Author: Christine Riccio
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Summary: “Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?
Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!
Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.
Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.” -From Goodreads
Review: I was hesitant on reading this book at first, because it was YA contemporary, which I don’t pick up much, and I was afraid of it being bad. Though I still had an urge to read it, which was why I was happy when my boyfriend had gifted it to me for Christmas last year.
Right off the bat I just want to say that I enjoyed this book a lot. More than I was expecting to. It was hard putting it down.
The characters were interesting. I do wish that we got more scenes with the side characters as I would have loved to know more about them. I did relate to Shane quite a bit both with traits and the family that she had. I thought her romance with Pilot was cute minus the small cheating that happened. Pilot was a character I did enjoy and thought his pairing with Shane fit every well.
Christine’s writing was really good. I found a lot better than what was in Zenith, which I think quite a bit of people were wondering about if the writing was going to be better in this book. She hooked me in on page one and you could tell that she cared a lot about this book, wanting to be the best it could.
The reason I took a .5 star off my rating is because of the small magical element in this book. I thought it was interesting, but it pulled me out of the book. To keep it spoiler free, I wanted it to go a different way. I thought it was going to go a different way instead of the way that it did. I was disappointed after it happened.
Besides that, I really did enjoy this book. I read it during a time when I was in a bad place at the time of reading this book. After I finished it was when I wanted to do things again, but better this time.
If you enjoy YA contemporaries and/or wanting a book that will give you a push, then I highly suggest reading this book.