Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Paradise City by C.J. Duggan

Paradise City 
(Paradise, #1)
by C.J. Duggan
Young Adult/ New Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.91
Published by: Hachette Australia 
Published on: April 28, 2015
Pages: 363

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

There's bound to be trouble in Paradise . . .

When her parents decide a change will be good for her, seventeen-year-old Lexie Atkinson never expected they'd send her all the way to Paradise City. Coming from a predictable life of home schooling on a rural Australian property, she's sure that Paradise will be amazing. But when she's thrust into a public school without a friendly face in sight, and forced to share a room with her insipid, hateful cousin Amanda, Lexie's not so sure. 

Hanging out with the self-proclaimed beach bums of the city, sneaking out, late night parties and parking with boys are all things Lexie's never experienced, but all that's about to change. It's new, terrifying . . . and exciting. But when she meets Luke Ballantine, exciting doesn't even come close to describing her new life. Trouble with a capital T, Luke is impulsive, charming and answers to no one. The resident bad-boy leader of the group, he's sexier than any boy Lexie has ever known. 

Amidst the stolen moments of knowing looks and heated touches, Lexie can't help but wonder if Luke is going to be good for her . . . or very, very bad?


My Rating: 3 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 book was a complicated one for me. There were certain parts I really enjoyed and others that I just really didn't enjoy. It dipped to 2 stars for me at times, and at other bounced back to a 3.5 Having said that, on the whole it averaged at a 3. 

I don't know why but I had a hard time getting into this book. It just didn't really catch my interest. I've read and enjoyed other books by this author, but this one didn't quite hit the spot for me. 

Having said that, I would be interested in reading the sequel. 

I would have liked to see Lexie stand up for herself more. She just got so swept up in a boy and just didn't really seem to change all that much throughout the novel. Her life started revolving around Luke. I kind of dislike novels like that. 

However, Duggan is a good writer so I kept reading. I think the series has potential. I hope it reaches it with the sequel. 

The Characters: Seemed kind of flat. I already talked about Lexie. The other characters for the most part fit into stereotypes and a lot of them only made appearances when it was necessary. We didn't get to know much about Lexie's best friend or anybody really. 

So why 3 stars? Lots of potential but kind of fell flat for me. 

Warnings/Side-notes: While this does happen in high school, it leans more toward being a new adult novel and I think the rest of the series will definitely be new adult. 

The Wrap-up: A read that a lot of people seem to like but like I said just didn't quite do it for me. 

Love,

Danica Page

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