Torn (Torn Series #1) by Ashley S. Morgan. Reviewed from e-copy provided by author.
Isidora Rivers feels everything deeply, which helps her acting, but not her life so much. Recklessly riding her bike down the hill to school, she is nearly hit by a car driven by a hot new guy, Tristan Rhodes. Worse, she's immediately drawn to this broody newcomer who seems to know too much about her. Plus, he pulls her in one moment and pushes her away the next. What's a girl to do?
With character names like Tristan and Isadora (so close to Isolde), this novel is obviously playing on the star-crossed, ill-fated love theme. Tristan's odd familiarity and then the endless flashbacks make the reading sort of self-fulfilling, although there is a twist at the end. This may be enough to keep some readers going. For me the characters were somewhat flat and Morgan relies on telling rather than showing to demonstrate their traits. Izzy's best friend Sarah seems to exist mainly to relay information about Izzy. Overall, not a bad read, but not overwhelmingly good either. Fine for ages 13 & up. Sexual situations, drugs, alcohol, language.
I read a lot, especially kid and young adult lit. This blog will review what I've been reading. I get most of my reading material from the library, plus I buy books at school book fairs and the usual stores. I look for freebies on Amazon for my Kindle, and I'm happy to review any ARCs or e-galleys I can get my hands on.