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Well, apparently I live here now—my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here??Um, it's a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island . . ....

Title : Snowed In
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ISBN : 9780061138362
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 261 Pages
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Snowed In Reviews

  • Sarah Louise
    2019-02-27 20:49

    I think my craving for Christmas stories is blinding my judgment towards books. Take away the snowy atmosphere, Snowed In is pure romantic fluff that features quite immature characters and relationships. But for some reason, I absolutely loved it. Ashleigh Sneaux and Josh Wynter.First of all, those names just make me happy.Ashleigh and her mother decide to embark on a new chapter in their lives by moving up North to a little island where they will run a bed and breakfast. This island was so quaint and cheerful with its numerous fudge shops (seriously, there is a lot of fudge in this book), sleigh rides, snowy cave excursions, and beautiful Victorian homes. Oh, and motorized vehicles are restricted to the mainland. If it wasn’t for the freezing temperatures, I’d pack up my bags and move there, too. The romance is one that I typically don’t like. Josh and Ashleigh have an immediate connection, but of course he has a girlfriend, which sadly doesn’t stop him from flirting. I really did like his character, though, because aside from his romantic confusion, I thought he was genuinely sweet. He also had that lumberjack, sexy, woodsy thing going for him. That’s a thing, right?And not that I condone any sort of cheating, but his girlfriend, Nathalie was truly an annoying character, and I’m certain she should have been twelve instead of seventeen. I mean, the girl throws snowballs to express her anger, literally.The ending was so warm and fuzzy, though, and satisfied my Christmas craving quite well.

  • Cait S
    2019-02-21 17:40

    Pros: It's short.Cons: Everything else.

  • Sovanratana
    2019-03-15 22:40

    A perfect and awesome Christmas read.

  • SyaSya Syed Nasir
    2019-03-12 16:37

    With someone to keep you warm, might as well get...

  • Patricia Crowther
    2019-02-22 22:00

    I actually really liked it. Initially I wasn’t all that impressed with the writing or the plot then about 100 pages in and the little twist occurred and I was hooked for the remainder. Some of it really resonated with me too, which I think probably contributed to how much I liked it. I just loved the added ‘complication’. It was just a fun little read despite not particularly liking any of the MCs, being a little cheesy at times and ugh those inner monologues!

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-12 17:04

    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.comHow would you like to move from Texas, where an ice storm is a major news story, to a remote island in the Great Lakes that has no cars, but does have store signs that say "Return after the first thaw"? And to find out that the junior class will have a mere six students when the winter break is over? Ashleigh's parents are recently divorced, and to make a clean start, Ashleigh and her mother have moved to a small island to open a bed and breakfast named Chateau Ashleigh. Their first day in town, Nathalie and her mom come and introduce themselves. Ashleigh immediately has a new friend. Through Nathalie, Ashleigh explores her new town and meets various kids her own age. Of particular interest is Chase, who works at the local fudge shop. Nathalie warns Ashleigh that Chase is a player, but Ashleigh isn't too worried about that. She's just looking to make some new friends and fit in. One morning, Ashleigh wakes up to find a strange boy knocking on her bedroom door. In enters Josh, the son of the local handyman. Ashleigh's mom has hired them to help do some general repairs around their new house to get it ready for patrons. Ashleigh is immediately drawn to Josh, and a tentative friendship forms. However, it turns out that Josh is actually Nathalie's boyfriend. Nathalie, however, never refers to him by name, only as "my boyfriend." Ashleigh finds this odd but respects the boundaries and doesn't pursue Josh. As the story develops, Ashleigh suspects that Chase has romantic interests in Nathalie, Nathalie might not really like Josh, just the idea of a boyfriend, and could Josh possibly be interested in her??? As the winter months on her new island home pass, Ashleigh finds that she likes the quaintness of her new life, and maybe the move might just have been the best thing for her. I always enjoy Ms. Hawthorne's stories, and this was no exception. I'll admit that I would never want to live on such a cold island during the winter. But Ms. Hawthorne has a way with describing all the charm of the village and almost makes me want to go there, too! Watching the tentative romance develop between Ashleigh and Josh make the story very appealing to all.

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    2019-03-21 16:47

    If you’re looking for the perfect read to curl up by the fire with this winter, Snowed In is the perfect book for you! This wintry book takes place on a perfect island and the main character is so sweet. This book is so cute and pretty short.Snowed In is short and sweet, what I would consider pure fluff. This story is about a girl who moves to a small island with her mom and the adventures she has along the way. There are plenty of cheesy moments in the book, but they actually work well with the story and aren’t unpleasant at all. This is also such a quick read that I was able to read in one sitting.I loved the small island setting in the story! Everyone is friends with one another and there are less than 10 kids per grade in the school. Since it is set in the winter, there are also romantic sleigh rides and cross-country skiing described in the book that made me smile. The main character owns her own bed and breakfast, and that is honestly a dream for me. This whole book just gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling.I liked Ashleigh as a character. She is very considerate and thinks of how her actions will affect others before carrying them out. She has a good sense of humour and such a fun personality. I also found Ashleigh to be relatable since she is definitely not a morning and can’t go without a cup of coffee. Her last name, Sneaux, is also, while cheesy, super festive, which I enjoyed.Snowed In is a wintry book set on a small island during the winter. I enjoyed the main character and her sweet personality. I would definitely recommend this as it is such a cute and quick read!

  • Stephen
    2019-02-18 17:46

    A perfect vacation read. A light hearted romance set in the winter on lonely Mackinac Island.I became intrigued by this when I read that it was set on Mackinac Island. I went there once on vacation as a child with my parents and my brothers. It's a beautiful locale and very remote. And the no-cars rule adds a historic feel to the island that's quite unusual. Of course my most vivid memory of that particular vacation was on the mainland, with my dad driving from gas station to gas station looking for a reasonable gasoline price. He was refusing to pay the 50¢ a gallon that they were gouging tourists for when gas was only 27¢ a gallon back home. (I said it was along time ago!)As I started reading this I was intrigued by the parallels and the differences between this and Twilight. The girl protagonist is new to a unique area. There's the small town feel, the forbidden boy aspect... The way that the setting plays a role in the story. But no supernatural here. This is a sweet light hearted romance that entertains but doesn't go any deeper than a mild sunburn. It's as comfortable as old flannel. And it is sweeter than the fudge that island seems so fixated on. What minor difficulties arise may be easily resolved as with any good vacation read. This is a fast fun guilty pleasure read but be warned it may cause cavities.

