Despite all the hate I often see reviewers giving Wattpad.com, I believe it has produced some pretty damn good authors to date. The online writing website has seen the rise of writing legends such as Jordan Lynde, Natasha Preston, Kirsty Moseley and the very fabulous Bella Johnson. And now here I am, introducing the wonderful Anna Todd to you all!
The impeccable writing of the American author touched hundreds of millions of hearts on Wattpad, racking up an amazing four-hundred and eleven MILLION reads* simply on the first novel! This is incredibly amazing for a beginner and highlights the skills and talent Ms Todd possesses. Therefore, I feel it is only fair to introduce you all to the wonderful romantic series that will have you laughing, crying and wanted absolutely more!
The four-part series After follows the romantic story of Tessa and Hardin. The plot to the story was absolutely amazing, and despite the clichéd good-girl meets bad-boy, I could not put the book series down. I adored how I felt the urge to pick up the next book straight after. The pull of the story and the growing need to follow #Hessa right to the end of their journey is something I only rarely see in today’s young adult market. The After series deals with some very sensitive issues, and it is interesting to see how the two protagonists struggle to balance each other and their problems at the same time. Yet Ms Todd deals with the issues incredibly well, giving the story more reality.
As for the writing style of the book, fluid is not the word. The flow of the writing eased you from chapter to chapter, and then from book to book. My disappointment in finishing the series was not due to the way the story ends, but as to the actual ending. A part of me wanted the After adventure to continue forever. But all good things must come to an end. The laid back style of the writing allows anybody to easily focus into the story, and this would make a perfect holiday or light-reading pick!
I only have incredibly high praising for Ms Todd and her work. I expect a great deal from her in the future. She is definitely a one to watch!
* Current total was reviewed on the 04.02.17
The After series was split into four novels, and a fifth including prequel Before.
The first book in to the series, and one that I did have the most of a struggle with. The story is a bit slow getting off the ground, and for those who didn’t enjoy Fifty Shades of Grey, this book may not be your thing – as many have branded it as abusive. (Personally, I think people are being picky.)
Despite the struggle of this story, Tessa and Hardin are absolutely adorable and it is wonderful seeing their relationship develop. With the ending of this book, I knew I had to try the second – SO DON’T GIVE UP ON THIS ONE!
Book rating – 6 out of 10.
The second instalment was much better, and the real depth of the characters began to set in. The relationship develops so much more and you begin to learn the back stories that have led up to the present.
A strong novel from Todd, this book did sway me to finish the rest of the serious. This was, ultimately, the one that hooked the story for me. So if you do make it to the second book, I doubt you’ll be disappointed 😉
Book rating – 7 out of 10.
From this point on, anything I say runs the risk of spoilers. This isn’t something I want do. What I do expect is that you GO READ THIS! Ms Todd got a lot of controversial reviews on this – a mix of both good and bad.
So go get the series and make up your own mind.
Because mine is set that this series was a brilliant romantic tale between two people who needed each other to invoke a change.
Book rating: 7 out of 10.
In concluding this series review, all I can say is that I do adore these stories. They’ll be something I adore re-reading over and over again. In fact, I might go read them again now!
Plot | 7 out of 10 | Cute and romantic!
Theme | 5 out of 10 | Fairly cliche, must admit.
Characters | 8 out of 10 | Deep, but ridiculous at times.
Romance | 9 out of 10 | One word: #Hessa
Tone and Pace | 10 out of 10 | Quick moving, easy read!
Cover Art | 4 out of 10 | Fairly basic…
Overall Series Rating | 7 out of 10 | A great little love story.
ANNA TODD is a first-time writer spending her days in the Austin area with her husband, with whom she beat half the statistics by getting married one month after graduating high school. Between her husband’s three deployments to Iraq, she worked odd jobs from a makeup counter to the IRS processing counter. Anna was always an avid reader and boy band and romance lover, so now that she’s found a way to combine the three she’s enjoying living a real-life dream come true.