Thursday, August 7, 2014

Upside Down (Off the Map #1) by Lia Riley Blog Tour

UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley (August 5, 2014; Forever E-Book; $3.99)
If You Never Get Lost, You'll Never Be FoundNatalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to Australia. Everything is going to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . of if they were meant to live a world apart.



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About the author: 
After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Review: 

I really liked this book! It had the perfect balance of love, romance and even a lot of issues that in New Adults face. The Australian setting made it feel like I was there. I did not put this book down at all, it was addicting and the characters were really well developed. The pace of the novel was good and lots of drama between Bran and Talia. Each of their pasts are the things that bring them together but Lia did a great job with them. 

Talia (Love her name) has suffered the terrible loss of losing her sister and her mother leaving the country. She tries to create a Talia 2.0 and try to be normal. You can see that it is very hard to keep this hiding from anybody since her vulnerability and mask are easy to see past of. She is very kind and wants to move on from her past without the guilt of what happened back home. 

Bran Lockhart is facing similar things that Talia is faced with but he is more closed off until the end. In the beginning doubts were crossing my mind if he was serious with trying to tell the truth. He did make some bad decisions and likes to live in the past, but he is a very likable character, and I am excited to see where it will lead him next. 

I loved how Talia and Bran met because it was in a way funny that he was in a costume. It is a complicated relationship but with Bran's past coming he kind of put Talia elsewhere in the back of his mind. They do have a strong connection which is easy to see. Overall it was a great novel and I am excited to see what Lia Riley will do in the next book! 

4/5

1 comment:

  1. Australian setting? Ooh now I'm intrigued. Great review. I'll check it out.

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