You know, some days you just don’t have enough time for a full-length novel-type review. So here’s some short and sweet mini reviews for you to feast on, and just get the gist of the book and how I felt about it.
The theme of this lot of books was: contemporary romance. (All of them, coincidentally, either have the word ‘fall’ or refer to some type of water…)Two of them didn’t really work for me, but one did!
Author: Rachel Schieffelbein
Published: October 14th, 2016 by Swoon Romance
Genres: young adult, romance
Format: eBook, 204 pages
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of Rapunzel.
Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.
This story certainly had the backbone of a great story, but it just didn’t deliver in the way I desperately wanted it to.
What I liked
What I didn’t like
why I rated it 2 stars
While it was a pretty loose retelling of Rapunzel, it still didn’t hit the nail on the head for me. I really wish parts of it could be rewritten that would’ve made the story so much better, but alas the plot was lacking. There were no curveballs, and it was very predictable, and I just wish there was more to the story.
(Puddle Jumping #1)
Author: Amber L. Johnson
Published: June 29th, 2014 by Self Pub
Genres: young adult, romance, contemporary
Format: eBook, 248 pages
When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as conventional.
Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special. Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.
Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident-prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.
When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.
Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.
what i liked
what I didn’t like
Why I rated it 4 stars
This story WORKED. FOR. ME. But I rated it 4 stars simply because it’s such a short book, and it doesn’t fall under “need a copy for my shelf like my body needs air” that I save for my 5-star books. I really loved the story of Colton and Lilly, and I’m honestly excited over the fact that it’s supposedly going to get a sequel (I will be all over that like a kid with a bagful of Halloween candy). I would definitely recommend this story because the author makes very likeable and complex characters and then smushes them together in a wonderful and believable way. Colton and Lilly have a history, and when they’re reunited, Lilly pushes herself back into Colton’s life like a hurricane (but, bad analogy because she’s not destructive like a hurricane… she’s actually quite wonderful and helpful for Colton).
This book contains a character with autism, and while I realize that’s not ideal for everyone, I think you should read this book.
Fall Like Rain
Author: Ana Tejano
Published: September 29th, 2014 by Self Pub
Genres: romance, contemporary, young adult
Format: eBook, 153 pages
Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her.
Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?
What I Didn’t Like
What I Liked
As you can see, there wasn’t much to go on in the book for me.
Why I rated it 1 star
I didn’t get much enjoyment out of this book, personally. I barely finished it. I skimmed the last few chapters because I was over the whole scenario, and how they danced around each other’s explanations. I personally wouldn’t recommend this one.