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I See London (International School #1)

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Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change— and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself liv
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ebook, 319 pages
Published February 3rd 2014 by Harlequin HQN
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Patrycja



Title: I See London
Series:I See London #1
Author: Chanel Cleeton
Release Date: February 3rd , 2014
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cliffhanger: Hard to say
HEA: (view spoiler)




I See London is one of those reads that are very hard to classify or grade, and especially write a review about. There were things I very much enjoyed, liked or was pleased with and few that made me bat shit crazy. I was jumping from ‘I liked it’ to ‘I’m not sure what to think’ to ‘I want to kill the main charact
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Cora Tea Party Princess
International Giveaway, Release Day Blitz, Excerpt AND Review at Tea Party Princess. I really do spoil you all.

5 Words: Fun, playful, growing-up, new-adult, sexy.

I SEE LONDON, I SEE FRANCE, I CAN SEE YOUR UNDERPANTS!

So sorry. I had to get that out of my system.

Book by book, my faith in New Adult is being restored. This is the second NA in a row which has impressed me and kept me reading. And..? No eye rolling.

This book did have me feeling a little rage-y at points, but it worked so so well by th
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mich
2.5 stars.
This was a bit reminiscent of Anna and the French Kiss (American girl goes to school in another country, her eyes are opened to new experiences, etc.), except not as fun and a tiny bit more NA (just a little though -- even though Maggie is in college, it still felt a little high-schooly.)

The writing was decent -- I think the only thing that ever turned me off about it (but also made me kind of laugh), was the excessive heat that flared everywhere. The heat flared in his eyes. It flare
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Mimi
Oct 17, 2014 Mimi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
This was such a cute and refreshing read ,about a girl named Maggie she is a small town country type of gal never had a boyfriend before not even a first kiss . Maggie s life is about to change though now that she got accepted to the famous international school in london. There she meets Samir a total hottie ,big brown eyes dark hair six feet something very yummy sexy half french ,half Lebanese boy from school . This is were the fun begins , so you definitely could tell from the moment you start ...more
Chanel Cleeton
Mar 09, 2014 Chanel Cleeton added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: new-adult

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Valerie
3 stars - More upper YA than NA but a good romance with some culture throw into the mix.

First Impressions...I read the summary for this book before I saw the cover and I was interested. The idea of going to school in London away from home and everything she knew captured my attention. Then that half French, half Lebanese guy sealed the deal.

The Story... Here I have mixed feelings. I really, really liked the fact that there was no insta-love going on. The characters were definitely given time to
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Jess * Jess Time To Read*
Big thanks to Chanel and Jessica for an ARC copy for review.

Holy smokes, this book was very addicting. I loved everything about this book, from the beautiful cities of London, Paris and Italy that Maggie gets to see, to the swoon worthy guys that have captured her attention, jealousy, secrets, and of course the sizzling romantic chemistry. I found myself even thinking about the novel while I was work, wanting to sneak a few chapters in here and there.

The main character Maggie was very likable.
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Autumn Review
3.5 stars
First impression:
I'm pretty obsessed with anything British, so I was on board for trying this one out.

The story:
In high school, Maggie was so focused on her studies that she didn't leave much room for a social life. Now, she has the chance of a lifetime. She's off to London for college and she wants to make the most of her time there. There are new friendships formed, reluctantly, and lots of boys to ogle. One particular boy, Samir, seems to constantly creep into her thoughts, but she
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Annaiss
La reseña fue originalmente publicada en SMW Book Blog

I See London de Chanel Cleeton me parece difícil de reseñar porque hubo momentos en cuales la historia me gustaba, en los que me pareció adictiva, otros en los que la protagonista principal, Maggie, me desesperaba con su inseguridad y me hizo pensar más de un “Really, bitch, really”; sin embargo eso no impidió que dejara de leer I See London y que, al final, me pareciera una lectura pasable.

Maggie Carpenter, de diecinueve años y de Carolina d

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Kayla Michelle
I received this book for an honest review.

