Publisher: Bandit Publishing (November 28, 2012)
Reviewed by: Ellen
Plot: Picking up exactly where the first book left off, Keatyn is still at her posh boarding school far away from her family and friends in order to protect them, and herself, from creepy stalker Vincent. At school Keatyn’s days are filled with hot guys, fashion choices that make me beyond jealous, furnishing the fabulous loft she’s purchased and, oh did I mention the hot guys? I believe there’s a little school work thrown in there too but honestly, who can remember when there’s Dawson and Aiden and Riley (oh my!) to focus on?
Review: While I enjoyed Stalk Me, I have to admit I’m a bit torn on this one. First off – I’m not going to lie, I’m totally biased and have a favorite guy I want Keatyn to get with and yet (no matter how much I yell at my Kindle) she’s not listening to me!! That being said, I did like that she seemed to, for the most part, settle down with one guy instead of flitting from hottie to hottie like in the first book.
Also, I am constantly amazed by Keatyn’s ability to not have daily breakdowns from being so far away from her friends and family. I remember when I was in high school there was a girl a year ahead of me who called her parents from college after the first week saying she couldn’t do it, couldn’t be away from them. And she had years to prepare to move away! Keatyn had what, like 2 days until she was forced to leave behind EVERYTHING she knew and live a largely made-up life. I’d be an e’ffing mess and I’m…um…29.
However I do have one big gripe and that’s the fact that there’s very little action throughout the book. There’s a lot of talking about guys, some expensive purchases, and one very brief from-a-distance interaction with creepy Vincent. But other than that? Nada! I expected that Vincent would catch up with her and she’d have to go on the run again but that never happened and I was almost disappointed. And yes, I realize how messed up that sounds.
In the end I’m going to give this one an 8 out of 10. Just because I expected more action and less talking.
Based on the following criteria:
How much did I like the heroine: 8. I’ve already mentioned how much I admire Keatyn for getting through her situation but there’s also a lot that bugs about her, all of it the stuff that is so accurately teenage girl. My biggest peeve is her insta-love with like 4 different guys and constant back and forth between them. However, I really think her opinions on love, sex and affection are a sign she’s just an insecure young girl who wants to be loved. So while I don’t agree with how she’s going about things I think we can all empathize with why.
How much did I like the love interest: 8. Well, she doesn’t get with my favorite guy who I think is AWESOMESAUCE but his gentlemanly behavior is misconstrued as not actually liking Keatyn. And then she gets with this other dude who seemed like a complete jerk but then pulled a total 180 and actually turns out to be a nice guy! A
nice guy with the most amazing lunchroom surprise ever, btw. So while I know what’s best for her (as I do with everyone’s love life) if she’s not going to listen to me at least the dude she’s with turned out to be pretty great.
How believable is the plot: 9. I’m not sure about the whole “17 year old girl with bazillions of dollars buying a fabulous Manhattan loft” but all the relationship stuff is SO realistic. Trust me – you might have heard I spend a lot of time in high schools and teenage girls are insanely fickle. Not that I would know, I was totally different when I was a teenager. And I’m sure that’s the truth and not my alcohol-soaked brain’s revisionist history.
How much did I like the writing style/editing/etc: 10. I always enjoy Jillian’s writing and her editing is, as always, amazing.
How much did I want to keep reading: 8. Just enough to find out what was coming next but not so much that I couldn’t stand to walk away.
Glasses of wine I drank while reading: 3. We all know by now that just reading about booze makes me want to join in. And the book was pretty long! I got thirsty. 🙂
Final Score: 8/10. I can’t wait to see what happens next! I’m hoping some more stalker interaction. I say Keatyn takes some self-defense classes and kicks the crap out of Vincent. Anyone agree??
****Disclaimer: I got this book for free from the author. I swear I didn’t bribe her in any way, or get paid for my review. And we might not be legit enough to need this disclaimer but after working at a law firm for many years it’s better safe than sorry!****