Tuesday, June 30, 2015

REVIEW - OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer 
by Emery Lord
Publisher - Bloomsbury US Children's
Release Date -  March 23rd 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Another brilliant read for my reading group last month. I think contemporaries are certainly a hit for me these days. It's all I'm in the mood for. If you have any recommendations of novels like these please do let us know. I read this with my lovely friend Glass and we had a blast, continuous fangirling, tweets, hashtags and lots of reminiscing of our lives too. Open Road Summer really is the perfect summer read, it will get you into that road trip romances that we always love. Today both myself and glass will be sharing our reviews of Open Road Summer so be sure to visit her blog here.

The Storyline - Both Reagan and Dee have lost something in their lives, Dee her boyfriend, Reagan her way in life. Two very unlikely personas have been friends for many years and now. Over the summer they spend time with each, reminisce of the past and the present and more importantly grow as friends. This storyline was really quite something, it was like you were on the roadtrip with them. And right now that's all I want to do with my friends and my man. This is the perfect summer read to get you in that mood.

The Characters - Reagan isn't a bad girl she just fell into the wrong crowd but she has a lot of people around her, like Dee to help her out of it too. I can tell though that she was very much on guard with her best friend making sure she's okay as well as trying not to let herself go with the tour either. So this tour across america was a way to reconnect with herself, with nature and life as well as her photography. I especially loved that part of her character as that is connecting with the creative part in me too. I loved how she even replaced her bathroom light to become a red room for developing photos. I want to do that. Lol. Dee or Lilah, is essentially two people, the singer and the normal teenage girl. Her character reminded me of Chloe from Something Real. There is two sides to her but only so few people see the normal in her. Dee is constantly reminded of her celebrity status on tour, for once she just wants the freedom of being a normal teenager like everyone else. Is that really too much to ask for.

The Romance - At first I think both myself and Glass thought a bit of jealousy would come between Dee and Reagan with relationship with Matt. Or even a love triangle but that wasn't the case. Matt is very much the romantic which I loved as it was a way to break down Reagan's walls. I guess you could say that Matt serenades you with his music and songs. How I wish I could hear those songs to life. Well it made me fall in love with him the first time around. There was certainly a lot of squealing and fangirling at these parts. .

The Friendship - Open Road Summer wasn't just about the romance, and it by all means wasn't the only relationship in the novel too. What I'm taking about is that Emery didn't put the romance and the friendship on the sidelines when either one was spotlighted, she did it both equally. In the end, friendship is just as important as your romantic relationship too. It your friendships that can start a deeper relationship, it's the friends that are always there no matter what. Whether they are next door or across the seas. It's those that even though you may not speak with each other for ages, they are the ones you turn too when your need a friend, because they know you more than anyone else. Reagan and Dee are the embodiment of that friendship.

The Writing - All the matters is that this novel made me reflect and reminisce on my friendships and the people that I love around me. That speaks volumes and words about the writing of this novel and I just adored it. Emery by all means has a way of words, heartfelt, true, honest, emotional and damn near perfect. Some scenes I will not tell which just showed you how amazing when you compare them to the likes of Katie McGarry, I think by then regardless of that I think we were onto a true contemporary winner.

Rating - 5

Here is just some of the fangirling tweets that we shared...

Friday, June 26, 2015

BLOG TOUR: NO MORE CONFESSIONS by Louise Rozett


Hi Everyone, I am very pleased to be part of the No More Confessions, Book 3 in the Confession series through YA Bound Book Tours. Please find the scedule here. I read Books 1&2 for the their tours previously in the last couple of years and I had to see how Rose turned out in Junior Year. If I'm honest I truly forgot I was part of this tour and I didn't know if I was going to post this review or not today. But before I share my review with you, here is a little bit more about the book...Oh and don't forget to enter the giveaway...

No More Confessions (Confessions #3)
by Louise Rozett
Publisher - Stonesong
Release Date - 25th January 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

For Rose Zarelli, freshman year was about controlling her rage. Sophomore year was about finding her voice. With all that behind her, junior year should be a breeze, right? Nope. When a horrific video surfaces, Rose needs the one person she wants to be done with, the person who has broken her heart twice—Jamie Forta. But as the intensity between them heats up, Rose realizes she isn’t the only one who needs help. The thing is, Jamie doesn’t see it that way—and that could cost them both everything.

