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Off the Ice (Juniper Falls) Paperback – February 28, 2017
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5 stars: "Everyone is in for atreat!Loved." -Roni Loren, author of Crashinto You
5 stars: "[It's] Friday Night Lights but with Hockey. [...] There's drama. There's thelove of the game. And there's romance." -Elizabeth,Goodreads Reviewer
4.5 stars: "Wow,this book had so much depth and heart. [...] This book hastwo characters dealing with some pretty heavy stuff, and I really loved how theauthor took us through that and the reactions and actions all made sense to me.It was just really well done. It made me feel for both of them, and I was intriguedwith how they were dealing with it and how their relationship with each otherwould either benefit or hinder them." -Lenore Kosinski, Celebrity Readers
5 stars: "I just loved everything about this novel. The characters, the setting,the romance, the stakes-it allworked for me.strong>And I honestly am so excited to know that there will be more stories set inJuniper Falls, it seems to me like it's a town worth knowing." -Eva Scalzo, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe
5 stars: "Crossdoes a great job of capturing the sweet, raw emotions of young love andcoming-of-age through natural dialogue and real-to-life character reactions.The secondary characters keep this story moving as well. I'm excited for thenext book in this series." -Dawn Alexander, DawnAlexander.com
4 stars: "The absolute best thingabout this book is that it is book one in the Juniper Falls series and thatmeans there are going to be more books!!! Already I can see so many possibilities forsecondary characters in this book to have a chance to tell their story and Ican't wait." -Madison, Madison's Library
5 stars: "Readers will be drawn into the story and become invested in the character's lives. Definitely recommend!" -Kristen Cambensy, Victim of Books
5 stars: "I really enjoyed this story though it's a departure from the normal books I review and read." -Sharon Moritz, Librarian at Oxnard Public Library
4 stars: "Thereis so much to love about this book. Well-developed characters that jump off thepage - check. Characters that don't act like spoiled twelve-year-olds all thetime - check. Intriguing story - check. Swoony romance - check. Storyline andplot points that aren't overused - check. A good writing style - check." -Hristina Petrov, I'll Be Fine Alone Reads
5 stars: "Love love loved this! Julie has done it again!"-Serenity, Lovely Reads Publishing
5 stars: "Definitelyrecommended for hockey fans that are looking for romance based stories. It's a nice mix and I can'twait to see what Julie Cross has in store for the next installments." -Samantha Myers, Pink Earmuffs
4 stars: "Tatewas such a great amazing book boyfriend. He was sweet, romantic, caring, everythingthat any girl would want." -ChristinaSomerville, Goodreads Reviewer
5 stars: "Grabyour coats and your snow-shoes! This is the best kind of cold!strong> Curl up and enjoy a sweet romance towarm your heart! I love Tate and Claire." -Hadassah Harper, Haddie's Haven
About the Author
Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She's a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She's a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of her reading and writing credibility's, Julie Cross is a committed--but not talented--long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.
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This was the first book that I have read from this author and it was just as good as the hype surrounding her work has indicated. She was able to create realistic, flawed and incredibly likable characters that you root for, as well as the best side characters which were described and were created with just as much care as the two main characters (aka the ex that I was suppose to not like, I was interested in her as her in a person and would love to read a book about her story). If you are looking for a romance filled with angst, so many feels, drama and hockey, then this is the book for you.
The story is dual narrated by Tate and Claire, switching points of view at the chapters. I have said this before, but I absolutely love romances that are told from both character’s point of view. I hate being told only half the story, and this way I know everything and I get the emotions from both people.
It says Claire is a year older than Tate, but she has been away at college for a year (which yes, she left a year early but still) and he is only a junior in high school, so I guess she is two grades ahead? I was really confused at the technical issues of the ages and grades, and I would have preferred them be the same age (to simplify my life), but that is just my hang up, not the books.
Anywho, Claire has so much more life experience I thought it was a little weird she was into this (very attractive) man-child, but the more I read,I realized that Tate has had some bad things happen where he had to mature faster than most boys his age. Claire was a solid character who had to deal with some hard emotional situations, and I liked her, but Tate stole my heart. He was my favorite character; starting from the moment his scrawny self tried to protect Claire during the first chapter.
I would love to read more from this author be it about the other characters in this town, or anything really. This was an engaging read that I cam sure lots of people will love.
I received this title from the author in return for my honest review.
The start of the book starts off with a bit of drama, but is the foundation for the rest of the story. In a town where high school hockey is the sole focus and the main event each week, Tate Tanley finds himself in the shadow of his dad, whom the town loves and adores. Little do they know who he really is – the side that Tate sees. However, there is one other person who knows just how Tate’s dad treats him and that’s Claire O’Connor, the girl whom Tate has had a crush on for a long time. Certain circumstances bring them together unexpectedly, but just for one night. Fast forward a year, and things have changed for both of them, but not for the better – or is it? I guess it all depends on how you look at it.
In a book filled with hardships, discovering who you are outside of the spotlight and perhaps even finding your spotlight once again, Tate and Claire are two characters who find shelter in each other. But it isn’t without its trials and tribulations.
It may be safe for me to say that aside from the unique storyline, the characters are my favorite part of Off the Ice. I find them individually inspiring and developed in a way that makes them work perfectly together on the page. The hardships that they each go through, don’t overshadow one another, which I thought was important. Everything about the story seemed well thought out and strategically pieced together. Of course, the aspect of it having a sports background didn’t hurt! I love a good book that has sports as a focus and hockey isn’t one that I feel is overdone. In fact, I haven’t really seen any other YA/NA books that have hockey in it. But maybe that’s just me!
If you’re looking for an author to get hooked on, then check out Julie Cross. She has yet to write a book that I haven’t been able to put down and at this point…having read many (if not all) of her books, I doubt she ever will. 🙂 She’s earned a spot at the top of my favorite author list and even has her own shelf on my bookcase. (Yay, Julie!)
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This was an okay read, I feel like the story just dragged a bit in the middle. It was really slow at parts but I will say the writing is good and the parts...Read more