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Paradise City

(Paradise #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  561 ratings  ·  154 reviews
When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a roo ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Hachette Australia
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Debbie I Heart YA Books
It's been far too long since I've read one of C.J. Duggan's books. I love the way she writes New Adult. And I’ve already fallen in love with this new series just as much as her Summer series. These new characters from Paradise City have stolen my heart, too. The sexy, beautiful bad boys are known as the Kirland Boys of Paradise High school and also as the Beach Bums of Paradise City. They are the surfer delinquents, the sporty types—you know, not much between the ears but pretty good between the ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Paradise City. A place where dreams come true. It's sunny, beachy and filled with hot surfers, summer flings and romance.

I should have known this book was going to be cheesy from the title. Paradise City is like a high school Sin City, where girls start wearing makeup when they're 12 and boys hook up with a different girl a week (oh the horrors).

From Lexie's point of view, it all seems quite scandalous and exciting. She has
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
As most of you know, I rarely read new adult, never mind actually enjoy it. It's the same tropes over and over and often sexually based with barely a hint of a storyline. Paradise City not only reinvents the new adult genre, but sets the standard that all new adult authors should strive for. Set in the fictional town of Paradise City, Lexie is the girl next door looking for a big city adventure. Originally from the sleepy town of Red Hill, Lexie has been h
Christy LoveOfBooks

If you look at my history with C.J. Duggan, you’ll see that I’ve loved every one of her books so far. I absolutely adore the Summer series to pieces, so of course I was extremely excited to read Paradise City.

The loveable

I always love Duggan’s Australian settings. Lexie grew up in a super tiny town out in the middle of nowhere. There isn’t even a school, so she does online course. She convinces her parents to let her stay in Paradise City with her aunt, uncle and cousin to go to real sch
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
Hmmm 3.5 - 4 lame cliffhanger stars

This was very YA, I wasn't quite feeling all of the characters' angst, although it was an entertaining enough read. Could've done without the cliffhanger though, hate it when a story's left hanging like that. Next part is out September.

Full review to follow.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I have enjoyed Duggan's other series and was intrigued when I saw that she had a new one coming out.
It is always fun to see how an author will shake it up when the genre is slightly different (or very different in some cases) and if truth be told, I was hoping this one might be sightly edgier, grittier than her other.

I liked Lexie immediately. There was just something charming about her small town girl with big dreams attitude.

Her and Luke together were a lot of fun. Their banter and funny momen
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

I love C.J. Duggan's books. She can write the heck out of New Adult contemporary romances. As an author on my auto-buy list, I was super excited to be a part of the Paradise City blog tour. Paradise City is the first book in C.J.'s Paradise series, which is a new adult contemporary romance series. Even though the main character is in high school, this had more of a new adult feel to it. Maybe younger new adult or a y
Dirty Dayna
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3.5 bad girl stars

I've never read an Australian based book so the lingo was fun for me
This story is very YA and you get that immediately. Almost has a strange twilight fanfic feel to it. However no vampire so I don’t know why that tingle resonates. Don't think I'll continue this series but if you like YA all the time then you will love it

This book was emailed as a recommendation via netgalley and as many of them as I have steered clear to I was somehow drawn to this one. But whoever wrote the
Anatea Oroz
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I started reading this book thinking I would read just a couple of chapters and then stop. As you see, I finished it in one sitting. This pretty much sums up everything.

Full review to come...

And C.J., that ending wasn't nice!
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Hachette via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication data is April 28th 2015**

OMG....I have to wait until September to read the next in the series?!?! That is simply cruel that I can't get my next fix of the drama that is Lexie's life until then!

It is safe to say that this story hooked me. I will admit to being a little bit surprised,
Oana D. H.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
How bad can a good girl get?

Well,it seems that all that C.J Duggan writes ends up on my "Favorite book list".And i'm not kidding!
From the moment i heard that she was starting to write another book series i practicaly started typing like crazy ,trying to find out about what she was writing or when it was due to be published.
Now?Can i just say that i'm a happy girl?Yup,that's exactly what i am!

I'm starting to think that the best stories are those in which the good girl tries to be bad and ends up
Apr 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I'm on a roll in giving away one star. Err, where's my luck with books??? Paradise City has a very promising and interesting premise. But it didn't elicit any feelings out of me. ANYTHING. NONE. AT. ALL. Maybe the occasional cringing but still:

Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 4.5/5

Review coming soon!
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe
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Nicole Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

I'm a HUGE fan of Duggan's Summer series, so when I heard that Hachette Australia was publishing her new series, I was thrilled! Unlike the Summer series, these books are not standalones - the story is left very much up in the air at the end of Paradise City, but most of the elements that I loved about Summer are still there! I can't wait to see where Duggan goes with the story next!

What I loved:

The Australian setting.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
Full Review @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Paradise City is set in Australia, and follows Lexie, a 17 year old girl, who moves from the country to live in the city with her Aunt, Uncle and Cousin for the final term of the school year where she will complete Year 11. I felt this was a good representation of life in Australia and dealt with normal teenage issues that affect girls not only in Australia, but everywhere… BOYS!!

