Sunday, June 7, 2015

Book Review: Craving U by Llàrjme

Craving U (The Rook Cafe #1)

You can't run away from what you are. No matter where you go, your feelings are going to follow you....
Marika, a teenager from the countryside, has known Matt since they were toddlers... and has been in love with him for almost as long. But while he's a gorgeous, athletic, popular guy with sky-blue eyes and a smile that makes your mind go blank and your mouth go dry, she is just like so many other girls her age: uncomfortable about her looks and her weight – neither super-skinny nor blonde like the cheerleader types – and certain that Matteo is out of her league.
They have grown up with very few cares in the world in the midst of vineyards in the rolling Berici Hills, rocked gently by the rhythms of school and friends. But hundreds of miles away in the big city, in an elegant old building downtown, their destiny is about to be changed from behind a luxurious mahogany desk. Matteo's departure for Milan to follow his dreams will throw everything off balance, thrusting new, tempting situations into these two teenagers' experiences of life: unexplored worlds of pro sports and its opportunities and sacrifices, contracts and huge paychecks, symphonic metal, emotions, teenage trials and tribulations, awkward relationships, and memories as cutting as a sword slicing through tofu.
When another guy fills that emptiness in Marika's life, every move, every thought, every feeling gets amplified and everything gets more complicated, and more intense.
Thank you so much to the author for giving me the opportunity to review this book.
What I like about this book is how it showed the beginning of their relationship. They started as childhood friends and I'm such a sucker for such stories. Even before he came to be one of the popular soccer players in their time, Marika saw him first as just a boy even before the fame. And from that, her feelings turned to something more.

Teenage love. It's sweet, confusing, exciting and spine-tingling (of the good kind). At first there are doubts, uncertainties and the only thing that can clear it all is communication. Easier said than done, right? Some may say that there are mind games when it comes to love, but really, love is just getting better at reading the person. And that is what Craving U showed.

Being written in third-person perspective lets the readers see from all of the character's point of view. I just wish that some details be left out as readers can easily connect ideas even without it being written on the page.

Craving U is a romance story that shows the character's growth as individuals and as a couple. 

I SAY...
 Actual rating is 3.5

The debut author of the YA contemporary romance Craving U (The Rook Café, #1) is a hopeless dreamer, in love with that "happily ever after" and their unconditional, everlasting true love. She self-published Craving U in 2014 (original title "Via Castelli 4", Italian 2013 ed.) and herself drew her book cover... she loves drawing animeණ(ᵒ͈̑ᴗ̂ᵒ͈̑ )”

Llàrjme (aka Mirella Muffarotto) grew up in Milan, where she got a PhD in Economics while writing Young Adult fiction under this pen name. Economist by day, writer full-time: Yin and Yang!
She splits her time between Milan and Rome, she likes sunny skies and snowy Christmas, she enjoys writing or reading under a tree and playing sports, she craves chocolate and eats greens, she likes fashion but she wears what she wants, she enjoys hanging out with friends, and she loves family, her fiancé and all of her fictional boyfriends above all.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Craving U (The Rook Café Series).
*Craving U Reprint Edition is live!*

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