Friday, 21 February 2014

Running On Empty by Colette Ballard

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Tulip Romance and Netgalley.
Running On Empty
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a risky move. River must face her ugly past and the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in, the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember.

Running On Empty by Colette Ballard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Running On Empty(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Tulip Romance and Netgalley.)
17-year-old River loves horses, and has a boyfriend (Logan) who pressurises her to have sex and is jealous of the fact that she has a male best friend.
When an accident leaves Logan dead, River is convinced by her two best friends that she needs to go on the run.
How long can River stay on the run for? And how can she prove that it was an accident?

This was an okay story, but the pace was too slow, and the main character made some really bad decisions.

River was a bit of an odd character. For someone who was supposed to be smart, she sure didn’t act that way. She really annoyed me at points, because she made such bad decisions. And why she was with Logan was kind-of beyond me. He was basically a jerk, and so what if he picked her – it was only for her looks!

The storyline in this was okay, but it was too long, and too slow. This book was more like 560 pages on the kindle, and it felt that long. The pace was just way too slow, there was stuff in there that didn’t need to be in there, and I wanted the story to just move along quicker.
There was a little romance, but not much, and it didn’t feel like a main part of the story. It was also obvious from the first page who River was going to end up with, but then took forever to actually happen.
There were also a lot of coincidences in this book, considering that the girls were on the run, they seemed to get an awful lot of lucky coincidences, and it got a bit unbelievable.
The ending was okay, but it was predictable, and I thought that it was a bit too easy in the end.
Overall; okay, but the pace was too slow.
6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I hate when 'smart' characters make stupid decisions.