Friday, August 8, 2014

BOOK REVIEW#- Offside by Shay Savage

Title:  Offside   
Author:  Shay Savage
Publication Date:  August 3rd 2014 by Shay Savage, LLC

Plot:  I have to be the best. I am the best. I’m quick. I’m strong. I’m smart. I’m the star keeper of my high school soccer team, and I’ve got major leagues scouting me. As their captain, my teammates will do anything I say – on or off the field. Girls practically beg to be added to my list of conquests. As long as I manage to go pro for the best team in the world, I won’t have to worry about my father’s wrath.

I’m Thomas Malone, and I’ve seen to it that the world revolves around me.

There’s a new girl at school, and it’s just a matter of time before she gives in to my charm. This one’s just a little more stubborn than most – she won’t even tell me her name! She’s smart, too. Maybe too smart. I can’t let her in. I can’t let anybody in. I’m not too worried, but even I have to admit she’s interfering with my focus on the goal.
Dad’s not going to be happy about that.

Did I mention I love Shakespeare? Yeah, I know. I’m a walking contradiction. According to the Bard, "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Somehow, I got all three.

Now how is anyone supposed to live up to that?

 My Review 


“Sometimes, I felt like the first part of my life had been played offside-- like every move I made was pointless because I could never score from where I had been. Now things were in perspective, and though it wasn't what I thought it was going to be, I knew I had the chance to make something of myself.”

Offside is one of those reads where either you'll either love it or hate it

I always try to take my reads by the grain of salt but Offside kind of started off slow, then got interesting, and at the 85% mark, it kind of fell apart for me. Was kind of anti-climatic to be honest.

Sex, trauma, abuse, self identity, and making choices. This is what this story dwindles around.

✓ Then add in a sprinkle of manwhoring and "douchebaggery"; as well as a bunch of yelling, screaming, and a sh*# load of anger issues....

✓ Not to mention: A last minute revelation that was just RANDOM and too late in the game to even matter.


So all in all, this story was a seesaw for me really. Lots of ups and downs and sometimes red flags in my book, but, strangely okay enough for me to like it in some respect.

My Rating:
-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8.5
 About the Author 

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Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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