Monday, August 30, 2010

Return To Paradise by Simone Elkeles

Return To Paradise by Simone Elkeles (ARC)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Flux
Versions: paperback
Received from: Star Book Tours

Summary (from goodreads):
Maggie and Caleb just went through the worst year of their lives. Hit by a car and starting life over with a limp, Maggie never thought she would forgive Caleb. But she did-and fell in love. What they shared was real. But Caleb wanted to be free from the past-a terrible secret: he wasn't the one who hit Maggie. So he left Paradise-and Maggie-forever.

When Maggie and Caleb run into each other in a different town, they can't deny their true feelings. Will Maggie leg Caleb get away again? Or will Caleb face the truth and return to Paradise?

For those of you who have read the first book in this series (titled Leaving Paradise) then you were probably mad about the ending which contained a huge cliff hanger. But in the sequel, Return to Paradise, Simone Elkeles clears up everything and more. It starts off with Caleb getting in trouble again for staying with drug dealers, and he either has to go to jail or join a group that goes around trying to persuade people not to drink and drive. But what's more surprising is that Maggie happens to be in the same group, and they reunite after not seeing each other for eight whole months. The whole time they fight their attraction for each other, but will it be enough to bring Caleb back to Paradise?

I really enjoyed this book, and devoured it in one sitting. I loved every minute when Caleb and Maggie were in the same scene, whether they were fighting, kissing, talking or touching. All of those scenes melted my heart and I never wanted the book to end. Unfortunately it did, and Simone Elkeles left me thinking it will be the end of Caleb and Maggie's story. Hopefully, she will continue on with this series though and maybe make a book just about Leah.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I loved this book and thought it had the perfect beginning, middle, and end after the disappointing ending of the first book. If you haven't yet read this series, I highly recommend you do so and when and if you do, you won't regret it!


Melissa said...

I'll admit that I had to skim your review because I didn't want to see any spoilers, but I'm glad to see that you liked it! I truly loved Leaving Paradise besides the ending (urgghhh!), so I can't wait to read this one :)

Sarah said...

I second what Melissa said. I read bits here and there because I plan on reading it very soon too! :)

Anonymous said...

Just a couple more days before this one is released. I cannot wait! I loved Caleb and Maggie's story and am so happy that Simone is continuing it.

kimscarecrow said...

I just finished the first book so I'm super stoked to read this one.

Jillian said...

I am glad you liked it. I just finished this book a couple of days ago and thought it was just okay. I think it's just because I liked the first one a lot better! Still, I thought it was a good sequel.

Mrs. DeRaps said...

I just love this author. I've only read one book, but have another waiting for me on my TBR shelf. She's awesome. Thanks for your review.

YA Vampire Books said...

Great review! I'd love to read this series - it sounds awesome!

Jamilia Fair said...

I've read the book in under 24 hours, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! But I am mad that I am already done with it. I read a little to fast, and sometimes, I hate it. I hope Simone writes another sequel! I am SMITTEN WITH THE LEAVING AND RETURNING TO PARADISE SERIES! I PREY SIMONE WRITES MORE!

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