Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: "Miles From Kara" by Melissa West

Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love… Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen. Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt. Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...
Thank you to Penguin Books via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

In a word, yes.  This is an enjoyable read, and while it wasn't my favourite New Adult book, it is far from the bottom of the pile.

What we've got here are some decent characters, namely Kara and Colt, who've both got some baggage, but since the story is told from Kara's point of view, we are privy mostly to her issues.  While I liked Kara and empathized with her, I didn't love her - the feels just weren't there for me.  It's too bad, because other than this lack of connection with Kara, I felt that the book was quite well done.  The setting sounded great, the plot was well paced, and the supporting characters were interesting.  

Will you like this book?

I guess it depends on whether you connect with the main character or not, but I think that most fans of New Adult books will enjoy "Miles From Kara".

Will I read more by this author?

This was my first read by Melissa West, and I did enjoy her writing style.  I'm interested in reading the other books in this series, but also her YA science fiction series, which is saying something as I'm not usually drawn to that genre.  Sounds like a good time, though!

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