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Review: A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Summary

Blue Echohawk doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn’t attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing.

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don’t know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can’t love you back might be impossible.

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My rating:

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I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hey, everybody! I’m back with another review, this one being on A Different Blue by Amy Harmon. Now I’ll be honest: when I first saw this on NetGalley, it wasn’t the forbidden romance factor that drew me in, but the protagonist herself. I wanted to know more about Blue and witness her development throughout the book. So with that, I really wanted to love this book!

But then I started reading it and realized I didn’t really like Blue as a character. Don’t get me wrong; I understand that she’s been through more than what anybody should have. Plus, I don’t think we’re meant to like her at first, as readers. She’s pretty much mean to everyone at first, but slowly softens throughout the book. But I felt like she had so much more potential than what readers got to see in this novel.
Also, I wasn’t much of a fan of the romance between Blue and Wilson. It wasn’t that I was against it; I just wasn’t really invested in it. Especially when at times I felt there was nothing there between the two characters. What I was invested in were those moments where Blue would learn about herself, her history with Jimmy, as well as how she would try to be a better version of herself, one she could be proud of. Unfortunately, the book ends upon a huge realization, and I would have liked to have seen more develop on that note. Overall, it was an okay read, but not as great as I hoped.

Well, that’s all I have to say about A Different Blue by Amy Harmon. While it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be, it did have its moments. Have you read A Different Blue? What did you think of it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments Section below, whether you’ve read the book or not! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Summary

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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My rating:

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Hi, everyone! I’ve got to say, I really liked reading Eliza and her Monsters! Ever since I first heard of i t-and to be honest, I don’t know from where exactly- I knew that I really wanted to read it! Lately (meaning a few years) I’ve been interested in reading fandom friendly fiction, so I thought that this book would be an obvious match for me. And it was! I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down and finished it in hours!

One thing I liked about Eliza and her Monsters is that it was so engaging, not only with Eliza’s perspective but with the amazing parts of the comics that readers got to see. By the end of the book, I was fully hooked to the comics just as much as actual story that I was grinning so widely at the last comic panel. Plus, it makes me want to read The Children of Hypnos comics, mentioned in the book, which I recently learned was real, only it’s not actually a comic but is told in written format only. 🙂

I also like how the story was set up in relation to the characters. It wasn’t solely focused on the romance; there were other things going on, like Eliza’s relationship with others, her art, herself. Throughout the novel, I thought that Eliza was pretty real to me, and I could understand some of the choices she’d make, even if they weren’t always the right ones, or the ones you know would come back to haunt her…Also, it was nice to see that while Wallace had some effect on her, it wasn’t overdone or unrealistic. For instance, there was this one moment in the book where he was such a jerk, but I liked that it broke from his usual nice guy demeanour. I didn’t like him in that moment as a person, no, but I thought it made the story better and more rounded.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia! Would I recommend this to anyone looking for a really good read, fandom friendly novels in particular? Definitely! If you have any thoughts or questions. let me know in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Summary

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

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My rating:

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(4.25 stars)

Hey everyone! I’m finally back with another review, this one being on Roar by Cora Carmack! After hearing a lot of buzz about it from other bloggers, I thought I’d give this book a go, especially seeing how I want to read more Fantasy at the moment. And while at first, I was a bit letdown by the book, it picked up very quickly, and kept me interested throughout (except near the end, which was when I realized it was ending on a cliffhanger…😬).

In terms of the plot, I really liked how the trouble progressed. The plot just got a whole lot interesting after Aurora finally took initiative on her life. Plus, the amount of world building that went into this novel made it amazing! I loved all the bits and pieces of information given to readers in between chapters, whether it was in the form of poems, religious text, stories, journals, etc. It gave the sense that there was more to the world than what even the characters were experiencing within the book.

In the case of characters and their development, I thought that the novel set it up pretty well. It was told in multiple POVs, so readers would get moments from a lot of different characters, from teasing backstories to current events. I just wish we’d get a bit more from other characters, like Sly or Jinx. Maybe in the next book? Anyways, I liked how the POVs would switch off, showing off those bits of character development and surprises without stretching it too thin…

Overall, I had a great time reading this book! The only reason I wouldn’t give this a 4.5 star or even a 5 star rating was that I was able to put it down at one point and kind of didn’t feel the need to read it as much. Well that’s all I have to say about Cora Carmack’s Roar for now. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them in the section below. Take care, everybody!

–  Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

 

Blog Tour: All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham (Review)

About the Book

All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham

Published by Entangled Teen

Release Day: June 6, 2017 all-the-stars

Relocating to Arctic Norway would put a freeze on anyone’s social life. For Leda Lindgren, with her crutches and a chip on her shoulder the size of her former Manhattan home, the frozen tundra is just as boring as it sounds. Until she meets her uncle’s gorgeous employee.

