August 08, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley!

Title: Upside Down
Author: Lia Riley
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Off the Map #1
Publication: August 5th, 2014 by Grand Central

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.


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About Lia

Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult Romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live in Northern California.

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Upside Down was a nice read. I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the way the author set the scene. It was probably my favorite part of the story!

I think the only thing that kept me from rating Upside Down higher was that I just didn't care for the love interest, so I had a hard time caring if they stayed together. In the beginning I was in his corner, and I actually really liked him, but as the story progressed he said and did things that just made me not care for him. To be completely honest I just didn't think he deserved Talia. Not because of his past, but because of the way he handled the present. I suppose his revelations should have changed that, but for me they didn't.

That said, I did like Talia, and I really felt for her. The author did a good job with Talia's personal struggles without making the story too angsty. I really liked that, because with the content of the story it could have easily gone too far. 

I will not be reading the sequel, but NOT because I'm not interested in what the author has to offer. I will stop here because I was satisfied with that ending, and I don't enjoy serial romances, personally. I liked where this one ended and I'm content in pretending it ends here. However, I will definitely keep an eye out for whatever Lia Riley comes up with next! 

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