Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Series: Off the Map #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Book Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
Publisher: Grand Central/Forever
Source: Netgalley
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.


The beginning of the book was a bit iffy. It started out really slow, and I was quite confused about the main characters past for a few chapters into it. I had no idea what the heck was going on. I wish the book could have started off better. Then the story kind of sped up and I got even more confused, but then the book started to have a nice pace somewhere around the middle. I really loved some of the quotes in the story near the end. They felt so inspirational!

I remember something Bran said when we were hiking in Tasmania, about how people believe they see the same river but the water is always different. I am that river.

Here are beautiful places inside him, where laughter comes easy, where sweet words appear like surprises. But I also know his bitter valleys. The dark caves where he hides his fears, his hurts, and his disillusionments. And he knows mine.

If I never get lost, I'll never be found.

The characters were my favorite part of the book.They were so deep and struggled with a lot of internal conflict. We get to see both sides of the story, which is pretty cool, and something i really enjoyed about this book, and we got to really understand tje characters and what happened to them that made them the way that they are. Depressing bits aside, Talia and Bran were downright hilarious. I enjoyed watching those two so much! Their sarcasm and quick wit were amazingly awesome! And the way that they fell in love was very sweet, but really quick.

I loved how they met and all, but their romance just went way too fast and they fell in love with each other a little too fast for my taste. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and I definitely plan on reading the rest of this series.