28 May 2014

Tour Post: Don't Fall


Today we're taking part in the YA Bound book tour for Rachel Schieffelbein's Rapunzel retelling, Don't Fall. There's also a giveaway for don't forget to enter! Enjoy and as always, let me know what you think by leaving a comment. 


DON'T FALL
by Rachel Schieffelbein




Summary


In this contemporary retelling of Rapunzel, seventeen-year-old Anya leads a secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to public school, doesn't even have a best friend. But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams and would do anything to please her mom.Until one day at the library, the only place Anya is allowed to go alone, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy. Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she's going to have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.



Review


Instead of a tower we have a small house overlooking the forest. Instead of a Princesses we have Anya with her long golden hair and camera happy personality. And instead of a Prince we have an unbelievably adorable English Major called Zander. We also have cupcakes! 

The story itself follows seventeen-year-old Anya, who has spent the last fifteen years of her life constricted by her over protective mother and all her rules. She's not allowed to go to public school, she's not actually allowed to go anywhere but the library and even then she has to text her mum to tell her she got there safely. But the rule that affects her most of all in this story is the fact she's not allowed to date. Which is a big problem once she meets Zander. Zander - who by the way is the cutest damn thing I think I've ever read - is unbelievably romantic and falls hard for Anya. He wants to make her the centre of his world but its these same suffocating rules that constrict Anya that threaten to tear them apart.

The book is told through a dual narrative, with each chapter split in two. I really liked that fact that as a reader we got equal amounts of both Zander and Anya because in a lot of books where the point of view is split it tends to focus on one particular character. Which as I said, wasn't the case with this this book. Don't Fall is a super cute and completely unputdownable.  

I'm not going to lie it was a bit of a slow starter and it wasn't until around 25% that I really got into it but there are a couple of story lines within the book that have your stomach in knots just waiting for the final piece of the puzzle. I didn't like her mother though. I know you were meant to feel something resembling sympathy towards her by the end but I just couldn't. Although, I'm not sure if that's a flaw in the writing or maybe I'm just some kind of emotionless cyborg. 

Okay, this book isn't going to change your life and it's not going to make you question everything you know or anything like that. What it is going to do though it put a smile on your face. It's a short book (so no dragging along half the library with you) that's easy to read and a great story to escape into. It's vivid and well written, with every setting and character easy to picture. And did I mention, cupcakes? 

Overall it was good, a little heavy on the romance maybe, but an enjoyable read non the less. I would recommend this to most YA readers, but I think that it's more suited to a teenage audience. Which I know is technically what YA is, but I also know what a lot of you lovely lot are no longer in your teens - myself included. But as I've said, overall definitely worth adding to your TBR lists. 


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**I received this book as an ARC from YA Bound Book Tours to read & review. This is a 100% honest review.**



About Rachel

Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

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7 comments:

  1. Love dual narrative! I like the sound of this - great review :)

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    1. Thank you lovely :) I'm a little on the fence with them and there are SO many dual narrative's at the moment but this one was done really well! :)

      x

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  2. Don't Fall sounds really interesting! Thanks for sharing with us Emily and great review! I also just found your blog and I really love the rating images and the design! The header looks AWESOME! I'll be coming back to your blog of course.

    I'm also a new Bloglovin and GFC follower. I'd love if you could follow my book blog too :D

    Olivia @ Fictionally Obsessed

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    1. Thank you lovely :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

      ~Mily x

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  3. This sounds like a really cute re-telling! Zander sounds adorable, I just hope the romance doesn't feel rushed. It sounds like he might fall head over heals for her pretty quickly. Great review, I'll be checking this one out for sure :)

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  4. Thanks for being part of the tour, Emily! I'm so glad you enjoyed Don't Fall!! :)

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