  • Heather
    2019-03-09 17:37

    I wanted to read this while I was actually snowed in at my house, but I was waiting on Books a Million to order it. I was going to wait for another snow, but idk if well get one. When I picked this up, I was shocked by how thin it was. Love on the Lifts was a lot thicker.This didn't start out that good. It didn't suck me in. I wish these books had more to them. Not so stereotypical and corny. Parents are divorced. Your dad's getting remarried. You feel like he's betraying you both. Ashleigh lost major points with me when she said she likes dating lots of guys. She doesn't wanna be with one, while another guy comes along,& then you'd have to break up with your bf and go out with him.-Enter Nathalie: "That is so touristy."(some more stuff). "Still." She shook her head."I shouldn't take pictures?""Not if you want to fit in."I didn't like that she told her that. She'll take pics if she wants to. People that live there could take pics, too. -'that wasn't good news. I knew there weren't many guys on the island and if one was already identified as a jerk...online dating was back on the agenda.'-"girls are like fudge," chase said, like he was reading my mind. "You have to sample them all before you settle on your favorite." He winked at me. I felt an instant connection because that was the exact same way I felt about dating.' How convenient!'My cheeks here warm, and I wondered if it would make me look cheap--slutty even--to go out with Chase just to get free fudge. But then, I wanted to go out with him anyway, even without the freebie.' OMG.It's her first day there, she's only been there for a few hours, and Nathalie(really stupid name btw) suddenly asks if she can find her way home and ditches her for her bf. & Ashleigh doesn't find anything wrong with it.She sees a couple walking in the snow, huddled together, and says it's definitely a couple town. So any cold place means it's for couples?-The very next day, she meets hot guy #2. 'Ok, I HAD been unfriendly, rude even, but he was so unexpected. And so hot. And I already had a date for Friday night. What was I supposed to do? Flirt with him? Would that make me the island slut? Was that how that worked here?' She's going out with one guy& wants to flirt with Josh."The island is not the place to be if you don't have a boyfriend." What does that even mean?? How do u go from like 6 ppl in the junior class to everybody has a bf. Nathalie has a bf. Shanna and the other girl do. Nathalie just told her friends they could have a sleepover at Ashleigh's house. That's not charming.-"so tell us about the guys in Texas. They're hot, right?""Oh, yeah. Especially in the summer when the temperature is, like, a hundred degrees.""That's not what I meant!" Shanna said.' That was almost word for word like the joke in Love on the Lifts.-I know she said she isn't a morning person but she was unnecessarily rude to Josh. Seeing as how your mom's renovating the inn& you see a worker in the house, obviously your mom hired him.The last name Wynter is too much in a cold town like that.-"She got tired of the winters.""You mean, the winters like the cold and snow, or the Wynters, like father and son?""Both, I guess."I didn't know what to say. Id been teasing, but apparently...' No crap!Then she says she thought his mom left for Florida for a short-term getaway. So not only are you tactless but you're an idiot. What a tactless thing to say about someone's mom leaving them.She just met him& is having these deep feelings, that she's never had with another guy.She tells him her dad left them and josh says "how could he have left you when he was never here?" Don't make Josh stupid, too. Obviously he left them BEFORE they moved here. Seeing as how they came here alone and have only been there like 2 days. &idl when characters have similar backgrounds just so they can relate to each other.-"well, I'm having a bit of a problem seeing the point to winter."He arched a brow."The season," I added. I was beginning to see a point to Josh WYNTER. He was someone to talk to.'Obviously she didn't mean him. This is annoying. What does that mean; why was his name italicized and then her saying he was someone to talk to.-"so is he hot?" Tara asked:"It's too cold for anyone up here to be hot," I said, digging out a shirt.She groaned.' Stop making the same joke over and over!!-"so why are you still on the phone?" Tara asked. "Because--""Shouldn't you be trying to hook up with him?" -'chase and josh had to be friends. Dating both of them wouldn't work.' OMG! "Personally"--he cleared his throat--"I prefer the swirl."Haha! Talking of paint techniques, but it sounding like a kissing move. -'I wondered if he had a gf. He hadn't mentioned one. But would he get this close to another girl if he did? On the other hand, I hadn't mentioned my date with Chase. But a date...well, dates came and went in my life."This is happening too soon. He gets on the ladder with her, and stares at her lips and looks like he wants to kiss her. Then says I like your laugh.I found it irritating that Nathalie saves Ashleigh from sandwich tasting with her mom. It's just her and her mom, if you take her away, she'll be alone.'I mean, really, what were the odds that there wouldn't be any dorks around here? Let's hear it for gene mutation." That's mean.'Josh turned. He saw me. He grinned. I grinned back, raised my hand--Nathalie leaped at him, her coat opened wide. Wrapping his arms around her, beneath the coat, he lifted her up and kissed her.'WHAT THE HECK! I just knew it.Then what the freak was that on the ladder for??-this didn't really get interesting until Josh showed up. Especially the second visit. which around page 70. That's not good in a book this short. The characters are just weird sometimes. Touchy, difficult, and sort of stupid, just missing what someone says. '"I hear you've been hanging out with my sister," he said."Not really hanging out. We went to the mall together.""Like I said, hanging out."'That IS hanging out.-all of a sudden Ashleigh says Nathalie keeps saying my bf like he's a possession. I see where this is going. & then Chase makes a comment that Nathalie just ran out and got a bf before anyone else could date her. I remember their talking in the chocolate shop. They obviously have a past.& like each other. Chase said "I mean, couples hook up when they're kids, and then no one else gets a chance to date." So, in a real small town, couples hook up when they're kids?This is the worst representation of small town life I've seen. It goes from 6 people being in the Junior class, to all these girls having bfs. The chances of everybody dating in that tiny group of people is very very slim. So it's completely unrealistic that everybody has a bf and they're all good-looking. Let's make this a little more believable. Better yet, forget this tiny population stuff and just do a larger group of ppl, so u can avoid this unrealistic stuff.-her friend calls josh a jerk. I happen to agree. 'Idk why I grimaced at her harsh tone. What did I care if she liked Josh or not? I didn't. Still, I felt compelled to say, "he thought I knew."'I'd been friends with lots of guys. Dated lots of guys. Even if he didn't have a girlfriend, I'd only go out with him a time or two...okay, maybe three times. All right, a maybe four. Four tops. But he did have a girlfriend. So he wasn't dateable, but I did like him.' this character has issues. -'a small part of me--okay, a large part--was glad that it was just the two of us. Not that I wanted Nathalie to be sick. It was just that I'd really started to like josh. I was comfortable around him. & I liked watching the way he moved through the woods.' HES DATING SOMEONE!"I didn't say anything because if she hadn't--or even if she had--I didn't want to talk about her. I wanted to find out everything I could about you. I wanted to get to know you. And I guess I felt kinda guilty about that.""I like you a lot, Ash.""A whole lot," he said in a low voice.'And then they kissed! Wth!!'Had I just become the other woman?' This has no place in a YA book! It isn't until AFTER the kiss that she remembers Nathalie and that they're friends. -"maybe I didn't intentionally mention Nathalie because I thought you'd put up barriers. I know it makes me sound like a jerk, but I don't want to hurt Nathalie. I mean, she's been my girlfriend since I was 12. I care about her.""I've nvr kissed another girl.""I swear, I never have. I've never done anything like that before. I've never wanted to."'So she's just so desirable he wanted to kiss her after being with the same girl for like 5 years."So we'll have some fun. Then he'll move on to the fudgies and I'll"--I sighed--"move on to online dating." what is it w/ this girl & dating? what HS student online dates?"It was sure an experience I'll never forget." 'Sure' should be before 'was'.-'I wanted to believe that the attraction had taken him completely by surprise and that he wasn't a jerk: that he wasn't like my dad.' What does that make you, then?-"I'll see you around," he called after me.Not if I see you first. A totally childish thing to think.' What does that even mean?-this is annoying: Josh sees her at the movie store. And realizes she likes horror movies, which isn't like most girls.& Nathalie keeps her eyes shut the entire time. Idl when authors give the MC character traits to put down other characters. Just because she likes horror movies doesn't mean she's better than Nathalie.& that def doesn't mean Josh should cheat on her."Exchanging DVDs. Does this mean we're going steady?"Did I really say that? I didn't say that. He laughed awkwardly and took another step back. "No, we're not...I mean, I'm already going steady with someone. And you don't DO steady."' SHUT UP already! this book is on repeat. Why would she joke like that? &we know you're DATING. you OBVIOUSLY DON'T. 