I'm so excited about this book everyone! I really didn't know what to expect going into it because it's really different from what Alyssa Rose Ivy has written before, and me being the ultimate A.R.I. groupie have read everything. I predict super big things to come with this books release and let me tell you why without giving anything away spoiler-wise or story-wise ;).
This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.
Review: So for those of you who don't know me, I'm in my last quarter of college and reading this book put me through all sorts of nostalgia. Juliet is the main character of Hazards and I instantly loved her. I liked her even though I didn't like some of the choices she made, but honestly I got why she made those choices. It's all college man! College is this land where people go and they realize I need to try all sorts of ridiculousness to make up for the fact that I won't be able to do stupid stuff intentionally later on down the road.
I think one of the great talents that A.R.I. has as an author is to give us great characters. I really liked who I was supposed to like, and really loathed who I wasn't supposed to like. This is something that Alyssa has just mastered, she can give us great and rounded characters who just jump off the pages of the book. Whenever I start a new book of hers it's like I'm being sucked into a vortex and then BAM, I'm actually in the story.
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping is definitely a departure for Alyssa Rose Ivy. I really am so excited to have been following her for so long, because each subsequent book she has put out has been better, and better, and I think Hazards is one of her best. It will definitely fit in the NA genre that has been exploding with new authors lately, and the best part? It's definitely not following any of the same story lines I have seen repeated over and over in NA lit. Hazards is in it's own category.
Oh and watch out. There's a mother of all twists in this book. Guys. YOU. WON'T. SEE. IT. COMING. This warning won't even prepare you, even though it's trying to. My mouth dropped open when I got to it. Literally. Completely out of left field and smack you upside the head.
To sum up my ecstatic feelings about this book, you guys need to check it out when it's released. It's amazing. Alyssa Rose Ivy has created something so awesome with The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, and one thing that always rings true in any book you pick by her, you ultimately always connect with what the main characters are learning throughout her books.
Recommended for: Lover's of: NA Lit, strong heroines, ballsy heroines, swoon worthy guys, love triangles that aren't love triangles at all, and great stories where you don't see the twist coming.
Oh Yeah, The Hazards of Skinny Dipping releases on May 21st. :D