Book Review: Kisses on a Paper Airplane

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Kisses on a Paper Airplane KissesOnAPaperAirplane.v3
by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14th 2016
Inkspell Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing anyone at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?


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My Review:

This is a short story about exactly this: Hannah’s first kiss. Though I get there’s attraction between her and Theo, I felt the accent was more on obtaining the perfect kiss and sharing some quiet time with someone. While Hannah’s focus is on having her kiss in a perfect place with the perfect person, all Theo wants is spending some quality time with someone who won’t judge him for the star he is, someone who will not betray his trust.

For a short story, the book is written very well. From my experience with short novels, it takes a lot of skill making a point in a few pages. And also it takes a lot of skill achieving the perfect flow (since we seek perfection) of actions. It felt like everything happened in just the right time, nothing was rushed or sudden and I liked that very much! The title fits perfectly as well, since we have the paper plane motive in the story.

Now regarding the characters, they are very well described, especially Hannah whose point of view we have. I don’t believe in perfection, but I can respect a search for it. I would have wanted a little more insight to their relationship after all the traveling.  But other than this, I have only good words. It’s a nice lecture to pass some time. Try it and …Enjoy !

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Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries, press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles, and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.


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Book Review: No One Dies in the Garden of Syn

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by Michael Seidelman
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: April 26th 2016

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Synthia (Syn) Wade is a teenage girl who struggles with cystic fibrosis, an incurable life-threatening disease. One day she is pushed into a pond by an unseen figure and wakes up in a new world – a mysterious garden where illness and death don’t exist.

Welcomed by the garden’s residents and now free of her symptoms, Syn decides to stay. But, before long, she realizes that this apparent utopia holds many dangers and dark secrets.

Surrounding the garden is a fog that Syn is warned never to enter. She encounters bizarre creatures that defy reason. And always lurking in the shadows is a masked woman – a woman who may have a connection to the disappearance of Syn’s parents many years ago. A woman whom no one will speak of, but whom everyone fears.

While No One Dies in the Garden of Syn, Syn will soon discover that some fates are worse than death.

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This was an interesting read, though somewhere along the story I got a little bit lost. The subject is easy to follow and the main character is quite well built, but I believe the ending was a little forced.

Syn is prepared for death at a young age. Being diagnosed with a sickness that only allows her to enjoy part of her young years, she was emotionally ready to face it. Trying to lead a normal life has proven to be difficult because of it, having to always be careful about her alimentation, her pills and treatments.

Once she discovers the garden hidden bellow the well, things get truly mysterious. People that still have their body young, even if the appearance aged, strange mix between animal DNA and human, not to mention the strange house with the strange woman prove to be the main attraction of this new universe. Syn will soon uncover who the responsible persons are and will try her best to get home.

I did like the subject since the idea of multiple universes is appealing to me. I did not like however how the author chose to continue the story. It’s a little forced from my point of view. Since traveling back and forth between the two worlds is more a question of luck than science at this point in the story, I’m very intrigued to see how it all happens for the next book in the series. For the moment, I’m giving 4 of my starts and hope you enjoy it too.

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My name is Michael Seidelman.  I was born in Vancouver, BC Canada where I continue to reside. When I was growing up, my passions were reading, watching movies, nature and creative writing. Not much has changed since then. In high school when I had an opportunity to write short stories in class, I relished reading them out loud to my classmates who would gasp at the unexpected twists and applaud when I was done. I took several creative writing classes and have continued writing over the years while working in Interactive Marketing.

About two years ago, I decided to take some time off to focus on my writing and work on a Young Adult trilogy. The first book in The Garden of Syn series – No One Dies in the Garden of Syn – will be released on April 26th. Meanwhile, I am working hard on the second and third books in the series.

Getting up every morning and sitting down to create new characters and bring new worlds to life is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. Beyond the trilogy, I have many ideas plotted out and I look forward to sharing them all with the world!

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