'The problem was, it would give the impression we'd be going to the mainland together--which we never would. Ever. Besides, it bordered on that whole are-we-hinting-at-a-date thing again.'So on the very next page you say "I'll have to show you sometime." Okay, so I fell into the date-comment trap. But it was just there, waiting to be used.' You DONT use it. Because he has a GIRLFRIEND.He's talking about walking on the frozen strait and she thinks 'I waited a heartbeat to see if he was going to say we'd walk together sometime. I was surprised when he didn't. Maybe even a little disappointed. I would have liked to have had one real date with him.'He has a f%#&$@ GIRLFRIEND! Would you back the %#£> up! Somebody needs to smack the crap out of this girl. She's twisted and sick. Remember the friend you have that you said you wouldn't betray again. And if someone has a gf you don't make comments about freaking going on dates with them.& stop thinkin every freaking outing is a date. You guys said you could be friends, so why don't you act like that? Asking him to see bridges in Texas-I hope you meant on the internet and not actually taking him to Texas, but with this idiot there's no telling--doesn't have to be a date. -"I'm feeling guilty.""That's good. I mean, I respect that you feel bad about what happened.""Yeah, well...""I do too. She's been so nice to me."'Do you, Ashleigh? Do you really feel guilty? Because you don't act like it. If you felt guilty you'd stop thinking about dating him and saying things about dating.-'"I can't stop thinking about you," he said.'He asks if she thinks about him. If you're going there, you need to break up with your gf.'"Look, there's another woman in my dad's life, and Idl the way it makes me feel or makes my mom feel, so I'm not going to do that to someone else."' -Then what have you been doing? If you've felt that way the whole time, why did u let him kiss you? Why are you thinking about going on dates with him? Obviously you don't mind being the other woman.-"so, you going on the hayride tongiht?""Is there a reason I shouldn't?"Or a reason that it's any of your business?' He's asking a freaking question!!You know what, this makes no sense. If Nathalie and Chase have liked each other, why haven't they dated? I hate that all this is happening literally a few days of being there. We need a longer time frame here. Actually we need a new storyline and characters.She was supposed to go out with Chase on Friday. When the heck is Friday arriving? I thought it was maybe a few days away. Then suddenly there's enough time for a volleyball game, walk to the caves, and now a hayride. "I'd keep you warm if I could." Shut up, Josh!-"so you would have missed it if she couldn't come?"He studied me for a long moment. "Yeah. It would have been...best, probably. Not to come if she couldn't.""You're a good boyfriend."Ahahaha! he is the WORST bf!-'I'd filled her in on the past two days of my life."What a player," she said with obvious disgust."He seemed as surprised as I was. I mean, I don't think he really meant to kiss me. It just happened."'He is!! Don't make excuses for him. &all this has happened over TWO DAYS!Idl Ashleigh because of her rules on dating and because she would seriously get with someone with a gf. And Idl josh because he cheated on his gf. Actually they might be perfect for each other.Comparing the fudge just seems like an older person thing to do. It says they took a tour of the lighthouse which would have been interesting to hear about. But we get to hear about fudge.Shaun of the Dead is funny. Reminds me of Psych's Shawn of the Dead!!-"I can't tell you how many nights I've stood up here and thought about leaving this island for good."I shifted my gaze over to him. "Getting off this rock?"Okay, I was showing off. Knowing the lingo, I felt like a true islander.' Can't you tell he's serious? Why are you making stupid jokes?-"don't you get it? A new girl moves to town and suddenly you're thinking greener pastures.""It's not like that.""Sure, it is. You were perfectly happy with Nathalie before I moved here.""Was I?""Well, you've been together since you were twelve, so yeah. I mean, it's just..."I didn't know what it was."I've gotta go."'Could you finish your thoughts. He needs to hear this.-why would Nathalie say she could dance with her boyfriend if she wanted. She knows she's 'seeing' Chase.-'our unwritten code is that we don't talk to babes about it." Guys don't say babes! Apparently there's a guy code for breaking up with girls.It's weird how they were going to the dance, then Tara didn't feel like it. So her and Shaun go on a sleigh ride. And Asheligh says she's in the mood to walk and then just walks home. What was the point? & they're only there a few days so why don't they all hang out? In fact, why did Tara even bring Shaun?Oh boy, her and Shaun want to come back, and then get summer jobs at the inn. That's assuming her mom can afford to hire two ppl. This reminds me of Love on the Lifts, they want to move there.Idk why she asked her mom if the woman his dad is marrying broke up their marriage. Why would she think that? I nvr thought that. I assumed he was marrying her after they got divorced. I guess that if that woman didn't wreck their marriage Ashleigh would feel better about herself.-"this is not a date.""I know. Shaun needed a car. I've got a car."Why the &$@! Would it be a date when he has a GIRLFRIEND! This girl is a freaking idiot.'& kept telling myself that this wouldn't be a date. I wouldn't be the other woman. He was a guy, I was a girl. We were friends.'The other woman sounds so old. What high schoolers talk like that? Forget other woman, which you still are. But we have another word for that. Slut. Home wrecker.He has the exact car she wants. eye roll. -'I was very aware that Tara and Shaun were holding hands, while Josh and I weren't.' BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT DATING!!!Josh grabs her hand to go into the mirrored maze or whatever and she says it felt right. Well it shouldn't. It should feel WRONG. Then he grabs her hand again and she knows she should pull away but doesn't. This is why I don't respect her for not pulling away. &him for grabbing it in the 1st place. It's one thing if you have feelings about someone, it's another to act on them."Maybe sometime..." He left it unfinished, but I knew what he'd been about to say. That dangling date thing again. A date that would never happen, because he had a girlfriend.' OMG we beeping know that! YOU'RE the one that keeps forgetting. I want to bang my head against something.She has too much focus on dates, dating, and other women. It's so freaking repetitive. I now hate the word date, boyfriend, girlfriend and other woman.I'm surprised the word bitch is in here.It's pg 228 and she still doesn't want a boyfriend. When the heck is she gunna change her stupid rules on that?In the beginning I was complaining about how short this was. Now I'm grateful.Are you kidding me?? Josh and Nathalie have gone out because she sent him a note asking if he'll be her boyfriend with a yes or no box. Once she started calling him boyfriend he thought it would be mean to say no. & it was easier dating her than breaking up with her. You've gone out with someone for FOUR or FIVE YEARS because of a beeping PAPER?!? I'm losing it. & she still doesn't wanna date Josh, even if he asked. So you ruined someone's relationship for a guy you don't even wanna date. Just go on a couple dates with. Congrats on being the most screwed up person ever. Nathalie's dating Chase now. "Wow, that was quick," I said."Not really," Nathalie said. Her voice was sharp, impatient. "He's liked me for a long time and I liked him. It's just that I had a boyfriend. Until you came to town.""So we owe you big-time," Chase said.'WHY didn't you BREAK UP with your BOYFRIEND if you wanted to date someone else.Nathalie is now dating Chase. But is still mad at Ashleigh for ruining her relationship. But admits that if Asheligh didn't break it up, then something was wrong with her for josh to dump her. Then says if she didn't date Josh, she was afraid she wouldn't have a bf& she really wanted one. & she realized she liked Chase until he came over and they started talking to each other. (Does that mean came to the fudge shop? Or like came over last night?) then says when she stops being mad at Josh she'll write a recommendation letter.&wondering why Ashleigh wasn't with him. Why is everybody so screwed up?She was unnecessarily mad and rude when he showed up during the storm.-he says come here and she's like what is it? And he's like I just wanted to hold you. 'Deep down, I knew I should have been mad about being manipulated, but I just couldn't seem to work up the anger. The truth was I wanted him to hold me, too.' Why would you be mad about that?&he didn't 'manipulate' you. -"why would you need proof?""Because my first girlfriend was a girly-girl when we watched horror. I don't went my next girlfriend to be." Well that's nice. Someone being scared during horror films is not a reason to not date them. I realized earlier in the book when it mentioned her name again, that her last name was Sneaux and his was Wynter. Like snow and winter. Which is just too corny.I can't believe he used a check yes or no paper to go out with him like his old gf did.This book was awful. Boring. Characters with horrible morals. It's amazing an author can write something you like, and then something you absolutely hated. I didn't like any of the characters. So many things were inappropriate for this age group. I'm so mad I bought this. So not worth the money. Idk how anyone could like this. This was infuriating and enraging.

  • Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
    2019-02-28 18:57

    Who wouldn't like to experience snow? As a girl who lived on a tropical island all her life, I really do love to experience it even a bit besides I'm the type of person who is fond of the cold season. I wanted to cuddle on my bed and comforter, read books and drink hot chocolate, So, this book is definitely fun fun fun read for me.Ashleigh's parents are recently divorced, and to make a clean start, she and her mother moved to a small island and decided to open a bed and breakfast. Then she met Nathalie, her first friend. And through her Ashleigh explores her new town and meet various people of her age. Then, One bright morning, she wakes up and find a strange boy knocking on her bedroom door. After several encounters, she develops a crush on him but hey, the guy is in a relationship. Will they get the chance to be with each other and love happily ever after?As the winter months on her new home town pass, Ashleigh realize that she likes the quietness of this new life she have and maybe, just maybe, this move might have been the best thing for her.-----I never really know what's with this short stories that I loved about. One fact is that, I always enjoy reading Rachel Hawthorne's stories and I guess this is my 3rd book of hers that I have read and its still enjoying.Even the story and characters are not that particularly memorable and unique on its own, I still love its easy, feel-good read. Above all the other Rachel Hawthorne novels I've read, this is the one that loved more so far. It's pretty sweet and simple. I never noticed that I'm halfway through it. A very enjoyable read indeed.

  • Katie W
    2019-02-23 17:43

    A light, fluffy, teen, wintery read. Ashleigh's dad is getting remarried, so her mom moves her from Texas to a small island in the Great Lakes area to open a bed and breakfast--at the beginning of winter! Faced with the fears of a small high school and an even smaller dating pool, Ashleigh learns to accept the town and makes friends--and falls for their handyman--but he's taken. Like I said, cute, fluffy story--like hot chocolate with whipped cream.Content: a small handful of swear words; guy and girl get snowed in together overnight, but nothing happens; a few detailless kisses. Pretty clean!

  • Marochka
    2019-02-25 20:38

    Не книга, а банальность. Пришел, увидел… поцеловал. Все. Буду честна, все персонажи меня только раздражали. В их поступках нет никакой логики, эмоциональный диапазон, как говорила Гермиона Грейнджер, как у зубочистки.Главная героиня точно из девушек легкого поведения (но в концепте жанра YA), при этом она еще и с головой не всегда ладит. Я поначалу честно пыталась списать глупости персонажей на подростковый возраст, но прочитав примерно треть книги, поняла, что дело все-таки не в подростках, а в авторе. Она не только не создала ни одного нормального персонажа, так еще напрямую оправдывает и одобряет все поступки героев.Вот, например, у Коди Кеплингер в «Локаут» и «Лгу не могу» главные героини просто ужасны (и порой читать про них непросто), но автор специально сделала их такими, чтобы, так сказать, вразумить, научить жизни, преподать урок, заставить исправиться, а здесь автор одобряет поступки своих героев и считает их совершенно нормальными и правильными. Из-за чего книга нравится с каждой страницей все меньше и меньше.И герои на самом деле ведут себя и говорят, словно умственно отсталые. Все до одного. Скажу без прикрас (хотя считаю данное мнение достаточно объективным): книга бессмысленная и на нее откровенно жаль потраченного времени (благо это всего пара часов).Я порой люблю милые книжки, в которых нет тонны проблем и вопросов. Но в них все-таки должны быть смысл, логика и адекватные герои. Это три главные составляющие, на мой взгляд, любого романа (да, сюжет, эмоции тоже важны, но в романе все-таки основой должна быть эта троица). В этой книге никакого смысла (если не считать вывода о том, что целоваться с парнем, у которого есть девушка, нехорошо… но если очень хочется…), нет никакой логики, а про героев я даже говорить не хочу.И если на самом деле парень не любил свою девушку (чем оправдывает героев автор), встречался с ней с 12 лет только потому, что она прислала ему записку из серии «Я тебе нравлюсь? Да или нет?», то, простите, зачем он шесть лет с ней встречался? Это вообще возможно? Он шесть лет боялся сказать девчонке, что на самом деле он не ее парень, а та записка – детская забава. Да зачем такой вообще нужен? Как говорится: «Нет, спасибо».

