Book Review: Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley

 
 
Damien is excited to start his new job at a prestigious art studio, but he soon finds that something weird is going on there, like the lack of employees and the fact that a famous artist who died ten years ago is suddenly very much alive. But even more concerning is how his epilepsy is worsening, as well as his feelings for his new boss, John, feelings that could affect his current relationship with Levi.
 

 
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Title: Welcome to Crash
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Pages: 226
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*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*

*Note: If you’re one of those people who likes going into books completely blind, maybe don’t read this. Otherwise, I’ve hidden all the things that are actual spoilers.*

I’m gonna keep this review simple and go with some lists. You can’t go wrong with lists.

Things I Liked:

– The premise was intriguing. I normally avoid time travel books, but this one just sounded good, and my favorite thing for a while was just the way Damien and John were both constantly so confused by each other (things like technology, style, people being alive or dead, slang, etc.) since neither one realized they were from different times. The author did a really good job with that aspect. But even once Damien figured out what was going on, the time travel was still intriguing for the ways it was impacting Damien’s life and relationships.

– The relationship between Damien and Levi was interesting too. First it was just because of the student-professor thing and seeing the way they had to hide it and the effect it had on the two of them and their relationship. But further into the book, it was because, with the other things happening in the plot, their relationship and its problems became more complex.

– The romance was not the same old, predictable thing. Even though the love triangle mentioned is pretty much the focus, this is not a romance in the sense that it won’t fulfill all the tropes and expectations.

– There was disability representation! I didn’t even know when I picked up this book that the main character had epilepsy. It was somewhat related to the sci-fi aspect of the book, but in a way that still seemed like good rep. (Although I have to say, I do not have or know much about epilepsy to be able to say whether the portrayal was realistic. I can only say it seemed like it was.)

– I felt bad for Damien when his friends and family didn’t believe him, and the way Damien felt and reacted as well as the way everyone else felt and reacted was complex and realistic.

Things I Disliked:

– The 1st person, present tense POV did not work for me.

– The writing had a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. And a lot of it was unnecessary, like all of MCs feelings and thoughts about little things that weren’t important, or things that could’ve easily been showed and inferred. It read more like a diary or like he was explaining a story to a friend even though there wasn’t much (or maybe any) direct breaking of the fourth wall that I noticed.

– Levi and John (the two love interests) were inconsistent in the beginning (but they eventually evened out).

– Damien was not particularly likeable. *SPOILER* I just couldn’t excuse his cheating. *END SPOILER* I was hesitant to put this in the dislike section though because selfishness is a realistic personality trait, especially for a late teen or early twenty-something. (I’m not saying everyone that age is selfish, but I know I was more selfish in some ways at that age without always even realizing it while I was still experiencing a lot of new things relationship-wise and kinda figuring things out. I’m not saying I did what he did or that his actions were ok, just that his actions were believable.) And it wasn’t like his selfishness was excused—he recognized it and felt guilty, and everyone else was angry and hurt and telling him off for his behavior, so there were consequences.

– I had one little niggle with the time travel. *SPOILER* I was ok with it at first when Damien’s time traveling had already happened in the past and had already had it’s effect in the present. You know, like, even if he hadn’t done it yet, it already happened in the past. But then he managed to change the past, which just bothers me in time travel books. And I would’ve liked to have more information about the new present time and how his relationship with Levi was different. *END SPOILER* But that’s precisely why I avoid time travel books, I almost always have issues with them. Other people might not mind this.

So overall, I didn’t love all the telling in the writing, but I thought the premise was intriguing and the romance interesting and unpredictable!

 
 
Book Blurb

At first, Damien feels lucky to land a job at an influential art studio, but it soon becomes obvious that something’s not right. His gorgeous boss, John, is interested, and he’d be the perfect man for Damien—if Damien wasn’t already in a relationship. It isn’t long before Damien is at the center of a love triangle, forced to choose between hot, punk John and his secret affair with his professor, Levi. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, because something impossible is happening to Damien—and it’s having a drastic effect on his health as well as his perception of reality.

Each time Damien goes to work, things grow more bizarre, starting with Sam—an artist who has been dead for years and now somehow… isn’t. Damien’s unusual circumstances also free him from the restrictions of monogamy—or so he thinks. Levi, who cannot believe Damien’s claims, fears for his sanity. John also has strong doubts when Damien reveals knowledge of a catastrophic event looming in John’s future. Whether the men he loves believe his wild claims or not, neither can deny Damien is languishing, and if they cannot save him, he’ll be lost. More importantly, they must convince Damien to save himself.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, it was a kind of interesting combo. Exactly, time travel often has plot holes, but this one seemed interesting enough to warrant a read lol. I’ve found that 1st person present CAN be done well, the problem is that it seems to be the hardest one to do well, and most authors don’t pull it off :-/ So I’m not fond of it either.

  1. Greg

    Nice to see the epilepsy rep. And the fact that the romance is a bit atypical. Sounds like the author put a lot of work too into the “not on the same page” angle since they were from different times. Not crazy about telling vs showing though. Still, doesn’t sound too bad.

    Hope your power is back soon, I saw on Twitter that you were still out. :(

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Agreed about the rep, and I like when romances actually manage to surprise me. The not on the same page thing was a lot of fun to read about lol.

      Thanks, as you know power is back, still no wifi though!

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Sounds kind of cool. I mean, I can see you had a few issues but yay for the MC having epilepsy and it maybe being portrayed well (from what you could tell anyway). I’m not totally sure if the book would work for me but it sounds like you enjoyed it for the most part.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      They just almost always have plot holes and things that don’t make sense to me. I’m very picky about time travel. But yes, I really did like the disability rep and romance!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, more often than not 1st person present just doesn’t work all that great. Only some authors can really pull it off. But at least it had the disability rep and interesting romance!

  3. Olivia Roach

    It can be hard to get time travel just right. I would say that I like not knowing what is coming in any book, even romance. But at the same time I’ve read my favourite romance author enough to figure out his usual patterns to the romantic issues and I don’t mind already knowing what will happen. I still enjoy reading them regardless!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, there are usually plot holes of some sort. I do like when books are unpredictable, but I get what you’re saying. Sometimes it’s nice to know what kind of book you’re going to get, and sometimes a story is still good even if you know what’s coming.