Series: Hooked


Apr 28

Review * Played by Liz Fichera

Reviews 3 ★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Played by Liz FicheraPlayed by Liz Fichera
Series: Hooked #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Hooked
Add to: Goodreads
two-stars
This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

What I Thought…

  • Played is a cute contemporary and an enjoyable read.
  • One of the reasons why I wanted to read Played was because I liked Sam from the first book, Hooked. Sam was different and interesting and I liked that he didn’t always back up Riley’s ideas, even if her ideas would have benefited him. Like Fred, Sam lives on the Rez but attends public school. He’s also seriously smart and has big plans for his future. He has a rocky relationship with his parents to start, but I liked how things started to come together at the end.
  • Riley was a lot harder to like. She had moments where I felt sorry for her but mostly she irritated me. Sam ends up saving Riley’s life so she feels like she owes him, so she hatches this crazy scheme to break up another couple so Sam can get the girl. Obviously we all know that this is not going to work, but I have no problem with this storyline. However, there were other things that Riley did that drove me crazy. She goes to this party and things get a little out of control and she does some not great things and of course there are pictures (her behavior wasn’t significantly bad, just drinking, kissing, etc). Her behavior here did not seem out of place, but everything that happened afterwards, the repercussions of her actions and he reaction to such were off and seemed out of place for her.
  • Riley is Ryan’s brother so again we come across their less than awesome parents. They have more money than sense and put an unreasonable amount of pressure on Riley to be “perfect.”
  • I loved watching Riley and Sam figure out their friendship and realize their relationship potential throughout the book. It wasn’t instalove but more of a slow burn.
  • I had two issues with Played. The first was that neither Ryan nor Fred seemed to be that pissed that Riley tried breaking them up. It was all “It’s ok, I understand” and I just don’t buy that they were at least a little pissed. She flat out lied to both of them and was caught and… nothing.
  • The other issue I had was lack of things relating to Native Americans. Essentially for Played Sam could have just been some poor kid who lived far from school. There really wasn’t much about the Rez other than his grandmother made baskets and his parents worked at the casino. I wish there would have been more.

Overall I rate Played:

OK

Kimberly


Jan 03

Review * Hooked by Liz Fichera

Reviews 21 ★★★

Review * Hooked by Liz FicheraHooked by Liz Fechera
Series: Hooked #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on January 29, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Played
Add to: Goodreads
three-stars
When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...

GET HOOKED ON A GIRL NAMED FRED.

 

What I Thought…

  • Hooked is a nice, quick, enjoyable read.
  • Even though Hooked revolves around the golf team, there wasn’t an overwhelming amount of golf in the story, which was a good thing because I’m not really a huge golf fan. It was kept simplistic in its explanations.
  • Fred lives on the rez with her family, but she attends the regular public school. She doesn’t have a great home life and at times she was embarrassed by her family and her situation, to the point that she never wanted anyone to come to her home.
  • I thought I would be annoyed by Fred’s name, but I wasn’t. It’s not a name I would ever pick for a girl, but it worked.
  • Fred learned to play golf from her dad and new that playing on the high school golf team was her ticket to college, however there was no girls team when she got the opportunity she snapped it up, even though she knew it was going to be difficult. As you can expect the boys did not take it so well, especially Ryan’s best friend, Seth. Hijinks ensued but Fred is a tough one.
  • Ryan’s family has money but is seriously lacking in the caring department. Ryan used this as an excuse, a lot. He also made a lot of excuses for Seth’s behavior which was mildly annoying.
  • Ryan’s friend Seth is pretty awful. He’s wind and crazy to the point of being dangerous. Quite a few times Ryan follows along with his crazy ideas, which drove me completely nuts. There were quite a few times where Seth went way to far.
  • I really liked watching Ryan and Fred come together. It was sweet and cute and difficult. All the good things!
  • I’ve really come to love alternating view points. I never used to like them but I’ve read so many good ones lately that it’s hard not to.
  • My biggest complaint about Hooked was that the ending wrapped up pretty fast, with everyone making their about face rather rapidly. I expected the nice happy ending, it just happened a little too fast, especially with Ryan and his family.
  • Hooked is fun but also had some serious moments, especially when Ryan and Fred were dealing with their parent issues.

 

Kimberly