Monday, August 11, 2014

Review of a Sneak Peek: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Sneak Peek) by Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss (Book #3)
Publisher: Dutton/Penguin Young Readers Group
Release Date: 14 August 2014
Tagged under: sneak peek, review copy, to be released, to be read,
Buy at: Amazon

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.  
Featuring cameos from fan-favourites Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love - set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris and Barcelona - is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins' beloved series.

Thoughts [Spoiler-Free]

I was so excited to get the opportunity to read the sneak peek of Isla and the Happily Ever After, more so than I had expected when I requested this on NetGalley. Anna and the French Kiss was so adorable (I gave it a 4.5/5 in my review) and I really enjoyed Lola and the Boy Next Door. So I knew I was in for a good time when I picked up this preview. But when I started reading, all the excitement and anticipation that I had for this upcoming release just bubbled over and I simply cannot wait for the actual book to be released!

Isla and the Happily Ever After follows a similar vein to the first two books in this series. For as long as Isla has been attending the School of America in Paris, she has had a crush on Josh. But their paths just never seem to meet. (Plus, even if they did meet, Isla would be too tongue-tied to say anything to Josh) Could their senior year be the start of something new?

I flew through the five chapters that were provided in this sneak peek and I immediately wanted more. The characters are wonderfully three-dimensional and flawed. I fell in love with them instantly. Isla is wonderfully cute. Josh is adorably shy. Yet even from the first few chapters, you get the sense that there are undertones to each of the characters (including secondary characters that I will not mention here) that this is not going to be a picture perfect romance. There is bound to be plenty of changes and tensions and dramas throughout the book and like I said with Anna and the French Kiss - that is what makes the books all the more real and relatable.

I can't wait for the book to be released in a couple of days. This is bound to be a wonderful conclusion to this series!

Disclaimer: a complimentary preview is provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The views expressed above are entirely my own and are in, no way, affected by the source of this book.

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