The Upside of Falling Down
For Clementine Haas, finding herself is more than a nice idea. Ever since she woke up in an Irish hospital with complete amnesia, self-discovery has become her mission.They tell her she’s the lone survivor of a plane crash. They tell her she’s lucky to be alive. But she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels…lost.With the relentless Irish press bearing down on her, and a father she may not even recognize on his way from America to take her home, Clementine assumes a new identity and enlists a blue-eyed Irish stranger, Kieran O’Connell, to help her escape her forgotten life…and start a new one.Hiding out in the sleepy town of Waterville, Ireland, Clementine discovers there’s an upside to a life that’s fallen apart. But as her lies grow, so does her affection for Kieran, and the truth about her identity becomes harder and harder to reveal, forcing Clementine to decide: Can she leave her past behind for a new love she’ll never forget?

The Upside of Falling Down Details

TitleThe Upside of Falling Down
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 30th, 2018
PublisherSkyscape
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

The Upside of Falling Down Review

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    January 1, 1970
    „Its not the current that will drown you. It’s the exhaustion from fighting it.“ Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐Clementine wakes up after surviving a horrible plane crash. She is the only survivor. But when she wakes up she has no memory of her old life before the crash. Beginning to panic, she escapes the hospital and leaves to find her memory, adventures and a little bit of love ❤. Characters ⭐⭐⭐⭐Even though I really liked the main character Clementine, i loved Kieran. He always supported her and let her be the on „Its not the current that will drown you. It’s the exhaustion from fighting it.“ Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Clementine wakes up after surviving a horrible plane crash. She is the only survivor. But when she wakes up she has no memory of her old life before the crash. Beginning to panic, she escapes the hospital and leaves to find her memory, adventures and a little bit of love ❤️. Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Even though I really liked the main character Clementine, i loved Kieran. He always supported her and let her be the one she wanted to be. He was adorable. His nickname for her was “Bunny”, how cute is that? 😍Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️This was a really sweet and funny love story. It had some cliches, but it was still original in his own way. I really liked it. It made me smile 😊 Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I really liked the writing, it was poetic in some way.
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  • Malina Skrobosinski
    January 1, 1970
    "What is the point of cheating death if a life doesn't exist when you wake up?" I loved Rebekah Crane's The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one just as much. Rebekah has such a knack for making you fall in love with even the most unconventional of characters. Her ability to mix witty banter with sensitive topics gives you that heartwarming feeling in the end. In the Upside of Falling Down we are introduced to Clementine Haas, an 18 year old from Clevelan "What is the point of cheating death if a life doesn't exist when you wake up?" I loved Rebekah Crane's The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, so it's no surprise that I enjoyed this one just as much. Rebekah has such a knack for making you fall in love with even the most unconventional of characters. Her ability to mix witty banter with sensitive topics gives you that heartwarming feeling in the end. In the Upside of Falling Down we are introduced to Clementine Haas, an 18 year old from Cleveland, Ohio who has miraculously survived a plane crash, being the only survivor, waking up in a hospital in Ireland. Only Clementine has no memory of the accident, she has no memory of her past, she doesn't know why she's in Ireland either. As Clementine awaits the arrival of her father, a father she can't remember, she is feeling an overwhelming sense of panic. She feels trapped, trapped in a world that isn't hers... of this Clementine Haas... someone's life that she can't recall. Her nurse, Stephen, agrees to take Clementine out to the courtyard of the hospital for some fresh air. This is where Clementine meets Kieran. A peculiar young man who has a strange affinity for orange Jell-O. This is where Clementine's life is left behind and Jane's life begins. For fear of Kieran finding out who she really is and that she is the survivor of the plane crash, she lies, she tells Kieran her name is Jane. As a friendly game of "truth or dare" unfolds, Jane dares Kieran to take her away from the hospital. She creates a phony story as to why she's there in the first place and asks for his help. Kieran agrees to help. From this point on Clementine is forced to keep up the lie and the life of Jane. She's introduced to Kieran's twin sister, Siobhan, who is pregnant, and has a strong dislike for Jane. She meets Siobhan's boss, Clive, an eccentric shop owner who has a hidden love for Jane Austen novels. Soon, Jane has found her place... she falls in love with Waterville, Ireland, with Clive and his mohawk, and Siobhan and their love/hate relationship... but most of all, she's fallen in love with Kieran. So, how can she leave this behind? She knows that she has to return to her father, to her life as Clementine, even though she still doesn't know who he is and ultimately who she is. Could you imagine? Waking up with amnesia, not remembering anything from your past? Being reborn again? What a flood of emotions that would bring? Fear, panic, sadness, confusion, frustration, but mostly the feeling of isolation. Even though you really wouldn't be alone, I can't help but think it would be a very lonely thing to go through. You have to reestablish yourself all over again. You can't just simply reenter your life like re-spawning in some video game. Rebekah Crane presents Clementine as a strong young woman... I would say mature well beyond her years, and it's not until later in the novel when Clementine finally finds herself that you truly understand where this strength comes from. All things considered, I will admit, this was the only part of the novel that I had a hard time with. I felt that the character that was being portrayed should have truly been older than that of someone who was 18/19 years of age. The way the story unfolds in the end at first seems to almost have this poetic justice about it, and although I saw it coming, my heart ached for Clementine. I didn't want her story to end there, carrying more guilt than she already felt. Everything unravels and it all begins to fall down around her. But I promise... with this story, there is an upside to falling down. I want to thank NetGalley, Skyscape and Two Lions, and Rebekah Crane for allowing me the chance to read this novel in exchange for my review. It was truly a pleasure!