First I would like to say that one aspect I really enjoyed about this book, is that Chanel included people from different races, cultures and backgrounds. I have not read many books that are very diverse like I See London is.

Maggie Carpenter moves to London to attend the International School, all the way from South Carolina. Maggie has always been a good girl, following the rules, and always spending her high school friday nights at home studying inste
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Danielle (is feeling overwhelmed)
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I SEE LONDON was a fun New Adult novel with a twist of international flair that entertained me and drove me batty in equal measure but always kept me turning the page!

Maggie is an American girl who always had her heart set on Harvard but when the depressingly slim rejection letter drops through the letter box she is left scrambling for alternate plans. A scholarship to the prestigious International School in London, populated by the kids of Diplomats
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Dalu
Love this book so much, love the idea of an international school, of people from different backgrounds reunited in a place that's familiar to everyone.
I really enjoyed how much Maggie grew through the story, every character was unique with a strong personality of its own.
Can't wait to read the next one!
Eileen Lin
I've recently read "I See London" by Chanel Cleeton and I must say-I am eager to read her next book!!!! These are the main characters: Maggie ("heroine") and Samir and Hugh ("heroes"). One thing I absolutely loved about this book was character development-especially for Maggie. As readers, we see her through it all-her ups and her downs (sorry to be cliche. :)) There were many times in this book where I screamed to the heavens "WHYYYY???" and other times where I applauded Maggie/"understood" her ...more
Lea
I was given this ARC for an honest review...

What can I say? I was hooked from the first chapter! In fact, I read this book within a few days! I LOVE the tension between the main characters, and of course her struggle between 2 men. Samir is waaaay hot! Not my typical attraction but the way this writer describes his strengths, his sex appeal, his passion.... U can't help but fall for this bad boy!! And Hugh... Well he's every ladies dream come true! A hot British man?!? Come on!!! Soooo glad I w
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Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> I See London by Chanel Cleeton

You guys! This book was so gooooood!! I was completely hooked from the start!

I See London takes us on a wild ride through London’s night clubs, holidays across Europe, and Samir. Oh, Samir. And yes, it even gives us a look at what it’s like to attend university in London. Man, how I wish I’d gone to university in London. It sounds awesome! I loved the diversity of the characters. You have all kinds of nationalities and it all just
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Katie
Feb 20, 2014 Katie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebook
So this is definitely one of those instances where you should not judge a book by it's cover. I hate this cover but I absolutely adore what's between the pages. I See London is a fabulous new adult novel that exceeded all my expectations.

To be honest, I didn't really have many expectations when I started I See London. I was just looking for a quick, fun read and I thought this one might be good. It was. I'm quickly becoming a fan of the new adult genre and it's all because of books like I See Lo
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Kristen
I See London by Chanel Cleeton is a fun read about a young woman named Maggie that moves from the United States to London for College at the International School of London. She is young, naive and at times unsure of herself. Especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Upon arrival she has a run in with a fellow student Samir. He is nothing like the boys back home. Samir is a rich, sexy half Lebanese, half French playboy. These two have an instant chemistry that burns from the pages. However it ...more
Marina
No setting here. It could be Rio or Bora Bora...the author did not depicted the city properly. The love triangle is - one word - pathetic. The Main character is an airhead with no true motivation for her actions in the plot. This book was NO for me.
Fatma A.
Jun 27, 2014 Fatma A. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Shelves: 2014-books, naaaaaah
Okay I'm disappointed *sigh*
One star to the writing style and the other one is for the events and the European places/countries.
The romance is horrible, I didn't get the main character actions in one chapter she's innocent and she doesn't know any single thing and in the second chapter she want to be free and to date Samir oh no wait she want to date Hugh, like get a life please you aren't a baby to act like that!!
Minus the romance and the love triangle thing it's going to be an okay book!
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Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Why I Picked it Up

It’s set in London with guys with accents…

Plot

I See London was definitely a good novel. It followed the main character, Maggie, as she starts on a new journey at an international school in London after being rejected from her dream school. In this novel, Maggie finds herself and finds love, and finds out that maybe some of the best things in life aren’t planned. The beginning was a bit slow and hard to get into, but it got better. The beginning was more information dropping tha
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Elizabeth Nguyen
First of all, I want to preface this by saying I received this book by the author to review. However, it doesn't effect my review in any way!

