Friday, November 29, 2013

Mini Reviews: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt and Blackout by Robinson Wells


Right of Way
by:  Lauren Barnholdt
Published:  July 9, 2013
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Source:  Publisher/Edelweiss

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Can a road trip repair a romance gone wrong? Find out in this standalone companion to Lauren Barnholdt’s Two-way Street.

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…

My Thoughts:  I love road trip books, so I was looking forward to reading Right of Way.  I will say that I have not read Two-way Street yet, which this book is a companion novel to.  I did still enjoy it and hope to read Two-way Street sometime also.  Jace and Peyton are on a road trip together after having broken up, though each blame the other for the breakup. The story is told from a dual POV, and the secrets and reasons behind the breakup are revealed as it progresses, which is something that keeps your interest, and it also goes back and forth between and before and now perspective.  They argued a good bit, but I also enjoyed the banter between them.  They come to deal with the reason they broke up, but are also very aware of how attracted to each other they are and the chemistry is definitely still there.  Right of Way is a cute road trip book and I did enjoy it, my only complaint was that it didn't feel quite finished at the end and I would have liked to have seen something more, though it is still a nice story.  
3 hearts

by Robinson Wells
Published:  October 1, 2013
Publisher:  Harper Teen
Source:  Publisher/Edelweiss

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Laura and Alec are trained terrorists.

Jack and Aubrey are high school students.

There was no reason for them to ever meet.

But now, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout America, infecting teenagers with impossible powers. And these four are about to find their lives intertwined in a complex web of deception, loyalty, and catastrophic danger—where one wrong choice could trigger an explosion that ends it all.

My Thoughts:  This is the first novel I have read by Robinson Wells, and while I do enjoy science fiction and dystopian novels,  sometimes they tend to be kind of hit and miss for me.  There are four characters, Laura, Alec, Jack, and Aubrey.  Two of them are pretty normal, and two are definitely not.  In fact, two of them are terrorists.  There is a virus spreading around that infects teenagers with special powers.  The synopsis sounds exciting and the first part of the book was pretty interesting, but the second part had a hard time holding my attention.  It does contain multiple points of view, which at times can be challenging.  While there were parts of the story that I did really enjoy, there were others that fell short.  I have read positive, negative, and kind of in the middle reviews on this book, so its definitely for some people, and not so much for others.  I kind of feel like one of those people in the middle.  This is supposed to be a series, so hopefully things will improve and make more sense as the series progresses.  The premise is excellent so it definitely has potential to good.  If you enjoy science fiction and post apocalyptic type novels, then you may want to check this out.  
3 hearts


  1. Great reviews Ellen! I love road trip books as well, there is just something fun and real about them.

  2. Black Out is one that I have been wanting to read, and I have noticed the reviews are kinda blah too, but I will still hold out some hope for it. Great reviews. I am glad you enjoyed both of them some. :)


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