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  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 3.5/5*Thanks NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this*This is a story about new beginnings. Clementine/Jane is a young girl trying to figure out who she is after going through a traumatic event. Deep down she remains the same girl but some things have changed. She has the opportunity to start over and be someone else. I enjoyed this book, the plot is original and I appreciate that in YA. There is some character development by the time it wraps up, which is one of its best aspect RATING: 3.5/5*Thanks NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this*This is a story about new beginnings. Clementine/Jane is a young girl trying to figure out who she is after going through a traumatic event. Deep down she remains the same girl but some things have changed. She has the opportunity to start over and be someone else. I enjoyed this book, the plot is original and I appreciate that in YA. There is some character development by the time it wraps up, which is one of its best aspects. However, I did have some issues with it: (1) the romance, which started out great but ended up feeling forced and (2) the ending seemed improvised and abrupt. Usually if the ending isn't good, I'll end up lowering my rating even if I enjoyed the rest of the book. This is an example of that.Overall, ''The Upside of Falling Down'' gets a 3.5/5 rating from me and I do recommend it because it was enoyable.
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  • Flor
    January 1, 1970
    I recieved this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exhange for an honest review. Thank you."She may not know it, but she is a walking story. And me... Im full of scars with no stories." A great combination of a cute love story and a self discovery story. We follow the story of Clementine an American girl in Ireland who just happens to be the only survivor of a terrible plane crash who has lost her memory as a result of this accident. She no longer knows who she is, she feels alone and with I recieved this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exhange for an honest review. Thank you."She may not know it, but she is a walking story. And me... I´m full of scars with no stories." A great combination of a cute love story and a self discovery story. We follow the story of Clementine an American girl in Ireland who just happens to be the only survivor of a terrible plane crash who has lost her memory as a result of this accident. She no longer knows who she is, she feels alone and without anyone who understands her, so she decides to move on and start a whole new life with the help of a charming and kind Irish guy named Kieran (who calls her bunny in a very cute way) that will help her to discover the upside of falling down.
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  • ✶Rachelle✶
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was raised in the Buckeye state, so whenever I hear about a book that takes place in Ohio, or where the main characters are from Ohio, I'm all over it. Cause let's be real here, hardly any books take place in Ohio. There's really nothing there, and it's pretty boring. I mean, Cedar Point is awesome, and there's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, but otherwise ye 2.5 starsI received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewI was raised in the Buckeye state, so whenever I hear about a book that takes place in Ohio, or where the main characters are from Ohio, I'm all over it. Cause let's be real here, hardly any books take place in Ohio. There's really nothing there, and it's pretty boring. I mean, Cedar Point is awesome, and there's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, but otherwise yeah...not much to see. The MC of this book is from Cleveland, but she travels to Ireland (which is basically my dream destination), so I was all over this book when I saw it on Netgalley.I gotta say though, other than the setting of the book (and Kieran, obviously), I wasn't a huge fan. I understand the trials that Jane aka Clementine went though, and that it gives her a bit of leniency in her actions. But I just couldn't get past her personality. It got under my skin, and I wasn't able to connect with her at all. The opening was a bit confusing as well. I'm not sure if this was on purpose to give us a sense of what Clementine was going through, or if it was just confusing. We are introduced to a Stephen, but there is no background. He just kind of pops up and hangs out for a while. We find out who he is later, but by then I had already written him off. There also wasn't a lot of clarity between how much time passed between the plane crash and the first chapter. (view spoiler)[I had assumed it was a few weeks, cause in a plane crash where everyone but Clementine dies, I figured she would have way more injuries than just amnesia. But nope, it was 2 days (hide spoiler)]Overall, I thought there was a lot of potential. It just didn't hit the jackpot for me.
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  • rachel • typed truths
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warnings for hospitalisation, mental illness, pregnancy/childbirth and death. The Upside of Falling Down had a promising premise but it didn’t deliver the story I expected. I was all here for magical realism and Ireland but the uncomfortable romance that replaced it was not my cup of tea. Maybe if miscommunication and lying were not one of my biggest turnoffs in romance, it wouldn’t have been so bad. I just struggle to see how people can ship two characters whose relationship is based on Trigger warnings for hospitalisation, mental illness, pregnancy/childbirth and death. The Upside of Falling Down had a promising premise but it didn’t deliver the story I expected. I was all here for magical realism and Ireland but the uncomfortable romance that replaced it was not my cup of tea. Maybe if miscommunication and lying were not one of my biggest turnoffs in romance, it wouldn’t have been so bad. I just struggle to see how people can ship two characters whose relationship is based on false impressions and straight up manipulation… and that is definitely why Clementine and Kieran’s relationship didn’t work for me. Kieran’s behaviour was simply unacceptable. The lengths he took to pull off that level of manipulation made me sick. I cannot believe that he genuinely believed he was doing the right thing and I wanted Clementine to have nothing to do with him. I was in complete agreement with Siobhan.The plot was also so goddamn unbelievable. I empathise with Clementine’s situation - meeting her father was a Big Step that she was not ready to take - but the plot preceding her escape from the hospital was kind of ridiculous. I couldn’t suspend my belief that far. It is probably a preference thing but I wanted to focus on Clementine working through her trauma, discovering who she wanted to be as a person and all of that, not a convoluted romance. Oh well. Rep: Clementine has retrograde amnesia.
