Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire |Review

October 1, 2014 Book Reviews 22 ★★½

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire |ReviewBeautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #3
Published by Simon & Schuster on July 1st 2014
Pages: 448
Format: eArc
Source: NetGalley

The Beautiful Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.
Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn't have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with her first weekend off in almost a year.
Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.
Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlour to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.
As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she'll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever - even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.
In the first instalment of The Maddox Brothers series, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

Okay…let me just get this first part/rant out of the way and then I can talk about what I actually liked about the book – 

If you were one of the lucky people who didn’t guess the “twist” within the first two chapters then BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION was probably a great romance with scorching chemistry and an OMG ending. If you were like me however then you’re probably feeling a bit like “…eh yeah it was alright but what was the point again?”

Despite the ups and downs of its predecessor, I enjoyed BEAUTIFUL DISASTER so I was actually looking forward to BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION. Unfortunately I read a couple of reviews that said this book was mind-blowing because of the ending so my inner blood-hound perked up her ears and when I settled down to get lost in the romance, I couldn’t help but examine the book with forensic efficiency and within an embarrassingly few amount of pages I had ruined the plot for myself.

Even if I hadn’t however, if I got to that ending, my opinion of Cami would have plummeted to hellish depths. I was already dubious about her throughout the book because of the fact she was playing with fire which wasn’t very impressive but if I had been totally invested in her and Trent’s relationship it would have disgusted me greatly and no way am I shipping that shit! So I allowed myself a few eye -rolls every time the GLARINGLY OBVIOUS TWIST (ahem) came up and sat back and enjoyed the fun although slightly tedious ride. 

Cami is the bartender at the Red Door, the famous bar where Abby and Travis’s courtship played out many of its dramas. When plans for a rare weekend off go awry, Cami finds herself under the attention of the charming Maddox brother Trenton. Determined to keep their relationship platonic, Cami agrees to hang out due to their similar interests however as time passes, Cami realises the connection with Trent is more than she could ever have imagined and that friendship with a Maddox may be harder than she thought possible. 

Cami and Trent was definitely a more likeable couple than Abby and Travis for me. Cami’s background beggared belief at times and I really felt sympathetic towards her and the difficulties she faced dealing with four utterly moronic brothers and an abusive father. When it came to her family and friends she was admiringly compassionate and I loved her work ethic and her determination which made her behaviour regarding the “twist” even more frustrating. 

I can definitely see the attraction of Trenton, mirroring Cami with his solid approach to work and home life not to mention his smooth lines; I’ll admit there were times I definitely swooned. Jamie McGuire knows how to write chemistry and these two had it in spades. I loved their flirtatious conversations and the fact it was clear how much they really felt for each other. If this had been a straight up love story I would have been in heaven but McGuire’s determination to be “clever” took the shine off that. 

Another perplexing issue was the fact that it took place at the exact same time as Beautiful Disaster. At times this was cool how little moments intersected although a conversation towards the end between Trent and Abby pretty much ruined Beautiful Disaster for me and made me lose faith in Abby and Travis’s love. Apparently it’s broached in Beautiful Wedding too so if you’ve read that you’ll have an idea of what I’m talking about…

There was also about a million side characters, each with their own story which I’m sure is because McGuire is setting up the future Maddox books and wants to establish some familiar faces but it was just plain confusing at times especially when you have entire families with names starting with the same letter, it was impossible to keep track of whose drama was whose! 

Overall this could have been great, and as a straight romance it is! However the side plots and the build-up to nothingness let the book down and my final opinion is pretty much summed up as “So what?” If you’re truly invested in this ‘verse, go for it, if not, do yourself a favour and read RED HILL for a great Jamie McGuire experience.


22 Responses to “Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire |Review”

  1. Becki @ The Flutterby Room

    I only heard about this book recently, and I have to admit that I’m kinda on the fence about reading more books in this world. Your review was very interesting and helpful, as it helped confirm for me that it would probably be a good idea to either get this book from the library or avoid. A pity, but ah well.

    • Danielle

      Thanks Becki! I think borrowing it from a library is a good idea because it does have a lot of charm but it just didn’t win me over the way BD did

  2. Lily

    I ended up really enjoying this one (but not as much as Beautiful Disaster). I actually hadn’t seen the ending coming and than when it did so many things clicked into place (like the epilogue for WD and someone profession) *wink* lol!
    Hopefully we get more books set up in this world! I love it so much!

    • Danielle

      I think Thomas’s book is supposed to be next which I’m intrigued about considering…I loved the development of the romance in this one but it just annoyed me how at times it was almost a side plot to the secret! I’m looking forward to Apollonia too since I loved Red Hill and her other worlds outside of BD!

