ARC Review: Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder

Posted May 19, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 7 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, language, and/or violence.
ARC Review: Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder

Brush Strokes

by Janelle Stalder
Published on May 27th 2014
by Janelle Stalder
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Author

Also by this author: Eden, Eden-West, Switch, Switch, Eden-South

Art student, Olivia Banks, was living her dream at an exclusive school when everything came crashing down around her. Now back in the small town she grew up in, she's forced to spend her senior year at her old school where she's known as the 'freak', all because she'd rather focus on her painting than the trivial drama of high school. But things aren't the same as they were when she left. And the one thing that is turning her life upside down the most just happens to be the resident bad boy, Colt Morgan. Her senior year was supposed to fly by so she could pack up and leave again, but what happens when there's suddenly a reason to want to stay?

*This book contains strong language and some sexual content. For mature audiences.*

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

4.5 Stars

Okay. The first half this book I was constantly saying: ‘Just kiss already!!’ The next 20-30% I was saying: ‘Stop being idiots, make up and kiss already!!’ and then my brain exploded and I died.

Olivia Banks just returned from an exclusive school to her small hometown, forced to spend her senior year at her old school. But not everything is as she remembered. Suddenly two guys are interested in her, one of which is the resident bad boy Colt Morgan. Her plan was to go through senior year and then pack up and leave again. But it seems like Colt is not going to let that happen.

First off, don’t let the blurb mislead you! I thought there would be a huge thing with Olivia and why she had to leave, but there is not. Something does happen, but it doesn’t have anything to do with that. I asked Janelle if I was missing something, but she admitted she’s just not good at writing blurbs. And honestly, who is? Anyway, that doesn’t matter. I just wanted to let you guys know and get that out of the way so I can gush about this book for the rest of the review.

Is the story super original and fresh? Probably not. It’s hard to find something fresh and original in this genre. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it doesn’t matter that the basic story is the same, as long as it’s executed well I don’t care. And yes, Janelle did get it right. This is her first New Adult Contemporary Romance and it is amazing. It’s hard to go from fantasy and dystopian to good old contemporary. Believe me, I know. But it’s really really good! The writing is great, like I expected from Janelle. And god that ending. My brain just exploded. View Spoiler » DON’T click on that spoiler! I mean it. If you have not read this book yet, do not read it. I need your brain to explode too.

I loved the characters in this book, even though I just wanted to punch them at times for being idiots. I loooved Olivia. She’s so much like me.  She’s not very social, shy, insecure,… I can totally relate to that. She’s practically me. Except for the art. I suck at art, I really do. I adored Ella, Olivia’s best friend. And I’m so excited to read the next book, which is about her! She reminded me a bit of my best friend Stephanie. Rannon was also cool, but you know… Colt. He’s not the typical bad boy to be honest. Especially when it comes to Olivia. He’s so giddy around her. He’s had a crush on her for years and I just love him. He made me giggle a lot.

Obviously the romance was amazing. It made me sooooooo frustrated! For the most part I just wanted them to kiss already! And then I wanted them to stop being idiots! I was on the edge of my seat and I didn’t stop reading. Seriously. I’m writing this right after reading this and my mouth is all dry because I haven’t gotten out of my chair for hours. My butt hurts like hell and it’s 1am.  That’s how good this is.

Brush Strokes is one hell of a contemporary debut. I can’t wait to read Ella’s story! If you haven’t read anything by Janelle Stalder yet, you really have to! She has an awesome fantasy series, an amazing dystopian series and now a fantastic contemporary series. So choose one and start reading.


About Janelle Stalder

Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

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7 responses to “ARC Review: Brush Strokes by Janelle Stalder

  1. I had a problem with the tug of war in the romance. At first he wanted her then he pushed her away then he wants her again then the same thing happens again. I felt weary throughout the book but the first few were enjoyable :))

  2. This is why I do nothing but skim a blurb to get a very vague idea and nothing more – most of them are misleading or filled with spoilers and I prefer experiencing the book along with the characters you know. This sounds really good though and the romance sounds frustrating but in a good way! 😀

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