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ROSE ZARELLI is done confessing because ​confessions are for people who have done something wrong. ​And I haven't done anything wrong. Here, I'll prove it to you.

1) After my mother got that call, I “borrowed” her car. (Because you can’t steal your mother’s car, can you?) I don’t really remember driving downtown, but I do remember...

2) …getting past the bouncer at Dizzy’s (I mean, it’s his job to spot a fake ID, so that’s on him)…

​3) …and then later, telling my mother the truth about the bar but lying about how I got in. (A truth totally cancels out a lie, right?)

After all, what’s a little duplicity when finding Jamie Forta is the only thing that’s going to keep you from losing what’s left of your mind?

See? Junior year is off to a great start.
The Confessions series by Louise Rozett has been an interesting experience for purely because in the beginning it didn't start it very well but the sequel blew me away and that it was pretty much what happened with book 3. No More Confessions sees Rose, leaving behind her anger issues and that of her past love too. She able to talk with her mum calmly and truthfully without any lies. She is in my eyes finally growing up. When you first begin the novel you see her entering a club with her fake ID, it's typical thing these days of a teenager but my thought were, where could this be heading? Good or bad? I didn't want Rose to retract to who she was, which was growing up to be someone she isn't and following someone around to make herself be apart of the society today. However, she had a valid reason, one that was quite simply horrific to describe and she needed someone to look after her and that is what Jamie Forta is good at. 

When a video of her father was uploaded on the internet of him being blown up, she didn't know where to turn, so she went to Jaime knowing that he would be able to give her some comfort despite the fact that they are no longer together. Although that doesn't stop both of their feelings for each other. Jamie is a bad-ass but I feel that he also has a heart of gold when you really get to know him. Rose is an exclusive VIP into his heart and you can really tell that from this novel. I struggled to remember what happened in the previous book as it was such a long time ago but thankful to my reviews I could pick right were they left off, plus Louise is really good at giving you snippets from the previous summer.  However, I felt that Jamie declined as a character, he was a complete tool to be honest, he alcoholism probably didn't help either. I know that he has had a hard life especially with his father taking early retirement and relying on him on to keep the household going whilst ignoring him. I know that these days in this climate and society, that pressure and stress can send someone into an ordeal in the shape of the bottle these days. I felt the spark in there that we once saw and Rose saw was slowly deteriorating which so sad to see.

Rose and Jamie's relationship is a rocky one. We see such growth in the both characters, moment of pure passion and happiness. Whilst I'm thinking that this will be okay, that Rose is finally Jamie's girlfriend and that are finally meant to be. No such luck there. In the end I think it was the lies and non-confessions from Jamie that was keeping a distance between them and one I hope they will rectify soon. We both know that they love each other, but I think we also know that some things aren't meant to be or they aren't right at this moment. They are unfortunately unlucky in love. All I want for this couple is a HEA and I don't know if they are going to get one.  

When one character declines another saws and that is what Louise encompassed in this novel. Rose was by far at the her strongest. The video didn't just tear her apart inside but she was able to look past it rebuilt herself into to someone else entirely, a person she was happy to be. I've seen Rose at her worst and her most childish and immaturity. No More Confessions, is what it says it is... she has nothing more to give but to be who she wants to be. I felt that Louise really knew how to hit the key points of teenage life the society we live in. 

My curiosity was certainly peaked as I wanted to see how Rose has tuned out in Junior year. I also wanted to see how she has grown as a character. I could relate to her so much more which made this book a delight to read. Is there going to be another book... I really hope so. I really enjoyed just a short contemporary in between novels.

Rating - 4













Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, followed by Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, both published by HarlequinTEEN. The next book in the series, No More Confessions, is due out January 2015. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in sunny Los Angeles, and pines for New York City. Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Event Recap - #WalkerFictionFest

On Saturday I was invited to Walker HQ for their #WalkerFictionFest an event highlighting their titles from July to September using the theme from the book Remix by Non Pratt. This was my first publisher event and I couldn't believe how amazing it was.

As part of the event we were introduced to two headlining authors of 2015 as well as an amazing established author of the fantasy genre too. All where new to me. We also met some design artists and editors and of the course the lovely publishers behind Walker books. It was very exciting yet for me very overwhelming.

