Paradise City by C J Duggan

24922131Title: Paradise City
Author: C J Duggan
Series: Paradise #1
Acquired: Review – NetGalley
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Hachette Australia 
Release date: 28th April 2015

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 homeschooling on a rural Australian property, she just knows 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.

Review

I absolutely love reading books like this over the summer because I always feel like I need something light, easy and quick and that’s exactly what this book was.

Protagonist Lexie comes from a very small town and is home schooled. For as long as she can remember she has wanted to go to a proper school and envies her cousin Amanda who lives in Paradise City. When she gets the chance to move in with her aunt, uncle and cousin, Lexie is unbelievably excited but she soon finds out going to school isn’t all she thought it would be.

Lexie was a likeable character although quite naive from her upbringing in a small town. She thinks she’s ready for high school and everything it comes with but time after time she finds herself out of her depth and in unfamiliar situations. This made the plot really fun though and it also gave Lexie a good chance to develop over the course of the book. She really had a lot to learn.

Paradise City has a whole host of characters to get to know. Not only do we have Lexie who is trying to figure everything out but we have cousin Amanda who is not impressed with Lexie’s appearance. Amanda was the typical bitch kind of character but she also grows over the course of the book and you realise there is a lot more to her than originally shown.

Of course, there is a love interest in the form of bad boy Luke Ballantine who has a very well-known reputation. The romance between Luke and Lexie was very slow burning but I liked that. It gave me a chance to get to know both characters on their own and also to really get to feel the tension between them as the attraction grew. Not only is the chemistry between the pair fantastic but I loved how it gave Lexie a bigger chance to grow as romance and boys weren’t things she was used to having to deal with.

What I loved about this book was how Australian it was. I do get a bit sick and tired of reading either young adult or new adult books set in American high schools and colleges and the setting of Paradise City is what drew me towards this one. It was refreshing to have things like surfing included in the plot and while this could well be the norm for readers in Australia, we don’t get much of that in books here in the UK.

Paradise City is a really fun read and perfect for the summer. The plot isn’t too deep but there are plenty of twists and turns to keep readers engaged. C J Duggan also gives the plot a really fun feel to it and along with the characters, it made for a really good book. This one does end on a cliff-hanger and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series now when it comes out.

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

owgTitle: One Week Girlfriend 
Author: Monica Murphy
Series: Drew and Fable #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Headline Eternal
Release date: 5th November 2013

Drew Callahan is preparing for his trip home for Thanksgiving but to save any hassle from his Dad and stepmother he needs a fake girlfriend to go with him, and fast!

Fable Maguire knows how hard it is to earn decent money working multiple jobs to take take of her little brother seeing as her mother can’t seem to be bothered. When Drew approaches her and makes her a deal, she can’t refuse. Fable has to push aside the feelings of being used and how cheap it makes her feel but she does what she has to.

Neither Drew or Fable are prepared for what can happen in just one week.

Review

I had seen this author popping up all over my Facebook page and I have to admit, I was curious. I had seen so many good reviews for this series that I just had to give it a go.

Drew and Fable are completely different. He’s the star quarterback and she’s from the poorer side of town, working just to support herself and her brother. Fable has somewhat of a reputation and Drew is known for never staying with a girl, which is why he needs to take a fake girlfriend home. His offer of $3000 is one Fable can’t refuse and quickly they’re headed to Drew’s home for a week.

To begin with I found everything about this book a bit too awkward. Although Fable is a pretty strong character, she and Drew don’t know each other apart from their reputations. They don’t really know how to talk to each other and they don’t know how to be around each other. I also didn’t really buy that Drew would take someone home who he didn’t know at all. That just seems a bit weird to me.

Anyway, things do get better. The more time Drew and Fable spend together the more they get to know one another and they realise they have more in common than they could imagine. Drew has some real secrets and Fable doesn’t think very much of herself. Each character is able to help the other in many ways and I really enjoyed seeing them both grow and become stronger people.

