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Friday, March 15, 2013

Flashback Friday / Book Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

By: Jennifer Echols
Published by: MTV Books (Simon & Schuster)
Released on: July 10th, 2012
Source: Bought
3.5 Stars: It's A Good Read
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re 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.

What happens when you take a hot, crazy summer, combined with flying, two brothers, a best friend, and some hot character chemistry? You get Such A Rush. A story that focus on seventeen, soon to be eighteen year old Leah. A girl who's had to grow up quickly, and even though she doesn't come from a loving, supportive family, nor does she have all the finest things in life, this girl has incredible ambition, and when she sets her sites on becoming a pilot, her ticket to a better way of life, nothing will stop her from achieving her dream. 

One of the things I liked about Leah, is how realistic she felt. It was hard not to have respect and admiration for this girl and all she goes through to achieve her dream, and get out of her situation, when it would have been so easy to just fall victim to her circumstance. Leah is a strong character who takes the crappy hand she's been dwelt with in life and makes the most of it. Her entire life has been spent living in trailer parks, mostly near airports. I should say run down trailer parks, since her dead beat Mom doesn't do much to assist with their way of living. 

Despite Leah's age, she's the one who for the most part takes care of everything. I really admire Leah for the way she handles things, well for the most part. When it came to the guys I wanted to smack her a few times, but over all this girl makes the most out of a situation that might seem hard to get out. Her responsibility comes in the form of working at the local airport, and saving up enough money to earn flying lessons, something she's wanted to, and thank you to Mr. Hall and his deal, she's able to.

I liked the role flying played in this story. I don't recall reading a YA book where being a pilot was a part of the story, and I was totally fascinated with this one. It's dangerous, intriguing, and for Leah, it's a total Rush! That Rush isn't just with flying. Leah's life has been all about finding that Rush. The rush from flying, the rush that comes from getting some control of her life, and of course the Rush that comes in the form of one of Mr Hall's sons, Grayson. Leah lives for the Rush. 

Let's talk about the guys! Wow. Jennifer Echols not only knows how to write characters who feel real, she knows how to create tension, as well as some hot and feisty character chemistry. Leah and Grayson have this undeniable attraction, but holy smokes, these two have a lot of tension between them as well. I couldn't believe two things Grayson does to Leah, and that Leah, while she fights it a bit, she doesn't just walk away from him, and all of it. Having said that, Leah is a stubborn girl, and she wasn't going to let Grayson take anything from her. The reader side of me enjoyed reading about what transpires between these two characters, but the mom side was a bit bothered by it. 

What bothered me is the way Leah allows Grayson to treat her at first. Yes, I get that these two have liked each other for a few years, but neither of them acts on it, but I still don't like a character who doesn't demand to be treated with respect. At the same time, giving Leah's circumstances I got why she went with certain things. Another thing I like about Jennifer Echol's writing is how well she writes, develops and plays into stereotypes with her storyline. She did an amazing job with this one. This was a good read, and I did enjoy reading about what transpires between Leah and Grayson. There is some language, some sensual scenes and a tastefully written sex scene in this book. 

Clockwork Princess Discussions, Predictions & Spoiler Talk

Looking for a place to talk about your Clockwork Princess predictions? We've got two places for you to discuss these with other fans. The Clockwork Princess forum has a thread here and the Clockwork Prince Read Along wrapped up today with a discussion of our predictions here

Also, I've created a SPOILER Clockwork Princess forum (this link will not take you to the spoiler form, it's too the main CP2 form). You can access it through the Clockwork Princess forum only! You will NOT see any spoilers from the main forum, unless you click on the Clockwork Princess After You Read Forum, here. *don't click is last link if you don't want to read spoilers*

The Clockwork Prince Read Along Day #24: The Last Day, Your Clockwork Princess Predictions

4 more days till Clockwork Princess is out!

Welcome to Day 24 of the Clockwork Prince Read Along. You can follow the entire read-a-long and find each of the day's posts here. Remember there's no right or wrong way to participate. Your comments can be as long or a short as you'd like them to be. You can answer 1 or each of the questions asked, it's totally up to you, BUT, in order to be entered into the CP giveaway (which you also had to sign up to win), you do need to be actively participating in the read-a-long. 

I can not believe this is the last day of the Clockwork Prince Read Along! The past 24 days have flown by. THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in the read along. Even though life has gotten crazy for me the past two weeks with my daughter's surgery and everything else, and I've not been able to comment each day as I had planned, I have really enjoyed reading each of your responses. You guys have made the wait for Clockwork Princess so much more bearable. 

Today's discussion is about: Your Clockwork Princess Predictions

Here's a quick CP recap: Clockwork Prince ends with Charlotte & Henry announcing they're having a baby, they're still running the Institute, Jem &  Tessa are engaged, Will's professed his love to Tessa, Tessa has some feelings for Will (that much is obvious), Sophie and Gideon have a secret thing going on, Cecily shows up at the institute, and all that's going on with Mortmain has become that much more twisted. I wonder what's going to happen to Jessamine. 
  • I LOVE this series and do not want it to end. I think I'm more devastated over saying good bye to this series, than actually finding out what happens in this book. How are you preparing to say goodbye? I'm thinking if I refuse to read the last page of the book than it won't really be over haha
  •  QUESTION: What do you think is going to happen in Clockwork Princess? *there's no right or wrong way to answer. You can predict what will happen over all, or with one or two characters.
  •  My predictions: I have a lot of predictions for what I think will happen in Clockwork Princess, but I'd like to think that Tessa and Sherlock Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr) run off together, leaving Magnus with both Will and Jem at the alter. Sophie and Gideon secretly get married, and Charlotte and Henry have their little boy...... Okay maybe not all of that is my prediction. I'll post my predictions in the comments below shortly. 
* You can also talk about your Clockwork Princess predictions here on the Clockwork Princess Forum. There's also a place to talk about spoilers after you're read the book.

The Clockwork Princess WINNER will be announced tomorrow. I'll be picking up a copy of Clockwork Princess to get signed at this next Saturday's Clockwork Princess tour signing I'll be attending in CA.