Friday, 28 February 2014

Book review: Fierce by Clarissa Wild

Fierce (Fierce #1)
Author: Clarissa Wild
Release Date: 25 January 2014

Fight for your dreams. Fight for your life. Fight for love.

Nerdy girl Autumn Blakewood is the prime example of a goody two-shoes. She studies every night, is never late for class, and always follows the rules. She has never felt the need to step out of her comfort zone. That is, until she meets Hunter.

Hunter Bane is a cocky, confident bad-boy, who's nothing but trouble. He’s a dangerous distraction to everyone around him. Sexy and strong, Hunter enjoys the swooning effect he has on women. Especially those who aren't used to attention, like Autumn.

Autumn finds it hard not to give into Hunter’s advances, even though it all seems like a game to him. Trying to understand him is impossible, because he shrouds himself in mystery. 
What she doesn't know is that Hunter has more baggage than anyone should have to carry. When she discovers he's in an illegal frat club to save the one person that matters to him, Autumn realizes this could mean the end of her undeniable connection to him. Even their lives are at risk.
But it's too late to turn back now ...


I so wanted to be more impressed by this book. I loved the plotline, I'm definitely a big fan of 'nerdy' heroines and bad boys.

Autumn was the type of heroine who threw herself headlong into stupid situations- you know the type. She rarely listened to any form of common sense, and sometimes that kind of brash courage works but it didn't fit her character. She's described as being nerdy, shy and awkward but she rarely comes across like this. Her personality and actions didn't match up. I did rather enjoy her initial awkwardness with Hunter though, she could be kind of overwhelmed by his looks and it was sweet.
Hunter was giving me whiplash with his mood swings. One moment he's charming and roguish and the next, he's moody and angsty. I know he has a lot of issues he's dealing with, but the mood shifts were too often and sudden for my liking. When he's in a good mood though, Hunter is great. He can be ridiculously charming, and I loved how much he liked Autumn- even though he tried to keep away from her, for her own good.
Both of their characters were just a bit too underdeveloped. They should have had more depth to them considering their backgrounds and circumstances, but I never really believed their motives.

I found the writing style a bit odd. The descriptions kept throwing me off, they were just...odd. There was a serious overuse of the term 'He/it is so (fucking) hot'. I get it, he's hot- please stop saying it constantly though! I thought it had potential, but just needed some polishing. I think some of the descriptions that were bugging me were just personal preferences though.

The plot sounded great in the blurb and I enjoyed it overall. It could be kind of choppy, and I thought the ending was way too neatly wrapped up. It was just finished off so quickly. 
The book had so much potential, but in the end it lacked development and polish. I felt pretty ambivalent about Hunter and Autumn throughout the book. I hate writing negative reviews like this, but I just couldn't get into it. It was close, but not quite right.

*I received a review copy from the author for my honest opinion. 

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