Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Travel
Source: NetGalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This is my review as copied from Goodreads. As such, it's a little disjointed. I added to it on several occasions. So if you are wondering why the writing is fragmented, that's why. ;)
Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Anyone that gives this book less than 4 stars I no longer trust.
Epic. Seriously. This may be my favorite book of the year. It was magic. I loved Rowan. So much. I don't know how I am ever going to review this book and get out all the things I need to say about it. There will be a full review closer to the release date, but my review will not even come close to describing the magic that is this story. Add it to your lists folks. This book is going to be huge. As it should be.
I want Rowan to be real! I want to touch him and hug him, and yes maybe even hump him.
It's months later now and I just want to say that this is STILL my favorite YA read of the year and possibly my favorite YA read ever. My full review is still coming (it's already written I just can't post it), but nothing I can possibly say will do this book justice. It is platinum, it is a black pearl at the bottom of the ocean, it is a warm down comforter on a freezing, snowy day. You need to read it or I'll go crazy and hate you forever. No one wants that. :)
I just wanted to go ahead and add my original review now. This is what I wrote when I finished reading it back in 2011 sometime.
Alright, let's get this out of the way before I even start. As of this very moment, this is/was my favorite book of 2011. Being that it is not out until March, I am disappointed that you guys won't get to read it sooner. For the ones that have, I know that you know what I am talking about.
Describing this book in words is beyond difficult. It was that good. It was like a breath of fresh air. And totally unexpected too.
I don't think I have ever loved a character like I loved Rowan. He was the type of guy that girls fall all over themselves to get to. He was sensitive, sexy, masculine, and deep. And he was also flawed. In all the good ways. The author did a fantastic job developing his character. She also did an awesome job with the other characters too, but Rowan's character was what really sent me over the edge.
Thinking about this book a couple of days later is a bit difficult, because I wish I could go back and lose myself in this book over and over again. The characters felt like real people. I want to meet them so badly! I really, REALLY, lost myself in this book. I wish this wasn't a standalone novel. I wish I could go back to these characters and read about what is going on in their lives day after day after day.
And then there was the setting. It was magical. I've never really been interested in visiting Central America before this. Now I am. I had no idea that Belize and Guatemala were that interesting. And I can't help but think of how realistic this book actually was. The author has been there. Multiple times. So you know she got the atmosphere and the imagery right. I really want to go now! Belize looks gorgeous.
Bottom line is this: I could sit here and tell you how amazing this book was over and over, but there honestly aren't words in the English language to describe how I felt and still feel about Wanderlove. It touched my heart and soul and I will own a copy of this book when it comes out. I'd like to think that somewhere there are people that exist who are exactly like Bria, Rowan, and Starling. Maybe their characters were based off of real people. But anyway, this is a book you need to read. I always look for books like this and never find them. And it will probably be some time again before I find a book that affected me like this one did.
To pre-order a copy of Wanderlove from Amazon.com, click here: Wanderlove
To enter to win a copy of Wanderlove from Great Imaginations, use the Rafflecopter form below. You have a choice between hardcover or ebook. That's why I'm making this contest International. If you are International, you CAN ONLY win the ebook. Hardcover is for US/Canada only. However, US/Canada entrants can also enter to win the ebook if that is their preference. There is a place to let me know in the form what you would want if you won.