Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Series: Clipped Wings #1
400p.
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Edelweiss and publisher for review
An emotional love story that follows the touch-and-go relationship of Hayden and Tenley; two young people who desperately want to love and be loved but are afraid to completely let go of their pasts. 
As Hayden and Tenley navigate their newfound but slightly unstable relationship, they want to trust each other, but Hayden is hiding a dark and shameful past that he doesn't ever want Tenley to find out about. And Tenley has secrets of her own that could make Hayden run away forever. When Tenley asks Hayden to put a beautifully elaborate tattoo across her back, the two form what they thought was an unshakeable bond. But when Tenley's past shows up on her doorstep, will Hayden stand by her side...or run?
My thoughts:
Oh a contemporary romance! I don't often read these, but it has an element I usually gravitate toward.... creativity! The creative elements in this story is tattooing and drawing. Something artsy is usually an element that will draw me in.

This is a story about Hayden and Tenley. Both have been through horrific experiences that have clouded the way they see themselves. Tenley's is much fresher than Hayden's experience, but both have been hurting in some way. Both don't want to reveal themselves to the other in fear that the information will alter the other's perspective. Within the grip of what they have it helps loosen up their resolve and small parts of their horror present themselves to each other. Not always on their time table or in the time of their choosing. Yes, there is angst and drama, but it doesn't feel too drawn out into becoming annoying.

I did have a few red flags when it came to Hayden's behavior. He was quick to anger. It was uncontrollable at times and even Hayden was surprised at the level and swiftness. He also had problems with not being able to control his environment. He expressed it mostly in hating clutter, but it also seemed to leak onto other people. So someone who hates a lack of control and is quick to anger... not to  mention a unhealthy dose of obsession... in the real world could spell trouble. However, in the fictitious world, everything is fine and he just needs to calm down.

So other than the red flag, I was curious as to how these two would eventually come together and all would be right in the world. I was also interested in the length of the book in getting there. It wasn't bad, but I kept being surprised we wouldn't get to certain parts until later. This helped to not give it an insta-love vibe, but I also thought it could have been paired down and edited a bit to really get the book being tight. Still, it did keep my interest.

So, I was reading away when...

Yep, pretty much how I felt. The book didn't just stop at a cliffie... it threw you off that cliff and you didn't even know it. I even thought my ereader got stuck and didn't get the last pages. I had to check to see to make sure I didn't get a bad copy or something. That almost made me give this book a 1 star. I really REALLY hate that. Not only that, I didn't really see the story into being more than a standalone. However, I'll be kind and rate the rest of the book. So, I give this book 2 stars. I recommend it to those that love two broken people coming together but I warn you that you aren't missing the rest of the book... it's just not there.

25 comments:

  1. Aw, I had it when books end that way
    GREAT review, though
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  2. Hayden definitely sounds like he might need some professional assistance for those anger issues. Definitely a red flag. Can I curse for you about the surprise cliffie? You stepped out of the dense forest into...nothing. "Oops. My bad," sez the author with an evil cackle. (at least, that's what I picture when I get cliffies like that!)

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    1. Oh yea. I agree with that. It was the fact that he was shocked at his own anger that made me go... hm...

      Those "cliffies" or thrown off the cliff are VERY evil!

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  3. Oh no! I HATE those kinds of endings! The ones where you're sure you got a bum copy of the book that's clearly missing a few pages. So there's obviously a second book, but it sounds like it's almost unnecessary and things could have wrapped up in this one if not for the sudden appearance of a cliffhanger. Boo.

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    1. Yea, this could have easily been a standalone.

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  4. Oh that's a frustrating build up! I hate when books stretch out to more than one book when it can clearly fit into one. Also that red flag is huge and I don't think I swoon for someone like Hayden. I'm going to pass on this one.

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    1. Oh I hate that too. Hayden's character could have been tweaked just a bit and it wouldn't have thrown up huge flags.

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  5. Oh no! Hate when they do that. Great review though. :)

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  6. Did you know that this book was a Fanfic? I'm sort of iffy on reading it but still want to give it a chance. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. I didn't know that. I would have thought even a fanfic would have had better editing. I usually enjoy Gallery books. :p

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  7. I so wouldn't do well with that ending. There would be yelling, screaming, and throwing (well not of the kindle but something)!

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  8. This guy sounds like my ex and I don't know that I could handle that. But the end, or lack thereof, is a big fat NO! Thanks for your honesty!

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    1. He probably was better than the ex since he never took it to the next logical level. Still, I could see you saying no way!

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  9. My contemporary romances always seems to be cowboy books ;)

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  10. Ugh, cliffhangers are the WORST. Seriously, they leave me feeling so bitter and enraged, so I'll be keeping FAR away from this one. Thanks for the helpful review, Melissa!

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  11. Eep, those are the worst kind of cliffies. Especially when you didn't feel another book was in there. So sorry you nose dived and I so know that feeling when it ends and you are all what the heck happened..LOL

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  12. Those are the kinds of endings that make me want to throw the book across the room (and sometimes my e-reader, which is a big no-no :D). Hayden definitely sounds like he has major issues! I think I'll probably skip this one, but I appreciate your thoughtful, honest review!

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  13. Oooh a cliffy? that's sad... I was surprised to see it was a contemporary romance because i thought it was an angel book with such a cover. Well I think I'll pass for this one.

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  14. lmao...omg that is how the cliffhanger went? like you really fell off the cliff? lol I cannot stop laughing, thought I admit refreshing ta--

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  15. I'm not much of a contemporary romance reader either. But do find myself there from time to time. :) Thank you.

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  16. Such an ending makes me mad and I won't ever read anything by that author again, not even to find out how it ends.

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