Friday, 4 December 2015

Did I Mention I Need You? by Estelle Maskame

Title: Did I Mention I Need You?
Author: Estelle Maskame
Published by: Black and White Publishing
Publication date: 19th October 2015
Pages: 387
Genres: YA Romance/Contemporary/Travel
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.

It's been a year since eighteen-year-old Eden Munro last saw Tyler Bruce: her stepbrother... and her secret love. Although they called time on their forbidden relationship for the sake of their family, Eden can't help but feel excited when Tyler invites her to join him in New York City for the summer.

Anyway, Eden is happy with her boyfriend Dean, and surely Tyler has moved on too. But as they spend a long, hot summer in the excitement of the city that never sleeps, it soon becomes obvious that they aren't over each other. But can they resist temptation?

Tyler and Eden must face up to their feelings and decide what to do next. Is their love strong enough to face the challenges that lie ahead?

Already, I'm struggling to write this review. The word "CUTE!!!" is repeatedly running through my mind and it's really annoying but perfectly sums up both this book and its predecessor. I loved the first one so much and, as soon as I'd finished reading it, I (not so) patiently waited for the second installment. I was a bit nervous, though. Would it be as good as the first? Yes - I knew that from the first page.

Despite being a couple of years older than she was in the first book, Eden is still as fun and likeable as before but with a few new experiences and lessons learned. Tyler, after a year of touring and talking about being abused as a child, has changed his outlook on life and can't seem to stop smiling, although that might be because he's been reunited with Eden more than anything else... It was like meeting again with old friends, and I also loved the new additions to their friendship group. Plus, it was set in New York. I need to go to New York. Like, now.

Maskame herself is so inspirational. I could be wrong, but I think she'd already completed the trilogy when she was just sixteen, and now two of the books have been published with another on the way. They're so enjoyable and, seriously, be prepared for the day to be a complete write-off when you pick up this book because you're not going to put it down no matter what's on your to-do list. It is so much fun to read.

As for the final book in the trilogy, I think it's out in February. I'm writing this in October but scheduling the post to go up in December which means that, when you read this, there will only be TWO MONTHS TO GO. So excited! Written in the same vein as Stephanie Perkins, this is easily one of the best YA contemporaries out there and I will be so sad when the trilogy is finished.

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