07 December, 2015

#BookReview :: Sunkissed (The Ladybirds #3) by Jenny McLachlan

Kat can't believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own?

In a land of saunas, nudity and summer sun, Kat soon realises she has nowhere to hide. It's time to embrace who she really is, underneath what she's been thinking people want her to be. Especially if she's going to win the heart of mega fit Swede Leo! Can Kat find her inner strength and prove she's got what it takes?

Kat soon finds that when you're surrounded by phosphorescence and wonder it's easy to sparkle. Or maybe that's what happens when you fall in love . Or maybe you only shine when you're true to yourself.

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I recently discovered this series thanks to Bloomsbury India. I have already read Love Bomb (The Ladybird #2) which was my first experience of Jenny McLachlan’s writing style and so, this time around I was a bit prepared about what to expect within the pages of this book. As a result, I found myself enjoying this book a bit more than Love Bomb. The books in this series can be treated and read as standalones even though it centers around a group of friends with each book concentrating on one of the girls. However, I would suggest you to read it in order as it certainly gives you a better experience with the series.

It is time to meet Kat, whose parents are tired of her tomfoolery and decide to send her off to Sweden for the summer to live with her Aunt. What she thought would be a difficult time away from friends takes a turn for the worse, or so she thinks; till she realizes that she will be living in a cabin without electricity or call phone coverage on some remote island and not in Stockholm. What starts off like a nightmare of a trip soon starts to change into something else. Kat meets and befriends new people and gets another perspective at life. And then there’s the matter of Leo, the resident hottie. Will Kat make it through her stay? Will she experience summer romance?  What will she learn and discover?

I like this book much more than Love Bomb. It may be because in some ways Kat and her experience reached out to me more than Betty did. Also, this installment had some really beautiful characters like Aunt Frida and Nanna. I loved and adored Nanna – she is such a darling of a character that it cannot be helped. The character of Kat surprised me quite a bit too with the way she developed through the book. However, Leo’s character was probably the only disappointment I faced. I liked the way the author has captured the modern generation of teenagers with their dramatics and their attention span. The story flow was done nicely that also complemented the simple language that the author has used.

With the characters as its stars, the book is a nice, light and fun read.

Review Copy received from Bloomsbury India

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