Award-winning author Casey L. Bond resides in Milton, West Virginia with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. When she’s not busy being a domestic goddess and chasing her baby girls, she loves to write young adult and new adult fiction.You can find more information about Bond’s books via the following links:
C.L. Bond’s “Insta-Hate” should be titled “Insta-Love”!
I loved how Bond captured Alexandria—a writer born under the sign of Gemini with some deep issues. The woman was highly opinionated and not easy to please. Then we learn there’s a very real, very tragic reason for her behavior.
I’ve read books about authors writing a novel as part of the plot. This was the first time I read a story about an author who had issues with being an author. Alexandria wasn’t sure she wanted to continue writing. A lot of authors want the traditional deal—a big publishing house offering a fat advance check and promotion for their novel (the reality is a post for another day). She wasn’t sure she wanted that anymore. Furthermore, she had an agent (another thing some authors wish for) and she parted ways with her. Alexandria had doubts about herself, and wanted a break. I think we can all relate to that on some level.
I loved the character of Arsen. At first I agreed with Alexandria, he was just a pompous, arrogant bastard. Then we learn how his story and Alexandria’s intertwine. You can understand his behavior, even sympathize with him.
I didn’t know what to make of Alexandria’s sister Meg. Her actions were to protect her sister, but I wonder if she could have found a better way to go about it. Things might have gone easier for Alexandria and Arsen, if she had.
This story was pretty awesome. It wasn’t just a boy meet girl type of tale. “Insta-Hate” was about love, but it was also about family and self-discovery. When Alexandria reconnected with her past, she found her passion as an author and learned what was missing in her life. Arsen was a successful businessman, but he, too, had a hole in his life. Once he filled that missing piece, he found his joy.
“Insta-Hate” is a wonderful novel with a plot twist. I highly recommend it!