Review: The Keatyn Chronicles: Books 1-3 by Jillian Dodd

Title: The Keatyn Chronicles: Books 1-3
Author: Jillian Dodd
Series: The Keatyn Chronicles #1-3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb:
Keatyn’s crazy life comes together in one perfect script in this special combined addition of the first three books in The Keatyn Chronicles.

Book 1 – Stalk Me Keatyn’s life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most-coveted lunch table. But she’s thinking about giving it all up to date an adorable surfer. So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Book 2 – Kiss Me Keatyn’s always written scripts for her perfect life. But she never would have scripted this. She’s now at a boarding school, where she has new challenges to face. Like tutoring a hottie god that tortures her with his smile. And having the most popular girl hate her because of a guy. So she’s decided to stop trying to script her life and just live it. Because who knows how long she has left.

Book 3 – Date Me Keatyn’s giving up scripting her life. Sort of. She’s done with the God of all Hotties. She’s going to give her heart to the boy whose kisses are hotter than molten lava and who asked her to Homecoming in a big, crazy way. Because there’s so much to look forward to. Parties at the Cave. Homecoming festivities. Drama Tryouts. Shopping trips to NY. But things aren’t as perfect as they seem. She knows he’s still out there and getting more desperate. And even though she wants to pretend she’ll never see him again, she knows she will. And she’s afraid that this time, she might not get away.

My Review:
Book one finished – actual rating 3.5 stars. This book was hugely entertaining and it had me laughing out loud at the absurdity of it. I had literary whiplash keeping up with Keatyn’s changing feelings over the boys, but, you know what, I think it captured those teenage hormonally-fueled decisions and the enormous indecision as you are struggling to find your identity and your place in the world. It’s over the top drama and sexualization and all the conversations with her parents and their friends were totally unrealistic but I just laughed my ass off because I think the author wants you to take it tongue-in-cheek, so I did. Cush was great until he acted like an asshole, but, I forgave him. I blew hot and cold on Brooklyn – I did want them together at the start, and part of me is still hoping he’s her forever love, but he frustrated the hell out of me in this one because he did string her along and it wasn’t fair. Ultimately, I feel he’s too mature for Keatyn, and also not ready for a committed relationship. She’s still got a lot of growing up to do, and her behavior and inner monologue had me tearing my hair out at times. The writing is decent and the little scripts were fun. The reason this isn’t rated higher is because the plot was so weak and there were holes and it took all of two seconds to figure out who the stalker was. For a movie star’s daughter, Keatyn was ridiculously naive and quite juvenile at time. Loved the change of scenery at the end and new hot boys to drool over (I’m totally shallow like that.) Despite my issues with the plot, it was a hoot reading this book and I’m glad I bought this box set so I can get stuck into the next book. Overall, a decent start to a fun, light-hearted, entertaining series.

Book 2 – Loved the change of scenery in this one and the introduction to Dawson, Riley, Dallas, and the God of all hotties, Aidan. Keatyn is very indecisive at the start and it wasn’t cool that she was dancing and flirting wtih Aidan while having sex with Dawes. I totally buy the fact that you can have feelings for different boys at the same time, especially as a teenager, but acting on those feelings is another matter entirely. And, B is majorly in my bad books now – how could he do that to her? I wanted to strangle him. I thought he was going to end up her forever love and now I’m hoping he doesn’t cos he’s a total jackass. Loving her and Dawson and hoping they last the difference even though Aidan is totally swoon worthy. 4 stars

Book 3 – I was glad when Keatyn made a decision, drew a line on what was and wasn’t appropriate, and became a couple with Dawes. I was really loving how amazing he was for her until the end – WTF? I wanted to jump into my Kindle and throttle him and give her a big hug. The stalker plotline is weak and very much secondary and I wish it was better developed because I don’t feel the fear or tension. Character development was good in this one, especially with Keatyn and Aidan, and I love how she’s besties with Dallas and Riley – they are a great team. I’m invested in this series because of the romance. I love that there are several love interests once it doesn’t cross a line. And I loved that ending. Seriously, Keatyn is so dense that she didn’t realize that. Really hoping she ditches D and starts dating Aidan in the next book. Dawson doesn’t deserve to be forgiven. 4 stars.

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