(I do apologise in advance for my picture quality, could be my nerves showing through!)

From left to right we have Katie Everson, Lauren James and Zoë Marriott
Both Katie and Lauren are brand new authors to young adult and I think they are ones to look out for. Katie is such a lovely author, they all were really, we got to hear a snippet of her upcoming novel Drop and I had goose bumps from just that section. Katie is a cover designer herself, at Bloomsbury that I later found out, you can find some of her designs here. So many beautiful covers that we have loved over the years, including John Green and Sarah Crossan. She is quite clearly very talented, she even said that anyone can be creative, whatever makes you happy and she has the best of both worlds. She was very nervous, bless her as this was her first real event.  Here is a little bit about the debut novel releasing on August 6th. 



I wasn’t always like this. I know what you’re thinking: druggie, junkie, wreckhead, trashbag. But I’m not sticking needles in my arm or sleeping on the streets, or stealing to feed the habit. I’m not one of those.

Carla has just moved to London and starts at yet another new school; she is desperate to fit in. Though she makes a couple of friends, she soon meets the charismatic, good-looking Finn and their whirlwind romance begins. Carla, an A student and gifted artist, lets her schoolwork slip as she enters Finn's world – a world of partying and drugs. Friends tells her that Finn is no good – even his brother, Isaac. But Isaac has an ulterior motive, doesn't he? Is either brother right for Carla?

Next, we had the lovely Lauren James,with her debut The Next Together, Laura is a recent graduate of university and this novel was outlined from a very young age.   It about two people who are reincarnated through different timelines each finding themselves in different personas and eras. Again, what I loved how it's such a different contemporary all together and I always adore a time travel novel. When she read a excerpt, it was completely different, style, plotline and your just sucked into that timeline...my next thought was I want more. This for the fans of any time travels books, for example The Time Traveler's Wife but for younger readers. Her is a little more about it....

How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. 

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? 

Maybe the next together will be different...




Other books that were mentioned included The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, we had video of him reading a bit of his and I couldn't stop laughing, I think it's about time that I break the ice with Patrick and start reading some of his books. My most anticipated sequel and one of my favourites of 2015, The White Rose, which I'm beyond excited about. I had to try and contain it...I tried I really did! That is one too look out for in September/October!


We also met and heard from some cover designers. As you can from above The Mortal Instruments will be getting a new makeover in July and I have to say they are gorgeous. I was able to get a copy of the first book in my little goody bag. Some of the process into the designing them was insane but they certainly aren't afraid of detail. In the symbols are mini illustrations or imprints of what that book in the series represents. Out of the original covers and these I think I actually more inclined to these ones. And also the designing of Lauren's book and to make it seem unique but also timeless with the various layers of the eras. 



It's fair to say that I was in element when it came to the books and the authors, however sadly I did feel very overwhelmed and the mingling in between unfortunately wasn't my favourite part. I'm very shy and can feel quite stressed sometimes when it comes to the meeting people part even though I talk on Twitter it's not the same at all. But I did go home with a bag of awesome goodies. *Squeals*





Thursday, June 18, 2015

REVIEW - FALLEN TOO FAR by Abbi Glines


Fallen Too Far (Rosemary Beach #1)
by Abbi Glines
Publisher - Simon & Schuster UK
Release Date - July 4th 2013 (UK Edition)
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

When Blaire Wynn's mother passed away, Blaire's life changed in an instant. Having cared for her sick mother for the last three years, suddenly Blaire has to leave the small farmhouse in Alabama they shared, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. But what she isn't prepared for is the lifestyle change that comes with the move, and she knows she'll never fit into the new world of luxury and extravagance that suddenly surrounds her.
Even worse, her father has run off to Paris for the summer with his wife, leaving her stranded with Rush, her new stepbrother, who's irritating, arrogant and… seriously sexy. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous; his famous father's guilt money, his mother's desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no. Blaire knows he is anything but good for her, but somehow she can't fight the attraction she's feeling, especially when she starts to think the attraction might be mutual… Rush is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that Blaire just may have fallen too far.
Fallen Too Far was something I picked up out of distraction. I need something short, steamy and romantic and certainly did deliver that. That being said it was also my first Abbi Glines novel, I know I'm certainly behind on the times of NA with this author but she certainly know how to put a cracker of a story in such a short amount of time. 

