Title/Author: Masquerading Our Love by Audrey Rich
Series: Stonehaven High #1
Publisher: Rote to Negro
Release Date: October 17, 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Junior year has been tough on Thalía Reynari.
A new high school, trying to fit in with new friends, schoolwork, family commitments. With everything going on in her life, Thalía could use a break, an adventure.
So when Thalía meets Christopher, the most gorgeous guy in town, her life should change for the better, right?
Don’t bet on it.
Thalía’s conservative parents insist she’s too young to date. Plus, Thalía and Christopher find themselves caught in the middle of a simmering feud that’s kept the two families apart for a decade. And no one is sure if young love will be enough to bridge this divide.
As they hide their relationship behind masks they must decide if this new love is worth losing their parents’ approval.
First-time novelist Audrey Rich imbues Masquerading Our Love with the joy and pain of how teens live life today as they wrestle with love, friendship, and faith. Thalía, Christopher, and Rich’s entire cast of characters is so vibrant, so alive, that they’re sure to leap off the page—and into your heart.
Buy this stand alone novel and lose yourself in a clean, wholesome story about young love determined to stay together…no matter what.
I really don’t know why, but I could not get into this book. I tried so hard to enjoy it, but there just wasn’t a way!
Coming in to review books, I always know that I will either love or hate them. Some of them have a bit of hype surrounding them. But, for the most part, it is a new book that has little to no reviews. Audrey’s book currently has very few Goodreads reviews but, she is at a steady 4 star rating! Although I am unable to agree with that rating, I feel like if I forgot about all f the problems I had with this book, I might agree with them.
The biggest problem I had with this story was how fast Thalia and Christopher’s relationship escalated. It was as if one minute they were two unknown strangers and then the next they were kissing. I find that a bit.. wrong in terms of relationships. In my opinion, relationships should slowly escalate. They should star off sweetly, before moving in more deeply. Although Thalia “knew” him beforehand, it was still too fast for my liking.
I also didn’t care for the pace of this novel. It was just too slow. When I read a novel, I am always looking for a fast-paced storyline that keeps me on the tips of my toes. But, this one just wasn’t able to do that for me. I like when certain scenes take place over the course of 1-2 chapters. But within the 70 pages that I ended up reading, it was mostly just 2 scenes. And those scenes lasted a long time.
But, if there was something I really liked about this story, it was the cast of characters! They seemed like they were meant to live through summer. If anyone was my favorite, it was Cynthia!
Overall, I have to give this book 1.5 stars. I wish I were able to give it more, but since I wasn’t able to finish it, I cannot.
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