Mini Review: Handpicked by Dani Oden

Posted November 13, 2014 by love2dazzle in New Adult, Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher on NetGallery in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Mini Review: Handpicked by Dani OdenHandpicked by Dani Oden
Series: The Pledged Series #1
on August 4, 2014
Genres: Coming of Age, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 216
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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one-star
College freshman Jill Holloway takes one look at the stuck-up girls going through sorority rush and nearly returns her borrowed dress and heels. Against her best judgment, she ends up falling for the prestige and parties, and snagging a bid from a top house. After moving in, she quickly grows skeptical of her too-perfect sorority sisters. She tries to ask questions, though no one will take time from their busy social calendar to give her any real answers.Jill wastes no time digging for everything she’s not supposed to find, and soon comes face-to-face with a big and bloody secret hidden in her sorority’s basement. She knows she’s in over her head, but taking off so soon would raise the perfectly-plucked eyebrows of her suspicious new sisters. She’s stuck until she can make a smooth exit.

But the closer she gets to leaving, the more it becomes clear that it won’t be as simple as she hoped. A tempting fraternity guy, a best friend who needs her, and new details about what has really been happening in the basement have her questioning what her next move should be, and whether or not it’ll be worth the risks.

Handpicked is a New Adult Coming of Age, with elements of suspense and romance.

“Handpicked” by Dani Oden is a novel that I can see a lot of girls relating too. I found myself not being too interested in the story. The rush process didn’t seem to be completely accurate. I’ve had some friends rush and based off of their experiences this was completely different. The characters are just very poorly written. I dont feel like the reader gets enough ifnormation about the characters and the information that they do get it is all in a very negative light. The events that happen in the sorority only seem to happen to Jill the main character. The story plays out like it is a mystery but in reality it is anything but a mystery. I just didn’t like this book at all. By the time I got to the end of the book, I felt like I had completely wasted my time.

one-star

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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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