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Paradise City Paperback
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Judging Covers: I absolutely love this cover. It perfectly embodies that recaptured youth that C.J. Duggan’s books create, and I couldn’t have picked a better design. Unfortunately, this is no longer the cover you’ll get with the book, as someone had the not-so-bright idea to redesign it so that it now looks like 99% of the other books out there. Instead of portraying the light, youthful feel that Duggan’s series evokes, the new covers feature that generic, shirtless guy that appears all over book retailer sites, ensuring these books blend in with the crowd instead of standing out like they should.
The Verdict: With as much as I loved the unfortunately unfinished Summer series, there was no doubt I’d be reading this one. Truth is I read it as soon as it was released; it just took me forever to get around to reviewing it.
Amanda, the cousin that Lexie was once close to, has practically become a different person since she moved away years ago, and it’s clear that Amanda not only doesn’t want anything to do with her, but actually wants her gone. Amanda’s tougher than that, though, and resolves not to let Amanda’s attitude get in the way of this new opportunity she has.
At school, things are a bit different, and it seems that Lexie has attracted the attention of local bad boy surfer Luke Ballantine. But he’s not all his reputation would have her think he is, and they form a bit of a friendship that soon blooms into deeper feelings. True to their ages, though, these two let all kinds of teenage drama, from simple miscommunication to malicious rumors, get in the way of their relationship, and while it was certainly frustrating, it was also very realistic. Watching Lexie navigate her new life in the city, her new high school experience, and her relationship with Ballantine was like a trip back to a simpler time in all our lives, and I was turning the pages as quickly as I could through every second of it.
My only real problem with the book was the ending. Whereas the Summer series concluded each story fully at the end of each book and still left me wanting more, Paradise City ends on an awful cliffhanger that left me wondering why I’d bothered reading it in the first place. Duggan’s already established herself as a phenomenal writer, so leaving readers hanging in an effort to get us to snatch up the next book upon release seems like a very unnecessary step backwards. Perhaps that wasn’t really her impetus for the disappointing ending, but it had the same effect on me. I’m sure I’ll be continuing with the next book, but only after I check to make sure I’ll get an actual ending in it.
This book was in Lexie's POV. It had all the teenage frustration, curiosity, and angst that you would expect. I really enjoyed this book!
I adore C.J. Duggan's books. She knows what readers want and bring to live amazing characters while making us desire to be on the dreamy place she writes about. Paradise City was no exception. It has everything a book written by her always has: sexy boys, a place where everyone would like to live or spend the summer, romance and a moving story.
Paradise City, as other books written by C.J., is what I consider a perfect summer read. The story starts with country girl Lexie. She's dying to be out of her town and what a better place to go than the dreamy city her cousin moved to a couple of years ago. However, not everything in Paradise City is what you would call a dreamy place. Her cousin has changed and seems to hate her, making new friends is more difficult than she expected and the one boy in Paradise City that has trouble written all over him is the only one Lexie can't stop thinking about.
All the characters in this book felt as real as the story. They are moody, funny, rebellious and not thinking clearly when the other sex is around. For example, Amanda. She starts the story as a bitch. She hates her sweet cousin for no apparent reason and behaves like a real witch. However, she ends up being friends with her cousin and confiding in her. Or Lexie, she's the responsible and intelligent one in the story, who always cares about her grades, but when it comes to Luke Ballantine every rational thought she has seems to evaporate and she ends up in some kind of trouble. This is what a teenage romance or a teenage story should be like: with its ups and downs, always keeping the reader invested in the story and enjoying the characters.
Lexie, as you might have guessed by now, is the main character in this new series. She's a sweetheart and you instantly like hear and are dying to see what's she going to do next or what's going to happen to her. You read her point of view the whole story and it's just a shame in some scenes to not truly know what's really happening in Luke's head. However, I think that's one of the aspects the author played with, since some actions catch the reader not expecting what is going to happen next or you start to double think everything, not sure that the intentions in some characters are real.
With a cliffhanger at the end of the story that will leave you breathless and trying to bribe anyone to give you the second book in the story or just repeat Lexie's words in that chapter "Oh no no no no.", Paradise City would captivate you until the very last page. You will want to be in Paradise City, be one of the characters and wish you were seeing hot surfer boys while reading it. I had all my faith in C.J. Duggan's new story and it didn't disappointed me, making me rate Paradise City as the perfect read for this upcoming summer.
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I'm a big fan of Duggan's Summer series so I jumped at the chance to read a new series from her.Read more