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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

To Buy or Not to Buy: In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

Still doing the whole eBook sample clean up before more books come out that I have to sample. I still have 360 samples on my iPad. I probably read about 20 of them, but I need to see which ones I finished, which ones I started and which ones I still have to read. It's a never ending chore. You'd think I'd be satisfied with the books I do have instead of constantly fishing for new ones. But it's no the reading, well it is the reading, but it is also the having. So without further ado, I bring you To Buy or Not to Buy.

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy
Book Description (From Amazon):
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Ultracompetitive Brynn from The Summer of Firsts and Lasts craves swimming victory—and gets in over her head—in this irresistible novel from Terra Elan McVoy.


Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends at school. Not the gnawing grief over her fallen hero father. Not the strained relationship with her absent mother and clueless stepdad. In the turquoise water, swimming is an escape and her ticket to somewhere—anywhere—else. And nothing will get in her way of claiming victory.

But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool in a wickedly seductive cat-and-mouse game between herself, her wild best friend, and a hot new college swimmer, Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.

My First Impression:
Brynn is competitive and swimming is the only thing that matters to her. Grier is her best friend, a thrill seeker.

The story opens with the two of them floating in Grier’s pool. The only thoughts in Brynn’s head are that Grier was too slow in the meet that day. Then Grier surprises her by challenging her to a dare.
They haven’t played in a while, but Brynn can’t really think of anything challenging enough. Brynn reflects on friendship with Grier and we learn how they became friends. And just what type of girl Grier is.

Grier finds a container of salt from the bar at poolside and demands Brynn to dare her to snort the salt. Brynn will have to go next snorting the sugar.

Brynn dares her and after Grier snorts the salt, her nose starts hemorrhaging. When Brynn tries to get a towel, Grier stops her so they can look at the blood swirling in the pool. The blood is all over her face, throat and chest and she demands that Brynn take her picture before she gets cleaned up. She plans to post it.

Her rationale? “At least then we’ll have proof something happened for once. Don’t be so boring.”
In Chapter two, we learn about Brynn’s family; how her father died a hero, how her mother met her step-father and how they go to her father’s grave every Sunday as a family.

I couldn't care less about any of this or any of the characters. The first two chapters are slow and there was nothing happening that would pull me in. I couldn't relate to any of the characters either. It was just tedious.

My Decision?

Not to buy


  1. Good call on the No Buy decision, as this one sounded boring! Totally understand that the wanting to have the book is as important as actually reading the book. I think it would take me months to read all of my unread books! But sometimes, just owning them is enough....

  2. Not to my taste I admit but hey it takes all sorts and making that decision to buy or not to buy/to keep or donate is never an easy one.

    A bit more reluctant to get rid of any books as as you know I only read 'tree books'. I have put myself on a book buying ban but still find myself with book tokens to use, favourite author whose books I simply have to have and then of course there's the ex-library stock that are always availabe at our library for 50p a hardback/25p a softback.