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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Review: Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Title: Veer (Goodreads)
Publisher: Self-Published

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1481019716
Format: ebook
Pages: 286

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Place(s) Traveled to: Clayton Falls, North Carolina // Augusta, Georgia // Boston, Massachusetts // 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: There were no warning signs.

Clayton Falls Series Order
Book 1: Derailed
Book 2: Veer

Book 3: Wrecked (30 April 2013)

After finishing Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy I dove right into the next book in the series, Veer. Veer is the story of Becca and Gavin both of whom you meet in Derailed. Becca is Molly’s best friend from Boston and Gavin is a member of the police force in Clayton Falls and was interested in Molly and is part of her circle of friends. I felt bad for Gavin with what happen in Derailed and so was happy to see that he was getting his own story. But in this book it seemed as though he’d undergone a bit of a personality shift and he was a bit of an ass. 

Becca was also more of a passive character than I would have liked as well. I like my heroines to be a bit feisty even when they have a reason to be broken. For me, this story was dominated by one of the secondary characters, Jake, who is Ben’s younger brother. Ben as you may recall was the love interest of Molly in Derailed. Its never a good sign when your secondary characters overshadow your main ones. Or at least the heroine as when the story was being told from Gavin’s POV he was the dominant voice. But when the POV was from Becca’s perspective and Jake was in the scene he just stood out more. 

I think part of why Jake was so dominant was that he was overused. I never fully understood why Becca had more scenes and interactions with him than she did her best friend. Many of the conversations that Becca had with Jake would have made more sense if they’d been held with Molly. Molly and Becca had a built in closeness based on a shared history and Jake was a virtual stranger. Its as if Alyssa Rose Ivy was trying to draw more attention to Jake since the third book, Wrecked, is going to be about him. So I can understand why he was used more than Molly whose story had already been told but this aspect of the story didn’t work for me. 

I did like the overall plot though and learning more of both Gavin and Becca’s histories. They were believable and you can see how their pasts shaped their present. There is a reason that Gavin is a bit of an ass and Becca is more passive and that does add to their relationship. As with Derailed, Veer, was a quick read and I was finished with it in no time. The ending didn’t thrill me and that, coupled with the overabundance of Jake, is what makes this a 3 star read for me. It was just a little too quick, too perfect and had me rolling my eyes instead of getting that heart achy feeling that I love so much in books. 

2 Responses to “Review: Veer by Alyssa Rose Ivy”

  1. Helen Moulden

    Shame – I like the cover art, but having a weak female lead puts me off. I like you prefer it when they’re a bit feisty and have more of a backbone. Plenty more books out there though!