Chasing Nikki (#1) by Lacey Weatherford
Finding Chase (#2) by Lacey Weatherford
Chased Dreams (#3) by Lacey Weatherford
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Format: Kindle E-Books
Chase Walker is the person that others want to be (or be with). He’s a good student, a born ladies’ man, and an incredible athlete. When life throws a pass that Chase isn’t prepared for, he begins to spiral out of control. Throughout the series, Chase can’t seem to come to terms with one shock before life delivers him another blow. As he struggles to handle the hits, Chase must determine if he’s willing to accept the life around him and continue to fight for his dreams, or if he’ll let the unexpected circumstances take hold and bring him down.
My Reaction to Each Book
Chasing Nikki: For personal reasons, this was a bit of a tough read for me. As the start of the series, there is a large focus on Chase’s downward spiral into the world of drugs and alcohol, which is sadly such a huge issue nowadays, especially in the lives of teens. Once you get through some of that, the focus switches to the relationship building between Chase and Nikki, which is so adorable and doesn’t disappoint! Their relationship isn’t the standard fairy tale either, they’re two high school students facing hardships, dealing with grief, and falling in love at the same time. I felt a real connection to Chase, and the real life scenarios made this relatable and an easy read. Also want to note that I love the Grandpa in this series! Though a bit predictable at times, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a raw story that brought out a variety of emotions while reading.
Finding Chase: I was excited to get into this book to witness Chase continue to grow as a character and take on new challenges. What I got instead seemed to be a lot of the same from the first book in the series. It was predictable, repetitive, and seriously lacking in excitement and thought provoky-ness. I kept thinking “Haven’t I read this already? Okay I’m bored.” Book number two had some cute romance here and there, but more often than not I felt like Chase was slipping backwards as a character, not moving forward. Overall the story was a bit slow and boring for me. If I didn’t feel so invested in Chase as a character, I may have given up on the series after this, but… I’m no quitter (most of the time at least)!
Chased Dreams: Okay. You know when you see a magician perform a trick, and you’re kind of impressed because it looked really cool, but you’re also kind of angry because you know magic isn’t real and there’s no way the magician actually made an elephant appear in front of you, so you just feel played? YEAH – that is exactly how I feel about this book! I don’t like it, not one bit. BUT… I do respect the fact that the author tied up all the loose ends and filled in all the gaps. There was also some brilliance with tying all the books together in a really cool way, and I enjoyed that. So, while I don’t particularly like the direction that the author took, I still enjoyed certain aspects of this conclusion to the series.
So stop looking at the past and all the things you can’t change. They’re done and over with. Now is the time for you to look to the future, grasp it by the hand, and decide where you want to go. I told you once before, and I’ll say it again—this is your life, Chase. Only you can decide what it’s going to be like. Don’t let outside forces dictate it for you. – Chasing Nikki
While I understand why there were three books, I don’t think there was enough plot content to justify all three, maybe two, but not three. I would have been content to only have read book one in this series and left it at that. This series (okay, really only book #1) did leave me wondering about the kind of person that I am, how I have handled the less than ideal situations that life has handed me, and how I may adjust that for any future situations. I’d recommend Chasing Nikki to anyone looking for a young adult romance with a lot of dark and twisty scenarios surrounding it.
Have you ever had a series that you disagreed with the direction that it took and wished that you had stopped reading after book one (or two, or three…)?