First of all I want to say a massive thank you to Rebecca for sending me a copy of this book to review. It seems to be the book that has lifted me out of my summer reading slump, yay!
Last Summer is by no means a typical YA romance. It is fresh, edgy, raw and I loved it! Chloe is spending summer with her parents at their summer house, she knows this will probably be the last summer they spend together as a family and she is determined to make the most of it and enjoy herself. Although things don't really go to plan, her father ends up walking out on the family and her mother starts to camp out in front of the tv, almost oblivious to the world around her. When Chloe meets Logan, a homeless boy living in an old, abandoned cottage, she makes it her summer mission to help him, even if he doesn't want any help, she doesn't expect to fall for him along the way and get mixed up in his crazy world.
I really loved this book, it is a quick read. It only took me a couple of hours to finish, but the detail and description that is packed in there is awesome! This is a more mature YA book, with drug use, sex scenes and a near-rape scene. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under the age of 16/17.
The book does touch on some hard subjects, but Rebecca writes about them to get the issues out in the open and talked about, which is something I really like about this book.
The book switches between Chloe and Logan's points of view, which I really liked. Especially at the beginning before they really get to know each other. I felt like I got to know them both as individuals as well as a couple. I loved Chloe and Logan's relationship, especially all the ups and downs. They are really so sweet together and I think they complement each other well, and bring out the better qualities in each other.
I really was hooked on this book from page one, there is something about the characters and all the raw emotion thats built up in the book that just gets under your skin. Overall I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading more of Rebecca's books in the future!...more
Dante's Girl is the first book in the Paradise Diaries series, and follows the story of 17 year old Reece as she is making the long journey from America to London to spend yet another boring summer with her father. Halfway through her journey all planes are suspended because of the Ash Cloud, unsure of what to do or where to go, Reece goes with her gut and agrees to follow Dante, a boy she met in the airport home. But Reece gets a whole lot more than she was expecting when she finds out that Dante's father is the president of a small Greek Island and that she is actually staying in a palace!
I really loved this book, it was cute and witty, with just the right amount of romance. I rated it 5 stars because the book did keep me glued to my Kindle. I didn't want to put it down at all, too bad that I'm human and need my sleep.
This is the perfect summer read! It's packed full of action, romance, suspense and humour, all set on a beautiful Greek Island. It is Ideal for lazy summer afternoons as it can whisk you away to a different country, which was great for me with all the rain we've been getting here recently! I forgot all about the crappy weather and my boring wee life and for a few hours lived the high life in Greece!
Reece is great as a main character, she is charming, funny and doesn't take herself too seriously. I really liked her, there are times in the book that I could actually imagine myself in her shoes and felt bad for her. She is well written and very life-like, I think most teenage or twenty something girls could see a part of themselves in Reece and relate to her.
Dante is brilliant, just sheer brilliant! The whole way through the book I was thinking to myself, if only he was a little bit older! Lol, not once did I think, if only he was real?! He is cool and sophisticated as well as super hot, what girl wouldn't go weak at the knees when he was around?
I don't want to spoil the plot or the ending for anyone, so I'm trying not to give too much away with this review! The book was fast paced, which is something I really enjoy, it keeps me interested in the story line, and makes me feel like I need to keep reading to find out what is going to happen next. Overall I really did love this book, even though I'm not the biggest fan of contemporary romance, there was something about this book that I can't quite place my finger on, but it kept me hooked from page one till the end!
Since this is the first book in the Paradise Diaries, I'm looking forward to the release of the next book. I'm really hoping to see more of Reece and Dante in the future, they make a really cute couple....more