REVIEW: Fissure

FissureHis confidence on a hiatus, his swagger on sabbatical, and his ego bruised, Patrick Hayward is a shell of the man he once was. Cursing at and writing off love after the only woman he let himself fall for wound up marrying his older brother, Patrick enrolls himself at Stanford hoping college life, the California girls, and the epic surf will get him back to his free-spirited, ladies-man-extraordinaire self. 

Just when Patrick feels the shadow of himself returning, Emma Scarlett enters his life, seeing through his shenanigans and calling him on his crap.

Intrigued by this fascinating creature who is ignorant to his charm, surrounded by four older brothers that look at Patrick like he’s a bug to squish, and dating the same guy for the past six years who gives new meaning to the term territorial boyfriend, Patrick gravitates to Emma, knowing she’s everything he shouldn’t fall for.

So, of course, he can’t help himself.

It doesn’t take long for Patrick to discover Emma has as many secrets as he does. And hers may be just as dark as his.

This time, falling for the girl could not only break his heart, but his spirit. 

FISSURE is the first installment in the two part series, THE PATRICK CHRONICLES, and is a side story to the best-selling YA series, THE EDEN TRILOGY. The final installment, FUSION, will be released in the summer of 2012

AuthorNicole Williams 

Series: The Patrick Chronicles #1

Genre: New Adult

Published: April 2012

Source: Goodreads

Someone should have told me that reading the Eden Trilogy is a prerequisite to reading this series. As far as side stories go this one was hella confusing! I feel like I’ve been dropped on my head in the middle of some weird alternate universe.

Now that I know I’m going in blind and have no idea what the hell it is I’m reading I’m going to continue and when I’m finished not write a review based off what I read but more of how it was written.

So far good, but way too many tangents, Patrick’s mind is a labyrinth I cannot navigate. A part of me believes that even if I had read the Eden Trilogy his inner monologues would leave me confused regardless.

I find it very odd that Emma is so opinionated, sarcastic and a general ball-buster where Patrick is concerned. Yet she is somehow being abused by her masochist of a boyfriend, and she’s okay with that?! And this is where I’ll get “boos” I don’t do domestic violence books because unless its written properly I usually don’t feel any sympathy for the woman. I’m not saying that she’s at fault or deserves whatever some jackass hands to her but simply put: domestic violence writing is sensitive and if not done in a believable and relatable way usually leaves me feeling like (universal) she is some dumb woman who needs to get her shit straight. More often than not its been done well and I know its done well when I feel anger on behalf of the woman and not anger towards her. In this case, I felt anger towards Emma and her “sunny” disposition (while heroic) contrasted too much with her circumstances for me to get angry on her behalf. I just couldn’t sympathize with her.

Honestly, not only was I confused like I said earlier but this book wasn’t anything special to make me (now that I’ve finished it) want to go back and read the first three so I can better understand what they are and what they do. And I also have no desire to continue this series.

But for all those who want to give this series a try, Read the Eden Trilogy first or you will end up not reading the rest of this series or the one before it.


Last Line: “Don’t worry about me, Em. No bars can keep me caged.”

2.5 Stars


Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in Fantasy Genre

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every week I will share a list based on the topic provided by The Broke and the Bookish.

Enjoy and please feel free to join me, I’d love to hear your own lists on whatever topics are featured.


March 11: Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in Fantasy (Series) Genre 

 1. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter  Obviously. I like to take them out every summer for a reread. It’s a tradition now.

2. Phillip Pullman His Dark Materials I remember when I read them at the time, I thought it was the most genius thing written. My mind was blown

3. Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Series. Although I have yet to read the last installment, these were great when I was in my obsessive phase. I just need to find my way back there so I can finish the series. :/

4. Tamora Pierce Song of the Lioness or the Alanna series as I like to call them. These were awesome. My first venture into a different kind of fantasy. Good times.

5. Melissa Marr The Wicked Lovely Series s I loved these books so much I joined a forum, my first forum ever and where I met a lot of my Goodreads and blogger friends.  #darkling #darkcourt

6. Maggie Stiefvater The Wolves of Mercy Falls This wolf to human and human to wolf story was so different from anything I’ve ever read. It made the fantasy seem not so far-fetched. It was attainable in its logic and for that it will always be a favorite.

7. Libba Bray  The Great and Terrible Beauty Man, I loved this series when I first read them in HS. I proceeded to shove it off on all my friends because I couldn’t stand to be alone in the awesomeness that was this book.

8. Melissa de la Cruz The Blue Bloods  I just love this series. I’m a bit behind but I will read them all and find out what happens! Jack+ Mimi+ Schulyer = ?

9.  Kami Garcia Beautiful Creatures I hear he’s a wonderful writer, too bad I’ll never find out for myself.

10. Cinda Williams Chima The Heir Chronicles I’m still on the hunt for the last installment Dragon Heir. *sigh*