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  • Hristina
    January 1, 1970
    (guess who's behind on the reviews they were supposed to write, yet again)As it turns out, all one needs to do to get me interested in a book is mention Ireland somewhere in the summary.Actual rating: 3.5This is a solid book in my favorite genre, it's no surprise that I enjoyed it. It's well thought out and well executed. I liked the characters best of all, and the plot was very intriguing. The only thing that doesn't sit well with me is the ending, it felt rushed and it didn't seem believable.* (guess who's behind on the reviews they were supposed to write, yet again)As it turns out, all one needs to do to get me interested in a book is mention Ireland somewhere in the summary.Actual rating: 3.5This is a solid book in my favorite genre, it's no surprise that I enjoyed it. It's well thought out and well executed. I liked the characters best of all, and the plot was very intriguing. The only thing that doesn't sit well with me is the ending, it felt rushed and it didn't seem believable.*Copy received from NetGalley
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, ok ahora continuemos. Este libro estaba teniendo un menor rating hasta el último 10%, en el que mejoró bastante. Así que empecemos con las cosas buenas:- La historia comienza de una forma muy interesante, se estrella un avión y Clementine es la única sobreviviente. Plot twist: ella pierde la memoria. De esta manera sabemos que no es una historia aburrida, descubrimos la vida anterior de Clementine de poco a p I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, ok ahora continuemos. Este libro estaba teniendo un menor rating hasta el último 10%, en el que mejoró bastante. Así que empecemos con las cosas buenas:- La historia comienza de una forma muy interesante, se estrella un avión y Clementine es la única sobreviviente. Plot twist: ella pierde la memoria. De esta manera sabemos que no es una historia aburrida, descubrimos la vida anterior de Clementine de poco a poco, como ella. Me gustó mucho como pedazos de su memoria y su pasado comienzan a llegar de poco a poco y podemos saber qué realmente pasó- El final fue super satisfactorio, mientras leía no sabía porqué las personas se comportaban como lo hacían, pero el final estuvo perfecto. Todo se conecta, todo se sabe, todo se aclarece. AHORA VAMOS CON LAS COSAS MALAS:- Oh boy, la única cosa que me molestó de sobremanera fue la INCREÍBLE cantidad de veces que Kieran le dice Bunny a Jane... habían veces que lo decía 5 veces en una sola página. NO NO NO, empecé a molestarme y dejar de leer ese apodo porque era demasiado cursi y no tenía idea por qué no podían decir una sola oración sin decirse BUNNY STOPPPP. Además de las referencias a la Jell-o ok, enough is enough. - También me molestó la manera en que Jane se refería a Kieran, 'lo necesito, solo el me puede salvar, necesito que él me ayude', ok, ya sé que ella había pasado por mucho pero suficiente amiga, man up. Tal vez no estoy acostumbrada a que las mujeres protagonistas sean tan frágiles e inútiles. - Por último siento que la historia no tiene una continuidad, Jane está lista para huir, rota y sintiéndose terrible y luego dice.. 'te reto a que me lleves a surfear' WTF. "I will not be reduced to feeling less than feeble and powerless, I've come too far, survived too much. If Kieran won't help me, it's time I help myself. Time I trusted myself".
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  •  Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)
    January 1, 1970
    A girl whose memories are lost after a plane crash and the boy trying to find his own purpose fall in love amidst the charming Irish setting in Rebekah Crane’s THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN.Clementine Haas wakes in an Irish hospital to find that she’s the only survivor in a plane crash with no recollection of who she is. On impulse she convinces a sweet Irish guy, who she told her name was Jane, she met in the courtyard at the hospital to help her escape, by telling him that she was mugged and want A girl whose memories are lost after a plane crash and the boy trying to find his own purpose fall in love amidst the charming Irish setting in Rebekah Crane’s THE UPSIDE OF FALLING DOWN.Clementine Haas wakes in an Irish hospital to find that she’s the only survivor in a plane crash with no recollection of who she is. On impulse she convinces a sweet Irish guy, who she told her name was Jane, she met in the courtyard at the hospital to help her escape, by telling him that she was mugged and wants to leave and start a new life. He takes her back to the small cottage he shares with his prickly and pregnant twin sister, Siobhan. Clementine’s guilt over lying to Kieran begins to weigh on her as she starts to fall for him. But something keeps Kieran from reciprocating romantic feelings.This book has a lot of cute in it but deals with some tough issues. How terrifying would it be to wake up in another country with no idea how you got where you are or who you you? Finding your identity and who you are is hard enough as a teenager without adding in the complexities of amnesia. That’s the unique part about this book. She has to find out who she is all over again while trying to gasp bits of her past and combine it with all the new things she experiences.Meanwhile, Kieran has his own identity crisis. His father has controlled him and Siobhan with threats and a lot of money. Until now, Kieran has always caved until the stern finger of his father but personal tragedy has left him shaken and on the cusp of something new, scary, and maybe even good.Throughout the story, Clementine remembers bits and pieces of the girl she used to be, putting together a puzzle of her past. All of this was a good mystery that kept me reading, wondering how Ireland ties into all of this. There is an Irish boy from her past. Could it be Kieran? Is it someone else?This novel is very high in concept. A plot such as this is something that sounds really intriguing in a synopsis. While I did like the book, I would have liked it so much more if there was a little more believability to it. The fact that a hospital patient with amnesia was able to escape from a hospital and remain lost despite being all over the national news was a little far-fetched. The love story was cute but it felt like it needed more foundation. The multiple coincidences revealed towards the end just added to the unbelievability and I felt disconnected from the story because of this.* I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Read this Review • My Website • Facebook • Twitter • Pinterest • Instagram • Subscribe by Email****************★★UPCOMING BOOK RELEASES★★****************
