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Monday, January 20, 2014

Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Believe by Erin McCarthyBelieve by Erin McCarthy
Series: True Believers,
Also in this series: True, Sweet, Shatter
Published by Berkley Books on 21 January 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 145
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: True, Sweet, Shatter, You Make Me

Place(s) Traveled To: Cincinnati, Ohio

First Line(s): I spent my sophomore year in college partying. I wasn’t even original about it. Just the typical pattern of skipping class and going out every single night.

I’ve really been enjoying the True Believer series and so was looking forward to Believe by Erin McCarthy, especially after reading the sneak peak at the end of Sweet. However, after reading the full story I just didn’t connect with this one as much as the others and its hard to put a finger on why. I think part of it had to do with Robin, she was just so whiny much of the time and I understand they why of it all but she did bring a lot of her angst onto herself. If she’d just told someone, more importantly told Kylie, about what happened then much of the angst and turmoil could have been avoid. But when do characters ever talk about the important things in a book?

I also wasn’t a fan of the whole Davis storyline. It just felt incomplete and tacked on as an after thought. There was no real tension to it, no suspense, and the climax just came out of nowhere and didn’t really have the most satisfying of conclusions. I really would have preferred to have that storyline cutout entirely as it just seemed like so much had already been cut that it lost its relevance.

What I did like in Believe was Robin and Phoenix. I really enjoyed these two together and was glad that McCarthy decided to split the narrative of the story between them. It was nice getting a glimpse into what Phoenix was thinking and for me it added to the story. Although it does deviate from the single POV of the books that came before that and that I’m iffy on. I do like when authors stick to a single pattern for a series but I do understand why McCarthy did what she did so I can’t complain too much about that. I think without Phoenix to buffer Robin’s angst I may not have finished this book.

I was also sad about what a douchebag Nathan turned out to be as he seemed like a nice guy in the first two books. But it was a realistic turn and then this way we do get a fourth book with Kylie’s POV which means the potential for more guest appearances from the Mann brothers, Rory and Jessica. All of who where horribly underused in Believe. And after reading the sneak peak of Shatter (out 14 September, 2014) I am really excited for her story.

Because of Robin’s guilt she distanced herself from her best friends which meant that they didn’t make many appearances in this story. Though the story of Robin and Phoenix did make up for this somewhat. Robin and Phoenix were both broken and in need of someone to help fill the cracks and without the events that came before I don’t think Robin would have given Phoenix a chance. So sometimes out of something bad some good can come. Believe is the third book in a series but it can almost be read as a standalone as the appearances of the other characters are few and far between. Believe was a decent addition to the series but it wasn’t my favorite, for now that one goes to Sweet but True comes in at a close second.