Unfortunately, no matter how smoking hot the guy is, Roar comes with secrets as unnerving as his moving tattoos. And Leda doesn’t trust him.

Roar shouldn’t be drawn to the moody human girl with eyes that leave him weak in the knees. But when Leda gets shot by one of his enemies and survives, Roar finally understands why he’s drawn to her: Leda is exactly what he was sent to Earth to find. A weapon of immense power capable of saving his planet.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

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My rating: purple4

(3.75 stars)

Hi, everyone! I recently finished All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham, and I’ve got to say that overall, I liked it! There were some parts that I was kind of iffy about, but, by the end, it was pretty good.

Firstly, I think I liked how action packed the book got at times. During the beginning, the book was a bit slow for my taste. But once something actually happened, I was fully engrossed in the story. And trust me, a lot does happen in this book. Almost to the point where it’s unreal. But I think it manages to jampack everything that could happen while not being too dramatic. Plus, the book would do a nice job of explaining any raised questions that readers might have right away.

As for the characters, for the most part, I really liked the ones that were fully fleshed out, like our protagonists, Leda and Roar. Without thinking about pairings or whatnot, I really admired Leda’s ability to stay strong and sensible, even with everything that’s been going on. Even at times where she’d doubt herself or want nothing more than to follow her desires, she doesn’t, because she knows there is more at stake. Plus, I like the way the author treats her disability in the novel, not something to be overlooked but at the same time, it doesn’t limit Leda’s potential to be a hero at all. The only problem I had with her was her link to Roar. While it was explained away and everything, I still kind of felt like it was too instalovey for me. I have few exceptions for instalove, and this wasn’t one of them… Other than that instalove and the amount of time it would take to get from one POV to the others, I really liked reading about our main characters.

Well, that’s all I have to say about All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham. I’d recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind instalove and is in the mood for a good Sci-Fi read! If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

About the Author

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Ashley Graham was born in Ontario, Canada, and has since lived in five countries. Before writing her first manuscript in 2015, she worked as a clerical assistant, quality assurance officer, chef, and stay-at-home mom/homeschool teacher. When she isn’t writing or reading every book she gets her hands on, Ashley enjoys online window shopping, Netflix binges, and spends way too much time thinking about space travel. ALL THE STARS LEFT BEHIND is her debut novel.

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Review: Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle

Summary

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver’s fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She’s his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

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My rating:

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Hi, everybody! I just finished reading Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle and, to be honest, I’m glad that it’s over… Maybe at the beginning, when it was full of promise, I was intrigued by it. But by the end, I was ready to move on to the next novel, which was really sad since I liked the author’s debut novel, The Sound of Us.

It wasn’t all bad, though. What I loved most about this novel was the IM correspondence between Elena and Oliver. As you might have seen from a recent post of mine, I really like it when people get to know each other out of the context of their day-to-day lives. It just proves how much people can get along without all that extra baggage weighing them down. Especially in terms of that ridiculous family feud that doesn’t even concern them at all.

Speaking of the feud, I’m glad that I read this novel, because now I know just how much I hate feuds. Particularly the ones that extend beyond generations and divide everyone’s loyalties. I was so upset every time Elena and Oliver acted like jerks to each other, and not even for a logical reason. I like drama and tension just as much as the next person, but when it doesn’t even feel real or draw out any emotions of relating to characters, I can’t really get behind it. I mean, yeah, they can hate each other, but it has to be understandable. But maybe that was just me…

As for the novel’s development plot-wise, I didn’t really like it as it got near the end. The resolution wasn’t really believable and I thought it was too fast to not be questionable. Plus, in my opinion, the parents’ drama was more deserving of a book than their kids (like a prequel NA novel or something). It made much more sense of why they didn’t get along, while also portraying some seriously good drama that would have interesting to read about!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Any Boy But You by Julie Hammerle. While I was really in love with her debut novel, her second novel didn’t live up to the hype I built in my head. If you have any thoughts about this book, let me know in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

Blog Tour: Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine (Review)

About the Book

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Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine

Published on June 5th, 2017

Published by Entangled Teen

Something is wrong in Hidden Creek. The sleepy Alabama town is more haunted than any place fiend hunter Grisham Caso has ever seen. Unearthed graves, curse bags, and spilled blood all point to an evil that could destroy his gargoyle birthright. The town isn’t safe for anyone, and everyone says fiery Piper Devon knows why.

Piper wants to leave Hidden Creek behind. She’s had enough of secrets—they hide in the shadows of her room and tell her terrible things are coming. Too-charming city boy Grisham might be her only chance to save herself.

