Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Title: On Dublin Street
Author: Samantha Young
Published: August 31st 2012
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult/Adult Fiction
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Caution: May contain spoilers

Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate's sexy older brother.

Contains strong adult content. For readers ages 18+

~partial synopsis from Goodreads <--- click to read full synopsis

My Thoughts:

I got this one on a whim. After getting a peek at the new adult genre in Beautiful Disaster, I was eager to get my hands on another. Maybe it’s because I’m closer to my thirties and I’m intrigued by literature that involves characters near my age. I’m not sure. In any case, I picked this one up out of curiosity.

Jocelyn (Joss) is not the type of person to let people in. Her family died when she was 14, leaving her alone. She doesn’t like getting close to people because she doesn’t want to lose them like she has before. When she moves in with Ellie, they become friends. Then she finds out her brother is Braden, the guy she met in the taxi. The development of Jocelyn and Braden meeting to getting involved was quite amusing. I always enjoy a good back and forth teasing between two characters who are obviously interested in each other.

The relationship they had, or actually planned out, was interesting. It starts off physical, then they can’t deny there is something more there. But honestly, didn’t they know it was there all along? Yes, they did. They just didn’t want to admit it. Well, more like she didn’t, due to her fear of losing someone she loved.

There is a lot more to this story than just Jocelyn and Braden. She’s still fighting her past from ruining her present. And the people she cares about are dealing with problems of their own. When it comes time for her to face her fears, she wants nothing more than to run away… but will she leave? Can she leave?

On Dublin Street has a lot going for it. Great background on characters and interesting storyline. It was, however, a little more uninhibited than I care for. There were certain points where I was like, OMG, too much. And at one point, I found literally five errors within two pages. So, all in all, it was okay, but not completely my cup of tea. I think I may take a step away from this genre for a little bit.

My Rating:

Pretty Good: Stay up until your bedtime


  1. Wonderful review, Jessica. I'm actually a bit curious about this novel and the 'new adult' label.

    I'm sad to say it but this kind of underlines the impression I got of self published novels. And I cannot say it enough but it is so, SO important to get someone proofread the script. Five errors within two pages, shouldn't have been more then maximum one if you ask me.

    Yes, look at me talking with my bad English grammar, but hey I hide behind the fact that I'm Norwegian and also not an author ;)

    1. It is an interesting genre, right in between YA and adult, although some of them feel much more adult than others.

      Exactly! It is VERY important for authors to take their work seriously enough to proofread. There are several indie authors that actually put the effort into it, but I think with how easy it is to self-publish, a lot more writers are just tossing their work out there without double checking it.

      Lol, I am a writer, but I know I have poor grammar at times. :P

  2. Hmmm, I'm not sure this one would be my cup of tea either but you never know.

    1. The grammar errors alone would probably be a frustration. Well, at least, that's most of what I remember about it. Lol. :P

  3. Hmmm...I've seen this book around but hadn't read the synopsis or anyone else's review until now. I'm kind of curious - the setting alone catches my attention (lol) - but I don't know. Now that I finally have an ereader I'm a bit more willing to take chances on ebooks, so I might give this one a try when my pile's a bit smaller.

    1. It does pique your curiosity doesn't it? I think that's why I just went for it without thinking, lol. It might be worth it to give a try someday. :)

  4. I'm liking the new adult genre. I hope to find more books that fit it. This one sounds interesting. I'm not sure if it is for me but I'll put it on my list so I can look into it.

    1. Me too, I have enjoyed a few of them! :) This one feels more adult than new adult, but it's hard to know.

  5. I'm also getting increasingly intrigued by the New Adult genre. But it's kind of hard to tell what you're going to get, eh? Some of them are tamer, like YA, and some are more on the too-much-info side of adult. This one sounds interesting, despite the errors, so maybe I'll pick it up when I have time.

    1. It is an interesting genre! It is hard to tell them apart sometimes--they can be tame, like you said, and others are borderline adult. I hope you enjoy it if you do! :)

  6. I love Samantha Youngs Fire Spirit series so I have wanted to read this one for a while (I need more hours in the day and a smaller review pile).

    It sounds intriguingl & I am loving the NA genre lately :)

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful review.

    1. I've been interested in The Fade series for awhile, but haven't had a chance to pick it up. I should check the one you mentioned out. :) The NA genre is great! Thanks sweetie!


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