Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Release Day Review: Kissing In Italian

Kissing in Italian (Flirting in Italian, #2)Author: Lauren Henderson
Publication Date: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Flirting In Italian # 2

In addition to her studies, Violet loves the arts, the shopping, and the friendships she's found in Italy. But secretly, her main objective is to learn about her true identity and family history. She never imagined she would fall in love with handsome Italian Luca. And he feels the same about her. But there are certain rumors circulating, that if proven to be true will forbid that they end up together. They need answers, but are they prepared for the truth?

Boys come and boys go, but knowing who you are and where you come from is priceless.

No way am I going outside to swim in my underwear in front of a bunch of boys!

Why does it feel so special when someone uses your name? Didn’t some ancient society have a custom that you had a secret name that only the people you really trusted knew, because using it gave people power over you?

The first book in this series did not overly impress me, but I did enjoy it and I love the characters and the few unexpected twists that were thrown in at the end. It has been well over a year since I read the first book, probably closer to two, but I was anxious and excited to start this one. We pick right back up with Violet and her friends. At the end of the last book Violet learns some shocking news that could put an end to her fling with Luca. The news was not what I expected and really put a twist on how I felt at that point in the story. All the while we, the readers, still get to enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside and we get to accompany Violet on all the mini adventures she takes!

Ok so for those of you that read the first book in this series, how did you feel about Luca? At first I was not crazy about him, but I must say that this book changed that for me completely. I felt like I got to know him better and I got to see a side that was not revealed in the previous book. I was hoping that I would like his character more in this book; although, I am reading some reviews where readers claim that even after this book they are still unsure of him. However, I stand by what I said before. There are moments when his strong qualities really shine through, especially in this book!

My favorite thing about the first book was most definitely Violet’s friends, the four other girls that are always lounging out at the pool with Violet gossiping about anything and everything. These characters are also explored more in this book as well, just like Luca. We get more information about their backstories and some of the small details that we find out along the way made me like them even more. This was one of those books in which I was dying to find out all the answers, thus making me read faster! I finished this book in one sitting!

***A copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers at Delacorte Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review***

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