Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review of This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills and US giveaway of the book by Left Bank Books!

Dear Readers:
I'm thrilled to get to introduce this book as I loved meeting Emma at the Fierce Reads tour earlier this year!
This Adventure Ends
Goodreads description: Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

Rating: 4 couches

Review: After reading First and Then by Emma Mills earlier this year, I knew I wanted to pick up This Adventure Ends as well. I'm glad I did because I liked it even more than First and Then!

This book stars Sloane, the daughter of a famous romance novelist, who moves from New York to Florida, and falls in with the popular crowd, in particular the glowing twins, Gabe and Vera. Sloane is a fun character-- she makes jokes to cover the fact that she actually cares. She doesn't like to get too close to people because it's scary. So it was fun to follow her for a book.

I loved the characters. I wasn't quite sure why all of the popular characters like Sloane so much, maybe because she's so different. She's definitely likeable, but the others work to bring her into the fold. I loved Vera, she was amazing, as well as some of the secondary characters. Gabe seems to honestly fade into the background in comparison. I loved the witty dialogue. I really liked the back story of following the twins' missing painting and the journey Sloane takes with Remy and her father. It was definitely a feel good novel.

That said, my biggest beef with this novel and the reason it's not 5 stars, is because even though I really enjoyed Sloane as a character, she doesn't change as much as I would hope. She doesn't come out of her shell to reach out. Even at the end she admits this, that she's just not that person to reach out and say sorry. I was super disappointed by this fact. I wanted to see a bigger character arc.

Overall, a worthy contemporary YA read with an entertaining and witty main character but not as much of a character arc as I would have liked.

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  1. "Four couches" lololol I don't know why that is funny but it is! I know you've had that for a while but it made me laugh. :D *crazy student is crazy*

    I loved this book! Honestly I'm not usually a YA contemporary person, but I loved this book, and First & Then. Mills has me sold on her contemporary novels. :D

    Great review, Christina! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Alyssa, lol! I always meant for it to be pictoral couches but that has never been my strength and so I haven't done it. Words have always been easier for me :-)
      Thanks so much for commenting, I really enjoyed it as well! I hope you are doing great! <3

  2. What excites me about this book is that I think I can relate a lot to Sloane at that age. I moved frequently so I was always changing schools plus I use witty dialogue myself for awkward situations. I also enjoyed another one of this author's books, and had planned to go to the St. Charles stop but my reading buddy (also my ride) backed out about a week before.
    I love YA contemporary because it is also easier for me to relate to, despite my age. I don't like reading erotic stuff plus I don't relate to a lot of the subject matter in NA and adult contemporary books (infidelity, divorce, infertility, etc). Also since I've already been through that time period in my life, the books are just very nostalgic for me. Thanks!

  3. I've heard so many good things about This Adventure Ends. It's been on my TBR for so long..

    But I love YA contemporary because it's all about real-world problems. I feel like I can relate to these types of novels more than others.

    Great review! :)

  4. I really enjoyed F&T, so I'm excited to read her newest release. Great review!