The Lure by Lynne Ewing
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Pages: 288 (Hardcover)
Fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery lives in the gritty outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school. Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. When Blaise is invited to join Core 9, one of the most infamous crews, she jumps at the chance. Though her best guy friends, Rico and Satch, warn her about the danger, she agrees to be beaten for a minute straight as part of the gang’s initiation ritual.
Now Blaise is finally part of a crew. A family.
But things get only more dangerous when she becomes a member of Core 9 and tensions with a rival gang heat up. Trek, the head of Core 9, asks Blaise to be his “lure,” the sexy bait he’ll use to track down enemy gang members and exact revenge. Rico and Satch tell her it’s a death sentence, but Blaise can’t resist the money and unparalleled power. As Trek puts Blaise in increasingly dangerous situations, she begins to see that there’s more to lose than she ever realized-including Satch, the one person who has the power to get under her skin. With death lurking around every corner, should Blaise continue to follow the only path she’s ever known, or cut and run?
First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Balzer & Bray for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.
Imagine you live in the worst part of your city/town (for me that would be the Jane and Finch area) where there are multiple gangs, constant drive-bys that leave many innocent people killed just by going to the park, and drug addicts and criminals are everywhere you turn. Pretty freaky stuff, right? Well, Lynn Ewing thinks that it’s too scary because she adds such unrealistic stupidity that this novel turns into a complete joke.
How, You might ask? Well, I’ll break this review up and go through everything that makes this novel so horribly stupid.
The setting: Whenever you see people who live in said neighbourhood they most likely talk differently with improper grammar and made up words, Ya nah’ I mean? So, of course when I started this novel I thought I would be getting some of this ghetto slang and tons of action, but everyone speaks perfect English and not very many people die and the action is limited and boring.
Characters: Everyone is stupid. Everyone is boring. Even with the setting and how unrealistic it all is, the things many characters do are out of stupidity. Rico has to be one of the dumbest characters in The Lure after Blaise because of the fact that he lets his emotions get the best of him. I don’t want to spoil anything but his whole act of ‘sacrifice’ is too dramatic and frankly, too late for me to change my impression of him. Oh, did I mention that they’re all beautiful? Because they are. Every single one and Blaise is the smoking hot gun that everyone wants.
Now, onto Blaise.
Blaise wants to be loved. She wants to get out of the ghetto but doubts she ever will so she joins a gang. She’s a great fighter because she never backs down. She goes around with her two best friends (who are absolutely gorgeous) Satch and Rico to do everything. She’s beautiful, a real show stopper which is why she’s chosen to be the gang’s new ‘lure’. Which is just someone who lures enemies into their territory/let their guard down so that her gang (Core 9) can beat the shit out of them. Again, she’s beautiful. But she really is an idiot who makes Bella Swan and Luce fucking Price seem bearable. Just reading about her made me want to scream and yell. She does many things that could jeopardize the relationship between her friends, yet she doesn’t even care. At all.
Not only are all of the characters beautiful and more boring than watching cement dry, but the whole gang in general felt very forced to me. I had expected more of a ‘family’ because Blaise keeps throwing this word around yet, only once is the whole gang together. Some people randomly meet with Blaise and Rico and Satch but not for long.
The romance: After the first chapter, I knew that the romance was going to get on my nerves. The whole love triangle is confusing, stupid, and unnecessary. There are many times where it could have been improved and things could have been clear. The Lure is probably the only novel that I’ve read where the choice between whom the girl likes more or whom she’ll end up with is annoyingly unclear and I stopped caring very quickly.
The Lure is just really bad. Nothing is explained properly, the characters are boring, and just because of the setting readers are forced to believe something that isn’t realistic nor is it engaging. I understand that gangs and living in the Ghetto are horrible and even though I will never live there, I have spoken and met people from bad neighbourhoods, and just… THIS IS SO UNREALISTIC AND I’M PISSED.
1 Lonely Cloud
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