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REVIEW: “Total Immersion” by Ellis Carrington



Evan Stanton is in over his head. Injured from a fall on campus, he’s let his boyfriend talk him into a senior year total immersion trip—two weeks abroad—only his boyfriend ends up dumping him shortly before takeoff. Evan gets on the plane anyway, but he’s lost his hope and added to his pain.

Chris Bale decided to spend his senior year of college clearing his head after breaking up with the girl he’s dated since high school. He finds himself on a flight to Istanbul next to a surly kid with piercings and guyliner who couldn’t be more his opposite. They strike up a friendship anyway, and as they make their way across a foreign land, Bale realizes he’s too immersed in Evan to let go.


*sigh* … maybe I was in the wrong mood but the best way to describe this story is, well, dry.

I was looking forward to something fun happening during the trip because romance on a holiday seems fun to read. However, I never felt connected with these characters. The dual perspectives from Evan and Bale were too similar for me to able to distinctly separate them. In fact, a few times I thought I was reading Evan’s perspective only to realize it was Bale’s.

I am trying to find something that might make me give this story 3 stars (which is my standard for a so-so read). but the truth is, I got bored quick, and if this wasn’t meant for the blog to review, I would’ve DNF it early on. It was at most a MEH read, and no real tension that hooked me to the story. I skimmed through this and by the end, it was already forgotten.

At least kudos for the setting – hey, it was in Istambul!! – and one scene involving a vibrator that was quite fun and made me smile. All in all, it was probably the combination of my mood and the lack of chemistry between myself and the characters. It might be my issue but I still stand on my opinion that I couldn’t really recommend this if you want to have a memorable read.




22012327Title: Total Immersion
Author: Ellis Carrington
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 83
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner Press, ARe, Amazon

About Ami

My name is Ami and I'm an Indonesian girl in my mid 30's, living in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. I used to do a lot of journal writing in a different website but over the years, I started to lose interest. I am, instead, pretty active in reading and writing opinion in Goodreads. Then I start thinking that maybe I can have a blog in which I write mostly about books or joy of reading or anything related to reading activity, really. So this is what this blog is for ... although, I may be inspired to write off-books topic as well :)

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