Sunday, June 15, 2014
Charli Reviews: Skin Deep
Author: Laura Jarrett
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Date of Publication: March 2012
Source: Review copy from the publisher
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I received a free copy of this book from Electric Monkey in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Electric Monkey!
Before I read Skin Deep, I had wanted to read one of Jarratt's novels for a long time. Now, I am desperate to read her others! The writing is enthralling; the romance gives you butterflies...
The premise of this book is what attracted me to it almost instantly. Jenna had her face horrifically burned in a car crash; which makes her feel like a monster. In said event. she also lost her best friend and she really struggles with everything that has happened. Enter Ryan: someone she's never met, who just might be her silver lining.
To begin with, I was really unsure of Jenna. She seemed to act desperate for attention; but she didn't want it because of the scars. Once you know more of her story, it becomes a lot clearer. I can't say I fully ever enjoyed her character, but it wasn't quite so bad after a while. I could really empathise with her, with her best friend's death; as some of you know, my best friend died when I was 10.
However, I definitely preferred Ryan. Not just because he sounds absolutely lovely, but I generally preferred his voice, especially when it came to his mum! She was also a great secondary character who added such a nice edge.
When I read the blurb and started reading, I thought it might drag, at a length of just over 350pgs. It flowed continually and had something different going on all the time, so it really didn't! Like I mentioned, the romance is one of those that makes you squeal! I rooted for our couple from the first time they met and it just develops absolutely flawlessly.
I really, really enjoyed Skin Deep, right from the first to the last page. The romance is gorgeous, the premise is complex and Jarratt's writing is beautiful.