Thursday, May 2, 2013

"Faster We Burn" by Chelsea Cameron

Release Date: April 20, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published 

From Goodreads: "Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.
At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.

Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?"

While I think that New Adult is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I must admit that every now and again I find that it becomes... stale (stale in the sense that oftentimes the plots of the books/ the characters are near identical- broken girl who has a bad history with a male, playerish bad boy, love/ hate relationship, falling into one another's beds, girl's past coming to light, girl running away, boy chasing girl, happily ever after, and companion novel for secondary character). However, when I find myself becoming frustrated with the genre, I read one of Chelsea's books and it completely restores my faith in it- Chelsea and her characters truly march to the beat of their own drums.

Stryker and Katie are perhaps one of my most favourite NA characters ever. Why? Because they compliment one another so perfectly. Both aren't afraid to tell it like it is, each one is able to life the other out of the darkness that consumes them, both realize the importance of friends and family, and so forth. Aside from the characters, another strength of this book are the emotions- specifically the emotions resulting from a situation involving Katie. The depth and realism of these emotions are second to none- I literally had a stomachache/ heart palpitations while reading the scene as I can relate to it so well (this is only the third time ever that I have experienced a physical reaction to the emotions stemming from a book).

Additionally, like the previous book, I LOVED each and every one of the secondary characters in this installment  I love the fact that they are truly each their own person/ extremely developed- you have no cookie-cutter or "blah" secondary characters here! I have no doubt that each of them could carry their own books.

All in all, while I had thought that I loved the first book in this series, "Deeper We Fall", my feelings for that book are NOTHING compared to this- there is not denying that Chelsea is growing tremendously as an author with each book that she pens. I think that Chelsea has an amazing career ahead of her (especially in the realm of New Adult) and I, specifically, CANNOT wait to see what she has in store for these characters next!

Rating: 5/5

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