** we received a copy in exchange for an honest review **
It was one night.
One night of pure intimacy, with a guy she knew nothing about, that couldn’t have prepared her for the next chapter in her life.
But will it be for better, or for worse?
Eighteen year old Alexis Harper is a smart, attractive and ambitious young woman with great friends, a doting father and a scholarship at one of Washington State’s most prestigious Performing Arts Colleges.
When the mysterious stranger makes his arrival in her life, she’s captivated by him. She’s intrigued by his past and more so by what the future could possibly hold for them.
Meet Brandon Taylor.
A damaged and confused twenty year old who is grieving for the life he once had.
He didn’t think for one moment that he could ever find happiness, and he didn’t want to. He was happy living within the high walls he’d barricaded around himself. It felt safe.
When Alexis and Brandon’s worlds collide, nobody could have prepared them for the emotional rollercoaster they were about to board together.
With love, loss, deceit and betrayal abound, it’s pretty hard to trust even those closest to you, as both Brandon and Alexis are soon to find out.
***Suitable for 18 years + due to language and sexual content***
Well, first off: The warning for this book being not suitable for under 18 yrs is in our opinion unnecessary. There is nothing in this book that everyone hasn´t heard about or seen somewhere before.
The story was okay. But nothing more for us. There´s really not much we can tell you about the story. But if you read the book description….you have a pretty good picture on how the story goes. We believed Misjugded was predictable and slow,….and above all: There was no build-up. We were reading this book and were emotionally captivated on one single level. Waiting for something to happen when nothing really does happen is death for a story.
The beginning started out so well and then somehow..after a few percent, the story changed our minds. How on earth can a young woman ( and we´re talking about college young here ) run off after she arrived at a party with some stranger?
” Um, where are we going?” I ask, and I´m unable to hide the trace of nervousness in my voice. My heart is hammering in my chest, but I´m not sure whether it´s because he´s leading me away from the party and into an area where there´s no one around, or due to the excitement that´s running through me for doing something I wouldn´t normally do.”
Uuuuuuh, yeah. * shake heads in disbelief *. Sure, that´s an everyday issue 19 year olds have to deal with ( sarcasm ) We´re not so sure if that would ever be something we´d encourage ( and we´ve made some bad desicions ourselves with 19 too ) but we would never have gone outside with a complete stranger. AND let him say ” Shit, you´re so fucking wet, baby.”. Oooookay.
# 1 – Don´t call me baby if I have no freaking clue who you are ( and never really find out who you really are, but still like to call what we have a relationship )
# 2 – Don´t think you can get in my panties if I stupidly agree to go outside with you
That was just the beginning. all sounded so good until HE came. That kind of killed it for us. There was nothing that left us wanting more.
After their encounter ( and through out the whole book ) we never saw their relationship grow or make any sense.
There was some tension and emotional up and downs…but never did we see the relationship these charcters had move to the next step. We got that the characters went through alot in their young lives. ( haven´t we all ) but even the screwed up ones find some movement regarding a relationship. Alexis and Brandon didn´t make sense.
What also didn´t make any sense to us was the title. What does Misjudged have to do with this book? We´re still trying to figure that one out for ourselves. The end topped it all of and basically sealed the rating deal. The ending was unfitting.
Who knows….maybe we´re just to old to appreciate novels with young characters and their drama. We certainly cannot identify ourselves with the choices these charcaters made. We cannot connect with a 19 year old when we´ve passed that stage and have other drama issues.
Or…maybe the genre this book is catagorized in isn´t appealing enough anymore. We can´t tell for sure….but what we can tell is that didn´t enjoy this book as we hoped we would.
This book did have one positive side though… The writing was great. Sarah Elizabeth has real talent in that department.
Would we recommend this book?
– probably not. This story just didn´t knock us off our socks.
Would we re-read this book?
The Divas are giving Misjudged by Sarah Elizabeth 2 out of 5 champagne glasses.