Published by Sourcebooks Fire on July 4th 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
"I'm sorry," he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. "It's just-I didn't want you to think of me any differently."
Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn't accept that he was the person looking down at me.
"My real name is Alec."
Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she's had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.
Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.
Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be...
Felicity has her whole life planned. She’s going to a certain school to be a lawyer her whole life is about studying for school. She then meets Alec at a charity event. She doesn’t recognize him as a member of the famous boyband the Heartbreakers. Surprisingly he wants to get to know her better. One day she finds letters from her sister who ran away years ago. Alec comes to the rescue to take her on a road trip to find her sister and find the truth. They get to know each other in ways they couldn’t imagine. It’s a challenge for Felicity to let go of her preconceived notions and let Alec in.
In an Oyster Shell – A sweet romance that has a nice complexity to it.
The Pearls – The book read to me like a modern day fairytale. You have a regular girl who is struggling to make a future for herself. Then you have a successful guy of a boy band. They come together and it’s almost magical. It was a sweet concept and was well-executed.
The characters were distinctive. The supporting characters had a big hand in helping the story along. I loved Felicity’s best friends they added a nice depth to the story. Felicity was a great heroine. She was flawed and therefore very easy to empathize with. Alec was a stoic character a nice compliment to Felicity.
The romance was slow burning but very satisfying. The two characters compliment each other really nicely. I liked that the romance unfolded slowly. It made for slower pacing in the story at first but worked out in the end. It was a perfect romance for a YA. Very appropriate.
The Sand – The pacing was slow at first but well worth pushing through to the end.