Lexie was a girl that I connected to easily. She is a quiet kind of girl, who d
22/8 - So what's the difference between Young Adult and New Adult? I somehow got the idea that New Adult was a continuation of where Young Adult left off. So if Young Adult is 13-19 (which is the age group I think Young Adult characters usually fall within), then New Adult is 20-25ish. But these characters are all high school students, so why isn't that Young Adult? And if I've got the definition of Young Adult and New Adult wrong, then how are they defined? It's all very confusing. Considering ...more
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
*This review also appears on my blog Genie In A Book*

Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Paradise City is the first book I've read by C.J. Duggan, and a first in my experiences reading Aussie NA fiction. While it did hold some of the stereotypical tropes of the genre, I can honestly say that it was nonetheless an addictive read. It would definitely be perfect for summer reading on the beach, and for a book which takes r
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After digging into Paradise City I realised it had been way too long since I’ve read a C.J Duggan novel. I’d forgotten how much I love her writing and her way with new adult novels. She has this way of writing entertaining and fun new adult novels which I always seem to love. She's a reliable author who will always deliver an enjoyable novel.

Lexie was the character I enjoyed the most. After living her life secluded, her town so small there wasn’t a school, Lexie has been sheltered from the norma
Don't be fooled by the pretty pink cover, Paradise City by CJ Duggan packs quite the punch - of the good variety of course.

I was lucky enough to receive this book through the publisher during an internship interview. Having nothing to read with me, and a two and half hour train trip home, I started the book almost immediately and finished it before I got home. It was just that good. What's more the characters stayed with me for days.

Simply put, Paradise City by CJ Duggan is an amazing New Adult
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, aussie-author
Thanks to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

There were things that I absolutely loved about this book, and others that rubbed me the wrong way, so overall I'm a bit conflicted. Maybe I'll just break it down exactly like that:

Things I loved/liked:
The Aussie slang words! My parents are Australian, and I'll always identify certain words with them, and those words in turn bring up memories of going to school, saying them in complete ignorance
Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)

My review can also be found on our blog Paein and Ms4Tune

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

“‘The truth is if I’m with a girl, in the sea, in the car, in a bed or on a beach,’ he said, a wicked grin flashing,’it’s because I choose to be.’” Location 1945

This is the second book I’ve read by C J Duggan. The first was The Boys of Summer, which still remains one of my favourite new adult romances. My review can be found HERE.

Yolanda Sfetsos
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an email announcing the release of the second book in this series and wondered why I hadn't noticed it before. I mean, as soon as I read the blurb I knew this was a story I definitely wanted to read this summer. And I wasn't wrong.

Lexie Atkinson lives with her parents in small town rural Australia. She's home schooled and is on the verge of ending her education when her parents decide it might be a good idea for her to attend a real school. After all, she's a bright girl and gets grea
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)

Well it was amazingly a fun read for me with all the juicy stuff.At first i was afraid i ain’t going to like this but after Lexie moves from boring Red hill to paradise city i hoped it will get better and after arriving in the Paradise City things started to get more interesting and just like that i was Hooked.I really appreciate the author for keeping the plot focused more on the story unlike other New Adult books which contained too much sex.This book was
Chapter by Chapter
What should be your number one reason for reading Paradise city by C.J. Duggan? Luke. Ballantine. A sexy, bad boy surfer who does bad in such a sexy way.

Lexie Atkinson has been home schooled for pretty much her entire life. At seventeen years old, Lexie has been nothing but the epitome of “good girl”. When her parents decide that it would be a great idea to send Lexie away to Paradise City to finish off her Grade 11 and for Grade 12 and perhaps reconnect with her cousins Amanda, Lexie is beyond
Lisa (lifeinlit)
I’ve read a couple of Duggan’s Summer Series books, and I really enjoyed them! (Note to self: Read more Summer Series books this summer!) So when I was asked to review this book, I jumped on it. I only skimmed the synopsis and knew it was a book I would enjoy.

Lexi is dying for a little change in her life. Having been home schooled in a tiny little town, she’s dreaming of the day her parents will agree to let her branch out a bit. When her parents agree that a little change would be good for Lexi
Elizabeth "Liza"
4.5 Stars

As I’m a big fan of CJ’s Summer series, I couldn’t wait to read Paradise City. I knew we were going to be a great match and I was not wrong. Not at all.

This book is more like a mature YA than straight NA. This might change with Paradise Road since it seems like Dean will play a more prominent role. Lexie is a hoot! Being in her head was hilarious! She comes from Red Hole, a farm in the middle of nowhere and she’s been homeschooled her whole life. She moved with her aunt, uncle and cousi
Eileen (BookCatPin)
I adored C.J. Duggan's Summer series so I was thrilled when I received an eARC of her new book! One night before going to bed, I decided to take a sneak peek at Paradise City. Just a few pages to get a taste and what a bad idea it was. I was immediately hooked. It was goodbye sleep and hello sleep deprivation! But let me tell you, it was worth it.

Lexie's a small town girl who has been home-schooled all her life. When her parents grant her wish to go to school in the big city, she thinks everythi
A lot of books recently have left me with that urghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh feeling. In a good way. Like urghhhhhhhhhh it’s sooooooooo goooooooooooooooooood. Honestly, the YA and NA genres elicit feels out of me like no other genre and it’s like a bloody emotional roller-coaster. Paradise City left me gasping for more. And I almost didn’t read the book – it was only by chance that I read the email from Netgalley and didn’t just sling it in my junk folder (because they send a LOT of emails these days promo ...more
Lyndsey O'Halloran
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-adult
I absolutely love reading books like this over the summer because I always feel like I need something light, easy and quick and that's exactly what this book was.

Protagonist Lexie comes from a very small town and is home schooled. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to go to a proper school and envies her cousin Amanda who lives in Paradise City. When she gets the chance to move in with her aunt, uncle and cousin, Lexie is unbelievably excited but she soon finds out going to school i
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C.J Duggan is an Internationally Number One Best Selling Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn't writing books about swoony boys and 90's pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly succ ...more

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