So, like I promised, today I'm posting a review of Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.
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Okay, back to the review now:
It all begins with a stupid question:
Are you a Global Vagabond?
No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.
Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.
But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.
Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.
When I started reading this book, I honestly didn't know what to expect.
The first chapter didn't 'click to me', but I continued reading. Boy it was a good decision.
Soon after, I was pulled into the story, flipping through pages to find out what would come next. The story itself was interesting, filled with adventures and messages. I liked the characters, who were full of surprises and emotions. Wanderlove taught me that some choices can be make wrongly, that past is the past, that moving forward is what counts. I found this novel a quick, fun and, on many occasions, addictive novel with which you wish you could stay up to finish it as soon as possible.
Wanderlove was my escape from real world, from Europe to exotic and new world, full of mystery and surprise.
Also, what I loved were the grapichs, the drawings of everyone and everything, all related to the story. They helped me get into the setting and the place, the mood of the scene.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and I give it 5 stars. :)
Basiclly, I think you should keep an eye for this novel and pick it up when it releases on March 13th, 2012.
You can find Kirsten on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3101315.Kirsten_Hubbard
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/kirstenhubbard
Visit her site: http://kirstenhubbard.com/
Read on :)