Parts of One Week Girlfriend are really predictable but then there are others which are either quite shocking or quite exciting. I was really quite torn with this one as there was enough that I really enjoyed for me to carry on reading but then there were other aspects which annoyed me, like the girlfriend situation being so unbelievable.

It’s a shame that this book wasn’t as strong the whole way through as it could have been really good instead of just okay.

NA review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

20764636Title: Beautiful Oblivion
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: The Maddox Brothers #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK 
Release date: 1 July 2014

Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

Review

After reading Beautiful Disaster, the first book of the Maddox Brothers, I was dying to get to know the other brothers.

As you can see from the plot synopsis above, Beautiful Oblivion focuses on Trenton Maddox and Cami Camlin, told from her point of view. Cami already has a boyfriend, T.J., when she meets Trenton Maddox and is adamant that she is happy, even if she never sees her boyfriend as he lives pretty far away. Cami is a really fun and feisty character but she also came across as a bit of a doormat at times which annoyed me. On numerous occasions T.J. cancelled plans on her and if that had been me, I would have been pretty angry. I certainly wouldn’t have stayed in the relationship for as long as she did.

Trent had apparently liked Cami for a long time seeing as they went to school together but for some crazy reason he didn’t act on it. He’s well-known as a player and didn’t seem to have a problem acting that way so I couldn’t totally buy into his apparent feelings for Cami. However, he was consistent in trying to be a friend to Cami when she told him that’s all they could be because of her boyfriend and I did like how he didn’t back down when she pushed him away.

In comparison to Beautiful Disaster, the plot for this book was lacking. It wasn’t as exciting as it could have been and there was far too much back and forth with the friendship thing. Normally I am all for the slow build up and friends first thing in this kind of book but it just didn’t work this time around for me. I think had there not been the addition of Cami’s boyfriend it would have been a lot better. Alternatively, there could have been a lot more drama regarding Cami’s boyfriend and that would have spiced things up a bit.

Another aspect of the book that I didn’t really buy was the plot twist. This was supposed to be a shocking turn in the plot and while I didn’t see it coming, the impact wasn’t really that big. There wasn’t enough consequence considering what happened and it just wasn’t very believable.

Overall, this book wasn’t nearly as good as Beautiful Disaster and it was a bit of a disappointment. I wanted so much more from this one.

NA review: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

22609598Title: When I’m Gone
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Rosemary Beach #11
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Release date: 7th April 2015

Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father’s rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan’s house—until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star…

Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy’s swagger comes to her rescue, she’s intrigued—then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?

Review

When I’m Gone is a book I had been waiting quite a while to read. I love Abbi Glines and each book that she releases seems to be better than the last. This book concentrates on Mase Colt-Manning, half-brother to the crazy Nan (who we’ve met previously in this series).

Reese Ellis has had a pretty tough life and a new start in Rosemary Beach is everything she needed but cleaning houses is not her dream job, especially when the owner of one house is an almighty bitch. Luckily for Reese, when something goes wrong Mase is there to help her out. Unlike some of the male protagonists in this series, Mase doesn’t treat Reese like she needs saving. Instead, he is there for her as a friend to begin with and really, someone who she can rely on in a place where she doesn’t know many people.

I really liked Reese as a character. She had an awful upbringing but instead of being really down about it all of the time she decided to change her own life and do something better for herself. She moved to a new town and found herself work and basically just got on with things. She was a bit timid at times, especially when it came to Mase but that was understandable considering some of her background.

I really liked Mase since he first appeared in this series as Harlow’s brother. He was a sweetheart and quite obviously a bit of a charmer but he has Southern manners and was brought up to treat women with respect. He did have a bit of that possessive thing about him too that the other male protagonists in this series have but not nearly as bad. What I loved the most about Mase was how much he cared about the people around him and not only Reese.

Abbi Glines writes pretty steamy novels and this one is no exception. However, Mase and Reece’s relationship progresses at a much slower pace than some others in this series and I loved that. Glines really gives these two characters the chance to get to know one another through many different situations and it’s not all just about physical attraction between them. I really dislike the whole insta-love thing that can happen in books and was so happy to see it not done in this one.