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  • Sanne ♔ (Sanne and the Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Ireland. I fell in love with Ireland as soon as they defeated Bulgaria in the Quidditch World Cup final of 1994. So I really, really want to visit Ireland. Right now. So when I read the synopsis I was like: yasss, girl. But oh boy was I wrong.➵ PLOTClementine Haas wakes up with amnesia. She’s in a hospital and has no clue where she is, or who she is. All her memories are gone. It turns out she was in a plane cr I received a free ARC by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Ireland. I fell in love with Ireland as soon as they defeated Bulgaria in the Quidditch World Cup final of 1994. So I really, really want to visit Ireland. Right now. So when I read the synopsis I was like: yasss, girl. But oh boy was I wrong.➵ PLOTClementine Haas wakes up with amnesia. She’s in a hospital and has no clue where she is, or who she is. All her memories are gone. It turns out she was in a plane crash and that she’s the only survivor. Clementine panics and only wants one thing: find both herself, and her memories.In order to do this, she decides to ‘flee’ with a fake identity. Kieran, a charming Irish boy, helps her run away. She ends up in a small town where she meets Siobhan, Kieran his sister, and the ever so funny Clive. Clementine tries to find herself, but gets caught up in a web of lies instead.➵ CHARACTERSClementine is one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever stumbled across. She’s both annoying and hypocritical. She pretends to be Jane, tells one lie after another, but gets upside when others don’t tell her the truth. In addition, she takes drastic ‘matters’ in order to get rid of her old self (because of all sudden she does not want to be Clementine anymore?? Like OK???), which I could not understand AT ALL.Kieran and Siobhan are the reason I could not give this book 1 star. They’re twins, but whereas Kieran is funny and sweet, Siobhan is distant and sulky. Precisely those differences made me love them, especially when you realize they’ll always be there for one another.➵ PROS/CONSDon’t get me wrong. The Upside of Falling Down is definitely not a “bad” book. It’s highly unrealistic, is all. Pros+ Stephen the Nurse, Clive the Jane Austen Guru and Kieran the Irish Gentleman saved this book. They’re funny, witty, sarcastic, but also really sweet.+ The setting. I desperately want to visit Ireland. I already booked my ticket (jk).Cons- The story is incredibly unrealistic. As if it’s possible to just, randomly, escape from the hospital. As if it’s possible to ‘hide’ for a couple of weeks, in a small and desolated town.- Clementine. Oh dear goodness. She’s so annoying. I can’t even. I had to put this book away a couple in times as I could not handle her behaviour anymore. Her hypocrisy was unforgivable. In my opinion. - The end. It bothered me. A lot.➵ CONCLUSIONLike I said: The Upside of Falling Down isn’t terrible. It has a nice writing style, the characters are believable (even though some of their actions are not) and while reading this book I felt like I was right there, right there in Ireland. The reason I am not able to give this book more than two stars, is because it’s (like I already said… I’m repeating myself dang it) unrealistic. Some of the dialogues sounded fake, which made the overall a bit messy.It’s a cute novel, though.Rating: ★★Blog (Dutch) | Tumblr | Pinterest | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI was lucky to stumble upon Crane's last book, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, last year, and enjoyed it immensely. Therefore, when I saw The Upside of Falling Down, I knew right away, that I had to read it, and you know what? It was utterly delightful!"It's the upside of falling down," Kieran says. "It's why you jump in the first place...for that moment."•Pro: The whole theme of the book is fabulous! It's about new beginnings and possibilities. Clementine's amnesia freed h Rating: 4.5 StarsI was lucky to stumble upon Crane's last book, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, last year, and enjoyed it immensely. Therefore, when I saw The Upside of Falling Down, I knew right away, that I had to read it, and you know what? It was utterly delightful!"It's the upside of falling down," Kieran says. "It's why you jump in the first place...for that moment."•Pro: The whole theme of the book is fabulous! It's about new beginnings and possibilities. Clementine's amnesia freed her from her past, and it was so wonderful being there with her as she tried to figure out who she was and who she wanted to be. "I died and was reborn on June 18 in a plane crash in Ballycalla"•Pro: I really enjoyed getting to know the people who became Clementine's inner circle. They were a very colorful group of characters, who were quite layered, and I really appreciated what they brought to the story. Clive and Stephen both won me over with their big, beautiful hearts! •Pro: Kieran was a complicated guy. He was dealing with his own crisis, as he struggled with who he wanted to be and who his father wanted him to be. The Kieran I loved, was the one we saw when he temporarily left those worries for another day. He was very sweet, doting, generous, and very dedicated to those he loved. I was really pleased when we got to the bottom of his issues. That's the dare I'm most afraid of - to live the life I choose.•Pro: I loved being in Clementine's head. There was so much going on in there, and some of her reflections were quite amusing. •Pro: Though this book explores some weighty topics, it stays on the lighter side. •Pro: I thought it was great the way Crane slowly revealed Clementine's memories, because it lead to a rather BIG twist, which I didn't see coming until it was more or less upon us. •Pro: I adored the setting! I visited Ireland back in 2007, and Crane brought me back to all those lovely places I had visited. •Pro: The ending left me with a perma-smile, so I would say it was pretty solid. Overall: I utterly adored this book! The fabulous characters plus the delightful setting, the sweet romance, and endless possibilities left me with a big stupid grin on my face. File it under "makes-me-happy".ARC received in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Stephanie Gillespie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review When I saw this book on Netgalley I thought the cover was really cute. This book turned out to be such a cute fun read. I flew through it in just two sittings, I couldn't put it down. The book is set in ireland which gave this story bonus points from me. I love reading about foreign countries, there not a setting used as often as it should be.The main character Clementine, it was interesting to be inside her head, as she I received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review When I saw this book on Netgalley I thought the cover was really cute. This book turned out to be such a cute fun read. I flew through it in just two sittings, I couldn't put it down. The book is set in ireland which gave this story bonus points from me. I love reading about foreign countries, there not a setting used as often as it should be.The main character Clementine, it was interesting to be inside her head, as she has no memories of who she is. She essentially gets to start over and find out who she is. I love how brave she is, trying new things that scares her. Kieran was a sweetheart, and is really swoon worthy. He is caring and loves to help people, helps that he's also irish :')The last 50 pages or so were very intense and a lot of tings were wrapped up nicely, but maybe a second book could happen fingers crossed.This book will be released January 30 2018, if you like cute fluffy contemporaries I highly recommend you pick this one up.
