There Is A Light In The Darkness! 

Book Review


Synopsis:

MacKenzie Rivers seems like she has it all figured out. She has great friends, she’s doing well in school and her handsome ex-boyfriend is desperate to win her back. But something is missing from her life in Windsor, Colorado. And as much as she hates to admit it, that something might be Jaden Hunter. Tall, blond and athletic, a year ago Kenzie was falling fast for him and his crooked smile.

Twelve months later, everything has changed. A tragic accident has destroyed Jaden’s family and, despite the way she feels, Kenzie has no idea how to talk to him anymore. She is all too familiar with the impact family tragedy can have on the people she loves, and she can’t bear to go through it again with Jaden. She does the only thing she knows how to do: walk away.

When the pair meet again by chance one night, Kenzie realizes that she can’t ignore her feelings for him any longer. But as she is drawn back into Jaden’s life, she finds herself caught between her increasingly volatile best friend, her interfering ex-boyfriend and her own fears about opening up to Jaden.

Will Kenzie dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?

(Source: Black and White Publishing website)

Review:

Initial Thoughts

Dare To Fall concentrates not only on a blossoming romantic relationship, but also that between close friends, as well as the dynamic between family members.

Sometimes a character is willing to be with or stick up for the guy/girl they are falling for, in this case Jaden Hunter, over that of their closest friends and family. However, there is one specific scene, where you see that Mackenzie knows where her priorities must lie, and it isn’t what you would think. I truly thought it was one of the best parts in the entire book, and showed her to be such a caring and thoughtful character. Up until that moment I wasn’t fully sure where I stood in terms of what I thought about her, but after that, my mind was instantly changed.

I just think there is something quite special and interesting to me as the reader, when it came to the exploration of those relationships in particular, as they really helped to build on my understanding of our main character, whilst at the same time giving me more of a backstage pass if you will (rock on) to the world that surrounds her.

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The Drama 

THE DRAMA! Oh who doesn’t love a bit of fictional drama to make a moment more wonderfully interesting?

There was no over exaggeration, which made each of these moments work that much better, but some were a tad too cliche and others easily predictable, but I will let that slide because that is something you can’t always avoid.

There was one character specifically, who whenever they were mentioned, you knew there was going to be something worth reading on for. And that would be HOLDEN. I’m not sure why exactly, but I absolutely LOVED HIM! I’m pretty sure whoever reads this book, they will either seriously love him like I did, or just feel the exact opposite. I don’t think there will be an in between, mainly because he is like a closed, but very angry book that will sulk at even the smallest thing. I just saw him as being completely misunderstood and for some reason I shipped him with Mackenzie. I don’t even know why?

So sorry Jaden! Oh well!

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The Romance

Ok! Onto one of the main parts of this book. The romantic side of things. Ooh La La!

From the synopsis you know that Mackenzie and Jaden used to be together… well sort of, but after a year of avoidance the two reunite and reignite the flame that was once there.

I was half expecting it to be fairly rushed, but I didn’t find that to be the case, not fully anyway. It seemed to be a well set pace, and the relationship was allowed to grow naturally the way it should. There were some moments that I felt were a little bit repetitive between the two of them, but nothing too bad.

Jaden seemed a little too good to be true at times and I really tried to find some sort of fault. Thankfully towards the end I got what I was hoping for. Cha-ching. That sounds bad, but nobody is perfect, not even the very lovely Jaden Hunter.

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Important Issues

The best thing about this book is how well it deals with certain issues presented to us. The main one of these ideas being about death and grievances. This is a HUGE underlying factor throughout the entire book and is something which unites several of the characters in different ways.

This is something everyone will have to deal with at some point, maybe not in the same way as the characters in this book, but it really shows you how it can effect the different people involved and that people will deal with the grief in their own way and time.

This is something that isn’t talked about that much, in well, anything I have seen, although really it should. It is a difficult topic to discuss anywhere, let alone in a book, but Estelle manages to do it in the best way possible and really highlights the fact that it doesn’t have to get you down forever and yes, it may be hard to begin with, but things get better.

Now I love positivity, and spreading positive messages, so obviously I had to finish on that note.

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IT DOES GET BETTER! 


*This book was accepted to me by the publisher in return for an honest review

Thank you Black and White Publishing!

Stay Awesome!

Chloe Lauren x

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

17322949Title: Eleanor And Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Orion


 ‘Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.’


Two words for you, amazingly beautiful! In fact, probably one of the best books I have read in the last few years. Oh and that cover. Isn’t it just absolutely stunning?

Rowell has such a unique style of writing which compliments the voices of the main characters, Eleanor and park, in such a way that you feel so involved with the story that is being built around them. It allows for both of their personalities to shine, and characteristics to be developed so well throughout the course of the book.

