Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Review ~ Pretty Bird by Olivia Howe

Pretty Bird
ebook received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: October 21st 2015

Publisher: Booktrope

Kenna loses her forever, Derrick, in a tragic plane crash that kills everyone on board—150 people, including the love of her life. People keep calling her lucky, but she feels the opposite. Now she has to move on with her life without Derrick in it and no strategy for getting past this senseless tragedy.

Investigators tip her off that there may be more to the story… behind the crash, the menacing Company that controls people, and even her dead boyfriend.

When someone tries to kill Kenna again in her own home, she is shocked into action and starts to uncover the truth about the corruption and craziness around her, finding herself and her heart again in the process. They say that time heals all wounds. Kenna has a chance to find out if that is really true.

My Opinion


These are the reviews I always hate writing. I expected a lot from this book after reading the blurb, and the cover was so pretty, but sadly it just didn't deliver. I really wanted to like it, I wanted a nail-biting thriller with a bit of romance, but it's just not what I got.

Pretty Bird has an interesting concept and there's a lot of potential in it. The secrets, corruption, undercover sections, and avenging girlfriend make for an interesting plot. However, for me it needs a lot of development. I felt the author skipped over the tiny details that linked everything together and in doing so the book lacked credibility in my eyes so I couldn't buy into the story. For example, I wanted to know how Kenna survived. Why her? What saved her and no one else? I know it's not unheard of people surviving plane crashes, but it's rare with the way the author set this up. Obviously there wouldn't be a story if Kenna had died, but it needed to be believable and for questions to be answered.

Similarly as the story progressed, everything was just to easy and convenient. From getting the job, getting caught, and then solving all of the problems, it was over in the blink of an eye and that was the crux of the story. Personally I felt the author didn't know how to get Kenna to fix everything so it fades to black and comes back after all that's gone on. While that might work in some cases, here it left too many questions. The bad guys just seemed stupid for an organisation that apparently had members right into the government. To pull off what they were doing they needed to be efficient and well organised. I didn't think Avery would make such a simple mistake.

As for the romance, I didn't buy it. Things moved too quickly and it lack emotional depth. Just like my other comments on the plot, the author needed to focus on the tiny details. The story needed to be fleshed out as what I read felt very much like the bare bones.

Overall Pretty Bird has potential, but for me it needed more. There were too many questions left unanswered and I didn't think the mystery or romance was credible. I wanted to like it and I just wish there had been more to it.


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