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    "Just when you think your life is over, a new story line falls from the sky and lands right in your lap." When Clementine wakes up in an Irish hospital without her memories she decides she needs to rediscover herself in order for them to return. The only thing she knows is she is a lone survivor of a plane crash, her name is Clementine, she’s from Cleveland, Ohio and she’s not ready to face the father that came all the way to get her because she can’t let the man down knowing that she doesn’t r "Just when you think your life is over, a new story line falls from the sky and lands right in your lap." When Clementine wakes up in an Irish hospital without her memories she decides she needs to rediscover herself in order for them to return. The only thing she knows is she is a lone survivor of a plane crash, her name is Clementine, she’s from Cleveland, Ohio and she’s not ready to face the father that came all the way to get her because she can’t let the man down knowing that she doesn’t remember him at all.A chance meeting with a guy named Kieran gives Clementine the opportunity she needs to try to get away from everything as she tries to figure out her past life and where she wants to go from there. The more she continues to lie to Kieran the more she starts to fall for the guy, and she’s not even sure if she would be willing to give up her new identity for the life she’s been trying to recover.The Story- For me, this book was a solid middle grounder . The beginning was interesting enough, hooking me into who this girl could be, and I felt lost right with her. I was eager to see her set off onto her adventure with Kieran as she tries to figure out who she was. Unfortunately the middle sort of lagged. I started to lose interest as the book went into a mundane routine for her while she was staying with Kieran. Despite being with him for three weeks, their interactions were minimal, and when they did start spending time together we basically got a summary of what they did. This made the romance seem superficial especially considering the decisions made towards the end of the book. This also made the ending feel a bit rushed since a lot of time was spent doing, essentially nothing.The book also had the opportunity to really spend a lot more time involving the fact that she was in Ireland. Despite dropping certain city names, Guinness,  and maybe some cozy sweaters, there really wasn't an extra Irish vibe. I think if some time was spent diving into the area  little bit more would have provided for a little extra flavor in the story.The Characters-Despite the lack of substantial romance, I did really like the characters. Clementine and Kieran both were very strong with facing their fears and tackling what is set in front of them. Clementine made for a very likeable person that you wanted to root on because she seemed so genuinely nice, and granted she was lying, her motives were still, for the most part, pure. Sometimes I did feel like she put herself into a situation where she was desperately forcing herself into the lives to those who had taken her in, and I honestly felt that she was crossing some boundaries with them given the situation. Somehow her escape equated to them having to spend time and be friends with her.The Soundtrack- Switchfoot – Dare you to MoveARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review. Blog | Bookstagram | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Caitlin Christensen
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea what to expect going into this one (I didn't even read the synopsis) and boy was I pleasantly surprised. If you're looking for a fantastic contemporary to get you out of a reading rut, this book is just the thing you need! "The memories mean nothing to me if I can't recall them. Except for the small fact that... they mean everything. No matter what people want to believe, life is locked in the past. It's all we are -- a timeline of events that make up a person." Clementine Haas wak I had no idea what to expect going into this one (I didn't even read the synopsis) and boy was I pleasantly surprised. If you're looking for a fantastic contemporary to get you out of a reading rut, this book is just the thing you need! "The memories mean nothing to me if I can't recall them. Except for the small fact that... they mean everything. No matter what people want to believe, life is locked in the past. It's all we are -- a timeline of events that make up a person." Clementine Haas wakes up in a hospital in Ireland the sole survivor of a plane crash. Her only memories are vague remebrances of the actual crash. She doesn't remember anything from her life before. And because that's a terrifying thing that she has to learn to live with she gets freaked out and runs away from the hospital to try to sort out who she is on her own and wait for her memories to hopefully return. This is a great example of how contemporary, when done well, doesn't have to have the most pressing plot in order to be immensely enjoyable. For most of the book Clementine is just wandering around a small town in Ireland thinking and pining after a super cute boy. It's not like there's a ton of action going on. But that's where The Upside of Falling Down will get you, because dang it this book is just so charming and wonderful and I just wanted to live in its pages the entire time I was reading. Kieren is the dashing and quippy love interest (with a dash of moodiness and secrecy thrown in for good measure), while his twin sister Siobhan is the angst-riddled anger machine who detests Clementine's presence and hides behind hostility. And then there's Clive, the comic relief who ties them all together. They make one heck of motley crew and dang it if I didn't just love them to pieces. "Clive doesn't back down. 'Austen knew that surprises make stories more interesting. You can't be afraid of them, or you might miss out.'" There are a few curveballs here that I can't talk about without spoiling things, but I want to at least touch on them. I didn't see many of them until they were right under my nose, and I liked the build-up throughout the story. There were some cleverly placed clues hidden along the path, and whlie I caught some of them I know that I missed others. This is a total romance book, with just enough mystery weaving through it to keep things interesting for a reader who isn't that into romance (like myself). Overall, I would highly recommend this contemporary to anyone looking for something light-hearted and tender. Rating: 5/5 stars
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  • Marochka
    January 1, 1970
    Персонажи меня, мягко говоря, здесь не порадовали. Поступков главной героини я понять не могла вообще, а уж как жестоко она поступила с любящим отцом, который и так чуть с ума ни сошел, когда его дочь попала в авиакатастрофу, в которой погибли все, кроме нее… Так она еще заставила его несколько месяцев волноваться, пока бегала где-то без следа воспоминаний о своей жизни в незнакомой стране. Как так можно вообще? Вот ей в голову взбрело, что она совсем не тот человек, которым была (в итоге, оказа Персонажи меня, мягко говоря, здесь не порадовали. Поступков главной героини я понять не могла вообще, а уж как жестоко она поступила с любящим отцом, который и так чуть с ума ни сошел, когда его дочь попала в авиакатастрофу, в которой погибли все, кроме нее… Так она еще заставила его несколько месяцев волноваться, пока бегала где-то без следа воспоминаний о своей жизни в незнакомой стране. Как так можно вообще? Вот ей в голову взбрело, что она совсем не тот человек, которым была (в итоге, оказалось, что очень даже тот, нормальная жизнь у нее была, я-то думала, она правда была вынуждена быть не той, кем хотела, кто-то ее к чему-то принуждал). Сиобан и Клайв - персонажи поинтереснее. Они необычные, так что про них читать было любопытно.Киран - ни рыба ни мясо. Большую часть книги читатель его просто не понимает.Стефан вообще абсолютно непонятный персонаж, он стал лучшим другом Клементины за 10 минут после того, как она очнулась, и до того, как она сбежала. Все медбратья так ведут себя обычно с пациентами?Читаемо, но, мягко говоря, не фонтан. Сюжет и развязка меня абсолютно не впечатлили. Они весьма банальны, предсказуемы и нелепы. Персонажи тоже не ахти.Не то чтобы мне прямо жаль потраченного времени. В целом, читалось легко, на один раз – вполне. Но правдоподобностью в этой книге не то что не пахнет… вообще даже говорить о ней смысла нет.