As always with the Rosemary Beach series it was nice to see old characters make an appearance. I love hearing about what they’re getting up to and how their family is growing. Not only that but as Mase is related to a few different characters they have a biggish impact on the plot at times in this book. The other characters really help to round out the story and to not make it all about the romance and the relationship.

I’m not sure if this was my favourite book in the Rosemary Beach series but it was certainly a good read. I’m excited to see how Mase and Reece’s story works out in the next book as this one ended with quite a lot going on still.

NA review: Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

22693284Title: Fall With Me
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Wait For You #4
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Avon Books
Release date: 31st March 2015

Roxy’s loved Reece Anders since she was fifteen, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he’d fall for her, too. He didn’t. Or that’s what she’s always believed. But then Reece storms back into her life when the man who injured her childhood friend is out of prison and wanting to make amends—something Roxy cannot do.

The last thing she wants is to go there with Reece again, but he’s determined to prove to her that he’s exactly what she needs. Especially when a sick creep starts messing with her. But what’s more dangerous to Roxy—a psycho after her or the past that refuses to let go and allow her to open up her heart again?

Review
The Wait For You series is one of my favourite New Adult series, so much so that I have any new books on pre-order and it takes quite a lot for me to do that.

In the previous book, Stay With Me, we meet protagonist Roxy who works in a local bar. It was clear in Stay With Me that there was something going on between Roxy and Officer Reece Anders but there was only snippets of them both. I wanted more then so I couldn’t wait to read their story.

Although Roxy works in the local bar, we quickly learn a lot more about her. Deep down she’s an artist but she also goes to community college to get herself a ‘career’, even if it’s not something she actually loves. Roxy is a really feisty and fun character and I really enjoyed her story. She’s secretly been in love with Reece, Officer Anders, since she was 15 but one night changed everything and now she stays away from him as much as possible.

Together, Roxy and Reece are amazing. The chemistry between them has been building up for a very long time so there is a lot of sexual tension before they actually get it together. I really enjoyed the push and pull in this relationship and it was never like one was more dominant than the other overall, although each character did have their moments.

Fall With Me’s plot is full of suspense and mystery. Roxy’s best friend was seriously injured and the man responsible is just about to get out of jail. Reece feels extremely protective over Roxy but she doesn’t want to let him in but she ends up with no other choice. Strange things are going on and Roxy is scared and Reece is the only one who can keep her safe. You never really know what is going on with Roxy until all is revealed and I loved that.

Fall With Me has been one of my favourites in the series so far but I do also tend to say that with each new release!

NA review: The Redemption of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

Title: The Redemption of Callie & Kayden
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: The Coincidence #2
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Sphere
Release date: 30th July 2013

The dark secret Kayden has kept hidden for years is finally out. Worse, he’s facing charges for battery. The only way to clear his name is for Callie to speak up-something he’ll never ask her to do. Instead, he’ll do whatever he must to protect her . . . even if it means letting go of the only girl he’s ever loved.

Callie knows Kayden is going back to his dark place and desperately wants to save him. But that means facing her greatest fear and admitting her own painful secrets aloud. The thought of breaking her silence terrifies her-but not as much as the thought of losing Kayden forever.

Deep in her heart, Callie knows the time has come for her and Kayden to forget the pain of the past. With the help of her friends Seth and Luke she makes a plan to show Kayden the life they could have. But can she convince him they can make a fresh start together-or is she already too late?

Review
The first book in this series, The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden, left the story on a massive cliff-hanger and this one begins right where that left off.

Kayden is in a pretty bad place and his mother forces him into a facility so that he can recover and get better. At the same time, he struggles with his feelings and pushes Callie away, believing he’s not good for her. This was something that ran for a lot of the book and honestly it got a bit annoying and I got sick of hearing it. I could understand that he’s been through a lot and he had issues to work through but Callie could see past all of that.

Callie on the other hand is stronger in a lot of ways. Seeing Kayden struggle really makes Callie realise that they both need to work on healing themselves and to work through their issues, no matter how hard they are. Jessica Sorensen adds some really tough issues into this book and sometimes it all felt a bit much but she also writes about healthy ways to help yourself which I think was really good.

