Sunday, April 14, 2019

Book Review: Happily and Madly by Alexis Bass

Inside the Book:

Title: Happily and Madly
Author: Alexis Bass
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Ebook/Hardcover


Alexis Bass' Happily and Madly is a mature, twisty, compulsively readable YA suspense novel about a young girl who embraces a fate bound in love and mystery. 

Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:

1. She will fall happily and madly in love.
2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.

The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove with her estranged father and his new family--and the infamous Duvals. Since the youngest member of the Duval family, Edison, is back from college and back in the arms of Maris’s new stepsister, her summer looks to be a long string of lazy days on the Duval's lush beach.

But Edison is hiding something. And the more Maris learns about him, the more she’s given signs that she should stay as far away from him as possible. As wrong as it is, Maris is drawn to him. Around Edison, she feels truly alive and she's not willing to give that up. Even if it means a collision course with destiny.

This is the first book that I have read by Alexis Bass, and while it held my interest until the very end, it did feel slightly rushed at the end, like she was trying to wrap up all the loose ends but only had a limited amount of pages to do it in.

Maris was a character that I liked, but there were aspects that I did struggle with. Even though the relationship between her and Edison (Finn) was engaging, but at what cost? Would she really have pursued it knowing who she would be hurting? I am a believer in love and people being drawn to each other, but I was unsure, given her past, that she would have acted as quickly and erratically as she did.

This book does have a lot of twists and turns, and the other issue I had was with the authorities in the book (won't say more so I don't ruin it) and how Maris was so easily able to infiltrate their world. 

With that said, the book did flow well, with a well written plot and well developed characters. I do think that Sepp might have been my favorite because he did seem the most real to me.

It is a book that I would recommend, and because all readers are different I enjoy reading what others views are as well.

Meet the Author:

Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.

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