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  • Daphnee (daphneereads)
    January 1, 1970
    The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane was such a cute contemporary! Might I also mention that it takes place in Ireland? I mean, how can you beat that? Thank you NetGalley for the free ebook copy.
  • belle ☆ミ (mybookcastle)
    January 1, 1970
    actual rating: 4.5 I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I’ll never be able to fathom the feeling of waking up without memory of your past. Not a single bit of my childhood, no memories of my life, no memories of my family. That’s horrifying and extremely unnerving. It's precisely what had happened to Clementine.I really liked Clementine. After surviving a horrible plane crash, she wakes up not remembering anything from the past. She has no recoll actual rating: 4.5 I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I’ll never be able to fathom the feeling of waking up without memory of your past. Not a single bit of my childhood, no memories of my life, no memories of my family. That’s horrifying and extremely unnerving. It's precisely what had happened to Clementine.I really liked Clementine. After surviving a horrible plane crash, she wakes up not remembering anything from the past. She has no recollection of her family, friends and life in Cleveland. It was like she was reborn. Her good and bad memories were wiped out with this plane crash. Not only does she have to come to terms that she might never get her memories back, she have to relearn everything about herself.Kieran is another of my favourite. He’s so sweet and understanding. While we learn about Clementine’s dislikes and likes, we’re also diving into Kieran’s story. He has secrets and serious baggages of his own despite his happy-go-lucky and joking personality.There’s so many wonderful characters in The Upside of Falling Down. I loved every single one of them - except Andy - once you read the book, you’ll know why. Each of them are unique in their own way. Stephen, Clive and Siobhan are amazingly well-developed characters.I rarely pick up stories that focuses specifically on self-discovery but this book has opened my mind to reach out for more books similar to this. After putting the book down, I have a massive urge to visit Ireland but at the same time, I don’t want to take that 1 in 1.2 million chances of a plane crashing.This book is about self-discovery, acceptance, inclusiveness, relearning, stepping out of comfort zones, and defying the odds. I just love it so much. Highly recommend you  The Upside of Falling Down. blog with spoilers can be found here!
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  • Reading Teen
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars This was a fun read and I really enjoyed the bits about Ireland. I had a little trouble with the main character, which you can seen in my updates, but liked it overall.
  • Witchy Richey's Booktastic Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    A positively epic read. I was sucked into these pages and I fell hard for these characters. Clementine is so inspiring. Her journey to move past her tragedy and her great heart will warm your insides. She’s a survivor, dealing with unfathomable circumstances. All of these amazing people will keep you vested and addicted to these pages. I’m a hard core Rebekah fan and this solidifies my love for her work. These words will inspire you and help you feel that even when faced with some of the worst c A positively epic read. I was sucked into these pages and I fell hard for these characters. Clementine is so inspiring. Her journey to move past her tragedy and her great heart will warm your insides. She’s a survivor, dealing with unfathomable circumstances. All of these amazing people will keep you vested and addicted to these pages. I’m a hard core Rebekah fan and this solidifies my love for her work. These words will inspire you and help you feel that even when faced with some of the worst circumstances life can throw our way there is a light on the other side. Running and hiding only helps for so long then life, loss and remembering takes hold and changes who we were meant to be. Clem is a glass half full type of girl and Kieran will shock you. A wonderful ride, a fantastic read with beautiful words and imagery.
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  • MichellemyBelle
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC provided by Skyscape and Two Lions publishers in exchange for an honest review.***Clementine Hass is the sole survivor of a plane crash which has left her with amnesia. Waking up in a hospital she has no idea who she is, or where she is from. This is the perfect depiction of finding out who you are without the distracting influences of your past. Clementine isn't entirely sure her lost memories are relevant or useful and embarks on a reinvention of sorts to discover who this striped down ***ARC provided by Skyscape and Two Lions publishers in exchange for an honest review.***Clementine Hass is the sole survivor of a plane crash which has left her with amnesia. Waking up in a hospital she has no idea who she is, or where she is from. This is the perfect depiction of finding out who you are without the distracting influences of your past. Clementine isn't entirely sure her lost memories are relevant or useful and embarks on a reinvention of sorts to discover who this striped down and vulnerable Clementine truly is. Perhaps she will find her memories in the process, and like who she is.Along the way she collects a handful of friends who she warms to instantly. There are many special moments with her new acquaintances. Unfortunately the diversity of a couple of these characters seemed a bit disingenuous, forced even. Their interactions however, are well written.I immediately doubted the believability factor of Clementine breaking out of a hospital after such a tragic event. Her recovery seemed too easy, her amnesia too romanticized. In the end I loved the direction the story took with an unexpected sliver of mystery. I was curious the entire read on how everything would connect. Whilst throughout the read I felt what the author wanted us to accept was a bit of a stretch, the ending redeemed my lingering skepticism, slightly. This is a cute YA read, that takes takes the reader to delightful Ireland where it cast the background on tragic event and turns it into a tale of self discovery, and love.
