Book Review: Third Degree by Julie Cross

Title: Third Degree
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: Flirt
Published: March 25, 2014
Source: eArc (from NetGalley)

I used to be “Isabel Jenkins, child prodigy.” As lame as that sounds, at least it was an identity. But now I’m not sure what I am. I just failed the most important exam of my life—the emotional readiness test required to get into a medical residency program—and it turns out my parents can’t stand each other. Now I’m trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces of my life, and that means re-enrolling as a college freshman, but this time I’m shutting the books and majoring in being eighteen.
But so far, my roommate hates me and I’m not into the party scene. The only good thing about school has been getting to know my insanely hot RA. Marshall Collins makes me wonder about everything I missed while I was growing up too fast. Pretty soon we’re hanging out constantly, but for the first time, I find myself wanting more than a no-strings-attached physical relationship. And the lesson I really need is one Marsh definitely can’t teach me: love. Because I’m going to be alone forever if I don’t learn fast.

I don’t have high expectations about this book, I might not like it because it is New Adult genre, but honestly the story is interesting, Julie Cross (the author) never disappoints me. I’ve read some of her works and I like it and this one adds up to my likes. For me the story is interesting, I’m not a graduate of any medical related courses but it doesn’t mean that I don’t like to know things about that, the moment I read the book, I got lots of questions in mind that is something like: Why is Isabel Jenkins is kind of weird? What is her past? What’s her deal with Marshall? Who is Marshall? – And so many more questions which was answered in the book. I am amazed that the author write this kind of story, I felt like it was a challenge to her and there were lots of research and studies before she completed the whole book. 

Isabel Jenkins, like I’ve mentioned before she’s weird in my eyes. She’s a smart woman, who is already a doctor in her early age. She failed her psychology exam for some reason that’s why she wasn’t able to get the residency in John Hopkins. She was forced to go to a normal school, she moved in to a dorm two hours away from their house and there she met Marshall Collins. Marshall is one of the RA of that dormitory. He is also a student but it is not medical related unlike Izzy. Marshall is a handsome-cool guy, he’s a kind man who helped Izzy throughout her stay. Izzy and Marshall made a perfect relationship it may have full of denial and heartache yet in the end it was perfect. 
Sorry for being a spoiler guys! 
Hopefully there’s another story about Izzy and Marshall. 

PS: It’s so unpredictable how a person can change because of love.
My Ratings

I’m the author of the YA sci-fi trilogy, the Tempest series (St. Martin’s Press). I’m also the author of the YA contemporary novel, Letters To Nowhere. 

But even more importantly than the above, I’m a fan of books and an avid reader/reviewer. Keep in mind, however, that a review is just one person’s opinion, one perspective. My goal is to show as much bias in my reviews as possible because this makes it easier for you to decide if your perspective is similar to mine or different. Everyone’s tastes are different. I like books with emotion and believability. I don’t mind edgy and heavy themes. I also like humor and quirk. I like weird characters in odd situations. 

I have low tolerance for insta-love, flowery sex scenes, or mushy declarations of feelings. Not a fan of possessive/controlling male characters who get the girl in the end. When I recommend books, I always ask about favorite current reads and cater to each person’s taste. 

I believe every book plays an important role whether I love it or hate, it’s having an effect on society. It’s changing, shaping, and molding the future of publishing. Regardless of my feelings about a book, I value the author’s time and effort put into creating their work. I only rate books available for purchase (or soon-to-be available) and consider those books as published works and their creators as professionals in their field therefore I treat them as professionals, giving my honest opinion on the work itself and not the person producing it.

If I rate a book and don’t provide any written review and you’d like to hear my thoughts, feel free to comment on the review and if I can, I’ll explain my reasoning behind the rating. I don’t mind authors commenting on any review I post – negative or positive. Also happy to email to discuss Juliecrossauthor (at) gmail (dot) com please alert me if I misled readers or given false information (accidentally of course) and I’ll correct the situation as soon as possible. 

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