Happily and Madly
Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:
1. She will fall happily and madly in love.
2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.
The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach t ...more
"There’s a certain rush that comes with lying. I think a lot of people probably don’t like it— the racing heart, the sweaty palms, the fear of being caught. These are the things that made lying worth it for me. All that buildup and anticipation wondering if you’ll get away with it."📖 Happily & Madly 📖
Read as an eARC.
Much thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen, an imprint of Macmillan, Tor-Forge for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own ...more
Maris, while on vacation with her estranged father’s family, wanders out into the island where she encounters Finn. And saves him, of course. Right from that moment, I had my doubts on Finn and his truth. I did not trust him at all and my guts were right.
For the first part, the story progresses very slowly while planting down the seeds of mystery and suspense. I w ...more
First I am disappointed in myself that this is the first Alexis Bass boo ...more
I devoured this book! I cannot emphasise this enough in my reviews: I live the lifestyle of a granny. My daily habits include staying under my blankets, wearing my pjs, reading, or drinking tea. So when I tell you I stayed up until 12am to finish this book, it's a big deal for me.
I found ...more
Maris was spending the summer with her father and his "new family." Their relationship was already a rocky one as he had left Maris and her mother and married his pregnant girlfriend and adopted her daughter, Chelsea, who just happened to be the same age as Maris.
They head to Cross Cove, a beach where the wealthy vacation. Chelsea is beyond excited because her boyfriend, Edison and his family will be there also. Therefore, Maris and the "New Browns" (as she calls her fathe ...more
So much beauty, but what does it cost?
How many lies? How many secrets?
Well friends, here we have yet another great recommendation from Kate. If you've read the synopsis, you probably thought to yourself, This sounds like a super easy, romantic read. Perfect for summer. And you would be wrong.
Happily and Madly is, in fact, a great read. And it was probably my favorite read of the summer. However, it's also anything but a quick romantic read. What made this so phenomenal and unputdownable was t
Maris arrives in Cross Cove to spend the summer with her father and his new family, including Chelsea, the daughter of his new wife whom he adopted. On her first night Maris saves a boy named Finn, who happens to be Chelsea’s boyfriend Edison. Soon Maris is embroiled in a deadly mystery.
I thought I was going to enjoy HAPPILY AND MADLY from the beginning. I liked Maris, who had been in more trouble than most eighteen year olds and also had insight into her behaviors. I loved that Alexis Ba ...more
TW: drugs, alcohol, death
Truly, for once, I’m going to keep this Rather Random Review™️ short (and thus slightly underwhelming).
This should have been a thriller but it was too slow moving to actually be thrilling.
It had interesting twists and turns and I truly liked Maris – the main character. She was fierce, incredibly cunning and super smart. I’d say that she was an amazing Slytherin type of character. Being in her head was engrossing and I liked her perspective o ...more
Once the first big twist happens however, I started to get a bit of a We Were Liars feel. There is intrigue, a lovely twist relating to the love interest and a guy who eventually came through in the end.
I found the story was very indepth although some of the characters involved, especially the new step-sis ...more
Happily and Madly fol ...more
The fortune teller was wrong on this one, because I did not fall happily and madly in love with this book.
An outsider who goes to vacation with her estranged and rich family in the summer. What could possibly go wrong? The answer is everything. Despite a fairly strong start, it got bogged down by a languishing middle section and a convoluted mystery that I couldn’t bring myself to care about. The author mad ...more
What I Liked:
The beach town of Cross Cove, with its mix of local residents and wealthy visitors, reminds me of my hometown of Santa Barbara, California ...more
Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass didn’t make me madly in love with the story or happily satisfied with everything. I’m actually quite conflicted with this book. I was intrigued in the beginning and there are things I liked, but in the end it just wasn’t the book for me.
Maris Brown is not a character I would say I loved and could relate to, but she’s also not someone I dislike. In many ways, my heart broke for her and everything she’s been through and is still going through. On the ...more
Maris Brown is visiting her father and his new family for the summer. She has been into some trouble in her life before, and her mom is hoping that maybe a few months in a wealthy neighborhood with respectable people will help her.
The first thing I'm on the fence about is the main character, Maris Brown. I feel for her in many ways... and in many ways, I do not. She is a child of a broken fa ...more
Maris is from a broken family and is going to spend the summer at an island rental with her father’s new family (the New Browns). This includes her father's new wife and baby, and a teen daughter, Chelsea, whom he has adopted. She is, of course, resentful of them, since they are the reason her father left her and her mother alone.
She's uncomfortable with all the happiness and while alone on a hike, she meets ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and Alexis Bass for the ARC! ...more
On the one hand, I think the book has a lot going for it. Maris was a compelling character. I loved that the book showed her working through some messy emotions. I loved that Maris had a lot of flaws, and that people called her out on them. It was also easy to feel sympathy for her given the situation with her family. I also thought the book conjured up the image of this idyllic, sea side town very well.
However, for me personally I just couldn't love Maris. She ...more