Flash Reviews (18)

Title: Tilt

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Source: ARC received from a friend

Summary (From Goodreads):

Love—good and bad—forces three teens’ worlds to tilt in a riveting novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt….

Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?

Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister’s impending death. Can he accept Alex’s love, knowing that his life, too, will be shortened?

Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.

Love, in all its forms, has crucial consequences in this standalone novel.

Flash Review: I have to be honest and say that I’m really disappointed in Tilt, which really upsets me because I’ve enjoyed all of Ellen Hopkins’ books.  I was hoping for something new, but Tilt feels like a replay of most of Hopkins’ other books.  Many of the same problems (drugs, sex, sexuality, etc) are focuses again, which I enjoy reading about, but they feel like the same stories in Tilt only with different characters.  The format is difficult to read as well.  At the end of each character’s point of view, a secondary character has a part.  This became confusing because I was already having a hard time keeping track of the main characters.  More than in any of Hopkins’ other books, it was difficult hearing the individual voices of these characters.  I knew them better by their conflict than their actual character.  I hope she’ll go back to writing about one character because her books featuring one voice, one main character have been the strongest.

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Source: Purchased

Summary (From Goodreads):

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Flash Review: It’s hard to review a Mara Dyer book because there’s so much to say and so much to wonder at the same time.  I had a number of questions when I finished The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, many of which were answered (thank goodness!), but now I have even more questions after finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer.  As I was nearing the end I was starting to wonder if some kind of Fight Club situation was playing out, if that tells you anything about how trippy this story becomes.  I do wish the steaminess from book one was just as strong in book two, but I’ll take any amount of Noah steaminess Michelle Hodkin decides to dish out.  This review isn’t saying much because I really can’t say anything without giving away plot points, so just be prepared for more suspense, mystery, and questions when you start reading book two 🙂

As always, thank you for the Flash Reviews idea, GreenBeanTeenQueen!


  1. Do you ever get tired of all the books being parts of series, or somehow dependent on other books in order to be fully understood? This “trend” is starting to feel like an annoying marketing ploy. Of course, this complaint does not apply to the series I love … ; )

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      I completely agree, Gary. There are some series I love, but there are more that I have abandoned. It’s tough though b/c even though I’m not reading some of them anymore, my students are. It’s expensive trying to keep up with each series so I can provide them for my students.

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