Saturday, December 28, 2013

Double review: Return to Sender and Return to You

Hey loves! Welcome back to the blog! We are still alive and ready to finish 2013 with a bang!

Today we have to reviews for you: Return to Sender and Return to You, parts 2 and 3 of the Letter to Nowhere series by the awesome Julie Cross.

If you haven't read the first book, you should A) Get your copy now and B) read our review as to why here , annddd C) don't read after this if you don't want spoilers

Return To Sender (Letters to Nowhere #2)

If only summer could last forever…

Karen and Jordan might be out in the open with their relationship, but that doesn't make it any easier for them to face events looming in the future. Like Jordan leaving for college halfway across the country. Or Karen's win at a big international gymnastics competition setting the bar high for her future and adding pressure like she's never experienced before. 

But when Nina Jones (aka-US Gymnastics Dictator), makes plans for Karen and teammate Stevie to train at a gymnastics camp for a month—the same camp where Jordan coaches—romantic summer interludes replace their fears of being apart. Both Jordan and Karen know that when fall comes, some very tough decisions will have to be made, but for now, it’s stolen kisses, racing hearts, and whispered words.

Now, Letters to Nowhere is a full lengh novel, imagine my shock when I got to the end of book 2 and saw that it's short! I was like, where's the rest of my book?!

However, it is as emotional and awesome as the first.

Karen is learning to deal with her parents death and learning to be a "normal" teenager with a boyfriend now that she and Jordan are together.

We see Karen grow up in some ways. She's dealing with more presure from competition and at the same time she has another thing to worry about...

Karen and Jordan are heading to camp and there is the ex... But Julie is a master at writing teenage drama without over doing it, so we see some problems, we go back to tears and Jordan is always there to make it better...

Jordan is probably one of my favourite book boyfriends of all time. He has a wild side but he's super caring. He gets Karen in a way not much people do and he is willing to do anything he can to help her.

Plus he's dreamy... And geeky and totally hot... I could go all day about him hehe

We also see a new character... TJ, he's... Something else. Another gimnast with a dark and mysterious past and a not very gentle way of dealing with people he makes an interesting addition to the story while most of our known characters aren't present

I can't tell you how much I liked going back to these characters. I love them. They make laugh and cry and worry. I feel in love with them, I understand their fears and dreams and moving on with their story feels great!

Return To You (Letters To Nowhere #3) by Julie Cross

How many dreams can you chase at once?

Even with bad boy, TJ, disrupting their morning workouts, Karen and Stevie’s daily battles with each other are sure to bring both of them closer to a national title at next month’s championships. It’s the kind of feud that creates winning results. 

Until a fall from the uneven bars shakes Karen’s rock-solid confidence. Not only does she balk every time she so much as attempts a routine, she’s also facing all this without much support from Jordan. After receiving some bad news, Jordan’s reluctance to listen to reason causes Karen so much frustration she begins to avoid him, needing space to deal with her own issues. He needs someone to force him to make the right choice, he needs his dad to intervene and Karen knows this, but is torn between her loyalty to Jordan and her concern for her coach’s son. Even though both paths lead to the same person—Jordan—it feels like she’s choosing between two different people.

And then there’s the growing tension between TJ and Stevie. They’re obviously on the verge of either ripping each other’s heads off or ripping each other’s clothes off. It’s hard for either Jordan or Karen to tell where those two are headed. Tension is building from every possible outlet and there’s bound to be an explosion of some kind in the very near future.

I'm very glad I had both books to read at once... This short stories are kinda well, short and they end so abruptly that I was going to go insane.. Kinda like right now with number 3. 

This one picks up right after #2. 

Jordan is getting si ker while Karen is having some issues with her rutines and none is ready to talk about it.

TJ is being TJ so sometimes he helps... Sometimes not much!

I particulary enjoyed, in a way that made me sad, that Jordan and Karen are having some problems. 

He was always there for her and I guess that was his way of dealing with his own problems but now that Karen wants to help him things aren't so easy.

The connection between them though keeps getting stronger and reading about how their relationship develops is great. 

They are so comfortable with each other in a way and Karen gets so awkward sometimes I just love the whole experience.

Another thing I love is that this stories are told in dual POV so we get to be inside of Jordan's head!!

I really can't wait to see what happens next and more than anything, see what happens with Jordan. Julie said she just got a system for releasing this stories so I'll let you know when the next ones are out and ready! 

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