Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Review ~ Illusion (Swept Away #1) by J.S. Cooper

Illusion (Swept Away, #1)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 11th

Publisher: Gallery Books

Indie sensation and New York Times bestselling author of the Ex Games series and the Private Club series, J.S. Cooper introduces the Swept Away series—three new, dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on a desert island with a mysterious stranger—but is he friend or foe?

The day started like every other day...

Bianca London finds herself kidnapped and locked up in a van with a strange man. Ten hours later, they’re dumped on a deserted island. Bianca has no idea what’s going on and her attraction to this stranger is the only thing keeping her fear at bay.

Jakob wants only to figure out why they’ve been left on the island and how they can get off. But as the days go by, he can’t ignore his growing fascination with Bianca.

In order to survive, Bianca and Jakob must figure out how they’re connected, but as they grow closer, secrets are revealed that may destroy everything they thought they knew about each other.

My Opinion

This book sounded like it was right up my alley when I saw it on NetGalley. It sounded like it had everything I love from a book and in one way it did, but it also had things I don't like.

It started off great. It was really intriguing and set the book up in a tense way that had me wanting to read more I instantly. Everything was set up well and things moved at a quick pace. I wasn't sure how things were going to play out as I expected them to be on the island straight away, but things kick off soon and it doesn't take long for the characters to get to get kidnapped.

Moreover I thought everything on the island was interesting to read. I like how things progressed and got more heated, and I thought the lack of trust between everyone was a good thing.

However, whilst this book did keep me reading, it didn't surprise me at all. Subtle similarities gave away what was really going on so that when the author tries to make you believe one thing it was kind of obvious that wasn't the case. It also meant the twist at the end didn't really shock me. Instead it annoyed me because I felt things could have reached the climax a lot earlier than they did.

The biggest problem I have with this read is that it ends on a huge cliff hanger. I didn't expect this going into the book and because I felt the pacing dragged in the middle, I was disappointed that there is no resolution whatsoever. The whole book is about Bianca discovering the truth, but I don't think that plot strand was developed enough here and the I was left with way too many unanswered questions. For me it kind of made me feel like I'd wasted time reading it because the book feels like a giant prologue and everything is going to happen in the sequel, which isn't releasing until next year!!

Saying that though, it wasn't a bad read. I did enjoy it and I'd definitely read the second book. I do wish it hadn't been so predictable and more of the secrets had been revealed but it's still interesting and I wouldn't not recommend it.

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