Another fantastic read from Hocking. Her success has really grown since her self-pubbed Trylle series, and she seriously deserves it.
She's a great wriAnother fantastic read from Hocking. Her success has really grown since her self-pubbed Trylle series, and she seriously deserves it.
She's a great writer, and an even better storyteller. I found myself entranced by her book, just as Gemma was entranced by the water. The book was mostly light, but there was this dark cloud that kind of floated above it the whole time. Those pretty girls are not as pretty as you think they are. Creepy... It also makes me think of Mean Girls.
There was a fantastic set of secondary characters. Harper kind of shared the spotlight with Gemma, and I enjoyed her story just as much (if not more) as Gemma's. Alex was such a sweet guy, although he didn't add a lot to the story, IMHO. Daniel was probably my favorite character. I loved seeing his relationship build with Harper, and he was an awesome dude. (I can't really put it into other words.) The parents were even in the picture (ha, don't see that in YA nowadays), but Hocking put a little twist in their dynamic that made the story much deeper and sadder.
The story itself moved at a slightly less-than-comfortable slow pace, but I still enjoyed it nevertheless. It really built up at the end, and I am looking forward to picking up the sequel next year. Thanks to the pubs for the chance to review this book, and thanks to Ms. Hocking for another well-spent few hours!...more
Have you been searching for the perfect, cute, beach read? Or something to brighten up those rainy,Read the full review at iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books.
Have you been searching for the perfect, cute, beach read? Or something to brighten up those rainy, spring-summery-ish days? WELL SEARCH NO MORE, because you have come to the right place!
*steps off the ringmaster stand thing*
Elizabeth Margaret's life is structured, sheltered, and has pretty much been all figured out since Day 1. It looks perfect from the outside, but... I'd say it just isn't life. So Elizabeth Margaret (quite a mouthful) is finally done with high school. She has one last summer left to enjoy, until she goes to Harvard and then has to work in her dad's firm. Fun, right? Not quite. But then she receives a card from a long-lost aunt who invites her to hang out with her on her tropical-ish island resort. What does Em do? Well, to quote Drake, YOLO. (Yes, I had to put that in there.) Em hops onto a plane and lands in what is to her paradise/heaven, and life is wonderful. And the rest of the story, well you can find out for yourself.
As I said before, this book was cute and perfect as a light, easy read on a sunny day. There wasn't anything that I disliked about it, but there wasn't anything that really stood out to me, either. It's a book that is definitely targeted toward a younger audience (I seem to have been reading a lot of those recently... it's kind of boring.) and something that I think little girls would enjoy. I even teared up at the end, because I'm cheesy like that.
All in all, I don't really have much to say about this book. I read it and enjoyed it, although it did not make a huge impact on me since I'm just too old for this kind of stuff. Introduce this to your middle-schooler kid. Don't expect anything earth-shattering, but this book is quick, an easy read, and good....more