  • Elusive
    2019-03-11 16:56

    ‘Snowed In’ was a surprisingly engrossing book. Hawthorne writes in such a way where the story flows smoothly and you find yourself turning the pages despite the fact that the story is of the generic type. Since Ashleigh Sneaux’s (pronounced ‘snow’ and yeah it’s silly – it’s easier to spell it as ‘snow’) father is going to remarry, she and her mum move to a little island and decide to open a bed and breakfast place.As much as it was a delightfully pleasant read, it really had no depth and it was unrealistic. Right when Ashleigh (‘Ashley’ would be an easier spelling but that’s my opinion) gets there, she instantly makes friends with Nathalie, Corey and Shanna. I don’t even know why Hawthorne bothers with the last two since they barely show up and have zero personality. They could easily fade into the background and nothing would change. Nat works in a fudge shop and when Ashleigh goes there, she instantly gets fudge – and a date. She’s attracted to Chase who works there and he asks her out. Just like that.Throughout the book, Ash keeps going on and on about how she’s not the serious type and would only date guys before moving on to the next. She doesn’t believe in forever or staying with the same guy. Fair enough, I understood it the first time so the repetition was annoying. Right after meeting Chase, it was the next day or something and she is instantly attracted (see the pattern?) to this dude she meets in her house and his name is Josh. He seems interested (sounds familiar?) instantly. It’s no mystery when she finds out that Josh is going out with (view spoiler)[Nathalie (hide spoiler)] and then despite knowing they have mutual feelings and they even (view spoiler)[kiss (hide spoiler)], they decide to wait until the end of the book before they (view spoiler)[get together (hide spoiler)].I didn’t like the cheating aspect. It might have seemed trivial as the characters weren’t well fleshed out so you don’t really care either way but it was wrong. It didn’t help that Josh barely had any personality – all he did was grin and paint and talk about liking Ash and acknowledge that what he’d done was wrong but that’s about it. No genuine remorse. To me, their interest had to be purely based on looks because I didn’t feel any chemistry or bond between them. Also, Josh’s surname is Wynter. So Sneaux (snow) and Wynter - it’s just too cheesy to me. Plus, many of the characters’ lives seemed to revolve solely around being in a relationship. It does somewhat reflect real life especially for teenagers (in general) but it was ridiculous and pathetic. As for the bed and breakfast, it was just mentioned here and there without any proper developments. Ash’s mum is just there, not really behaving like a mother. She seems to let Ash run around despite the fact that they’re completely new and hardly know anyone there. I didn’t like how her mum(view spoiler)[had something going on with Josh’s father. Maybe it’s just me but I find it weird to have Josh and Ash together as well as their parents. It seems kinda incestuous. (hide spoiler)].Overall, ‘Snowed In’ is ideal for a quick, relaxing read but it’s highly predictable and I would have liked it to have more depth.

  • Heather
    2019-02-28 21:36

    Last week I asked by bookish friends on Twitter for recommendations of some good Christmasy/ winter set YA books and Snowed In came highly suggested. Gotta say this was a fun read. I think I may have found a new favorite author in Rachel Hawthorne! Ashleigh and her mother have just moved from scorching hot Texas to a tiny remote island in the Midwest where there is no motorized transportation and the local scene is tight knit. The homes are historic Victorian cottages complete with turrets, one of them turned Bed and Breakfast by Ashleigh's mom. Main Street is famous for handmade fudge whipped up by two other teens in the town, Chase who flirts with all the fudgies (tourists) and Nathalie who has a long standing boyfriend of five years and claims right off to be Ashleigh's best friend. Her new home even has a local lumber jack, or at least a cute dark haired handy man who looks exactly like one! How can Ashleigh possibly ignore Josh when he shows up every day at her house to do repairs with his dad? Who knew stenciling walls with someone could be so intense?Everything about this book is quaint and magical. Snowed In is a light romance and the storyline between the two main characters unfolds at a perfect pace. If you're looking for a good short book to curl up with during a snow storm this is it! There is some swearing and lots of kissing, but overall it's clean for teens.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-20 21:46

    I really loved Rachel Hawthorne's "Snowed In" -- pretty much as much as I have loved all her other books so far. The characters are perfect -- not in the "omg he's a model-rocket-scientist-who-loves-orphans" kind of way. More like they seem real. Ms Hawthorne uses amazing timing and the sequence of events is realistic. There are so many YA books out now that I read and think "As a teenager, would I actually do/say/think that?" but with Snowed In (and pretty much every other Rachel Hawthorne book) she seems to really understand what actually goes on in a teen's head (guess that BA in Psychology wasn't for nothing...).There are points in all of her books where I burst out in embarrassed laughter for one character or another, in extreme cases I have to put the book down and walk away to stop the hyena-like laugh. *SPOILER-ish* The only criticism I have for Ms Hawthorne at all is that her stories seem to follow the same pattern: Protagonist meets new guy but he's off limits --> tries to go out with another guy to take her mind off guy #1 --> Slight altercation between protagonist and guy #1 --> Complication resolved --> Happily ever after with Guy #1. Somehow though, she manages to make me read more books even if "you've seen one, you've seen 'em all". Oh well, I'm off to read another Hawthorne book.

