Unlikely Allies by Tiffany King

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Pages 227 | Published 31st August 2012

Eighteen-year-old Kimberly gets the shock of her life when she learns the father she thought was dead is not only very much alive, but never even knew she existed. Angry with her mother for lying all these years, Kimberly flies to Colorado to meet the father she knows nothing about before heading off to college in the fall.

Her father’s world turns out to be nothing like she expected. Rather than the typical nine to five lifestyle, Kimberly’s father runs a summer foster camp that teaches young children skills to build their confidence and self-esteem. The Colorado Rocky Mountains are a different world than the sunny shores of California, taking Kimberly completely out of her element, and causing her to second-guess her spur of the moment decision.

Never being one to quit anything, Kimberly is determined to show her father that a surfer girl can fit into this rugged mountain wilderness. That is if she can deal with Mason, an arrogant nineteen-year-old guy who has made it his mission to point out every mistake she has made since her arrival. While she would love nothing more than to rub it in his know-it-all face, Kimberly can’t deny the feelings he stirs up inside her, or the chemistry between them, even during their verbal assaults.

When a tragic accident leaves them stranded in the mountains, Kimberly must use her shaky skills to save Mason and survive the elements. Suddenly, fighting is the last thing on their minds as they must rely on each other if they want to live. In their struggle for survival, they realize what they thought they knew about each other isn’t true after all.

Book Review: 2 stars

I knew that my good book roll had to come to an end eventually…and oh did it. To say the least, I am severely disappointed with this book even after it received such raving reviews. My main problems with this book:

  1. The plot…or lack there of…was incredibly dull. Maybe I had too high of an expectation for Unlikely Allies – that it would be more like Blue Lagoon rather than a bad ABC show like Dance Academy.
  2. Kimberly & Mason annoyed me sooo much! It just didn’t make sense why he instantly hated her – and the explanation given was again dull. Their mean jabs at each other or apparent ‘sexual tension’ was just silly, and made me cringe…not in the good way.
  3. Gosh! Kimberly, someone needs to slap you! Her inner monologue was just boring. She didn’t evolve as a character, nor was she remotely interesting to read about. I don’t care if you are happy about giving somebody a nickname…let alone want to read half a page about it. Yes I admire her affection for the foster kids, and yes I think her kindness towards others is admirable..BUT girl you need to stop whining. Like most of the characters, she lacked depth.

The good?
It was the characters Rick & Amy that allowed me to attain some joy throughout this book. Gosh! I wish Amy was my friend. She is so witty, and I Ioved her back story.

To be honest I think that King could have done a whole lot more with her characters and the premise for this book, instead of making it a bad diary entry of a teenager…I’m sorry but the dialogue was weird. I have yet to meet people who speak that way. The conversations seemed forced.

Again I think it was my expectations that clouded my overall perception of this book.

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