Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Something in the Air

Title: Something in the Air

Author: Marie Landry
Page Count: 246
My Rating: 4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
*Thanks to Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Her life hasn't gone as planned, but she's about to realize that sometimes the best things happen when you stop expecting life to be a certain way...

When Rose Morgan put off her college plans to help her mother through a difficult time, she thought it would just be a bump in the road of her journey. She got a job to help pay the bills and started picking up the slack at home. But three years later, her bumpy ride hasn’t smoothed out yet, and Rose feels stuck. She’s working at a job she hates and living with a manipulative mother. She’s tired of feeling like her life has stalled, tired of the resentment and anger building inside her with each passing day.

Then Declan Connelly appears in her life, and even though the hot Irishman is seriously tempting, Rose is determined not to let him in. She’s afraid to suck anyone into her bizarre life, especially someone who seems too charming for his own good. She soon learns there’s more to Declan than his sexy accent and charismatic personality, though. He’s a good man, and he wants Rose in his life, baggage and all. He’s got his own, and he isn’t scared away like she originally feared he would be. 

Everything in Rose’s life is changing quickly. It’s finally her time--time to figure out what she wants and what her future holds. Time to get swept off her feet and not fight it. But when her plans might take her away from all the amazing new things in her life, including Declan, Rose has to make a choice. Is she willing to chase her dreams, even if it means letting go of love?

I’ve been a fan of the New Adult genre ever since it started sprouting up a few years ago, but something that set this book apart that I really liked was that it wasn’t set on a college campus. Of course the campus setting makes a lot of sense since many people the age of New Adult protagonists are in college (I should know, I’m writing this review from my dorm room), but that’s not the path of everyone. I really liked how Landry explored this in the novel because protagonists who are already in college have that step of their lives planned out, which means the plot wholly follows the romance, no complaints there. But I loved how this story had an even wider scope of a girl trying to figure out what kind of life she wanted to lead on top of a budding romance.

I also really loved the characters in this book. Even the less important ones still were engaging and multi-dimensional, which adds so much to the story. The family dynamics shown at times were rough, but never felt contrived. I would also, on a personal note, like to commend this author for having a guy/girl best-friendship that did not turn into a love triangle once the love interest was introduced. I love stories about best friends falling for each other, but I feel like I read about it so often that every time two people of different genders are best friends I keep waiting for one of them to confess their love for the other. This book had so much going on it definitely did not need any extra drama to propel it forward!

I’d definitely recommend this one. It’s a quick read, but a great new addition to the New Adult genre!

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