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5.0 out of 5 starsThis book was so well written and easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2015
Wow! This book was so well written and easy to read! Couldn't put it down! It was fun to pick up on the "Snow White" story line even though it was a story about a young girl with nowhere to turn.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis novella was a quick and entertaining read!
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2016
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**
Neve's life hasn't been easy and it's about to get even tougher. Her eighteenth birthday is anything but a celebration as her step-mother finally makes good on her promise to kick Neve to the curb. With only a suitcase in tow, Neve stumbles upon a group of young men who take an immediate liking to her.
Brendan offers to let Neve sleep on his couch but it's only temporary. He has enough problems right now as he tries to fend off an overbearing ex-girlfriend who doesn't understand boundaries. He also isn't prepared for how easily Neve begins to fit into his life, making everything a bit brighter when she's around.
Unfortunately, Neve's tragic family past crashes down on her with a vengeance and it will take a lot more than video games and late-night diner outings to fix the broken girl she's becoming. With any luck, maybe Neve and Brendan can save each other.
This novella left me wanting more, but in a good way. I liked the character building and budding relationship between Neve and Brendan. I also liked the secondary characters who added a flair of humor to the otherwise sullen feel of the story.
I wish there had been more to the story after our couple realized their feelings for one another. Maybe showing how they overcome Neve's low self-esteem and Brendan finally putting his ex in her place. I can think of several directions this story could have gone but the ending left me wondering how our couple would be able to make it work together. An epilogue, even, would have sufficed. If it had, I may have given it a higher rating.
In closing... An easy read with likable characters. I give this four suns!
4.0 out of 5 starsGifted book for honest review. juliesbookreview.blogpsot.com
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2015
Most people look forward to their 18th birthday. But Neve Wynn is not everyone and dreads the day of her 18th. On that day, her child support dried up and her vile step-mother kicked her out for good. Neve ends up on the street, abandoned and alone; something she is quite familiar with. Neve grew up without her parents really in her life. With no where to go, Neve wanders around until she comes upon a safe haven in the form of a diner where she meets an interesting group of guys and one specifically; Brendan.
Poisoned Apple is a romantic and touching read that is perfect for anyone looking for some love. McIntyre does a nice job of creating a struggling character that is trying to find a place to call her own and love. Neve and Brendan's relationship will keep the reader intrigued and make for a quick read as they become hooked from page to page. I am giving Poisoned Apple a 4/5 stars. A great read for someone looking for something romantic and quick.
In Poisoned Apple, Neve, a fairy-tale type character, gets hits by more bad luck before her eighteenth birthday and the week after than most people do in a lifetime. On her eighteenth birthday, another bad day in her life, she meets a group of guys (reminiscent of the 7 dwarves) in an all-night diner in Philadelphia, and her life starts to change. As a reader, I felt for Neve and kept reading this short, 148-page book to find out how she would fare. I also loved the quips the characters throw back and forth among each other. I love books that make me care about the main character as much as this one did. I coudn't put it down. It was well worth reading.
Neve lives at home with her stepmother after her father left them for another man. On Neve's eighteenth birthday, her stepmother throws her out. Neve has no where to go. She's a loner. She blames herself for the lose of her parents.
"At her core, she always wondered, always questioned if the reason her mother died and her father had run away had been because she was a terrible person. That her fate in life had always been to be saddled with this bitch of a stepmother."
Neve finds a diner that's open all night. At the diner she befriends a group of guys. Some of the group stays the night to give her company. The next morning Brendan offers her his couch to crash on until she finds a place or he'll kick her out in a week.
Brendan comes with his own baggage. He had recently split up with a mooching ex-girlfriend. He does his best not to get close to Neve.
As Neve tries to make a fresh start, she runs into her so-called uncle Nate. It's not a happy reunion, Nate is the bearer of bad news. The meeting leaves Neve feeling hollow inside. Neve's life continues in a downward spiral.. She struggles with continual rejection.
"The ache couldn't be filled by some happy relationship, not when damaged girl brought more misery on everything and everyone around her."
In the end the truth is revealed. At first Neve tries to drink away her sorrows. After the failed attempt, it's Brendan who returns to her to be at her side.
In this novella we struggle along with Neve in her quest to make a fresh start. She has blamed herself for so long, it's all she knows. It was an unfortunate decisions made by others that has devalued Neve's self worth. The truth shall set her free. Once the truth was revealed and she stopped feeling sorry for herself, she was able to begin living. We all have baggage, however it is sometimes given to us with the best of intentions, but with the worst consequences. Check out my blog for more reviews, Reading Keeps Me Sane. http://readingkeepmesane.blogspot.com/ Follow me on Twitter, ReadKeepMeSane