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Double Standards and Insta-Love
9 July 2018
Persuade is a quick easy paranormal romantic read. Very YA in temper and tone with hints of Meyer’s Twilight - there’s even multiple mentions of the Twilight series that has me thinking Wilson is a bit of a fan.
Set in high school with a content warning for readers aged 16 plus, I was pretty sure before reading it that it might be a bit young for me. And in all honesty it wasn’t too bad but there were a few things that stripped it of a four star rating for me. The main one being the fact that our main character, Savanna, tells the guys she loves them after only a couple of days - how can you even truly know someone after only three days - but then to make matters worse, she tells them she’s IN LOVE with them. This is too close to insta-love for my tastes, feels like infatuation more than love.
Wilson has created her own unique world of vampires; I do really like the concept of the Alt and their gift of pursuasion. Savanna, as the hot tempered MC, is not your average whiney teenager found in YA novels. Insta-love aside, she is rather clear sighted and honest about her life, I was not surprised at the secrets revealed regarding her however. The guys are a good mix and appear to be true to their 17 year old selves. I didn’t like how Wilson had Savanna ordering the guys around in regards to taking their tops off and similar, but when one of them joked about her maybe returning the favour in the future Savanna bulked and got all nervous. Also, I didn’t like how Savanna got all righteous when the guys tried to use pursuasion on her but she’s happy to use it on them - fairs fair, equality and all that jazz, can’t have one rule for guys and another for girls; everyone deserves to be treated with respect
Wilson’s writing style is typical of many YA authors, easy to follow. There were a few editing errors but nothing major, and as this was book one it concentrated on building the relationship between Savanna and the guys so not a lot happened; hopefully there will be more plot development in book two. As a true YA, there is only kissing and some heavy petting, and even though it is a RH it concentrated on their singular relationships more than a group one; one of the guys even mentions that the thought of doing anything while his brothers are there is gross, so maybe not a true RH. If you are a fan of Twilight, like YA Reverse Harems and don’t mind a bit of insta-love then I’d recommend giving Pursuade a go, and with no cliffhanger and book two almost out it is safe to start anytime.