Thursday, December 28, 2017

Together at Midnight

Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle

Goodreads Summary:
What does it really mean to be kind . . . and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season. Racked with guilt, the two accept a dare to perform random acts of kindness to strangers. The challenge pulls these two teens, who have a history together from back home, closer and closer as they explore a vibrant city filled with other people’s stories and secrets.

Kendall and Max can’t deny their growing bond, even though they both have other romantic entanglements and uncertain futures. As the clock counts down on New Year’s Eve, will they find themselves together at midnight?

My Review:
First of all, I love that this book is set around New Years in NYC, although I found myself wanting more of the New York feel. Most of the story was not focused on the magic of NYC during this time of the year like I wanted it to be. That being said, this was a sweet story. I liked the message of kindness, and how they made it their mission to spread kindness.
Of course the romance was a favorite part of the book as well. It was a slow, sweet (yet predictable) love story. The ending left me wanting more, and wanting to know where their future was going to take them.

This book switches between different characters’ viewpoints, and it is nice to get to read what each character is thinking. However, I would have preferred that this only happened with the main characters. Each person that they met along the way got a “chapter” where we had their point of view. While it added some to the story, I think it was unnecessary and confusing at times.

3.5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Love and Gelato

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Goodreads Summary:
“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

My Review:
This was a very cute, quick read! While it was a little predictable at times, and full of grief at other times, overall it was a great, quick read. I loved how well I felt like I really got to know Lina and her journey to understand her mom.

I also think the fact that I have been to Italy helped with the enjoyment of this book. I had been to most of the places they were talking about (other than the secret bakery- what a shame!) and that made it easier to envision what they were talking about.

I read this book in the winter, but I think it is a perfect summer vacation read. It made me wish I had spent some more time in Italy to find that love that they kept talking about! "There are two reasons people STAY in Italy- love and gelato"

4.5 stars