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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Upside Down (Off the Map, #1)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455585718
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: New Adult
Series: Off the Map
 Buy this Book: Amazon, Kobo, Nook,Google Play

Summary:

If You Never Get Lost, You'll Never Be Found

Natalia 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.

My Review:

Intro: So the finger I thought was merely sprained was kinda sorta broken. I thought it would hurt more but maybe my pain tolerance is better than I thought it was. Hence the lateness of this review. It takes me forever to type. You never realize how much your ring finger means until you try to type without it.

Characters:

Heroine: Talia- Talia was quite the interesting heroine. She had a tragic past—as you grow to expect with NA—but she had a strength to her that I really liked. It was also really easy to identify with her. She did, however, read a bit young to me. Not in a bad way but if the author didn't tell us her age, I would have thought she was much younger.

Hero: Bran-I really loved him. He was a bit more complex than Talia and a bit harder to figure out and, I think, that is why I loved him so much. He’s the type of broody hero that actually reads pretty authentically to me. And I definitely love my broody heroes.

Chemistry: This is one of those rare times where I completely bought into the chemistry of these characters immediately. Especially since the way they met was so completely awesome. Talia and Bran had so much they had to work through together and individually so their progression together was quite interesting.

Chemistry Rating:

Conclusion: I really enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent and both Talia and Bran were written excellently. I also love the setting. Australia is one of my favorite places but I've never read a book set there before. 
Overall Rating

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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