14 May 2012

Review: First Comes Love By: Katie Kacvinsky

Title: First Comes Love
Author: Katie Kacvinsky
Publisher: Houghton Millon Harcourt, 198 Pages (May 8th, 2012)
From: the Publisher via Amazon Vine
Format: ARC
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Synopsis: Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.

Review: 5 Stars - First Comes Love By: Karen Kacvinsky was a welcomed surprise. With a rich story and brilliant characters, there’s so much to love about this small book with the beautiful, yet swoon-worthy cover.

Gray and Dylan couldn’t be more different from one another. Yet the unlikely relationship they form, feels natural. While Gray is closed off and would rather be alone, Dylan is bright, outgoing and doesn’t live her life caring what anyone else might think. She’s extremely comfortable in her own skin. I was thrilled to read a story about a female character with such a strength in whom she is and where she wants to be.

Through their friendship, both characters learn and grow and Gray slowly begins to find some peace to heal from a tragedy in his past. It’s because of Dylan that we find out who Gray is behind his solitary behavior. With each learning some valuable life lessons from the other, it’s through the eyes of each of these teens that we see their budding relationship evolve and soon find themselves falling in love. The progression was a nice easy pace and was a pleasure to read and follow along as they first found a friendship that neither saw coming.

Their story might have changed each of them in many ways, but the love the two found changed them both the most. Gray and Dylan were heartwarming characters and their story was such a surprise that I didn’t want to put the book down because I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next.

Kacvinsky’s writing and alternating points of view scored huge points for me. The writing was extremely well done, giving the reader a view of her characters that makes you feel like you are watching a movie vs.  reading a book. And I’m always one who has huge love for an alternating point of view. That alone in a book gives readers a broader vision in understanding the characters and their depth. It gives the reader more emotion, more facts and a chance for a different perspective. And Kacvinsky does a thorough job in her sophomore title. I would highly suggest this title to anyone who loves a fantastically well written contemporary stand alone title with characters that are hard to forget.

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  1. Thanks so much for this review. I was just checking this title out on amazon, but I was on the fence about whether it was something that I'd like or not. Your review convinced me to give it a try!

  2. I agree, great love story and beautifully written.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I enjoyed this book as well. I'm always iffy on alternating points of view in books but I really liked this one. :)

    Jenny @ Books to the Sky

  4. Ooh! I didn't really have my eye on this one, but you really talked it up! There are simply not enough strong heroines who are just comfortable with whom they are. This sounds like a contemporary novel not to be missed. Thanks for the review. :)

  5. Wonderful review! I really want to read this one and I love that it's from alternating POV. I'm a big fan of that as well :-)


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