  • Geli
    2019-02-21 16:44

    I've been a fan of Rachel Hawthrone since Caribbean Cruising, so I figured Snowed In would be just as awesome. But I was sadly wrong. Within the first chapter I was immediately thought "Is she going to keep asking herself the same questions for the whole duration of the book?" It was just broader line annoying with so much of her self doubt. And theres all the characters "need" for a boyfriend. I understand that most girls do think that they arent defined unless they are in a relationship but it was just getting to the point where it was like insane. I dont know maybe its because I identified with Ashleigh on the non-serious dating deal til much later in life. But anyway, all in all this book wasnt a total bore. It was cute and sweet. I only wish it could have dsiplayed a little more depth since the storyline takes place in a little over a week. Not the winter romance was I hoping for but it was still interesting. I'm now def. looking forward to Hawthrone's next novel. Should be great with summer coming up! If you are planning to read this book or have read it, just PLEASE remember that the title "Boyfriend" is not the same has god's gift or king and it doesnt mean that without one youre not special. You're just as amazing all by yourself. (sorry I just had to say it)

  • Brianna
    2019-03-03 00:50

    I absolutely loved this book! It grabbed me from the very first page, and I could not stop until I had read the whole thing...and then I wanted MORE! I definitely think this one could have been longer, maybe including how Ashleigh dealt with having a boyfriend and attending school, etc. However, it was great as-is, apparently ;). One thing I didn't particularly enjoy was the way Josh asked Ashleigh to go out with him. It was the exact same way Nathalie had asked him out when he was thirteen - he could have found a much better way, one that would have been special for just the two of them. But noooo, instead, he used what his ex-girlfriend used on him. Lame! But, regardless of that, and as stated earlier, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and read it within a few hours, even while at work using my nook app on my phone ;). I admit that I was kind of obsessed with it. But it was just such a great storyline and different - being on an island with no motorized vehicles...definitely a good change of pace! Thank you Rachel Hawthorne!!

  • Lindsay Gillis
    2019-02-18 17:52

    I actually felt my brain turn to goo reading this. The heroine is 17, but she sounds much younger than that. It's about a girl named Ashleigh from Dallas, Texas who moves to Mackinac Island, Michigan, with her mother after her parents' divorce. While they work on renovations for their new inn, Ashleigh falls for the interior decorator's son, Josh, who has a girlfriend, Nathalie. Nathalie is the most obnoxious girl in the world. All she cares about is having a boyfriend and she only calls him by his label, not his name. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to smack this girl. Then she gets all pissy when Ashleigh swoops in and steals Josh right from under her when she's moved on to somebody else. Why would she care who her previous boyfriend dates if she has a new one already? I thought the story was very petty, filled with petty teenagers who only cared about dating and not much else.

  • Kayleigh Didion
    2019-03-17 23:02

    I first read this when I was 15 or 16, maybe it's because I'm older than the characters but man these characters were infuriating. The main character's, Ashleigh, and the love interest's, Josh, actions were totally juvenile and parts unacceptable for someone in a relationship, and for someone who knows that said person is in a relationship. Another side character, Nathalie, kept referring to her boyfriend (Josh), as her boyfriend, never using his name. The only characters I liked were two of the side characters. The others were just so juvenile and stupid. This book was just so tropey and in my opinion justifies cheating.**Spoiler** Josh tries to justify his actions by saying he's only been in the one relationship and never experienced any other relationship with a girl, like that was okay for kissing Ashleigh even though he was in a relationship, with Nathalie. Overall I gave it one star for the nostalgia factor, that's all.

  • PickyReader
    2019-03-19 00:04

    I skimmed the last 20 pages of this book. So sue me.Snowed In is an elementary level book disguised as a teenage book. The writing style and characters are mind-numbingly simplistic and one dimensional. I loathed it at the ending. Hence the skimming.Here is an example of the simplicity of this book: "He said you weren't the reason, but if you weren't the reason, the I would be the reason... I don't want to be the reason.""Sometime, no one is the reason. It just happens. It happened with my parents. That's why we moved here.""it hurt.""I know. And I'm sorry."SHORT SENTENCES. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WORDING. CHILDISH CHARACTERS. NO CHARACTER GROWTH. Snowed In left my brain numb and longing for real Literature.I cannot move on to the next book soon enough.THE END

  • Nica Zomerdijk
    2019-03-11 16:55

    Hmmm I thought this would be an amazing christmas read, but it wasn't about christmas at all. I liked it because it is such a cute story and the characters are fun. I didn't like Nathalie (she was very annoying) but the main character is SO ME. I loved her. The book is about love, winter, getting to know people etc, but it was kinda childish how the storyline went... I don't recommend this if you're allergic to insta-love and mean girls and such. Oh and the writing style is awesome. Rachel is very goooooood.

  • Susan
    2019-03-01 17:37

    This young adult book was a fast, fun read. Perfect way to spend a snowy day, which is when I read it :)I am well past this first love, first date stuff so for me this was a fluff read but a great way to unwind. This is the 2nd Rachel Hawthorne book I've read so will be looking for the others to keep handy when real-life gets to be too much.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-09 20:45

    Not usually what I would read, but it was fine for a quick December read. I like that Nathalie and Chase were not made into shallow catty villains. I like that it's set on Mackinac Island, where Somewhere in Time was filmed.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-08 16:52

    So cute :) And I love how - when it comes to Hawthorne's books - you can never tell a thing about the story you're about to get into by the synopsis. :)

