Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Debut Review: Waiting for April by Jamie Loren

Waiting for April 
by Jamie Loren 
Young/New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.44
Published by: Momentum Books 
Published on: February 12, 2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
April Fletcher has died nineteen times... but she doesn't know it.
As far as April is concerned, she's just a normal seventeen-year-old, looking forward to spending spring break with her friends and going to college in the fall. April doesn't know she has never lived past her eighteenth birthday, nor does she realize that Scott Parker, her best friend, is actually her childhood sweetheart and fiancé from her very first life.
For nineteen-year-old Scott Parker, spending quality time with his soul mate has proved difficult ever since her tragic death in 1729. Since then he has lost her an additional eighteen times—each of her deaths more devastating than the last, and each of her births wiping the slate of her memory clean. Unable to save her but unwilling to give up, Scott has to hide the fact he's immortal—and will be until April confesses her love again.
But this time, things have changed. April has denied her feelings for him, is dating someone else, and with her eighteenth birthday fast approaching, their friendship is falling to pieces. Fearing their souls are irrevocably drifting apart, Scott must race against the clock to win her heart and save her life.
Or risk losing her forever.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

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

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a book that I picked up to read solely based on the cover. I saw it on Netgalley and thought it looked pretty. 

Usually, that leads to a book that really wasn't all that good. This time, I was pleasantly surprised. I thought Loren's idea for this novel was actually quite original and intriguing.

I liked the characters of Scott and April. They both had flaws and quirks. I especially liked Scott's character. He was interesting to read about. Watching him battle what to do about April was very intriguing. 

The story had good pacing. It never really felt bogged down. The only thing that I think could have been better was the supporting cast of characters weren't very well developed. I also thought that the ending was a little bit rushed. 

After that ending, there better be a sequel. That's all I have to say. 

So why 4 stars? It was intriguing and different. I thought that the author explored intriguing concepts. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Okay this is a hard one to classify. This scene had some references to sex. They were more detailed than most YA novels, and yet not as detailed as most new adult novels. I'd recommend for 17+.

The Wrap-up: If you're looking for an intriguing novel that's different than novels you've previously read, then give this one a try. Loren's debut is a great read, and like I said, after that ending I really hope there's a sequel. 

Love,

Danica Page

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