After her mum died and the house gone to pay off her treatments, Blaire had to find somewhere to go, to live and her last resort was her dad in Florida. This was no means a first choice decision for Blaire after her dad left her and mum when her twin sister died in the car he was driving. Was it guilt or that he couldn't deal that was anyone's guess but to Blaire she couldn't care less. She's angry and she has every right to be. Once in Florida, the only person home was Rush, her step-brother, and my god was she in trouble. Whilst, his mum and her dad are away for the month, Blaire has to find a job, save some money to by a flat, before those infamous grey eyes of Rush's becomes to tempting to be swallowed up in whole. 

Blaire is a sweetie and an innocent one at that. She maybe living in the bedroom under the stairs but at least it secluded her from the rest of the house and of course Rush. What I thought was generous and caring was that she didn't like to impose on people or be codependent on them too. Sh wanted to independent and fend her self, whether that's having peanut butter sandwiches as her breakfast and lunch. Bless her. When it comes to Rush, she doesn't know how to be around him. He's very intimidating, there's also something untouchable about him too, she doesn't know whether to run and hide, or stick it out and found out what happens. But she doesn't want her heart broken either. 

Now explain this to me, is it right to be 'having a relationship' with your own step-brother? This was the part that I felt was a little weird in places. Though my judgement was certainly clouded by how very imposing, strong and hot Rush was too. It certainly wasn't afraid to show his true nature for sure. Rush is the son of a band member and clearly what comes with a band member is a lot of baggage and he has that revolving around his sister and also his challenging feelings for Blaire too. At times I thought he was a bit of douche in the beginning, his attitude to Blaire was cold and also his extra-curricular activities sparked something almost feral in him when it came to her living in his own house.
 “Because I’ve had a taste and I’m not sharing. This isn’t just for fun. I may be slightly addicted.” 
This is a book that can be read in one sitting, although I was very much willing to do that other reality problems, i.e. work got involved so I had to put it down. However it didn't stop me from constantly picking it up in my breaks. What I loved about FTF was that there was far less drama and darkness to the characters. We saw a glimpse of the pasts but wasn't shoved down out throat either which sometimes you can find in longer novels. Although there were times in the novel and I was thinking this can't be right or that was a bit of a crappy thing to do (pardon my french) that was really more to do with the character's decision more than the storyline itself. Glines certainly has a way with words too, in such a short amount of space she can create such an addicting storyline with characters too match. 

Abbi Glines has proved to be yet another NA author to look out for, I have Breathe to read from her Sea Breeze series which I can't to read as well continuing Rush and Blaire's story in Never Too Far. If your like me and haven't read Abbi or have read everything in NA but her then please go read it. I find the shortness and steaminess of the novel to be the attraction of her writing and her characters.

Rating - 4

Friday, June 12, 2015

NEW - #SummerofLove tag


Hi Everyone, Hope you are all well. It's officially summer and you know what that means...summer novels!! I am sucker for romance and contemporary novels purely becuase they make me forget the reality of my day and escape in a whirlwind of love, sweet romance with music, laughter and giddy smiles.

You should have a love in your life whether that's a person, books, or both. I'm lucky to have both. I couldn't be without one or the other. Anyways I've been thinking and I really want to read as many summer novels this year as I can and I thought I would do a tag to go with it. This is something I wanted to do myself but you are more than welcome to join me. All you have to do is use the hastag - #SummerofLove on Twitter. Instagram and Goodreads.

So here are some of the books I want to read as well as some I recommend if you haven't read them already. {Click on the cover for link to Goodreads or my review}



When I will receive my copy of Am I Normal Yet? I will be putting down everything and completely isolate myself. I adore Holly Bourne's novels and I would recommend to anyone who hasn't read them. Open Road Summer is for my reading group which I can't wait to read. This One Moment, is one of my most anticipated reads this summer as I loved Sarah Alderson's take on the New Adult Genre. Morgan Matson and Jennifer E. Smith have been some of my favourite summer authors and so glad to see some new releases coming out.  