She manages to bring to life a new kind of love story, one which personally I think is more relatable than what some other books, as well as movies and TV have done in the past. Falling in love doesn’t consist of accidentally bumping into someone a bookstore perhaps, and knowing straight away that they are the one for you. NO! Just no! Real love takes time and effort to build into what it is. In this case it goes from hate to friendship, and then into love.

Something I love is that they are not exactly the archetypal romantic duo that you would usually see. In fact, they seem to be on the completely opposite ends of the spectrum with who they are. They are so imperfect, that it just seems to work. If these are the characters Rowell creates for this, then what are her other characters from other books like? I can’t wait to find out, especially now that I am getting excited to read Fangirl, the book that has been on my shelf for quite some time now. Bring it on!

The only problem I really had with this, was actually getting into the story in the first place. The beginning in particular was so slow to get through, and dragged, that I found it difficult to get into. If you have read it, you may know what I am talking about, but you will also be able to agree that once you do get into it, it is AMAZING!

Chloe Lauren x

Your Fears Can Hold You Back

29910648 Title: Love and Other Man-Made Disasters

Author: Nicola Doherty

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group


Juno is scared of a lot of things. Climate change, urban foxes, zombies – the usual. So when she goes on a skiing holiday with her mum’s adrenaline-mad new husband and his tearaway twins, she doesn’t hold much hope of surviving. Then she meets Boy. Gruff, hairy and thrill-seeking, he’s everything Juno doesn’t like. Or is he? Juno’s about to discover there’s nothing more scary than falling in love.’


Review:

Firstly, I would like to thank the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book for them.

When I first started this book, I felt a bit weird, nostalgic if you will, but I will just stick with weird. This was mainly because a lot of what was happening, had happened to me before. They go on a skiing trip to Austria for a week during Easter. So did I, a few years back. Juno, the main character, finds the bad in everything, and was terrible at skiing for the entire first day. So was I. Oh and she is seventeen and enjoys Horrible Histories. So did I (I still do). I can’t remember the last time I came across a book so reminiscent of that of my own life.

The one thing that didn’t happen to me though, was getting involved with a skiing instructor like Juno does. How that is not on her list of things to be worried about, I don’t know.

Talking about this romance between Juno and Boy (it’s a nickname), it was very sweet, but I felt it to be slightly rushed. One minute they seem annoyed with each other (mainly Boy with Juno) and the next, they have fallen for one another. Oh and then back to annoyance, and then of course back together again. This sudden roller coaster ride of emotion takes place over the course of about two weeks. In a way, I get that there can be a sudden attraction, but with what happens between these two in particular, it seems a bit too quick.

Something I did enjoy, was how Juno manages to gain a new outlook on life, from constantly worrying over the little things, to realising that she will never get to where she wants to be, or have the life she wants, until she steps out of her comfort zone and finally faces her fears. This is such a great concept to include into the book, as it is a life lesson that everyone needs to realise and learn, just like me, especially recently. I was never one for facing my fears due to anxiety, but lately I have taken myself out of where I feel most comfortable, and am now challenging myself, and I have never felt more proud or happier. Once again, I find myself being able to identify with Juno.

A book for fans of cute romances, as well as thrill seekers who want more out of life than they already have.

Chloe Lauren x

The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson | Book Review

28669317Title: The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson

Author: Paige Toon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


‘Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…

My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back.

That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t. Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family.

My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…’


Review:

Firstly, don’t you just think Paige Toon is just the most amazing name for an author? I am not sure if it is her real name, but if it is, then wow! Well done to her parents for that. I think I might just use her name as much as possible in this review, just because I can.

Anyway, this book was Paige Toon’s first delve into the world of YA fiction, after being a well loved adult fiction writer. I do have to say, it was definitely the right choice, because it was such a fun read, one that is perfect for getting you into the summer mood. I am extremely glad there is a second, and soon to be third book, so I can jump right back into this, and reunite with the characters that made the story what it was.

To begin with, I wasn’t the biggest fan, especially not of Jessie (she was annoying to begin with), and I will be honest (honesty is what you want anyway), I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at all, but my doubts vanished quicker than you can say Paige Toon (subtle). I practically flew through it, which I was over the moon about, until the last chapter when I knew it was coming to the end. Frankly, it was upsetting, so the moment it was over, I looked online at one of the libraries I am signed up with to see if they had a copy of the next book, which it turned out they did, and reserved it instantly. BAM! I am waiting for that email to tell me it has arrived.

This book will definitely appeal to music fans everywhere, as well as anyone who just wants to know where they fit into this big world we live in, just like our main character, Jessie, who is unsure even when she finds her family.

Life can be confusing, and decisions can be difficult to make, and that is what I love about what Paige Toon has done with this book, showing the harsh truth about life, even when it looks like you have everything made for you.

Chloe Lauren x