Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Review: Kim Karr's "The 27 Club."

Review: Kim Karr's "The 27 Club."

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You don’t know when…

You don’t get to choose if…

When it’s time to join…you’ll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn’t believe in destiny.

But I do. 

And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must. 

Review: Surj

Where do I start with Kim Karr's "The 27 Club?" The synopsis sounded so promising and with all the teasers, I guess I was expecting something a little darker, a bit edgier and so it's absolutely guts me to say, this book just didn't work for me. It just wasn't what I was expecting (and although that isn't always a bad thing), in this case even though I pushed myself to finish Nate and Zoey's story, it just didn't come good in the end. I think it's personal preferences more than anything because I know so many others loved this book. 

"The 27 Club" told the story of Zoey, a woman who was lost, adrift, alone... you could say she was a little broken after the death of her brother. Unfortunately it wasn't just that he had died because that was bad enough. It was that he'd followed generation after generation of family members who had passed away tragically at the young age of twenty seven. There was no disease, no pre determined illness that stole their lives... no... instead death came knocking unexpectedly at some point during those twelve months. Was it fate? Destiny? The stars? Who knew but cheating it was an impossibility. Having just turned twenty seven, Zoey's life was turned further on it's head because it seemed that she was next on the list to be claimed. 

Oh Zoey... I wish I could have liked her but instead she just frustrated me. Her instant attraction to Nate seemed a little out of character and when her therapist suggested she was going through a "sexual awakening," I couldn't help but roll my eyes. There were moments where she just came across like a dog in heat and I just wanted to say... calm down honey. Calm down. There's keen and then there's metaphorically humping someone's leg... Zoey appeared to be the latter. On top of that, her character seemed all over the place. From grieving for her brother to her sexual attraction to Nate, to her fear of dying,  to uncovering the mystery behind her brother's death, I struggled to keep up with all the mixed emotions this woman was throwing my way.... it was too much... way too much. 

In terms of Nate, I kinda worked out that there was something this man seemed to be hiding. I wasn't sure what but his need for control, his lack of emotion and his lack of any form of commitment piqued my interest. What was this man's secret? Well it was soon uncovered and I really wish the book had explored this side of things more, delved a little deeper but I felt it was uncovered and then almost skimmed over. 

To be honest, as much as this was (in some ways) a love story, this side of the book held no interest for me whatsoever. In fact I found myself skimming over those pages (shhh... I even skimmed over the sex scenes.... now how often does that happen)? It was almost insta love between the two main characters and it just didn't feel realistic or believable. Plus, there were certain aspects of this couples relationship that seemed... I don't know... like they were just added for the sake of entertainment and that frustrated me. 

So what did hold my attention? Well the mystery and suspense surrounding Zoey's brother is what  kept me reading right until the end because I was dying to know what he had been hiding from his sister. 

So all in all, like I said, this book just wasn't for me. I tried, I really did but unfortunately it only gets ❤️❤️❤️   from me. GUTTED. 

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