I've never read a more "adult" novel before so I don't exactly have anything to compare this to, but I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would have. I See London was a well written novel that had a lot of culture intertwined throughout. I have to give credit to Ms. Cleeton for doing her research as many of the cultural facts in here were
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MissyLynne
Received in exchange for a review.

Decent story about an American girl going to university in London. You follow her through her troubles in dealing with her rich, spoiled "ice queen" roommate, her school mates and her meeting a hot club owner. Then there is Samir, the half French, half Lebanese hottie who doesn't do the whole relationship but sure as hell can confuse a girl.

You end up feeling bad for poor Maggie who's mother abandoned her as a child and her dad who's off to all points of the wor
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Brooke Smith
Review also posted at my blog, BB Reads.

South Carolina native Maggie Carpenter finds herself accepted into The International School in London after her plans to attend Harvard fall through. Culture shock, college shock, and a new life of glamour comprise her first year at college. Torn between the international playboy Samir or the late-twenties bar owner Hugh, Maggie has to figure out who she belongs with and if she is willing to fight for her own happy ending.

This story definitely has some par
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Renee
This book was just ok for me. I had very high hopes for the heroine, Maggie. She was intelligent right out of the gate. I mean, anyone who believes that they are Harvard bound has to be intelligent, right? I figured that I would be reading about someone who could make intelligent decisions. However, it didn't necessarily go that way....

Maggie is a 19 year old girl traveling from small town USA to London for college. Pretty cool adventure to go on, IMO. She falls in pretty quickly with a group th
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Kika
"I see London" was a very enjoyable read. It had me hooked from the beginning and kept my interest throughout the end. The first thing I needed after I finished "I see London" was to get "London Falling", which is the second book of the International School series.
"I see London" might not be a masterpiece and the format I received was definitely not well structured but it still gets 5 stars from me because it's been a long time since I felt lost and fully engaged in a story. I really liked Magg
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Jena
I was given this book for an honest review.

This book .. Oh Man! I loved it. I had just finished a book that I didn't like, so this book really boosted my spirits. I also finished it within 24 hours. It is a page turner. You won't want to put it down. It is just overall a great read. I gave it 4.5 stars because of some grammatical errors and the format was weird. The page numbers and title were in between lines so I kept reading I See London randomly and it would throw me off. But this might be
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Step Into Fiction
This was such a cute read. Definitely for a more mature audience but it's not as graphic as a lot of New Adult novels I read so I do feel like it's rather safe for even some younger ones (I'm talking 15/16 maybe). It was rather sizzling as there were many scenes of heavy making out but it was all a tease.

Maggie is attending the International School in London and that right there is enough to make me jealous. I would've loved to attend school in London and especially a school like this? So many d
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She
O.M.G. Move over Anna and St. Clair (from Anna & the French Kiss) - Maggie & Samir are here!

To say that I'm obsessed with this book is an understatement. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! The storyline, the characters, the hot chemistry, and the sexy scenes were written to perfection! Absolute perfection. Hats off to Chanel Cleeton for writing this enticing book AND for writing a sequel due out in July - London Falling.

Although the book blurb makes it sound like I See London is ab
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Book Angel Emma
Urgh I am so torn with this book; one the one hand it's a compelling story while on the other hand it was slow to unfold.

Maggie's life plan has been thrown off course when she doesn't get into Harvard, taking drastic measures she gets a scholarship to a prestigious international school in London. You would expect her to become the poor scholarship student among the privileged yet Chanel Cleeton manages to steer clear of the stereotype. The world building she does is exquisite and realistic, avoi
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Jordan

This has got to be one of the most amazing books ever.

O.M.G (because frankly it bore repeating)

so unto the plot: Maggie is your average shy book worm-ish teen who never felt like she belonged (view spoiler)
Life finally throws her s bone when she gets a scholarship to study at an international university i
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Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and pl
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