To survive, Piper and Grisham have to shed their secrets and depend only on each other. But what lurks in Hidden Creek still might take everything away from them, including each other.

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My rating:

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Hi, everyone! It’s time for another review, with this one being on the newly released Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine. The reason I was so interested in this book was the gargoyle aspect. I’ve only read only one series about gargoyles and that was Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Elemental trilogy. I wanted to see what more the world of gargoyles can offer since I’m not too used to it yet.

Speaking of the story’s world building, I hate to say it but wasn’t too excited by it. There were just some things that puzzled me, like the idea of fiends. I wasn’t too sure on what they were, only that they were evil and Watchers had to kill them to rid the world of their evil. Also, I wanted to know more about Watchers and their mythology. For instance, how many were there in the world? Do they have a secret organization themselves? If I dug too deeply, I’d be left with more questions than answers.

The thing that had me going though was the plot. I was invested in what was going on, like the mystery surrounding the town and its inhabitants, especially Piper. I really, really wanted to know why someone would want to target Piper. I also thought that as a whole, the novel developed at a pretty good pace. I didn’t think that anything was too sudden or out of the blue, although there were moments where continuity failed to happen. However, the near-ending still had the power to surprise me! The ending itself wasn’t nearly as good!

As for the characters, I really liked our protagonists, Piper and Gris, the best. They seemed to work really well together romantically, and you can actually buy them being a couple of adorably lovestruck fools! Maybe it was the fact that they weren’t afraid to call each other out on things. Maybe it was their witty banter. Either way, you could tell from the getgo that they were OTP and not in a forced way, too!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Secrets of Skin and Stone by Wendy Laine. I really enjoyed reading this book on an entertainment level, but still had trouble with it in other ways. If you have any thoughts or questions about this book, please leave them in the Comments Section below. For those of you who are interested, Secret’s of Skin and Stone is out today and you can find it here:

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Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

About the Author

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Wendy Laine is the penname of author Wendy Sparrow. Writing is in Wendy’s blood as are equal parts of Mountain Dew and chocolate. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ over and over. She lives in Washington State with a wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.

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Review: The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Summary

Boy meets girl. Girl changes everything.

Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.

Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart—and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents’ politics seem much more complicated.

Mina has had a long and dangerous journey fleeing her besieged home in Afghanistan, and now faces a frigid reception at her new prep school, where she is on scholarship. As tensions rise, lines are drawn. Michael has to decide where he stands. Mina has to protect herself and her family. Both have to choose what they want their world to look like.

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My rating:

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(4.25 stars)

Hi, everyone! Another day, another book read, this one being The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Now when I first heard about this book, it was just in the Australian version When Michael Met Mina, which sounds nice and all, except for the fact that I couldn’t access it in Canada, through a retailer or the library… But when I finally saw the US version, I was thoroughly excited. Randa Abdel-Fattah is one of my favourite authors of all time, right from Does My Head Look Big in This and Ten Things I Hate About Me. And I adored her other novels like Where the Streets Had a Name and No Sex in the City. So to say I had really high expectations for this book would be understating things. Thankfully, I finally got a chance to read and love this book!

I’ve got to say that Randa Abdel-Fattah handled the political side of her novel really well. There were such similarities to what we see in Western culture that we can’t help but relate to the concerns of the novel. It’s like Michael says in the novel, the scariest thing about his parents is not that their evil, but that they’re nice,  too. It’s hard to think that your parents are wrong on anything, especially when they’re the kind that take care of you, and always look out for your best interest. It still made me really, really angry though, hearing their arguments and validating others to be treated poorly. But at the end of the day, Michael knows that he has to make a decision on what he stands for and whether everything he has been taught was wrong. Also, I really liked how Mina was portrayed in the novel, how she could make me both laugh at one moment with her wit, and cry the next at all the horrors she had to witness to get to where she is today. Within the novel, Mina and her family are trying their best to belong to a society that wants little to do with her because they has no other choice. There is so much truth in this novel, about love, hate, hope, loss, and those incredible moments of happiness in between that make it worth reading.

The reason why I give this novel a 4.25 star rating instead of a 4.5 star rating or even a five star one is the romance part of the novel. Not that it wasn’t cute and all, but I felt as if there was something unresolved about it by the end of the novel. How it ends makes sense in terms of the mood of the book’s ending, but at the same time, I was curious to see how it would play out given a little more time, that’s all. That’s probably just my own personal opinion though, as I think most people would just find the couple to be cute together! Plus, some of the secondary characters felt less fleshed-out than they could have been. Don’t get me wrong; there are some secondary characters within the novel that have a three-dimensional quality to them, and I understand that not all characters can be given such treatment. Still, I wondered about the mother’s friends that we never get to see, but just hear about, or Mina’s older friends that only appear once within the novel, and a few times via communication or memories. I guess I liked what I heard about them so much that I wanted to see more of them! 😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about The Lines We Cross for now! Do I recommend it for everyone, especially those looking for realistic fiction? Yes! So what are you waiting for? Go read it now! By the way, feel free to leave any thoughts or questions you might have in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Summary

I see London, I see France
I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

In this hilarious and unforgettable adventure, New York Timesbestselling author Sarah Mlynowski tells the story of a girl learning to navigate secret romances, thorny relationships, and the London Tube. As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera… wearing only her polka dot underpants.

