Title: The Circle #1
Publication Date : January 21st 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
My Rating : 4/5 stars (B+)
He was created for only one person. She was never supposed to be the One.
It is 1988, Clear Lake, Texas. Lilly Garcia is not looking forward to her senior year of high school. She is a shy, studious, band geek with a non-existent social life, who lives out her romantic fantasies through the fictional characters of her books. But all that changes when she issues a spur of the moment invitation to a strange, new student.
Charlie isn't happy about returning to Earth and he resents having to attend high school to blend in. His father has been recruited for another mission to spy on the Earthans and make sure they have no idea of the existence of the Sentrian civilization. The Sentrian leaders are not only paranoid and disdainful of the Earthans, but also controlling and suspicious of their own people. Almost every aspect of a Sentrian's life is under the supervision of the State. Their religious beliefs are the one exception. Sentrians do not have free will, and all the people believe in the existence of God. Their belief that God chooses your soul mate is their most sacred law. While on Sentria, Charlie never found his chosen, and when he develops an attraction to an Earthan, he is torn. Should he ignore his feelings for Lilly, feelings he knows are wrong, or should he pursue a doomed relationship with the only person who has ever mattered to him?
This is a book that makes you have a smile plastered on your face most of the times.
The plot is amazing the characters are one of those you want to befriend in real life, except for the bad guys. You want to punch those :D
Although I did not like the writing, which was telling, not showing the story, I still gave it 4 stars / 5. Why?
Well , when you have a bland steak ( the writing style) and a juicy sauce ( the plot) , the taste will still be awesome.
It is also a book that revolves around people who love books , so i ended with some really interesting book recommendations. Thanks to Charlie and Liliana , who are the cutest thing ever!
I think is one of those books that is good for anyone who wants to start reading, I could not put the book down and I can barely wait for the next book !
We finally get some description starting from the second half of the book , and honestly the author has built such a beautiful world, which I hope we will be able to read more about in the following books.
Release Date: 08/26/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Skylar Fletcher is a proud Harris Academy Bulldog! She has everything sheâs ever wanted: a perfect boyfriend, great friends, and her dream college waiting for her in the fall. But nothing lasts forever. Skylar's world shatters when her mom decides it is time to move and drags Skylar, kicking and screaming, into Bobcat territory.
At Delmont High School, home of the Bobcats, Skylar has no friends and is often bullied. To make matters worse, her home life sucks thanks to all-star quarterback Caleb Morgan, nephew of her mom's live-in boyfriend.
At first Skylar and Caleb want nothing to do with one another. But they soon discover they're not that different after all--and each is harboring a secret attraction to the other. But can a Bulldog and a Bobcat ever really be more than friends? And are Skylar and Caleb willing to risk everything to find out? Rival Love is a debut young adult contemporary romance from Natalie Decker.
About the Author
Natalie Decker is the Author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasnât her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. Sheâs a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If sheâs not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then sheâs off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!