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  • Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5 StarsThe Upside of Falling Down was an absolutely adorable, light-hearted read. It was a quick read as well, I found myself engrossed in Clementine's journey to find herself. This is a books that should definitely be adapted into a movie, it has the perfect rom-com storyline.After Clementine survives a plane crash, she wakes up in the hospital with absolutely no idea who she is. Afraid of who she'll be once her memories start to return, Clementine decides to escape the hospital. Enli Rating: 3.5 StarsThe Upside of Falling Down was an absolutely adorable, light-hearted read. It was a quick read as well, I found myself engrossed in Clementine's journey to find herself. This is a books that should definitely be adapted into a movie, it has the perfect rom-com storyline.After Clementine survives a plane crash, she wakes up in the hospital with absolutely no idea who she is. Afraid of who she'll be once her memories start to return, Clementine decides to escape the hospital. Enlisting the help of Kieran, a complete stranger, she assumes a new life as "Jane" in order to find herself. Shenanigans ensue, mistakes are made, and life may never be the same for any of them.While some of Clementine/Jane's actions were a bit incomprehensible to me, I did enjoy watching her find herself. I think my favorite part of the novel was the secondary characters. Von, Clive, and Kieran were all wonderfully developed, complex people. I liked that none of them fit into neat little boxes. Von and Clive were larger than life in the best possible way. I wasn't a huge fan of the romance with Keiran at first but I ultimately came to love him and Clementine together.The pacing of the book was excellent up until the ending. However, Crane somehow managed to tie up all the loose ends in the perfect way in the last few pages. I wish that the timeframe had been longer than two weeks. Even though I enjoyed the story, the fact that the entire story took place in around two weeks required a bit too much suspension of disbelief.The Upside of Falling Down was a satisfying, delightful read. I would recommend this one to YA fans who are looking for a good rom-com with excellent characters.*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 5/5 STARSI was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is my second 5/5 star read of 2018. It was so well written, it made me cry for so long during the last couple of hundred pages. The Upside of Falling Down taught me that life was beautiful no matter the circumstances. Your family and friends that surround you and their relationship they have with you are strong and unbreakable. They are they there to support you, lift you, and be there when you think MY RATING: 5/5 STARSI was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This book is my second 5/5 star read of 2018. It was so well written, it made me cry for so long during the last couple of hundred pages. The Upside of Falling Down taught me that life was beautiful no matter the circumstances. Your family and friends that surround you and their relationship they have with you are strong and unbreakable. They are they there to support you, lift you, and be there when you think you're at your lowest. When I picked up a copy of The Upside of Falling Down, I expected a light Young Adult read about a girl who lost her memories after surviving a plane crash. I knew I was wrong by page ten when I realized from the tone of the writing that this book would be a much more deeper read than your average Young Adult. It tells the story of Clementine or Jane, a girl who miraculously survived a plane crash that killed everyone except for her. She loses her memory and can't face to leave the Ireland, and return home to her hometown in America and pretend to be someone she doesn't even remember. It sounds ridiculous and it is, but she dares a boy she just met to help her escape. Clementine lies about her identity, changes her name to Jane, and decides to hideaway in Waterwille, Ireland until her memory resurfaces. And if it doesn't? She's just going to have to create a new life for herself. Jane was a contradiction. While she was strong and didn't need anyone to protect her, she was also fragile a lot of the times because of post-traumatic stress. She fretted over not knowing who she really was and felt a deep feeling of loss for not remembering the crucial bits to her life. It felt like she was constantly grasping at straws. Jane would remember bits and pieces but never understanding the full picture. I felt sympathetic to her because I really wanted her to stop feeling so downtrodden by the accident but also knew that this was normal for survivors of traumatic accidents. While the story progressed, it was emotionally draining. I felt everything Jane felt in my core and worried that the story would not advance any further than reading about her suffering. Jane and the mysterious boy, Kieran, seem to be avoiding each other in the beginning of the book but as the story moved along, we saw the shy development of friendship that turned into love. It was beautiful to watch Jane grow comfortable in her new surroundings even though it meant that Jane had to deal with the evil witch, Kieran calls her twin sister. However, it was delightful to watch how Jane managed to crack his sister's tough image in the end. The story was simply breathtaking. The plot twists and turns and the dramatic moments that all came rushing back made me sit on the edge of my seat, anticipating for the next page. It made me cry and sob in the most wonderful ways a book could ever do to you. MY RECOMMENDATION: Go on Amazon, and purchase the book, and savor every page.
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  • Jane
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know, this book just fell flat for me. When I saw this at Netgalley, I thought it will be a quick and fun (maybe cute?) read but I really struggled continuing with this. I just can't connect with Clementine and Kieran, or any character for that matter. The story started out great but ended absurdly.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    This was very underwhelming. Skimmed a lot. Disliked the main character. It was not for me. Full review to follow
  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    I actually really liked this book, it was different and an incredible story.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI loved where this book took place. It has been a wish of mine for some time to visit Ireland. This story was emotional as "Jane" was on a path to discover herself. It had a mild twist to the romance. Altogether it made for a good read.
