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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Holding On Blog Tour!

For you Emma Hart fans out there, she just published her new novella Holding On which is a companion novella to Never Forget. 

Review:  I can't really call this a continuation of Never Forget, only because in Holding On we get to see viewpoints from: Jen, Lexy, Jen, and Bing.  So rather than a continuation Holding On was the foundation for the next book in the Memories series mainly revolving around Jen and Bing.  While I was pretty excited to read the book two in the series, Holding On has left me literally salivating for it.  I love, love, love Bing and Jen in Holding On.  Emma Hart is still holding true in creating some kick ace characters and for that I love her.   Hart gives each character an insanely distinct voice, making transitions noticeable and lively.  She brings an insecurity to Lexy and a brashness to Jen, making a nice balance of character traits to each character. 

The plot in Holding On was a nice segue from the calm of Summer experienced in Never Forget at Lilac Bay, to the craziness and uncertainty in the Big City. It was nice to see what Jen and Alec do as the fish out of water.   The relationships between the characters were further explored and strengthened.  Plus getting inside Bing's head was an extra treat, and setting up what is to come for Jen and Bing makes me absolutely NEED the next book. 

I'm usually not one for Novellas, as sometimes I feel like it's just unnecessary for the actual flow of a story, but I'm glad that Emma published this one.  I feel like it's not only a good look into what's going on with Lexy and Alec, but what is to come with Jen and Bing.  My only disappointment with this novella is that it's a novella.  I want more dang it! 

If you haven't picked up book one in the Memories series, do it!  It's a fun read that continues into Holding On. 

Recommended for lovers of: Young love, romance, characters that fight because they secretly love each other, happy endings. 

4/5 Oh Yeah I liked it a lot!

Living in London after spending almost twenty years in a town with a population of three hundred would be hard on anyone – and Alec Johnson is no exception to the rule.
When Alec followed Lexy to London, he knew his life would change drastically. He just didn’t know how much. With Lexy’s friends and admirer to contend with, he has to show there’s more to the country surfer boy than his ability to ride the waves. With his own shameless admirers, he has to keep Lexy’s trust – and despite her love for him, that’s no easy task.

Beneath her tough girl exterior, all Jennifer Mason has ever wanted to do is paint. London’s School of Art can give her that, and she couldn’t be happier she’s finally breaking free from Lilac Bay. What she’s not happy about is having to leave Carl behind – or his reluctance to visit her while she’s studying.
Their relationship is put to the test as living on her own for the first time and university take their toll on Jen. After all, three hundred miles is a long way to be away from your boyfriend when you’re eighteen years old.
And it’s even harder when you can’t keep your eyes off your best friend’s older brother.

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