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The Kiss – Book Review

The Kiss - Book ReviewPlot:

Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed – boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere – boum! Tu comprends?’
‘Where did it end up?’ I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now.
‘It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?’

Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer’s night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she’s ever heard.

Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it’s gone …
Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble?

Review:

Let me start this off by being completely honest: I didn’t know if I was going to finish this book. Allow me to explain.

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t a fan of the way that it was written. The first chapter definitely grabbed my attention, with the story of Aphrodite’s Kiss and how the main character Delilah was wooed by some dreamy French boy while on vacation. But then come the second chapter, the book starts in “current time” and I felt a little lost for a few chapters, trying to make sense of who was who, what  was going on, and where the story takes place. One thing in particular that threw me was the characters’ diction and their affinities for slang words. To me, this made Delilah and her best friend Tabby seem a little spacey and random.

After I made sense of some key information, I started to actually enjoy the book and read through it fairly quickly. I particularly enjoyed that the characters in the book are far from perfect. Each character has many flaws that are pointed out, making them seem all the more real. For example, Delilah has money problems, which I found I could relate to. There were other things that I found to be relatable too, like the fact that a lot of the characters are in college, or looking for jobs.

Delilah’s main love interest, Jem, is quite the charmer. He works at his mother’s bar, and seems to have girls throwing themselves at him left and right. But despite his good looks and broad shoulders, he isn’t the player that I would have expected him to be, even though he does make mistakes here and there. It takes almost the entire book for Delilah to see Jem for who he really is, but it is very entertaining to go through her thought processes of overanalyzing every thing that both she and Jem do. Girls sure can be ridiculous sometimes, myself included.

I give this book 3.7/5 stars

The Kiss goes on sale July 2. You can order it by clicking on the book cover at the top of this post.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Since You’ve Been Gone – Book Review

Since You've Been Gone - Book Review

Plot:

Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five years. Now, things have gone from bad to worse. Not only has Edie had to move to another new school — she’s in a different country.

Sydney promises her that this is their chance at a fresh start, and Edie does her best to adjust to life in London, England, despite being targeted by the school bully. But when Sydney goes out to work the night shift and doesn’t come home, Edie is terrified that the past has finally caught up with them.

Alone in a strange country, Edie is afraid to call the police for fear that she’ll be sent back to her abusive father. Determined to find her mother, but with no idea where to start, she must now face the most difficult decision of her life.

Review:

For the most part, I feel that this book has a very good story going for it. The book starts with some excitement, as Edie and her mother are forced to uproot the lives they are living in Canada and move to London. Edie is less than pleased with the situation, especially because she has to leave her cat, Peaches, behind.

While the majority of the book had me interested in the characters and what was going to happen to them, the last 20 percent of the book felt rushed and forced, compared to the beginning which flowed at a nice pace. This rushed pace left me wanting more from the story than I was going to get.

Despite the rushed ending of the book, I still enjoyed it. This book took me absolutely no time to read at all. It was a fairly small book and I just whizzed right through it.

Overall I give this book 3/5 stars. Since You’ve Been Gone goes on sale January 24. You can click the book cover image above to order your copy.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.