past. 

On her first day, she meets a stranger who takes her breath away at first sight. Until she met Drake, no one had ever sparked her interest. Now this tattooed and pierced bad boy is all she can think about, no matter how hard she fights it.

Falling for Drake was never part of her plans, but when it happens, things seem to do anything but fall into place.

Dealing with a tragic past, Drake has never cared about anyone else but himself and his band. But when Chloe takes the empty seat next to him in class, things start to change. Instantly drawn to her, he begins to wonder if one girl can take a cold hearted womanizer and change every part of him?

Long hidden feelings are revealed and friendships tested to the brink. 

Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I just… I am not even sure why this book has gotten so many high ratings. I just don’t get it. I tried really hard to understand why this book was so highly rated. Drake did nothing for me and actually I lost a LOT of respect for him throughout the book. What kind of guy hooks up with a woman who’s spoken for? This of course leads into my extremely negative feelings about Chloe. I was really hoping to like her and I did until she got in over her head and played with both guys’ hearts.

It’s extremely disrespectful to essentially help someone cheat on their boyfriend. I am never going to think that was okay.Because it wasn’t. Drake struck me as pushy and abrasive and arrogant.Definitely not my type of guy. But the aggravating part is that Chloe lapped it up. That was unbelievably frustrating.Logan was a total sweetheart and actually he really reminded me of my ex.All my ex wanted for me, was for me to be happy. Yes, Logan got a teeny bit controlling at times and that was definitely not okay. I would have nipped it in the bud immediately.

Chloe seemed very emotionally immature,especially in the ways that she handled Drake and Logan. She never once thought about how they were feeling. Nope it was all about her, her, her. I actually liked the bits with her mom even if I couldn’t relate. It made Chloe a little more likable for me. I also liked her friendships with Amber, Rachel and Jade and I don’t think enough attention was paid to them.

Overall, I really didn’t like this book. Chloe was selfish and emotionally immature, Drake had no morals and Logan was having to play second best even if he didn’t realize it.I really was very disappointed by this book and that’s why I have to give it two stars.

Review: Six Months Later by Natalie Richards

Book Title: Six Months Later
Author: Natalie Richards
Published Date: October 1st, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Book Link: Goodreads
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Synopsis from Goodreads: 
She Has Everything She Ever Wanted. But Not Her Memory…
When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can’t remember the last six months of her life.
Before, she’d been a mediocre student. Now, she’s on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he’s her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won’t speak to her.
What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows…
Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
I was coming off a lousy book so I was hoping that I would like this book. I needed a good book and that was exactly what I got. I started this book and finished it under 24 hours. It was a really amazing book. It was a great page turner that wove many themes into it. Friendship,forgiveness,trust,good vs. evil and above all, the idea of doing the right thing even if you may lose the admiration that you were granted. 
I adored Chloe and I felt sympathy for her as she was so confused and scared in the beginning. She didn’t know what had happened to her. Her best friend wasn’t even speaking to her and she was suddenly a brainiac when just six months ago,she was an average student. Six months ago she never talked to Adam or Blake and now Blake was her boyfriend?
Adam was adorable. He clearly cared about Chloe.I loved that he was willing to help her figure this out. Initially I thought that he wouldn’t believe her when she confessed all that she knew, which truthfully was not much. Blake was a creep and I swear I got the heebie jeebies from him every single moment he was in the book.
I was unbelievably annoyed with Chloe’s mom. Clearly Chloe was freaking out but she didn’t feel like she could tell her parents anything. In six months she had turned into every parents’ dream child. And yet her mom didn’t seem to be curious about the abrupt change in her daughter.
I loved Maggie, I had a feeling that she was one of the good ones. I loved seeing the friendship between Chloe and Maggie be revived. Especially considering how long they had been friends before that day in May.
I am giving this book 5 stars. I loved it so much. The themes that were woven into this book, the character development and the plot were all great parts of the book. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone and everyone.