AUTHOR: S. J. Sylvis
DATE RELEASE: November 15, 2018**
PUBLISHED BY: Amazon
SERIES: Book 1 of Oak Hill (standalone) series
SYNOPSIS (FROM GOODREADS):
Six years ago, I had a best friend with sky-blue eyes, purposefully messy brown hair, and a body that made every single girl drool on sight. I would know—it drove me absolutely crazy…until I was the one doing the drooling.
Our days were filled with stomach-hurting laughter accompanied by easy conversation, and our nights were filled with secret, awkward teenage flirting.
But that was when Dawson was just my best friend. Nothing more, nothing less.
And then… it was more.
It’s a memory I pretend to see through blurry eyes, hazed by passing years of no communication. The one night that my heart was suddenly soaring through the starry night, only to catch fire as it rapidly descended seconds later.
Six years was a long time to get my heart under control. A lot has changed, and yet here I am, still drooling over Dawson—my ex best friend.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR (FROM GOODREADS):
S.J. Sylvis is a lover of reading and writing and just recently graduated with her graduate degree focusing on English and Creative Writing (the only fun parts were the writing classes). Besides writing, S.J. Sylvis loves coffee (specifically caramel iced coffee, but really, any coffee will do), binge-watching Gilmore Girls, going to the beach and spending time with her family! She currently lives in Louisiana but is often moving as her husband is in the United States Marine Corps and they go where the military sends them!
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*Thank you to Ms. Sylvis for providing me an advance copy of Chasing Ivy and allowing me to read it before the book release date**, in exchange for an honest review. This is a spoiler-free review. Every thoughts, feelings, and opinions about this review is solely MINE. *
This novel tells about a story from two persons' points of view. Throughout their teenage years, Ivy and Dawson are been the best of friends: from hanging out to sharing secrets. Everybody in their small town of Oak Hill believes that Ivy and Dawson are more than just friends. At first, they just laughed it off but little did they know that both are developing a feeling, much deeper than their friendship. It is just that either they would not admit it or too scared that things will change, causing their friendship to end. Until one fateful night, when all things turn that caused them to drift apart from each other.
This is actually the first time that I have read Ms. Sylvis' work, (though I was part of a book blog tour for her first book few months ago, as I helped and supported her in promoting its release [click here]) and I instantly fell in love with her writing style. I am a sucker for "friends-turn-lovers" story, so my heart soared when I got introduced to Dawson and Ivy. As a reader, I got connected to these characters and how raw their emotions are: their struggles, fears, angst, and confusion; as being presented for readers to feel all throughout in the novel.
On the other hand, I love the twist in the story. However, it became a bit predictable to me and also there are a scene or two that I got confused. An example is the issue between Ivy's family and her classmate's family (I'm trying to be spoiler-free as possible). It was not thoroughly explore which for me will add depth into the story.
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars
For those who are looking for a light, "friends-turn-lovers" novel, then I highly suggest you to buy this one!It has all the right ingredients for hopeless romantic bookworms like me to fall for this. I tell you this: you will drool all over Dawson.
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