Thursday, July 29

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles




Summary:
Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did-and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past-and a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise-and Maggie-forever.



When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie let Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?


My Thoughts: I know I'm going to have a hard time writing this review. I just finished Leaving Paradise a few days ago and I had the chance to read Return To Paradise. Return to Paradise finishes up the storyline where Leaving Paradise stopped. We are reunited with Maggie and Caleb and I fell just in love with Caleb all over again. There is just something about him that truly amazes me. He acts tough on the outside but Caleb is truly Maggie's soulmate! It's been 7 months since they last saw each other. A lot has changed in those 7 months. Maggie is a stronger person. She is friends with Caleb's sister again. Caleb has been busted for living in a drug house. He hasn't touched the stuff but he had to have a roof over his head somehow. But fate brings them together once again. Caleb and Maggie are once again in a situation where they have to be around each other. This time it is for the RE-Start Program. It is basically a program where teens who have been in car accidents go around and talk to other teens in juvenile detention facilities, etc. I also really liked all the side characters such as Lenny and Matt. They helped the storyline a lot. I enjoyed reading more about Maggie and Caleb and I liked seeing where the relationship went. I loved the scene where Maggie and Caleb were in bunks across from each other. This book is also told in both perspectives again, which I really liked. All the feelings Caleb and Maggie have been holding inside start to come to the surface and things finally start to be out in the open. This was a delight to read!

Overall: I loved this book! I might have even liked it more than Leaving Paradise. I've heard a few other people didn't enjoy this book. I guess it all has to do with tastes, if you like the different points of views and if you liked the writing or not which I really did. I loved Return To Paradise!

Cover: Love it. Isn't is so amazing? I love everything about it! I love how they are about to kiss, I love the girl and guy, I love the colors. Its stunning!

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13 comments:

Kath Strossner said...

I really would like reading this book....
I love Leaving Paradise, and I'm waiting for this one!!!!
And by your review, i want read it right now....
you're so lucky!!!

kisses

Sabrina @ about happy books said...

Sounds great. Now I'm even more excited to read the books.

I'm plan to read Leaving Paradise and Return to Paradise back to back. That way the end of the first book won't shock me too much.

Kellie (secondstarbooks) said...

Now I'll have to check out Leaving Paradise!

Jan von Harz said...

Have not read these books but based your review I think I need to do so soon. Thanks

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Must not read this - I CAN NOT WAIT for this book to come out, Leaving was my FAV book by Simone...I cant wait to find out what happens next! :D

Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

I loved, loved, loved Leaving Paradise and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Faye said...

So glad that you enjoyed it! i can't wait to read this one. I wonder what going to happen w/ Maggie and Caleb!!!

Melina said...

What a nice review. You sure liked that cover.

Leilani @Leilani Loves Books said...

Cant wait to get my copy!!!

estereta said...

I loved Leaving Paradise and I really want to read this one. Great review!

Trini said...

Im so jealous you read this book already..aaahh. I love Simone and I will read anything she writes. I can't wait to read this one. Great review!!

Trini

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This book is on my wishlist. Thanks for the great review!

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