Friday, June 15, 2018

Tear by Rachel Van Dyken [Review]

 Tear by Rachel Van Dyken
Tear (Seaside #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: August 15, 2017

Seaside
0.5. Strung
1. Tear - Paperback | Kindle
2. Pull
3. Shatter
3.5. Forever
4. Fall
4.5. Eternal

Rachel Van Dyken
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Life as a teenager is never easy. But for Natalee Murray, things have just gotten way more difficult. Bored with life, she can't wait to graduate high school and get out of town, especially considering the famous band members from AD2 suddenly start attending her school, making her once boring life, absolutely insane.

It starts with a pen. A single brush of fingers, and she is captivated.

But Alec and Demetri have a dark secret, one that could shatter their reputations and Natalee's heart. What do you do when one guy paints your life with color while the other infuses your soul with passion? How do you choose when your heart is divided?
Thoughts on Tear: Heh. I read the first book in the Seaside spin-off series before starting this one and both Alec and Demetri are a *little* more mature in that. Tiny bit. To be fair, they're both dealing with some pretty heavy stuff in this book, but WOW. Laughing, joking, best friend to Dani Demetri is a heck of a lot more likable than younger, brooding, doing things for all the wrong reasons Demetri.

But I digress. Because as big a part as Demetri played in this book, this is really Nat and Alec's story. Nat, who thinks she's invisible to her family, and Alec, who is carrying a whole lot of guilt on his shoulders and who's trying to be a solid brother to the only family he has. Except it's hard to be a stand up guy when you're smitten with your brother's girl.

And it's REALLY difficult when she has the same feelings for him.

Technically, I guess this would be a love triangle, but...uhh, I knew who everyone ended up with since I read the second series first. So there was less "will they/won't they" and more cringing at how utterly wrecked Demetri was letting himself get. Still, I enjoyed it as a whole and liked seeing the guys in their younger, more destructive phase.

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