Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sweet by Emmy Laybourne ARC Book Review

Publisher: Macmillan
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Edition: ebook, 288 pages
SYNOPSIS
*People would kill to be thin.*

Solu’s luxurious celebrity-filled “Cruise to Lose” is billed as “the biggest cruise since the Titanic,” and if the new diet sweetener works as promised—dropping five percent of a person’s body weight in just days—it really could be the answer to the world’s obesity problem. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv’s invitation. She’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host, Tom Forelli (otherwise known as the hottest guy ever!) and she’s too seasick to even try the sweetener. And that’s before Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange.

*But will they die for it, too?*

Tom Forelli knows that he should be grateful for this job and the opportunity to shed his childhood “Baby Tom-Tom” image. His publicists have even set up a ‘romance’ with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get a bit wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when his celebrity hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it’s Laurel that he’s determined to save.

Emmy Laybourne, author of the Monument 14 trilogy, takes readers on a dream vacation that goes first comically, then tragically, then horrifyingly, wrong.
 

REVIEW
*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy!*
I'm going to break up this review into likes, and dislikes this time around--so here we go.

Likes: Main characters that have curves, size 14+. (Even in 2015, I can't say YA characters have fully evolved.)So, it's always nice when I encounter "diverse" characters--particularly one's who aren't skinny. Because honey, neither am I. So, that part definitely pleased me. Not only was the main character "plus-sized,"--so was the best friend.

A cruise ship that is basically like a weight loss camp on the water--but instead of working out , they take diet pills. That's an amazing concept. And of course the "*People would kill to be thin,*" tagline grabbed me. It implied all kinds of murderous drama, and I was all for it.

The cruise ship itself held all kinds of B-list celebrities, from reality TV, to child stars. I thought that was interesting, because one would assume that if you're a celebrity of any sort--you have it all together. There was also a plethora of races; that was really cool.

The effects the "sweetener" had on the people that took it. I won't get into this too heavy, because it would spoil some things. But, I was pretty intrigued by the reactions, and I have to be honest I didn't expect it. It took the story in a direction I wasn't expecting in a good way.

Dislikes: The romance: Romance. Folks. I will say this repeatedly. I am a romance junkie, so when the romance, doesn't work--it doesn't work for me. Now, not all books have to have romance in order to work, but when it is at the forefront of the novel--I need to feel it.

In this case, I just didn't. It just didn't feel right. The way the two characters came together wasn't exactly instalove, but it wasn't exactly passionate, or moving for that matter. There were cute lines exchanged but I wasn't really buying it. It was like they weren't together, and then they were. I don't know. I just didn't like it.

There was another thing that bothered me but again I have to be elusive about it for fear of spoiling something. But, I found a lack of loyalty in Laurel that I didn't quite like.

In conclusion, Sweet was a unique and entertaining read. I wasn't too thrilled with the characters but I loved the plot. I loved the whole idea of a luxury cruise to lose weight. The romance wasn't really good but the ending was perfect--loved it! I'd recommend it solely for it's uniqueness, and the way it ends.




20 comments:

  1. Girl when you were explaining the story to me on Voxer, I just kept saying, " so much is going on! " I knew this book wouldn't be for me when I read the synopsis a couple of months ago, but I'm glad you were able to enjoy it! I absolutely love the fact that the main character and her friend were on the thicker side! (Shout out to us girls that wear a 13-14! * woot woot * Although the book sounds unique enough, I still can't bring myself to pick it up lol.

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  2. The idea of this book sounds intriguing! It's a pity that the romance didn't work. Still, I might pick it up :)

    Aeriko @ http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.com

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  3. I think this book sounds so interesting. I have heard the romance part was wonky though. Great review!

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    1. Yeah the romance part was a miss for me but I loved the way it ended./Thanks!

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  4. I've never heard of hits book but it sounds really interesting! The "weight loss camp on water" part especially...wow haha. I'm sorry you didn't like the romance in the novel (I'm a romance junkie too). Lovely review!

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  5. I have this one waiting on my TBR for me. Now that I know you enjoyed it, even though you didn't love it, I'm even more excited to read it :) Maybe that will encourage me to get to it faster. haha

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  6. Yikes, instalove is the worst! I hate when that happens because it totally ruins the romance and thus the entire book. The concept was pretty interesting though. Nice review!

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  7. I like the concept, and like that the characters aren't typically thin. I guess that's kind of required considering it's a book about a cruise ship full of people trying to lose weight. Anyway, sucks about the romance. I'm with you. It can't just be romance for the sake of romance. It has to have progression and it has to make sense.

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  8. This really sounds unique. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the romance. But it's nice to know that you still enjoyed it. I just downloaded a copy of this and really excited to read it.

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. I really hope you like it. I'd love to hear about it when you're done!

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  9. Glad to hear you enjoyed this! I've read the author's other series, Monument 14 and I really enjoyed them, so I'm excited to read this one. It definitely sounds unique. & that's really amazing that there was main characters who are plus size - I don't see much of that in books. That sucks that the romance wasn't that good, that's what I thought about her other series as well, the romance didn't work for me in those. But I'm still pretty excited to read this, hopefully I'll get a copy soon. Lovely review!

    ~Cari @ My Addiction: Books

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    1. Yeah the romance is the killer./Thanks, Carina!

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  10. I normally have to be really into the characters but I am interested in the exciting plot!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  11. Bummer the romance didn't work out for you. That would bug me too. I have this one waiting on my TBR for me. I still think I want to give it a go.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  12. I feel the same way. I don't have to have romance for me to like the book but if there is romance, especially if it's an important part of the story and it doesn't work, that makes it hard for me to really like it. Great review! ~Pam

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