{My Summer Recommendations}


These are some of my favourite from last year and most of these were read in the summer. (Excluding Since You've Been Gone as I read that this year) Despite it being a summer read, you can read them at any time of  the year, they just make you wish it's summer even more. Lol! 

If you have recommendations for me, then please let me know in the comments and if you like to join let me know about that too. =) 

Happy Summer Reading,


Tuesday, June 09, 2015

REVIEW - NOWHERE BUT HERE by Katie McGarry

Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
by Katie McGarry
Publisher - MiraInk/HarperTeen
Release Date - June 4th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible.

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.
Katie McGarry is back once again. Oh did I love having her back in my reading world. Why I didn't read this sooner I don't know. But she is back in a full force with a brand new series and a brand set of hot, sweaty leather bound bikers, what more could you want? There will be moments where you will laugh and you will cry I assure you of that. But what Katie hold's dear to me is she knows how to create a stronger classic novel of relationship and family. Oz and Emily are only just the beginning...

Florida girl Emily, has lived her life with one mum and one dad. Her dad adopted her when she was little as he fell in love with her and her mum, Meg. She couldn't be happier. At ten years old, Emily's biological father, Eli who lives in Kentucky, got in in touch and since then he has custody to see her once a year on a shopping trip. When an email is sent to her dad that Eli's mom, her grandmother, Olivia has died her insists that she has to go. Emily doesn't want to, she has a fear of dead people and when her grandmother wakes up in the casket at her wake she thinks she's in some freak show. But it's only just begun. Eli is a biker who belongs to a security company, known as the Reign of Terror. They are a brotherhood, a family and they are completely legit. However when there are good guys, you'll have the bad guys not far behind, The Riot. So when his daughter is in town they want nothing more than to try and take her to cause trouble for Eli and his brothers.

Living two lives, two aspects of your personality must be hard and I really felt for Emily. She was curious of the unknown of the family she never knew. Though she was scared out of her wits being in a foreign place. I felt that even though she could be quite moany in the beginning, she really had to just suck it up if I'm honest and that is what she did. She became stronger, she let herself go a bit, she opened up to things. The world is certainly a scary place but one she get there you and I know it's the best feeling in the world. What I loved is that even though there is a fine line between two of her persona's, overall she created something brand new in herself, she was able to be someone that everyone can love. But being with Oz, this physical attraction to one another, she was able to find herself. Oz made her realise the little things she hasn't discovered yet.

Oz isn't the most easiest person to really describe. His passion lies in his position in the club as well his family and Olivia. Granted he is a smoking hot biker so who wouldn't want to get to know him. But when someone tries to inflict pain and hurt on his family, he tends to judge first and ask questions later. Whilst I loved seeing his POV I felt that I was more in tuned with his emotions and more with his character. I saw how much he adored his family, that he would do anything for them, that he was raised by the person who is leaving him so soon. He see's how one person can lighten up a whole room and how one can destroy. What I see through him is unknown world to me but one I really want to explore myself. I'm falling for what's inside of him and around him the most. When he gets to know Emily, this is only amplified and it's just beautiful to see. 

The romance in this novel was of the slow burning kind and that was okay by me.  Occasionally I thought that it could've have been shortened with some of the pace and length issues of the novel. However I did feel that Oz and Emily's relationship was only just a aspect that Katie explores. Hot kisses and scenes passion is only a just the surface of what they are together. They really do fit together perfectly what I think it was the attraction and friendship that mattered the most as it really affected them different and greatly as individuals more. It was more of a sideline romance when I felt the family, brotherhood and growing bonds between characters was far more important and added more depth when told through their perspective. 

What really got me the most in Nowhere But Here was the relationships. Not just Oz, but with Olivia, the change in her mum and dad, finding out she had a cousin, Chevy and friends like Violet. Getting to know Eli, for the first time. But one character that never ceased to inspire me was Olivia. Seeing Olivia slowly deteriorate in her health was so sad and quite emotional but if I'm honest it was only until the very end that you really saw her for that. She was bright, a classic woman, a fireball of love and protection for the ones she loves. Each moment between Emily spends time with her is precious and a delight to see because she is finally getting her wish, to get to know and spend to with her granddaughter. Olivia was the soul of the book if I'm honest, she brought Oz and Emily of their separate paths to collide with each. Whether they liked it or not, they had far more in common. 
“This is your family … If you learn to love us then you will forever have our love in return.”
Katie McGarry's, Nowhere But Here is a journey of self-discovery. Whilst there was a little pacing problem in the middle and certainly found that book was a bit long in places, she still managed to get me She has created a brand new series completely separate from Pushing the Limits but has the same addictive writing, hot, steamy romance and a true, beautiful message behind it. I was ready for another adventure of Katie's and I can't wait to read the next installment. 