  • Jennifer Lanak
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!Clementine is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Ireland. She has amnesia and can't stand the idea of going back to a life she doesn't remember, so she runs away from the hospital with the help of Keiran, who she met in the hospital courtyard. Keiran reluctantly agrees to take "Jane" (the name Clementine creates) to his summer cottage in a small seaside town - the perfect place for Jane to hide from the media and her dad who are looking for her. Jane hopes that her memories will com 4.5 stars!Clementine is the sole survivor of a plane crash in Ireland. She has amnesia and can't stand the idea of going back to a life she doesn't remember, so she runs away from the hospital with the help of Keiran, who she met in the hospital courtyard. Keiran reluctantly agrees to take "Jane" (the name Clementine creates) to his summer cottage in a small seaside town - the perfect place for Jane to hide from the media and her dad who are looking for her. Jane hopes that her memories will come back and she can stop lying to Kieran, but things don't quite work out according to her schedule. (view spoiler)[ About a month after her escape, the media catches up with her and she is forced to fess up to Keiran and confront her father. More truths are revealed than just her real name, and the budding romance between Jane and Kieran is in jeopardy. (hide spoiler)]I really enjoyed this book. It is an adorable vanilla romance. I was wary of the amnesia angle, but it turned out much better than I anticipated and wasn't as predictable as I thought it would be. I loved all the characters, even Kieran's prickly sister.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    ** I received a free eARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**I loved the premise of this book. Lone survivor in a plane crash. Amnesia in a foreign country. Re-discovering who you are while in Ireland. Cute love interest. I read this book in 2 sittings because I just could put it down. I loved all the characters, but Clive was my favorite! I just really wish it was a TAD bit longer so that things didn’t have to get tied up so quickly at the end.
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  • Sanah Shabbir
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book and it was the emotional, fun read that I needed after a very stressful week of exams. The writing was like reading poetry that melted my heart and I loved all the characters so much. Clive, Stephen, Siobhan, Kieran, and Clementine were so well developed and the overall message of the story was memorable. Why worry about the past when you can try and live in the present? This was a satisfying novel that I flew through and felt all the emotions with.
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  • Aimee Ferguson
    January 1, 1970
    Digital ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book got me in with the promise of Ireland and an amnesic plane crash survivor. The fact that this amnesic then hightails it out of the hospital instead of facing her forgotten life and the media flurry surrounding a lone plane crash survivor only makes it even more appealing. It's a pretty solid premise. I think that premise remained strong throughout the book. I mean that it was a solid plot driver, and though I didn't unde Digital ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book got me in with the promise of Ireland and an amnesic plane crash survivor. The fact that this amnesic then hightails it out of the hospital instead of facing her forgotten life and the media flurry surrounding a lone plane crash survivor only makes it even more appealing. It's a pretty solid premise. I think that premise remained strong throughout the book. I mean that it was a solid plot driver, and though I didn't understand all of her decisions (like, for example, trusting complete strangers to take her in) they made sense given her situation (everyone is a stranger when you have no memories). The nature of forgetting everything meant that the mystery surrounding Clementine and how she'd ended up on the other side of the world made for a compelling read. I think my favourite part (aside from Kieran) was the little glimpses of her memories coming back. I really enjoyed advice given to her earlier in the book -- to find herself through writing down what she did and didn't like. But what I liked most was the moments in which it would come back so completely, prompted by whatever she happened to be doing. Like when random quotes about Cleveland came out of her mouth, or she found her talent for baking. Kieran was a sweetheart, and I really liked his character. I'm a little (a lot) fond of Irish boys, in their every form, and he was no exception. I loved his selfless nature, and the fear that he will end up more like his father prompting him to be everything his father is not. I liked that he genuinely cared for other characters. Too often, you're told to believe characterisations ("he's super nice") without any evidence in the text, so it was a nice thing to see, especially in a male lead. Unfortunately, a few things got in the way of me enjoying the sweetness of this read. While I did like Clementine, and absolutely do think that she should get a pass for at least some things, given her situation, there were a few things that bugged me. Perhaps it's my own personality/values clouding my views, but it was hard to connect with her when she overstepped the bounds either set by other characters, or common decency. I mean I know a few people, like Siohban, needing a bit of reaching out to to get to know, but there's a line. (view spoiler)[Going through people's stuff, especially when they're opening your home to you, is a pretty big no no. Like I understand the curiosity but things like her examining other people's photos, or helping herself to Siohban's hair dye just made me cringe so much (hide spoiler)]There was also the issue of money. (view spoiler)[Like I get that Kieran is rich, and he's wanting to look out for her, and she very much appreciate its... but then she's out buying accessories. I'm sure Kieran would want her to have new clothes, and that he wouldn't mind a pounds here and there but... Especially given that she kept trying to reach out to Siohban like 'help me buy a new outfit... with your brother's money!' I really didn't blame Siohban for her annoyance. (hide spoiler)] I really appreciated that this was later sort of addressed, but her attitude to money and the issues around it made it harder to relate to her, and honestly I sympathised more with the characters that reacted badly to her than to Clementine herself. I guess the biggest problem is that my favourite part of the book, a 'twist' of sorts came very late into the book. It answered a lot of questions I'd had, and tied up what would have been loose threads in the story really really well. But it was late enough that it may have come too late for some readers? I'm not sure if that's a fair assessment, 'cause while I liked being surprised, I half wished I'd known from the start, so that the seemingly random plot events had felt real. I guess it would have benefitted from some other POV, to clue the reader in, in my opinion? I'm sure that this is more a personal taste thing than any comment on the story itself. Also I must say I've been reading lots of big arching fantasy plots recently, so perhaps it's just a genre difference...Overall, it was an enjoyable read. I picked this book up because I thought I'd try it once Netgalley said I'd been approved... And then, well, I was 130 pages in and there's no point stopping once you've crossed the halfway point c; So that's got to say a lot about the kinda read it is. Would recommend for someone looking for a light romance with a wicked premise.
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