Book review: The Boy Most Likely To

IMG_1510.JPGTitle The Boy Most Likely To

Author Huntley Fitzpatrick

Rating ★★★☆☆

Synopsis 

Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
– find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
– well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.

Review

Last year I read my first ever Huntley Fitzpatrick book – My Life Next Door – and fell completely in love with her way of writing, and for some unknown reason I’ve waited too long to read The Boy Most Likely To.

I decided to amend this by adding it to my July TBR, and in my humble opinion, summer is the perfect season to read YA novels.

Ever since I read My Life Next Door, I’ve wanted to know more about Jase’s best friend – Tim Mason, and I got my wish.

The book alters between point of views, starting with Tim. He is a charming, smart, reckless, down on his luck, 17 year old with rusty red hair, and a member of the AA for his alcohol addiction.

I found myself relating a lot to him, he uses humour to deflect, it becomes amour against the world, and that really resonated with me.

Tim has lead a life of privilege, bouncing from private to private school until he was finally kicked out, which was the straw that broke that camel’s back for Tim’s father. Tim is thrown out, and when we first meet him, he’s packing, getting ready to move out. He is going to live in an aparment above the garage at the Garrett’s family.

It was great being back at the Garrett house, I have so much love for this family and the wonderful members.

At the Garrett house, the second protagonist is introduced, this time it’s Alice.

Alice, a year older than Tim and what seems to be decades wiser, she is carrying the world on her shoulders. Alice is a no bull-shit kinda girl, she has a lot of anger, and she takes care of her family, while her mother is preoccupied with a pregnancy and Mr. Garrett is at the hospital after the accident in the previous book.

Alice is a bit of a control freak, and that is also apparent in her relationship with Tim, she tries to solve his problems and she is just wired to carry everyone elses problems.

Tim is trying his best to figure life out, while being a recovering alcoholic, and the book also touches upon that and how important it is to have people around you who want the best for you, he goes to his meetings, he makes use of his sponsors and that was great to witness.

When life throws him a curveball that he did not at all see coming, he is close to relapsing, but powers through.

The relationship between Alice and Tim starts to blossom, and I wanted more! I wanted to swoon and be swept away in ya love, but that didn’t happen. That being said, my goodness, Huntley Fitzpatrick can write kisses and first times, I just need moreeeee!

The story touches upon various topics, and family is an ever present theme in this book, just like it was in the My life Next Door, and how families stick together even when the tough gets going.

There were some subplots and minor characters that I could have been without, they didn’t add to the story and that’s a shame.

The curveball that’s thrown at Tim is major, I’ll try to avoid spoilers, but it definitely served as a catalyst for his growth, and  he once again just shows what a sincere person he is.

I think I was expecting another book more like My Life Next Door, where the focus was more on the relationship bteween Alice and Tim, and the parts we got to see in the book were amazing, I just wanted more.

All in all, another great YA novel by Huntley Fitzpatrick, I’ll have to get my hands on more of her books, asap! 🙂

 

Book review: Melody’s Key

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Title Melody’s Key

Author Dallas Coryell

Rating ★★★☆☆

I received this book from the author in exchange for a review, this will in no way influence my thoughts on the book.

Synopsis

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

Review 

Do you like a slow burning romance? Descriptive, poetic writing? Then this is the book for you!

Over the course of the story, we follow the main character Teagan. She  works at her parents’ hotel, having turned down a scholarship to Columbia, to help save the struggling business. Moreover, she carries a deep dark secret that she hasn’t told her parents.

Teagan is unfortunately a bit of a walking cliché, she is the usual “beautiful girl, who doesn’t know that she’s beautiful.” She struggles to find happiness, she struggles to find inspiration.  You see she is not only beautiful, she is also a talented artist (that’s how she got the full-ride scholarship to Columbia), and as if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a gifted musician, singing, writing and playing. Inspiration suddenly hits when a young pop-musician Mason Keane arrives at the hotel, trying to escape the rustle and bustle of his busy life. For some inexplicable reason Teagan can’t stand the sight of him, she feels that she has to avoid him at all costs and everything he does annoys her.

As I said earlier, it’s a slow-burn, and Teagan is slowly charmed by Mason and they built a relationship.

It’s through music that two find a common ground, and find a place where they cane explore and get to know each other. The lyrics in the book are all written by the author, and you can listen to them on his youtube channel, just search for Melody’s Key – Dallas Coryell.

The book briefly touches upon some rather serious issues including depression, self-harm and rape. Nothing gets too explicit, but I just wanted to make sure that people know that before diving into the book.

The writing in this book is wonderful, the atmosphere is incredibly well described, but it also drags on, it makes the story very long, very descriptive, and honestly a lot of scenes were drawn out way too long, and made me less interested. And, there were way too many words written in CAPS, honestly, they were all over.

You quickly figure out the plot, and despite the fact that the last 100 pages are so are action filled, you also feel that the it becomes a bit predictable, and the ending felt a bit too rushed for my taste. I felt like there were still things that need to be explained and wrapped up, but instead it felt a bit abrupt.

It was a nice read, but it was also an unnecessarily long read, several pages could have easily been left out, and it would have improved my reading experience a lot. However, if you’re looking for a slow-burn, romantic book, this one is definitely for you 🙂