Due to the nature of the plot, both Callie and Kayden go through a lot of character development which was so good to see. By the end of this book they have both changed an awful lot due to helping each other and themselves. However, the plot took away some of the passion and chemistry that I felt in the first book between Callie adn Kayden. The feelings between the two are still there obviously but it all just seemed a bit too tame for me.

The Redemption of Callie and Kayden lacked that Jessica Sorensen edge that I am so used to. The plot was really good and kept my interest but there was just that special something extra that was missing.

NA review: Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick

Title: Letting Go
Author: Jessica Ruddick
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Release date: 26th May 2015

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.

And right into the arms of Luke Evans.

But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process… 

Review
Cori really isn’t looking for love, not after the recent death of her high school boyfriend. She throws herself into school and doesn’t really care about much else. But, on an impulsive night out with friends she meets Luke, the boy she never expected and the boy she wasn’t prepared for. 

Jessica Ruddick’s writing makes it easy to get lost in this book. I was hooked from the start and couldn’t get enough of protagonist Cori. She has suffered a great loss since her high school boyfriend died and she’s really struggling to move on from it. She throws herself into her new life at college because she doesn’t know what else she can do. I liked Cori because she was real. She struggled with life, she was awkward around new people and she didn’t want to be pushed into things she wasn’t ready for. 

The plot follows Cori and romantic interest Luke, who she meets at a party. The relationship between Cori and Luke was extremely natural and flowed nicely. Nothing was rushed between these two and I liked how they took things slow but still managed to have fantastic chemistry. Each character adds something to the other and together, they’re great! What was also nice was that their relationship worked around their normal lives which is sometimes forgotten in both young adult and new adult novels. Sometimes books become all about the romance and I loved that Ruddick didn’t forget the character’s normal lives. 

Although the romance was great, there was a lot more to this one. Yes, Luke becomes a big part of the story but the plot is really about Cori and her being able to lose the guilt she has over her boyfriend’s death. A new man in her life does not make her forget what she once had and a big emphasis is put on how it’s okay to move on but still remember things in the past. Cori struggles once she meets Luke because she’s not sure how she’s supposed to feel about liking someone new. 

Letting Go is a really good new adult novel and Ruddick’s writing and characters are spot on!

NA review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

11505797Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Series: Beautiful #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK 
Release date: 14 Aug. 2012

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Review

I had been meaning to read this series for so long now, after so many people had said good things about. This was one of the earlier New Adult books so really it should have been higher up on my list to read.

Protagonist Abby has moved far away from home with her best friend to start a new life at college. She doesn’t want anyone to know about her past or who she used to be and this is the best way to do that. Abby plans on keeping her head down, getting on with her school work and not being a typical party mad college student. When she attracts the attention of the campus bad boy Travis Maddox, well-known for his one night stands, she has no idea what to think… or do. A lost bet means everything changes and she ends up staying with Travis for a whole month.

Abby and Travis are so completely different and that’s why I enjoyed their story so much. Abby wants to be this reserved, well behaved girl while Travis has a reputation and definitely lives up to it. However, both of them are outspoken, fiery and headstrong. Due to the nature of the lost bet, Abby and Travis end up spending a lot of time together and their personalities mean that there is a lot of tension and frustration between the two characters which at times was really fun to watch.

My main issue with Beautiful Disaster was how Abby and Travis acted when things didn’t go their own way. Travis has anger issues and Abby wouldn’t know a healthy relationship if it smacked her in the face. There are things that both characters do in this book that I just cannot agree with no matter what. Even though Abby is staying with Travis, and there is clearly something between them, she dates another guy and throws it in Travis’ face at times. Not only that but she does some really questionable things when her and Travis do finally start to work things out.

While I did have issues with the actions of the main characters in this book I did actually enjoy it. I could see that there was more to things than stupid decisions and actions and it was really entertaining. The plot gets quite exciting towards the end and we get to learn about Abby’s life before college. We also get to see a fair bit from Travis’ family (who I loved) and these things made this book worth while.

