June 15, 2015

"Dismissed" Review


Book: Dismissed

Author: Kirsty McManus

Format: ARC

Page Count: 166

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: The second Lizzie White lays eyes on her new English teacher Brandon Thomas, she is hooked. Brandon is young, cool and sexy - and nothing like the other teachers at her school. But of course he is forbidden from fraternising with the students or forming any sort out of outside hours relationship. And combined with the fact that Lizzie's best friend Taylor declared her feelings for Brandon first (and has therefore claimed theoretical ownership), Lizzie decides it's all too hard and focuses on a budding relationship with fellow student and class clown Gabe instead. But then Jason shows up. Jason is Brandon's trouble-making twin brother who seems to have no qualms about flirting with students or leaving a trail of broken hearts wherever he goes. Before she knows it, Lizzie is dragged into a confusing world of blurred lines and lustful thoughts, where loyalties are tested and true feelings are explored.

      This is the second forbidden teacher romance I have read within a two day span. The first one was a disappoint so I came in with pretty low expectations. Fortunately I liked this one better than the first one, unfortunately I didn't like it that much.
      I think a large problem I had with the story was I hated all of the characters and I did not ship any of the couples together. The twins that the girls pined after to me really weren't anything special. Personally I was kind of repulsed by their physical descriptions. And the girls... they were quite annoying and I was not a fan of them.
      One thing I liked was Lizzie's clear character development. She became a stronger character and didn't allow herself to controlled as much as in the beginning. That being said, she was still not quite in her wits.
       Also one thing I was not prepared for was the book being set in Australia. I was a bit unfamiliar with some of the terms they used and the way their education system was set up.
      Overall the book was okay, but it didn't really appeal to me. It might be better suited for those from Australia who are in their preteens/early teens into contemporaries.

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