Morsels [14]: On the Fence and The Bridge from Me to You

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Harper Teen | Paperback, 296 pages
Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
Young Adult | Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Having been raised in a house full of boys, Charlie wouldn’t know the first thing about a concealer or a foundation. So when her latest traffic violation forced her to get a job, working as a cosmetics model in a clothing store made her feel like a bull in a ceramics shop.

She is more comfortable hanging out with her brothers and their next door neighbour, Braden. She would rather win a disgusting dare than be called a chicken; and the idea of dating any boys would be close to impossible considering the list ofΒ boys she couldn’t dateΒ is a mile-long. At least she can depend on her nighttime chat over the fence with Braden. In him, she could confide about things she can’t talk about in broad daylight. And certainly not in front of her brothers – who will not be happy knowing that lately, her feelings for Braden have become less than brotherly.

Short and sweet, On the Fence is the type of book that you should read in the middle of your zombies or vampires reading romp. But I suggest you don’t start this book at night, because I can almost guarantee that you would not sleep a wink. Scary, it is not. However, you would not be able to put this down. Kasie is terrible for that.

There is nothing else to say about this book, really. Because if you’ve read one contemporary romance from this author, you know that she’s money. Β It’s a shot of syrupy goodness with a side order of cute, fluffy puppies.


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Point | Hardcover, 333 pages
Publication Date: July 29th, 2014
Young Adult | Romance
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars

It is with a heartfelt apologies that I could not find anything remarkably good about this book. It was mind and heart numbing. I believe that when a book couldn’t incite any semblance of emotions from its readers, then it goes without saying that the book failed. It is unfortunate, because I adore Lisa. She’s the lady who got me reading verse novels. I’ve always felt such a connection with her characters when I read her novels regardless of the sparse words. This one, however, is an exception.

To be honest, Lauren and Colby lacked any emotional substance. Even when they were in the grips of their angst, I couldn’t empathize. My general impression is it’s reminiscent of reading a Christian fiction: very clean, and unfortunately, very bland.

This book, at the least, is meant to make you feel good and hopeful that you’ll get through whatever difficulties that may come your way.

 

  • I loved On the Fence! Totally agree with you – I really couldn’t put it down. So excited for her upcoming book πŸ˜€

  • Shame you didn’t like The Bridge of Me to You, but yay for On the Fence! You’re spot on, too. There’s not much to say, but it’s such a delightful read. I definitely stayed up late reading it. πŸ™‚

  • Kasie West definitely has that power – to pull you into a book and not allow you to let go until you’ve finished. I haven’t read On The Fence yet, but I will be picking it up when I need a fluffy contemporary.

    Sorry The Bridge from Me to You was such a let down. Sometimes an author’s new books just doesn’t bring as much joy as their older ones. Especially as you grow older. Hope you next read is much better! xx

  • I completely agree about On the Fence! It was short indeed but sweet and cute, like a good summer read should be. ^^ Lovely review, Joy!

  • Ooh I love these morsel reviews, they give us a quick opinion. I totally agree about using “On The Fence” as a fluffy book in between heavy reads – I really enjoyed the fence chats with Braden and it was so cute but contained substance. The second book sounds like a shame, especially with bland characters and story. Great reviews Joy!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    Haven’t heard of the second book but I’ve always been super iffy on books in verse anyways. I’ll probably skip that one but definitely check out On the Fence, it sounds like an amazing contemporary!

  • Novels in verse are a hard sell for me, so if I decide try one, I guess it will not be that one!
    Great mini-reviews!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Loved the fluffy and the cover

  • Oh no – bummer about The Bridge from Me to You, but I keep hearing similar things about it, so I think I’ll skip it. On the Fence, on the other hand, sounds unbelievably cute and charming! I’m definitely picking up a copy. Lovely morsels! πŸ™‚

  • Someday I’ll get to On the Fence. It sounds super cute and I adore friends to more romances. I’ve only read one Lisa Schroeder book, Chasing Brooklyn (loved!) but this is disappointing to hear. I won’t be picking it up.

  • I’ve only read one Kasie West book, but I also want to read this one. Got the eBook, but haven’t been in the reading mood lately. I’m glad you gave it a 5. It’s been getting mixed reviews from the people I frequent. πŸ™‚

  • love love love all things Kasie West! I can’t get enough of her books. I loved the family dynamic in On the Fence and loved that Charlie was a tomboy. Another winner in my book!

    The Bridge from Me to You on the other hand is not going on the TBR…

  • I rarely break-up my werewolf / vamp reads, but if I do, I’ll keep On the Fence in mind. I’ll be sure to skip The Bridge from Me to You though as it sounds completely unremarkable. Oh well, one out of two isn’t bad

  • Christy

    OtF, baaaaby! Loved it. The second book, though … meh.

  • I like your rec about reading OtF between fantasy marathons, I need a good an light contemporary romance to break the streak. I’ll skip the Christian fiction though, I dislike preachy life stories and parables

  • That’s exactly how I read On the Fence – it was a perfect break from a series of post-apocalyptic reads. I thought it was cute, and Kasie writes wonderful characters, but it certainly wasn’t mind-blowing or anything.

  • Aw. Not liking books is depressing πŸ™ I’m sorry sweetie. <3 But ohh. On the Fence. Hmph. I have yet to decide if I want to read it or not :p still not a fan of the genre, but this looks really cute. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much πŸ˜€ Amazing reviews Joy. <3

  • So glad you enjoyed On the Fence. I couldn’t put it down either! I love Kasie West. Her books are auto buy for me πŸ™‚

  • So glad you liked On the Fence, I love it! Sounds like your second read wasn’t as good. Hopefully your next one will be better.

  • I love the fact that you also loved One The Fence! Kasie West is a favourite author of mine and her books are always super cute and fluffy! πŸ™‚ I haven’t read The Bridge from me to You but I’m not typically a fan of the authors work so I’ve stayed away from it. Lovely reviews!

  • I love that last line of your review for On the Fence–syrupy goodness it is! I haven’t read The Bridge from Me to You and likely won’t as I tend to remain dissatisfied with Shroeder’s work, sadly, but I am hoping for more contemporary romance from West–and soon! πŸ˜‰