London Falling is the sequel to I See London, and book two of the International School series. This series features romance, international travel, divLondon Falling is the sequel to I See London, and book two of the International School series. This series features romance, international travel, diversity, friendship and family drama, and has a college setting. Chanel Cleeton is a fresh new voice in New Adult and her books are addictive summer reads. London Falling works okay as a standalone, though I’d recommend starting with the first book, I See London, to get the whole backstory. The romance has a bigger payoff that way.
American student Maggie is studying at the International School in London. She falls in with a wealthy gang of fellow students, including school playboy Samir. Maggie and Samir have chemistry but obstacles stand in their way of romance. Plus, he’s planning to graduate soon and follow in his father’s footsteps in politics in Lebanon. Maggie comes from more humble origins, while Samir has the world at his fingertips, even though he doesn’t necessarily want to play the role he was born into. These two have just have one year together before they go their separate ways- will they be able to say goodbye after graduation?
London Falling is Samir’s as well as Maggie’s story –both have family baggage, and this book benefits with dual pov. It’s interesting to get Samir’s side of the story in this installment, since the first book was all about Maggie’s impressions of him. Maggie is scared of getting hurt by Samir, and knows that the odds are against them. But it’s a surprise to learn that Samir is just as insecure about their relationship and fears losing her.
Are you traveling to any exotic locales this summer? Me, not so much. So it’s fun to travel vicariously through this book, especially since Maggie and her friends really know how to live it up. Just like in I See London, expect some fun side trips.
I enjoyed this book even more than I See London. I liked the focus on Samir and Maggie, and their struggles together and apart. Things were not always easy but the drama never felt manufactured. The romance is the focus of the book, but there were other stories at play as well that kept the book balanced.
The ending satisfies, but I wouldn’t mind seeing these characters again. I know Chanel Cleeton has another new series (Flirting with Scandal in 2015) lined up after this book, but I hope she doesn’t leave us hanging with Maggie’s friend Fleur. I’d love to see her get her own book!...more
I See London is Chanel Cleeton’s debut novel and the first book in a New Adult series. It’s a fish out of water story about a girl who leaves her smalI See London is Chanel Cleeton’s debut novel and the first book in a New Adult series. It’s a fish out of water story about a girl who leaves her small-town life behind to attend university in London. Maggie is very studious and her social life has been lacking up till now, but college life is opening her up to new experiences.
This NA book has a good balance of friendships and college life as well as the heat and romance that you’ve come to expect from the category. It’s a fast, fun read for NA fans featuring an international setting, diverse and interesting characters, and sharp writing.
Maggie is a smart, average girl who lived with her grandparents in South Carolina. Moving to London for school is great for her, and an example of how the best is yet to come after high school. She’s out of her comfort zone, and paired with a roommate who is sophisticated and standoffish. But first impressions can deceive, and Maggie’s new circle of friends (Mya, Fleur, and Samir) prove their worth over the school year.
The international setting is used to full advantage, as Maggie’s new friends introduce her to hot nightclubs in London, Paris and Venice. Not a bad life, huh?
Quickly Maggie gets in over her head in the romance department. Both of the guys she’s interested in raised red flags for me, and I expected lots of tears and heartbreak before the school year’s end. Samir is the school player who flirts with Maggie and always has a different girl on his arm. But, he proves to be a reliable friend, and he has off the charts chemistry with Maggie. Then there is Hugh, the handsome, British, too-good-to-be-true club owner who sweeps Maggie off her feet. I thought it made sense for Maggie to fall for Hugh in a superficial way but he seemed dodgy to me.
There is drama and angst over the course of the school year, friendships cemented and lives are changed. The story leaves some loose ends for the sequel, and I’m interested to see how the group evolves in the second year of university.
At the end of I See London there is a little tease for the sequel, London Falling, and it seems that this book is in dual POV, which is a nice surprise. I See London was a treat to read and I look forward to reading the sequel this summer....more