Monday 5 March 2012

Blog Tour: Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie - review & playlist!

Product details:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Release date: March 1st 2012
Paperback, 247 pages.
Rating: 3½ out of  5
Ages: 12+
Source: Received from publisher for review.

When River auditions for a part in an interschool performance of Romeo and Juliet, she finds herself smitten by Flynn, the boy playing Romeo. But Flynn comes from a damaged family—is he even capable of giving River what she wants? The path of true love never did run smooth . . .

This is real life, not a rehearsal...

A fast-paced contemporary romance, Falling Fast, the first in a new four book series from Sophie McKenzie introduces us to River, a girl who believes in real, romantic, all consuming love. While the other girls in her school seem to be content with random hookups or boring relationships that are going nowhere, River knows that’s not for her. She wants her love to be special – of romance, of poetry, of whispered sweet nothings.  She’s holding out for the one.

Flynn lives in the real world. Sure, he might be playing the part of Romeo in a school production of Romeo and Juliet, but he knows life is no bed of roses. It’s not all about the romance, it’s about the tragedy. When River and her friends go to audition for the play, her eyes meet his, and that’s it for her. She can’t get him out of her head. But does Flynn feel the same way about her? Does he even believe in love, or does he just have a one track mind like all the other guys? River is about to learn that the course of true love never did run smooth as her and Flynn’s two very different worlds collide and sparks fly as she falls head over heels in love for the very first time.

As a fan of Sophie McKenzie’s Missing series, I’m always excited to hear of her new releases. I love McKenzie’s engagingly witty style and I also find her characters so well constructed and relatable. She also writes great book boys. Teenage girls are going to love Flynn – he’s all intense, brooding and seriously sexy.  It’s no surprise that River falls head over heels for him pretty much as soon as she sees him. But Flynn’s had a much different upbringing than River. As a character she’s sweet and innocent, while Flynn’s had to grow up fast. His background isn’t the stuff of dreams, and the truth about Flynn adds a gritty edge to this slice of contemporary romance.

A book about falling in love for the first time and the equal amounts of joy and heartbreak that can bring, Falling Fast is an enjoyable read that fans of contemporary fiction will love.  I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with River and Flynn when the next book in this series Burning Bright releases in 2013.

Sophie McKenzie's Falling Fast Playlist: 

Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
The Only Exception - Paramore
Nothin' On You - B.o.B
It Must Be Love - Madness
If You're Not the One - Daniel Bedingfield
Atlas Hands - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
Friday I'm in Love - The Cure
Girl Like You - Edwyn Collins
I Need - Maverick Sabre

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  1. Heather@The Flyleaf Review5 March 2012 at 14:46

    This is the first time I have heard of Sophie McKenzie, but if you say it's got a great book boy in it (and that she writes great book boys in general), then I better check it out:) I like the pretty little falling leaves on the cover too!

  2. Oooooo how much do I love the sound of this book! I really like the sound of Flynn, I enjoy characters who are brooding, I fall for it every time:) This author is new to me too, I'll be adding some of her books to my list. Thanks Leanna!

  3. oooh I hadn't heard of this one at all but it sounds wonderful. I love this type of books they remind me so much of how naive I was in high school about love, and Flynn sounds like a character I would love. Great review, will definitely be adding it to my list!! =)

  4. daisychainbooks5 March 2012 at 18:10

     I recommend you start with Girl, Missing - it's my favourite book of hers and has a really cute romance that reminded me of Jay & Vi from TBF! :)

  5. daisychainbooks5 March 2012 at 18:15

     This guy is all tall, dark, handsome and brooding - he's got a bad boy thing going on. The guy in the MIssing series is just adorable! They're both very different, but both great book boys! :)

  6. daisychainbooks5 March 2012 at 18:18

     I think you'll like this one then - it's all about first love and all that yearning and heartache that comes with it!

  7. As a teenage girl, I definitely think I'm going to fall in love with the intense, brooding, and seriously sexy Flynn! <3 x) LOL I don't know what it is, but I've always loved books where there's some sort of school production in it and this one sounds so sweet! Both River and Flynn seem like perfect contrasting characters! :)

    Amazing review, Leanna! And I love the cover too! ;)

  8. I'm really interested in this one, it's so different from what she usually writes! Think I will definitely be checking it out. I was like River in high school too so it''ll be kinda cool to see that aspect of it.

    The Cait Files

  9. This sounds so good, I'm definitely adding it to my list. I can't get enough Romeo and Juliet stories :)

    Love the playlist too.

  10. Heather@The Flyleaf Review9 March 2012 at 02:37

    yes! brooding is always good:)

  11. I only recently heard of this one and luckily found it on RISI. Really looking forward to it now.


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