Monday, January 5, 2015

{Review} Motor Dolls by Lori Bentley Law

ISBN #: 978-0989590501
Page Count: 384
Copyright: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Motor Palace Press

Book Summary:
(Taken from back cover)

Heart stopping stunts! Cameras galore! And a shadowy man in gray with nefarious plans...

Welcome to the world of the MOTOR DOLLS!

An encounter with a stranger on the day of her grandmother's death steers Jeda into a life of danger as she chases one bizarre challenge after another--like jumping off of a pier with a handmade kite strapped to her back, or zapping herself silly with a stun-gun. But when the game escalated from a thrilling adventure to somethng darker, Jeda begins to question the reason for it all. Is someone really trying to drive her to her death? Or is she just nuts?

In her quest to find answers, she enlists the help of fellow hotrod girl Benny to chronicle the madness on film, and together they race to uncover the truth behind Jeda's odd life and the mystery behind the elusive man in gray.

Lupe's Review:

This book was...different. Like, I really liked the premise, and I really loved the characters, but I kind of feel like they didn't really mesh well together, like at all. Their chemistry was one of animosities and lies, and I just didn't really ever feel like Jeda and Benny connected well enough to be friends. Even at the end of the book, they only felt like mere acquaintances to me, and that isn't good, considering the whole time they are trying really hard to be best friends. Jeda and Benny's personal story arc's don't even move in the same direction, it seems to me, almost like they are moving towards different things, which would make it hard for them to continue to be friends. And if you are looking for nice cars and awesome rides, then this book has....some. I expected there to be more daring things and more awesome car chases and hotrods, cycles and such, but there are only a few really good times when I feel like we got that inkling that the girls were into classics (cars and bikes both).

There are a lot of loose ends and open story lines, so I am hoping that Lori Bentley Law is planning on taking this book into some kind of series. I don't see it being a trilogy or anything short like that though. I was kind of disappointed over the conclusion (which I won't give away, obviously!!!), which also leads me to the conclusion that the author plans on more books after this one.

All in all, the book was ok. The writing itself was good, but sometimes I would forget that these girls are only in their early 20's with all the temper tantrums and hormones raging. That was kind of a turn off. But still, I wouldn't mind reading the others, if it means I get to see finished storylines. I really would like to know what the roles are of some of these minor characters. Out of 5 stars? 3.5.

*A physical copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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