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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

ARC Review: Summer Of Supernovas


Please Note:  I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  This does not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

Synopsis (From GoodReads):

When zodiac-obsessed teen Wilamena Carlisle discovers a planetary alignment that won’t repeat for a decade, she’s forced to tackle her greatest astrological fear: The Fifth House—relationships and love.

But when Wil falls for a sensitive guitar player hailing from the wrong side of the astrology chart, she must decide whether a cosmically doomed love is worth rejecting her dead mother’s legacy and the very system she’s faithfully followed through a lifetime of unfailing belief.


Summer Of Supernovas starts with a fun premise: a girl tries to find her perfect mate using astrology.  I thought that sounded kind of fun, so I requested it from NetGalley.  I enjoyed the elements of the story (the romance, the friendships), but I thought the author forced the main problem of the story.  Would a girl really be so stuck on a promise made to her mother when she was six year old?  Perhaps at the beginning.  The main dilemma of the story: which brother Wil liked more (Seth or Grant) was interesting all by itself.

What I Liked:


I enjoyed almost all of the characters, from the fiercely protective Gram to Wil's older friend Irina.  The book was populated with interesting people.  I thought that the brothers Seth and Grant were also fun and different enough that each had something unique to offer Wil.  Seth was a grand romantic, while Grant expressed his emotions through his music.  Since Wil's only family was her Gram, I could see how each guy would apeal to her.


I thought that the relationship between Gram and Wil was complex.  There had to be a lot of regrets and second-guessing on Gram's part since Wil's mother had her at seventeen and then died when Wil was six.  I could see why Gram was so protective and concerned about Wil dating.

Wil had good things going with both Seth and Grant.  I could see why she was so torn between them.  

What I didn't Like:

The astrology "problem":

The main issue preventing Wil from being with Grant is that he is a Pisces.  Really?  Apparently, Wil made a promise to her mother just before she died to never get involved with one - when she was six!  

I don't know about you, but I barely remember anything that happened to me when I was six years old.  I honestly don't think such a promise would hold such sway.  I think just being attracted to two brothers, alone, is enough of a plot twist.  The book didn't need such nonsense.

If you can get past this plot device, I think you may like this book.  It has fun characters and a fun romance.  But just as a summer fling isn't serious, neither is this book.


Release Date:  May 10th, 2016

Source:  NetGalley

Format:  E-book ARC

Recommendation: A fun book for summer if you can get past the silly plot device.




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1 comment :

  1. Great review!! I honestly didn't even think about the fact that she was so young, I guess I was naive and just accepted it. But I totally know what you mean

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