Beautiful Disaster is far from perfect but it was still enjoyable to read. Although I have moaned about the character’s behaviour, this would have been a really bland read without all of the madness that was going on between Abby and Travis.

NA review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Title:  Losing It
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #1
Acquired: Bought
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Ebury Press
Release date: 28th March 2013

As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.

But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.


She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…

Review
I read the second book in this series (although they’re stand-alone stories) ages and ages ago but it took me so long to get around to this one for some reason. 

Protagonist Bliss is 22 and still a virgin although she really doesn’t want to be any more. The problem is, even the thought of sex freaks her out. On a night out she meets this really hot British guy Garrick in a bar and decided to get it over with once and for all. However, she freaks out while he’s naked in her bed and runs away. If that wasn’t bad enough, Garrick actually turns out to be one of her teachers, albeit a stand in, and she has no idea what to do. 

Losing It is a really funny book and I wasn’t expecting it at all. Bliss is somewhat of a disaster when it comes to relationships or just men in general really and as she has no idea what she’s doing, she messed up a lot. I felt bad laughing at her at some points but the situations she got herself into were just too funny. She has a great personality and is a bit quirky but she was interesting the whole way throughout this book so I really liked her. 

Garrick certainly kept my interest however, he was sometimes a bit cringe worthy. Well, the writing was when it came to him because he seemed to be overly British. ‘Love’ was used far too much which was Garrick’s pet name for Bliss and it really annoyed me towards the end of the book. I would have loved for him to just be British, have the accent but not be so much of a stereotype. 

Although Bliss and Garrick clearly hit it off at the beginning of the book it is not a straight cut love story. Bliss is an awkward mess and Garrick has his own stuff going on, including the fact that he’s actually Bliss’ teacher for a while. I loved the chemistry between the two characters and the complications they had to face. The whole teacher/ student aspect isn’t too bad either because Garrick is only a stand in and pretty close in age to Bliss. It wasn’t as forbidden and taboo as it could have been which was good. 

Losing It was a really fun read but there is also a great story there between Bliss and Garrick. 

NA review: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison

Title: Days Like This
Author: Danielle Ellison
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Bookish World Press
Release date: 2nd June 2015

Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother’s disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.

Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn’t involve Cassie Harlen.


When Cassie’s mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.

Review
Days Like This opens with one of protagonist Cassie’s memories. It’s beautiful and gives you the sense of freedom and happiness but then it turns into something else entirely. The opening of this book quickly gives insight into what Cassie’s life is like and why she is where she is and part of the reason for why she left home. Reading about Cassie’s life made me quite sad. It’s clear she has been through something and has family issues but you don’t get to find out exactly what’s going on to begin with, only that Cassie is pretty much alone apart from a few new friends. 

Graham is the boy from back home and the one left heartbroken when Cassie left without a word. He’s the one left to pick up the pieces and to look after things at home, including Cassie’s mother. He’s forced to call Cassie early on when he mother nearly burns down the house and it’s something he really doesn’t want to do. He’s been trying to move on since she left without a word and seeing her again would not be good but he has no choice. I could feel his heart breaking over and over again each time he was forced to see or spend time with Cassie and it was horrible. Graham is such a wonderful character and I routed for his happiness from the very beginning of the book. 

Danielle Ellison gives readers a wonderful love story between Cassie and Graham. Each character is far from perfect and has flaws. The pair have a long past and they have a lot to work through, especially Graham if he is going to forgive Cassie. Both characters have changed since they’ve been apart and there’s a lot of getting to know each other again and trying to figure out what they mean to each other, if anything. 

Days Like This also has some fantastic secondary characters in Cassie’s mum, friend June and Graham’s girlfriend Holly. June was one of my favourites as she really added something to the story and was there for Cassie in ways other people couldn’t be. She’s the straight talking best friend who doesn’t take any crap and I loved that about her. Then there’s Cassie’s mum who has a really significant part in the plot although I won’t say much about her as it would ruin the book. 

Overall, Days Like This is a really good book and I look forward to reading more from Danielle Ellison.