Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Inside Out by Lia Riley

Inside Out
(Off the Map, #3)
by Lia Riley
Asked to review
New Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.42
Published by: Grand Central/Forever
Published on: December 2, 2014



Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she'd find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they've faced, they've always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they'll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

My Rating: 3 stars

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for reviewing this novel. 

An overview of the Novel: Talia was supposed to last more than just a few months in Africa, but when she gets sick with malaria, she's forced to fly home early. And of course, Bran is the one to take care of her. But Talia feels like a complete failure and is shutting Bran out.

Bran understands Talia and her sometimes self-destructive behavior but watching her hide behind her parents while she pushes him out is unbearable. Bran is determined to make Talia his once and for all. But Bran's got his own problems and they keep getting forced to the center stage.

Will Bran and Talia be able to overcome all of their problems or are they better off walking away?

Can I read the series out of order? I did and I didn't feel lost. I can tell a lot of important things happened in the first two novels and would recommend reading them first; however, if you just want to read the third one Riley does a good job at covering what happened in a way that isn't obnoxious but still helps you to understand the novel. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really liked this novel. Talia and Bran were interesting characters and Riley did a god job of developing the characters. The plot was intriguing and I enjoyed watching the characters as they overcame their problems.  

Riley's story is well-written and the pacing is good. I thought the problems Talia and Bran faced were unique and original and I loved how the story took place in so many different locations.

The novel is intriguing and I think fans of the new adult genre will enjoy this one. 

So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it like I said. However, having said that the novel just really didn't stick out to me. It was a cute, fun read and yet it lacked the depth to knock it up to a 4. 

Warnings/Side-notes: There is some sexual content, but it is not graphic. Some uses of strong language. But the novel for being a new adult novel is quite clean. Recommended for older teens. 
The Wrap-up: Lia Riley's novel was an intriguing read that I really enjoyed. This series is a great addition to the new adult genre and is unique. 

Love,

Danica Page

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