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My rating: black4

I received this copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Hi, everybody! I’m back with another review, this one being on I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski. Now, I’ve read a few books by this author and liked all of them! So when I saw for the blurb for this one, I was thrilled! Luckily, this book didn’t disappoint! 😉

What I really liked was the traveling and the adventure of it all. It’s probably because I’ve always wanted to go traveling to other places, but have hardly left my home city… But I loved seeing what each city had to offer as well as what Sydney and Leela did there. And even when they went to seemingly random places, there was some sort of purpose to it. Except Belgium. Other than the fact that it’s a quick getaway, I feel like that could have been skipped and it wouldn’t have affected the novel’s trajectory at all. Plus, all the traveling around kind of made the romance in the book sweeter (problematic but sweeter)! The only downfall to the focus on traveling is that there is less focus on Sydney’s home life, which is granted. I only wish there was much more of a closed ending regarding Sydney and her family…

Then there were the characters, I thought that they were pretty realistic. They didn’t hide the fact that they were humans and made mistakes or did things that wouldn’t have been in the best interest of the trip and each other. With that being said, I still didn’t like Leela, Sydney’s best friend, until about more than halfway into the book. I empathized with her, but at times, I was in total agreement with Sydney in hoping Leela wouldn’t dedicate their vacation to moping around a lot. But once I warmed up to her, I could see why she and Sydney were friends. As for Sydney, I really liked her overall. She was the character I was able to relate to the most, maybe because I could see where she was coming from since it was her POV. t. I admired that she was trying to do the best she could for everyone, even when it did come back to haunt her.

Overall, I liked I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, although there were a few things that irked me. I would recommend this book for people who like to read about travelling! Well, that’s all I have to say about this book for now! If you have any thoughts or questions though, I’d be happy to hear about them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading!

–  Sumaya

Review: Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler

Summary

Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn’t go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won’t stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective…only to learn she’s set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants…only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they’ve sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don’t know about each other’s pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they’ll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.

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My rating:

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Hi, everyone! I’ve finally read Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler! I’ve been meaning to read that for a while, ever since I bought it last year… But for some reason, I kept on putting it off. Maybe because didn’t enjoy the last novel I’d read by the author, maybe because it was a book that I bought and therefore, I reasoned to myself, it could wait while other books couldn’t. Whatever the reason was, it doesn’t make up for the fact that I had a pretty great book under my nose the whole time and didn’t realize it!

First off, I’ve got to say that I loved the femship between Reagan and Victoria! Often when I read a contemporary novel, the friendship between women aren’t given much thought in comparison to a romantic relationship or even a friendship between men for that matter. Sometimes, I feel (with emphasis on I feel since this is just my opinion) that if women are friends in a story, it’s a given, but the femship itself is never really explored, which is why I was really excited for this book! For a while now, I’ve been wanting to read a book focused on solely on friendship, especially after Toward a Secret Sky! Just Visiting couldn’t have been read at a better time! What I loved about Reagan and Victoria is how they just clicked even if they didn’t share any of the same interests, with Rae being more of a studious bookworm and Victoria being passionate about fashion! I never got tired of reading them together, and never thought, “this doesn’t sound like a real friendship”, like I did with some books. Sure, they had their ups and downs, but it doesn’t stop them from being there for each other, or trying  to figure out what to do in terms of their future.

As for the plot, I got into it pretty quickly and would have gladly read this in one sitting, if not for the fact of responsibility coming in the way of things… However, once I got ahold of the book, I couldn’t put it down, wanting to know more about Victoria and Reagan’s lives. In terms of their perspective, I didn’t prefer one over the other and thought that they both complimented the story pretty nicely! It’s been a while since that’s happened for me! 😉 The thing about the story was that it revealed info about our protagonists bit by bit, leaving readers wanting to know more! Plus, while the ending wasn’t the one I was expecting, I was still pretty satisfied with it! I thought that they both ended up right where they should be… But before I say too much, I’ll just leave it at that!

Well, that’s all I have to say about Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler! I seriously loved this novel and would recommend to anyone looking for a good femship to read about! Have any of you read Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler? If you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, as well as any questions or comments you might have, in the section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

 

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