  3. Ashley

    This is an awesome review Danielle! I think I had a weird experience because I actually didn’t guess the ending AT ALL. I had tons of theories that were way off the mark. BUT, when the twist was revealed, I was like, “So what? What’s the big deal?” I didn’t think it was huge/climactic/WOW or any of those things. So that was a huuuuuge let down for me. All that build up, and that’s it? X_X And that’s coming from someone who didn’t guess the ending at all lol.

    • Danielle

      Thanks Ashley! I think that was probably equally as sucky to have fun thinking up theories and then be left with the “huh? that’s it?” at the end. It just seemed like a pointless plot point and there were plenty of other things to focus on that would have made it a strong book. Just baffling!

  4. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Bahahaha. I hated the twist. I guessed it pretty early on myself and I had more questions about it than I knew what to do with. I obsessed over trying to figure out this damn book for way too long- and that right there is an indicator that I didn’t care for it as much as I would have liked. I finished reading and just felt unfulfilled and unsatisfied. I think it’s because I had too many questions about how it all worked. LOL. I did like Trent and Cami much better than Abby and Travis though, so I guess there’s that. Great review girl! I’m glad to see what you thought of it!

    • Danielle

      Yeah I know right? It was like…what’s the point? Where are you going with this? I’m sure we’ll get answers in the next book given who it’s about and although I’ll swear up and down that I won’t read it ya know I totally will lol!

  5. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I’ve read some pretty mixed reviews for this series, and I don’t think I’d like them at all. It always sucks when you can predict the ending! SOunds like a really dissatisfying one, as well. I hope you get a better read soon!

    Lovely review, Danielle! <33

    • Danielle

      Thanks Mel! Yeah I think there’s better out there especially in the NA category but her Adult stuff is pretty cool if you ever wanted to try her out!

  6. Hazel @ Stay Bookish

    I liked Beautiful Disaster but I’ve yet to be wowed by Jamie McGuire. Her characters do sound very appealing and I’m really curious about how Trent’s story goes but books with glaringly obvious twists are just not for me. I hate them. I think I’ll do as you said and check out Red Hill instead!

    • Danielle

      Red Hill definitely wowed me for sure, it was so unexpected and different from BD. If you go into Beautiful Oblivion just looking for a fun story with some good chemistry between the characters you’ll defo enjoy this one but if you’re at all a curious reader it’ll probably just bug you!

  7. Rachel

    I’m wondering what this twist is, but I read a ton of mysteries and so it’s usually hard to pull one over on me. I’m not sure I’ll pick this up. I read Beautiful Wedding and like you said the revelation regarding Abby’s reason for getting married pretty much ruined their story for me. I agree, if you want a great Jamie McGuire experience, go for Red Hill instead. Great review, Danielle! 🙂

    • Danielle

      Yeah I think you’d guess mega early and YES! Seriously why would she ruin the romance like that? It was just so disheartening. Glad you’re another Red Hill fan! 🙂

  8. Alise

    Aw, I hate an obvious “twist” too. That’s no fun, I want to be surprised! I don’t really care for predictability in general. Haven’t read anything by this author yet but I hear at least the first book is good.

    • Danielle

      The first book definitely is enjoyable but I’d honestly stop there with this series and read her other stuff which is much better!

  9. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Ah, sounds like the predictable twist kind of made it lacklustre for you. Cami and Trent’s relationship kind of sounds like one I wouldn’t ship, I’ve never been a fan of the bad boy, even though they seemed to have a lot of chemistry. Great review Dani, thanks for the honest thoughts!

  10. Stephanie@ThesePaperHearts

    I’ve read the previous two books in this series but I’m not sure if I’m interested enough to continue. I think it would drive me nuts reading through the whole book and have a pointless ending or as you said a build-up to nothingness. Note to self: never name all of my children with the same starting letter lol. I don’t understand why people do that 😛

    • Danielle

      Yeah it was just frustrating knowing what was going to happen especially when you could see that the book would have been great without having to make silly leaps, I think I’m done with this series now!

  11. Lisa @ Lost in Literature

    Great review! I actually, unlike you, had NO idea what the big twist was going to be. I had all these theories in my head… then I got to the end and thought, “That’s it?!?!” I was really disappointed. I thought the book was great and definitely had me flipping pages quickly, but I was so let down by the ending I had a hard time rating and reviewing the book. Good job guessing the big twist! I’m always sooooo bad at that. LOL

    • Danielle

      yeah it was really just so blah at the end but the lead up apart from the twist was really enjoyable so I don’t know why she didn’t just write a fun romance and have Cami’s family be the main drama!

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