Welcome to the blog tour for This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills! I loved this book, and I highly recommend you give it a chance. Read my review below, and let me convince you!
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.
What I Liked:
This book was everything I wanted, everything I expected, and then some. I thought I loved First & Then? I adored this novel. The two books are not related (both are standalones, completely different), but they are both amazing. Emma Mills writes such great contemporary novels - and you all know me, I struggle with YA contemporary most of the time. But this book... it was lovely.
Sloane and her family have moved from New York to Florida (for reasons you'll find out in the book). At her new school, Sloane makes friends with Vera, who has thousands of followers on a ton of different social media. As a friend of Vera's, she joins Vera's friend group, which includes Remy, Aubrey, Bree, and Gabe (Vera's twin). Sloane and Vera are good friends; one day, Gabe realizes that one of his mother's paintings are gone... and Sloane decides that she is going to find out who bought, and get it back for the twins. Finding the painting, navigating social circles, and learning about her new friends open Sloane up to new experiences, some of which Sloane never realized she needed.
Sloane has a corny sense of humor, slightly sarcastic and totally honest, but in a corny and funny way. She didn't have a lot of friends in New York, but here in Florida, she makes friends with a group of people. Sloane is used to being alone without being lonely, but she didn't realize how much she liked having people surrounding her until this group did. Vera is an amazing friend, and Sloane is a great friend to her. Sloane is so caring, despite her thinking that she is a little closed-off.
I liked Sloane a lot - you don't see types like her often, anymore. She's not a quiet kickbutt heroine, but rather, a quiet joke-telling one that likes solitude. I loved seeing her grow in this story. I loved seeing her push and pull with her new relationships.
The cast of characters is so well-written! Vera is a sweet and bubbly girl. Gabe is so serious and quiet, but his humor is similar to Sloane's. Laney (Sloane's nine-year-old sister) is cute and surprisingly not annoying. Sloane's father writes literary romance novels but he's kind of in a slump. Sloane's mom is your typical mom. Vera and Gabe's family is... effed up. Their mom has been dead for several years, and their family is vastly different now. The friend - Remy is such a sweetie. He is the one that helps Sloane track down the Fuller twins' mom's painting. He and Aubrey used to date, but then something happened and they're not together but are still part of the friend group. Bree is Bree, chill as a cucumber.
There are many wonderful relationships in this book. Vera and Sloane's friendship is so great, well-written and authentic. They get along well, they fight, they forgive each other. I also liked seeing Sloane and Remy interact - they are also great as friends. Sloane and her father have an interesting relationship, mostly revolving around her father's romance books.
And then there is Gabe and Sloane. I ship them so much and I adore Gabe. Gabe is serious and quiet and intense, definitely the strong silent brooding type. His mother's death hit him hard, and he wanted to keep her paintings, but his father started to sell them. Gabe isn't "broken", but he has his demons, as does Vera. I love seeing Gabe and Sloane interact. Their romance is soooo slow-burn in development, but totally worth the duration of slow-burn. I love the development, the way the romance buds. It's wonderful!
Overall, this book... it was fantastic. Definitely one that I would reread again and again. It's not just a cute contemporary novel with great romance and authentic teenage characters and plenty of humor. It's not a heavy book but there are issues that play important roles in this book. This kind of contemporary, the "real" yet uplifting type, is what I love.
What I Did Not Like:
I said the same thing about First & Then - I wanted more physical interactions and swoons from Sloane and Gabe! The romance is PERFECTLY developed, but I would have loved to see more kisses and swoons, even if it was like, ten of them, all crammed at the end. I would have been okay with this!
Would I Recommend It:
Even if you're like me and are not a fan of YA contemporary, try this one. It's a sweet novel, with humor and relationships and romance and growth and maturation. I highly recommend it! If you liked First & Then, or Kasie West's contemporary novels, then definitely try this one.
4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars. I can't wait to read more by Mills. With only two books, she has definitely become an auto-read author for me. I don't usually go for YA contemporary, but I am on board with whatever Mills writes!
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This does sound pretty neat. I've got her other book and let it languish on the shelf. I need to read it and then get this one. This gang of friends seem fantastic.ReplyDelete
Great review, Alyssa.
Sophia! Get to it! I loved First & Then... and this one... I can't say I have a favorite, between the two. Both were amazing!Delete
Great review :) It looks really good.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Amy!Delete
I loved First & Then, so I'm eager for this.ReplyDelete
YAY! Enjoy, Lekeisha!Delete
I loved this one too! It was such a great exploration of friendship and romance. I agree that more physical interactions between Sloane and Gabe would have been great. I wasn't as bothered though and I think the author might not be comfortable writing overtly intimate scenes.ReplyDelete
Glad you loved this, Alyssa!
I think it's the author's style, so I'm not really mad about it... but it would have been nice to have that in there. :DDelete
I'm so interested for this one! After hearing so many great things about First and Then, and then hearing great things about this one - it seems like Emma Mills is churning out some awesome novels! Happy you liked this one, Alyssa! :DReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Corralling Books!
She is definitely an auto-read author for me! You're very welcome, Geraldine. ^_^Delete
Great review! This sounds really good, and that cover is soo pretty!!ReplyDelete
I love it too! It has significant meaning in the story, which is amazing. <3Delete
Ah man I really need to check out Emma Mills! Happy to hear you adored this. The relationships sound awesome in this!ReplyDelete
Great review, Alyssa!
Cyn, you would love this one! I am sure of it. ^_^Delete
Haven't read either one of the books, but I do own First & Then. Glad you loved it Alyssa :)ReplyDelete
Liza, definitely bump that one up the TBR! It was amazing. =)Delete
This cover is really pretty. Reminds me so much of Starry Night.ReplyDelete
YES! That is exactly what the pub was going for. :DDelete
I'm yet to read First & Then, but it's been on my TBR for SO long! I think I'll first read that and then pick this one up- both sound really good! Great post, Alyssa- thanks for spotlighting this one!ReplyDelete
Ruzaika @ The Regal Critiques
Both are definitely worth the time! They're unrelated standalones and so, so beautiful. Thank YOU, Ruzaika!Delete
Yay :D Awesome review sweetie. <3 So glad you enjoyed this book so much :) Yay for cute romance. Eee. I'm not sure I really want to read this one, lol, but maybe one day :) So glad you loved both books by this author.ReplyDelete
Aww, Carina! Her books are fabulous. Seriously, the stories are great and the romances are so sweet!Delete