on Feb. 23, 2015 :
*I received this book for review as part of the blog tour, but this in no way affected my thoughts as expressed in this review*
Can I just start by saying oh my goodness? Is that allowed? Round these parts in the bloggersphere I'm sort of in charge( on ElectivelyPaige.com at least, who gave me that power, I'll never know) so I'm going to say it is.
I say this a lot, but I really truly mean it this time, based on the synopsis I had no idea what to expect. Nada. Zilch. Not a clue. Something compelled me to want to read it though, that fateful day I was browsing Facebook and there was an author looking for some bloggers for her book cover reveal. "Hmm... That's nice." I thought. Cover reveals are such fun. Then I started to scroll past and then *light bulb* it hit me that, hello, I'm a blogger. So, I commented on her status and the rest is pretty much history. After learning a bit more about the book, I knew I absolutely had to read it, no question. So, after that story that y'all probably don't care about I have to say that I am so beyond happy that I did.
I'm going to assume that because the synopsis is vague the fab Christie Cote wants to keep the major plot points hush, hush so I won't go into too much detail but I have to say that based on the few little quotes here and there I was able to see along the way before I read Rain that it is so much more than I thought it was going to be. This book is amazing. Just amazing. The characters are perfect in the way that they are absolutely imperfect which, you know, to me makes them perfect. I think I said perfect enough in that one sentence, don't you? This book instantly became a new favorite for me, and I cannot recommend it enough. Taylor, Kyle and everyone else were just instantly a part of me. I will take the characters in this book with me wherever I go. To me, that's something pretty special when a book just worms its way into your heart and takes root there. So, yes, Rain wasn't what I was expecting. But, what's the fun in reading if it doesn't throw you a few curve balls? From what I understand there are two more books planned and they are most definitely going on my to be read list, and I so hope you add Rain to yours. If you love amazing YA fiction, you will not be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Feb. 22, 2015 :
When I first started this book, I wasn't sure how good or bad it would be. Rain is a first book by Christie Cote so that alone made me a bit weary about reading it. However, as soon as I started the book I was drawn in word by word. Rain is well written and well developed. I absolutely loved Kyle and Taylor. With Taylor's "issue" you think it would cause any guy to run away; one guy did. However, Kyle a complete stranger to Taylor at the time stood by her side when she needed someone the most. I wouldn't say this was an ugly cry book, but it was definitely a teary eyed book. Christie writes in a way that makes it easy to feel the characters emotions and I love that in a book. Cannot wait for the next book. 5+++ stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)