Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Review: Believe by Erin McCarthy
Released: January 21st, 2014
Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad… Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist. But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…
Believe is the third book in the True Believers series and is just as good as True and Sweet. This time it's not about a Mann brother, but rather their cousin, Phoenix. Robin is the main girl on the scene this time, and she already knows the Mann clan through Tyler and Riley's girlfriends. Together they're one big happy family; a family who keep secrets and occasionally lie to each other. There's a lot of drama in Believe, but it's all quite true to life and easy to relate to. Pretty much exactly how I like my NA books!
I liked Phoenix and Robin; I think they suit each other and bring out the best qualities in each other. Their relationship is quite a rocky one, anything but smooth sailing, but they make a go of it and actually work really hard at maintaining a semblance of normalcy in their otherwise crazy. Both of them are dealing with serious life stuff -- ranging from absent mothers to regret over cheating with a friend's partner -- but they both face their demons and attempt to right their wrongs.
As with all the True Believers books, things progress quickly in whichever relationship is portrayed in that particular book, and Phoenix and Robin in Believe is no different. They move at a very fast pace, which I will admit suits the style of the novels and Erin McCarthy's fast, snappy narratives. So although it might not seem quite so realistic to have characters falling in love within a short space of time, it's not off-putting as it is with some books. Here it seems natural and the next logical step for Phoenix and Robin, and that's what I like about this series. It is what it is, and it's not afraid to stick to its guns.
I'm glad Believe isn't the last in the True Believers series, and once again I'm looking forward to the next instalment, Shatter, which is due for publication in June 2014. This is fast becoming one of my favourite New Adult series and, as always, it isn't suitable for younger readers. There's some sexual content and language included which makes it very much for the NA age range!