  •  ♥♥Mari♥♥
    2019-03-08 23:50

    This novel is definitely a cozy Christmas read! Since it's a YA romance, it's full of the typical teen angst regarding relationships. Some adults might not even bother with it, as it's a light, fluffy read. I greatly enjoyed it! The book has certainly made me nostalgic for those high school days in which not being asked out was a major tragedy, and the desire to fit in and be accepted was of the greatest importance.The main character in this story, who has the rather unusual and comical name of Ashleigh Sneaux (pronounced 'Snow') is a very likable, spunky person. She and her mom, who has been divorced for two years, move from sultry, hot Texas to a very cold island on the Great Lakes. Her mother wants a total change of scene, especially since her ex-husband has recently announced his impending remarriage. Ash, as she is popularly known, is not at all thrilled at the prospect of having a stepmother, and her mother has decided that, in addition to a change of scene, a career change would also help.The two of them are planning to open a bed-and-breakfast, and Ash's mom has therefore bought a suitable place -- a beautiful, Victorian-style house on the island. All it needs is some remodeling. She has also named the future B&B "Chateau Ashleigh", which I think is pretty sweet. (Please skip the eye-rolling. Lol.) This is a hint that Ash and her mom have a great mother-daughter relationship, and I really liked that. Ash is, in one important way, not like most teen girls; she's not interested in having a boyfriend. So far, her relationships with guys have been very short -- two, or at most, three, dates is her limit, then she needs to move on. She has taken her mom's advice to heart: "Have fun, enjoy life, get married later, much, much, later." Still, she's interested in meeting new guys, and hopes there will be some hot ones on the island.The characters in this novel are very believable and realistically portrayed. They act and speak like real teens, and I loved that! I have read a couple of reviews whose writers thought the characters were rather immature and childish, but my opinion is that we can all be immature at times, no matter what chronological age we happen to be. In contrast to these reviewers, I thoroughly liked and had fun reading about these characters.Ash is a very entertaining, funny narrator. At times she did remind me a bit of Bella from The Twilight Saga, although the two girls are not quite alike, either in looks or personality. However, Ash is facing the same type of experience Bella faced -- she moves from a hot, arid land to one that has totally different weather, although, in this case, it's snow and freezing temperatures our protagonist faces. Also, she moves from a large city, from a high school with thousands of students, to one that has so few, all the grades are in one building. (Well, Forks High had many more students than that.)I love the way Ash takes everything in stride, how she handles herself when meeting new people, and how genuinely nice she is to her new friends. I also love her high ethical standards; when faced with an overwhelming attraction to a new guy whom she later finds out is her best friend's boyfriend, she adamantly refuses to be 'the other girl'.I also liked Josh, the guy Ash feels such an attraction for. However, I did think he was at first too pushy in trying to get Ash involved in a relationship, considering the fact that he already had a girlfriend. So these actions cost him points with me. Otherwise, he was a very sweet, gentle guy, just the type I wish I could have dated when I was in high school, and never got to.... Besides, he did redeem himself in my eyes, later on in the book.I also liked Chase, although not as much as Josh; I did think Josh was hotter. But Chase was sexy in his own way, and he was constantly cracking jokes, which Ash liked, even though she figured right away that he was just a flirt.I don't want to give the wrong impression here, with the mention of 'hotness' and 'sexiness'. This book is totally a clean read, so there are no sex scenes in it, which I think is entirely appropriate for a Christmas-themed (or winter-themed) book. Also, there's little to no profanity, another aspect of the book that I loved.Nathalie, Ash's best friend on the island (she has another best friend in Texas, named Tara), struck me as the most complex character in this novel, although Ash is not without some complexity of her own, and Josh, too, has his deeper side. Nathalie seems to have a hidden problem with self-esteem, though, and I ended up feeling sorry for her. I was glad to see that everything turned out just fine for her in the end.Hawthorne (I wonder if she's any relation to the famous writer, since one of her characters is named "Nathalie") builds a beautiful, very well-told story, and her setting is just gorgeous. From her descriptions, I can picture the island as a magical winter land, in which one can not only enjoy the beauty of this season, but find a cozy love as well. I really enjoyed the tour of the Victorian cottages, the romantic sleigh rides, and oh, the fudge! Yes, this island is very famous for its scrumptious fudge. My mouth watered as I read the descriptions of these sugary confections, and I became so nostalgic for a place I've never even been to....I have always lived in the heat of South Florida (USA), and have been yearning for northern climates my entire life. I've never even seen snow in real life -- only in photos and movies. So I was totally delighted by all the references , especially the cozy fireplaces, dressing like Eskimos, and hot cocoa! And have I mentioned the romantic sleigh rides?Everything about this novel simply and totally enchanted me! It was the perfect holiday read -- nothing too dramatic, too 'heavy' or complex. It was just what I stated above -- a light, fluffy read. There are times I want just that, and especially during the Christmas season!So all of you lucky snowbirds -- whether teens or not -- can grab this book and your hot cocoa with marshmallows, and snuggle up on a comfy couch near the fireplace and Christmas tree, and get set to enjoy! I, unfortunately, must deal with 80-degree temps down here in Miami, but that didn't prevent me from totally having fun reading about being snowed in!For more of my reviews, please visit my blog, A NIGHT’S DREAM OF BOOKS.http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com

  • Natalie
    2019-03-15 20:39

    Probably more like 3.5 stars, but for my first Christmasy/winter read, I enjoyed it for the most part so I rounded up. The main character, Ashleigh, and her mother have just moved from a large city in Texas to small town Michigan (I think) for a new start after the mother’s divorce. Ash has never had a boyfriend and doesn’t really want one, until she meets some of the guys in the area. I did think that she and the love interest had some cute interactions and it was obvious they had a lot in common, but I don’t get why he didn’t just break up with his girlfriend years ago. He didn’t want to upset her so he stayed with someone he didn’t like for 5 years? I do think that Ash handled it pretty well - she kept telling him no even though she was attracted to him. I don’t really like reading about cheating, but the relationship between Josh and Nathalie just seemed so infantile. And the next day Nathalie has a new boyfriend so I guess she didn’t really care about Josh. I was glad her name is pronounced “Nath-alie” (with the h sound) because I didn’t want to share a name with someone so needy and moronic. Overall this was cute and I liked it.

  • Betty Lou Bat
    2019-03-01 17:59

    Look at this cute and cheesy cover and you know exactly what is waiting for you... ;-)This book is everything it promises to be. It is silly, cute, romantic (except for one big NO GO*), easy to read and funny. The characters are more on the flat side but still likeable. Despite the plot being 100% predictable, the story is entertainig from the first to the last page - there isn't one boring moment. I had a lot of fun!The setting is really beautiful. There is delicious fudge, hot cider, crackling fires, pretty Victorian houses, sleigh rides, friendship, love and SNOW. Lot's of wonderful snow! Did I mention there's SNOW...? ;-)* Cheating is NOT ok. Never. It isn't romantic or hot. Being in a boring or bad relationship doesn't justify cheating. Damn - break up with your partner if you want to be alone or with another person. If you are IN a relationship, keep your hands/lips/tongue or any other part of your body OFF anybody else. Don't lie. Don't cheat. Just. Don't. Do. It. YAY.

