Frosh: First Blush by Monica B. Wagner Release Date: October 20, 2015 Publisher: The Studio/Paper Lantern Lit New Adult Romance M/F Book 1 in the Frosh series Number of Pages: 307 Kindle Edition Source: free download from Amazon in August 2016 Rating: R Read 9/12/16 to 9/16/16
Truth be told, this almost got 2 stars from me. Luckily, the story picked up more in the second half of the book and I was finally starting to feel the connections between the characters. In the beginning there was too much telling and not enough showing.
Warning: this book is a total cliffhanger! Once I realized that it made more sense to me why it felt like this story was more an introduction to characters until the last bit. All of the main characters seem to have multiple layers that have yet to be explored.
As much as I ended up enjoying the story and the characters as the story progressed, there were quite a few things that I found predictable. Something would happen and I’d think to myself, “Oh, the author is setting this scene up for ___.” I was right every time. Especially when it came to Ellie.
The male leads in this book, Grant and Charlie, are wonderful. They’re different on the outside (one is the star QB, the other a science nerd) but have a lot of the same attributes on the inside. They’re kind and caring and respectful. The only thing that really bothered me about Grant was him being the star QB on a supposed elite football team and he’s a freshman. Did they have absolutely nobody else playing quarterback the last season? That just doesn’t make sense, but something I’ll overlook for the story.
Devon, on the other hand, gave me whiplash. She is quite the character and often made me want to scream. I tried to forgive her some of her attitude due to her age and her past. Then there were other times when she was wonderful. When she is defending a friend or loved one she is a mama bear and I think it’s at those times where her true personality comes through. It’s a good thing, as the reader, her thoughts are known or else I would have completely hated her. Well, sometimes her thoughts made me hate her, too so maybe not.
For the most part Ellie is great. She is so eager that she tends to jump to conclusions (which I almost can’t blame her for due to the evidence she had) and not really give others a chance to explain. She thinks she’s an unbiased reporter but she clearly has preconceived ideas of what a jock is, what an editor is, what a church-going teenager is, etc. She’s young and inexperienced and needs to start waking up a bit. She’s just very naïve.
I have the second book on tap from Net Galley so I wanted to get through this one so I can get a review done on the next one before it’s publication date. I really didn’t know at the beginning of this book if I wanted to read the next book. I’m happy to say I’m actually looking forward to it although I’m afraid it may end in a cliffhanger, too. My thought is this; now that I know the characters well, the author will dig a bit deeper for the next installment.