martedì 25 novembre 2014

Review & Giveaway: Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny

Kissing Frogs
Release Date: 11/18/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Popular party girl and high school senior Jessica Scott has a secret: she used to be a nerd — a big one; a goody two-shoes, grade-skipping, all-state spelling bee champ. But she lost the braces, put on some contacts, and applied all her academic genius to studying and imitating the social elite. Now she rules the school from the upper echelon of the high school realm. With her cool new friends and hottest-guy-in-school boyfriend, life’s a beach — and that’s where she’s headed for Spring Break. That is, until her teacher breaks the bad news that she’s failing Biology — and her only chance to make up the grade is to throw away the culminating trip of her hard-earned popularity and join the Conservation Club in Panama to save the Golden Frog.

Unable to let go of her faded college dreams, Jess finds herself in a foreign country with a new social crew, and one handsome face that stands out as a blast from the past, threatening to ruin her queen bee reputation. Travis Henley may have grown up, but he still likes to play childish games and as payment for retrieving Jess’ lost ring from the bottom of a jungle pool, he wants three dates. While Jess does battle with spiders, snakes, wildfires and smart mean girls, she desperately tries to hang on to the last vestiges of her popular existence like the Golden Frog from its webbed toe. But as she starts to care about something more than tanning and texting – a species on the verge of disappearing forever – she may realize the worth of her inner nerd, and the one frog in particular that could be her prince in disguise.

Set in the lush and tropical El Valle de Anton, this modern fairytale re-imagining of “The Frog Prince” is toe-curling contemporary romance with an environmentalist heartbeat, in the tradition of Stephanie Perkins.

My Review 

I chose to read this book attracted by the cover and the title, I love frogs. It 's a quick read but sweet romantic and fun, a reworking of the tale of the Frog Prince.
Jessica is a very popular girl in her school and is engaged to Miles, the guy that everyone wants. She worked hard on itself: it is a very intelligent girl but had to hide that her dowry to be truly appreciated. She is about to reach her highest level of popularity going with Miles and their friends to celebrate her seventeenth birthday in Miami. Unfortunately, however,  she is likely to fail in biology and not see realized her dream of attending Berkeley, the same university of her father and grandmother. To remedy must go with a research group in Panama to study the golden frog. Her boyfriend decides to leave without her and wants to be free to have fun.
Jessica is in the midst of the new guys that are hostile, and in addition there is Travis, the boy who teased in elementary school and  decide to not be a nerd. Slowly Jessica will be fascinated by the study of frogs and, thanks to the new friends, will resurface her true personality.
At first, the protagonist is a little nasty and superficial, but gradually emerges its inner side it turns out that she is a fun and interesting girl. Harp, a girl of the study group, is really sweet and nice, the perfect friend. Jessica and  Harp will help each other to bring out their personality. Then there is Travis, who wants to show that he is more of a mischievous boy but a perfect boyfriend
It 's very well written, it is fast and engaging, the places where the story takes place are very fascinating and exotic and is very attractive to the legend behind the golden frog.


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About the Author

Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Sociology and Professional Writing from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and current Social Media and Communications Director for an award-winning English school. A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a recent trip to Panama with their new daughter, Alisha fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog. She was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, Kissing Frogs. Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.

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