Friday, 23 October 2015

Review: Did I mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)
When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden's parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she's about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler's group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can't understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't – her step-brother.
Throw in Tyler's clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there's secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler?
Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars

This book has metaphorically knocked my socks off. The blurb appealed and I knew it was the kind of thing I'd like, but I wasn't prepared to enjoy it as much as I did. Once I started reading this book I could not put it down, not until I had read every one of its 422 pages.

The writing is amazing, and its only as I am writing my review that I even looked to see what other books Maskame has written and I discover that actually she's a young Scottish girl who apparently started her writing on Wattpad... I am blown away by the quality of her writing I had thought this was the writing of an older author (I know... always the tone of surprise), what it does mean though is that I genuinely cannot wait to see what Maskame has in store for us with her future works.

Now don't get me wrong... it may seem like I'm up on cloud nine and nothing could be better, there were a few issues with the story itself which is why I'm not giving it 5 stars. When Eden first arrives she was Miss Prim and Proper and oh so judgemental of everyone. I honestly wanted to tell her to lighten up, though I did think it was sweet that despite thinking her step brother was a jerk she did try to look out for him. Tyler himself was most definitely a jerk!!!... and throughout the book, despite the fact that he was winning me over he still continued to be a jerk. Although there were a few moments when he let his guard down completely and my heart broke for him.

Overall I felt this was a great coming of age story, not necessarily making all the right choices with the right people, not always happy and smiles, but tackling real life issues.

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