Monday, April 23, 2012

Purity : Book Review


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Title : Purity
Series :  -
Author : Jackson Pearce
Pages : 218
Release Date : April 24th 2012
Publisher : Little, Brown and Company for YR / Hachette Book Group Canada
Format : Harcover
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**I received this copy from HBG Canada in exchange for an honest review.**

My Opinion :

Purity is the first book by Jackson Pearce that I have read (although, I do own Sisters Red...). I was actually really looking forward to it. I was so excited when I got it, that I read it the evening it came. But... it just didn't meet my expectations.

I thought Purity by Jackson Pearce would be a less fluffy book, and maybe more of a big dramatic book.

The plot was the best part of the book, although I thought the 'Promises', which are promises she told her mom (before her mom died) that she would respect and obey. But, Miss Pearce felt like she was trying to make it sound like Shelby was taking the Promises too far... but I don't feel like she really was... Anyways, in Purity, Shelby needs to attend this Princess Ball, where daughters vow to their fathers their purity for life (therefore, the title of the book), and so, Shelby is freaking out, because she just can't break a promise, one being that she holds every promise she tells her dad. And so, she tries to lose her virginity before the ball, because she and her two best friends figured out that the promise she didn't 'have meaning' if you broke it before doing it, so, like, it deletes the promise. But...

In Purity, Shelby has two best friends, the main bet friend being Jonas, a boy, and her second best friend, Ruby. Alright, so we develop Jonas a little bit... but not enough. I feel like maybe you should have flashbacks of when they were younger, or maybe just some things that happened to Jonas, but he wasn't involved enough, in my opinion. Same thing for Ruby. except that Ruby felt like a third wheel that was never there (or almost), and that she wasn't really Shelby'S friend, moer like a someone Shelby knew...

The writing was nothing that special, although it was pretty easy to read. It was pretty much fast-paced - too fast-paced. You skipped big time (because each chapters is like '3 days before', and it's before the Princess Ball), and sometimes you'd just skip so many days. I mean, in those days, something could have happened! I don't know, Shelby could have gotten a A in a English test or something. Just... add something! And, add drama (because, well-done drama is what makes a book good!)

I enjoy Jackson Peace'S videos a lot on Youtube, so, I am sure to continue watching them, even if I didn't like Purity that much. Also, I'm hoping that Sisters Red will be better!

*Although Purity wasn't the best book I have read this year, I know that a lot of people enjoyed it, and so I don't recommend you decide not to buy it because of my review; you should check out other people'S review to see if, maybe you'D like it. This is just my take on the book.*


3.5 roses...

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Author Bio : 

Jackson PearceJackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and currently works for a software company even though she auditioned for the circus (she juggled and twirled fire batons, but they still didn’t want her). Other jobs she’s had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school; she’s taught over four hundred students since starting seven years ago. Coaching provides the greatest “research” for writing YA that she could ever ask for and has introduced her to some of the most unique characters she’s ever met.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn’t tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.


  1. I can't wait to read Purity. I'm so lucky, Jackson Pearce lives in my city and I'm going to meet her in about two weeks :)