Rating - 4.5

Thursday, June 04, 2015

REVIEW - P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2)
by Jenny Han
Publisher - Scholastic
Release Date - May 26th 2015
Buy - Amazon | Book Depository

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

This review may contain spoilers from Book 1 - To All the Boys I've Loved Before

I'll admit that I was a bit disappointed with this novel. It all started with having very high expectations. Darn my expectations. This is what makes me sad when the first book I encounter from this author was amazing and the sequel just didn't do it for me all. To All the Boys I've Loved Before had so much more. Was that I read it when it released, with all the hype?! I don't know... although it did disappoint me in places, in the end it still was an enjoyable read. 
“Sometimes I like you so much I can’t stand it. It fills up inside me, all the way to the brim, and I feel like I could overflow. I like you so much I don’t know what to do with it. My heart beats so fast when I know I’m going to see you again. And then, when you look at me the way you do, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”
Lara Jean wrote letters to five boys she loved in all her life, but one of them those boys surprised and changed her life forever. She fell for Peter. P.S. I Still Love You started at a rocky start for Peter and Lara Jean, after she believed that Peter told everyone they had sex in the hot tub. If I'm honest though I wouldn't be surprised as I did think of him a bit of a tool in the beginning of book 1. But Lara Jean didn't want to give up on him either, she wanted to be his girlfriend. On New Years Day she had a plan in mind, to get him back. And she did. However, that rocky start was going to get worse when a video was spreading on the internet of her and Peter in the hot tub. It looked like a really hot moment between the and that was all it was, but you know how Chinese whispers start...they never end in the same way.

The way things were starting with Peter and Lara Jean didn't feel right to me. I felt it was forced, they weren't progressing from the awkward stage of being fake girlfriend/boyfriend. That's what they needed to get past, that and Genevieve. In a way I think I partly blame Lara Jean and her infatuation towards Peter and Genevieve. She was definitely entering the childish stage I think and that's what really got me, she couldn't seem to get over it. Genevieve this, Genevieve that...it was getting quite repetitive if I'm honest. I felt her maturity sort of slid, rather than growing through her relationship with Peter, she was falling instead. Peter really didn't help the matter either. They were both as bad as each other. He evaded her questions even when they said they would tell each other the truth. Sometimes he would be on her side especially after the horrifying video moment, but others I felt he would just ignore her in a way. But I did enjoy the jealousy that sparked from him with John, personally I was quite pleased he was like that, then he could what he missing and what he really felt. 

The novel itself picked it in the second half in the novel and you know why, because Lara Jean's letter writing once returned. I have a sentimentality hen it comes to letters or postcards. I just feel that explores so much more of yourself and your feeling without you really realising it. The letter is the action and it's a lot than words. When Lara Jean wrote those letters, one person didn't respond and that was John McClaren and now after all this time, she receives a letter in the post from John himself. He explains why he didn't get it straight away and then they begun writing to each other. 

As you all know from the description that there was going to be love triangle, but you know what that didn't bother me in the slightest. I like the competition for Lara Jean's heart especially after as they were both boys she loved before. John McClaren was just adorable and the complete opposite of Peter, he was kind, sweet, and caring. I loved how after such a long time that he was the one who saw Lara Jean for who she is from the beginning. I hate to say it and I'm betraying everyone by saying it but I was rooting for John. He had something that I feel for from the beginning and maybe because he wrote some sweet letters back to her. 

Regardless of the fact that I may prefer John to Peter, I guess I was torn what was going to happen in the end. But I will leave any further thoughts until you have read it. Sadly I regret to say that it did lack what I loved most about her previous book. That said I still did enjoy the book overall. Jenny Han has a way with words and with romance and I can't deny that she does make your toes curl and giddy smiles. This is only a duology but I will be looking out for more her novels in future.

Rating - 3.5
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