  • Mehsi
    2019-02-20 00:49

    I am really starting to love this author, she makes some pretty swoon-worthy and delicious books.4.5 stars.This one is my second book from this author, and this time instead of an island with sun, we are at an island covered in snow and cold. And it is shut off from the main land during the winter, which, as the main character likes to tell us, is a perfect horror setting. Yes, our main character loves horror.I loved the setting, and I can imagine the mom moved away from Texas. Divorcing your husband 2 years ago is one thing, but hearing he is also marrying his new wife, I can imagine that one would want to search for newer and fresher grounds. A place to start anew. Even if that place is freezing cold and filled with snow. I really can't imagine that a school is this small, our classes here aren't that huge (not like our main character's school), but they also aren't so small that there are only 5 or 6 people in them. I would think I would get bored seeing the same 5/6 people every year, for 16/18 (depending on the education level) years. I am sure I would be friends with them, but I am also the kind of girl who likes to try out new things and might get bored from seeing the same thing over and over again.But the island sounded really nice and like a wonderful place. There are enough descriptions of the island and I could just imagine myself there. In the winter, all bundled up and drinking hot chocolate and wandering across the town. In the summer, wearing shorts, shirts and going to the lake.Victorian houses/cottages sound wonderful. I hear a lot about them in my books, and checking photographs of them, they look wonderful. I would love to see them in real life one day.Our main character was a fantastic character, she is honest and she tries to do her best to get used to her new place. She is quick to make friends and she also picks up on the slang that they use on the island. Of course, not everything goes right, she falls for the one guy she shouldn't fall for. However, unlike quite a few books I read, this girl tries her best to steer clear of the guy, and gives him plenty of hints that she doesn't want him this way. And that she is also not really the kind of girl to commit to a relationship. I loved that. Not a lot of girls would be so clear and so vocal, most would just either go crazy or just go out with the guy. But yeah, she is falling, and she is falling hard. She does try to date another guy (who she met before she fell for that other guy), but she quickly notices that he is not the one for her. Especially considering his feelings for another girl. I really liked that our girl loves horror movies, it is something I enjoy watching too, and when I heard she liked J-horror, I was just squealing in delight that someone else knows about those!She is also a great friend and tries her best to keep in touch with her best friend in Texas. I know a lot of friendships break apart due to the distance, but I think I can see that these 2 girls will be forever friends.Josh was decent, I didn't particularly like him at times. I wish he would have been honest with Nathalia, but I can also imagine that he wouldn't want to break up or hurt his relationship with Nathalia. The town is so tiny, and you are really stuck with the same people, rumours may start, people may start to dislike you and you will be stuck with no easy way out. But I didn't like how he flirted with one girl and then had a girlfriend. Even with everything going on and all the circumstances, I don't think this is good. You can't just do that. Luckily, he does feel guilty and we get shown that quite a bit.But I also saw a side of Josh that I really liked. I liked that he was sweet and that he really cared about our main character. I won't say anything else, you will have to read the book to find out what will happen between the main character and Josh.Then we have Nathalia, I didn't like her that much. She was nice, but she was also a bit possessive and I didn't like how she called people not by their names, but by their titles. Josh = my boyfriend. Our main character: My new best friend. It got quite tiring to see her use titles for people. While it wasn't right, I still couldn't help laughing when people made jokes about her doing it.I also didn't like how nosy she was. How she apparently had no respect for privacy. Instead of giving our main character some time, she pushed and pulled. She just barged into the main character's room and there were also other times where she just seemed to force things on people. I am sure she is a nice girl, but I think she is a bit too nosy and a bit too much into having a boyfriend for just that.The story was really fun and I really enjoyed myself. There was a lot of drama, romance and fluff happening, just the kind of book I am in the mood for. Also I loved that all the guys were apparently super hot, and that we got enough details about how they looked to do a lot of swooning. :)I would really recommend this book to everyone! Are you in need for a bit of fluff and drama? Do you want romance? Then try this book out.Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  • Izzy Book Queen
    2019-03-11 17:36

    2.5*. Let me just say this first: It definitely wasn't horrible, it just wasn't for me. I can see how others found it super cute and enjoyable. I almost did. It was super cheesy and predictable and thats ecactly what i expected it to be. I rarely like romance in books, so naturally i didnt care for this one. Which was bad because it was mostly romance. And ive never read many chic lits before. I wanted to get into them because theyre always light and fluffy and cute and fun and girly. I really enjoyed the town and the setting and the friends and stuff. I just wish the romance hadn't been so loud in the story, I woulda liked it better just following her around the town and watching hot guys play volleyball shirtless in the snow FROM AFAR. This book was highly hyped. And it was not only a lot different than I thought it would be, but not as good as all the hype. Update-OKAY I CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE THE CHEESE IS TOO MUCH AND (view spoiler)[ THE STORY IS BASICALLY ABT HER BEING THE GIRL THAT A GUY CHEATS ON HIS GF WITH(hide spoiler)] AND I HATE IT. UHG.Also it bored me the last 100 pages so I mostly scanned. I had to finish it bc DANGIT I bought it. I'm still gonna read all the other chic lit I have and want to read, just maybe not as many Rachel Hawthorne ones. I really thought I would be able to get past the cheese and predictability of chic lits and just have fun, but if all of them are like this, idk if I can... Especially since, again, the main character (view spoiler)[ didn't have the best morals and wasn't trustworthy. Doesn't matter if it all turned out perfect in the end, she couldn't have known that it would, so she shouldn't have done all that stuff she did. I guess she really didn't, it was mostly the guy doing it and her feeling bad and stopping him. Still, she stopped him not because it was wrong but because she didn't want a boyfriend.(hide spoiler)]Sometimes predictable is okay, sometimes romance is cute, sometimes chic lits are great. But not every time. (The good news about finishing this is now I'm free to focus on other books)

  • Kari Anderson
    2019-03-16 17:03

    As much as I loved Ex-Mas, it set the bar REALLY high for the other holiday books I have on my shelf.Ashleigh Snow is embarking on a new journey with her mom. They’re running away from the life they used to know. Ashleigh’s dad is getting remarried so they decide to start fresh. They move to the Great Lakes and buy a B&B. Ashleigh doesn’t realize until they get there how different it is. There are only 5 or 6 kids in each grade at her new school, in Texas there were over a thousand. It snows so much, for a couple of months, they have to close down the road to the mainland. One thing this town is not missing out on is the hotties. Within the first day, Ashleigh meets two. One she up a date with, the other makes her her pitter-patter. But, he’s not exactly available. Ashleigh tries to deal with this crush while making friends, fitting in and staying warm. In the end though, will she choose a new girlfriend instead of the hottie or risk her reputation for a couple dates? Because really, she never goes on more than 3.When I started this book, I was in love! I could picture the town and I immediately wanted to move there. It sounded so quaint and beautiful and SNOWY! I mean when you don’t have to drive anywhere, who doesn’t love snow? By the way, there are no vehicles allowed on the island. How cool is that?Well, after a great, promising start, the book didn’t really deliver. It was cute and VERY tweeny, but I have a hard time liking a book that says it’s ok to cheat. Yes, in Ex-Mas, cheating was also a topic, but that cheater was giving a bad name and a black eye. In this book, they said “Oh no, we’re bad” , but it still seemed like it wasn’t a big deal. I just don’t think that’s a great thing to ok when you’re gearing this book at teens who most likely will go through crushes on friend’s boyfriends.I thought this book had great potential, and there’s really nothing I could think of to spice it up, it just didn’t do it for me. I will be dreaming of this town for the rest of my life though. But, I can only give it two bookmarks.