Sunday, 10 July 2016

Ride by Lisa Glass

Title: Ride
Author: Lisa Glass
Published by: Quercus Books
Publication date: 16th June 2016
Pages: 397
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance/Sport
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift.

"Don't say we're done, Iris. We can't be through."
"I've got to go," I said, disconnecting myself from Zeke's fingers. If we stayed together, we wouldn't stop until we ruined each other.

As a professional surfer, seventeen-year-old Iris has travelled the sun-kissed beaches of the globe. But now she's back in her seaside home town. Putting her promising career on hold. Leaving behind Zeke, the boy who changed her world.

Iris is desperate to return to her old life, to the family and friends she grew up with. She wants to find her passion for surfing again. She needs to move on.

But she soon discovers it won't be that simple. Because while a summer romance might only last the season, first loves never truly leave you...

One of my favourite trilogies has finally come to an end. 2016 seems to be the year for it; Holly Bourne's Normal trilogy, the DIMILY books by Estelle Maskame... I wrote about this a while ago, actually. And now it's time for Ride, the final instalment of the beach-y, surf-filled Blue trilogy by Lisa Glass.

My favourite book of the three, I miss it already. The feeling you get when you can finally re-visit a world you haven't experienced since the previous book came out a year ago is indescribable. And this one is an emotional roller coaster, as Glass skilfully lulls you into a false sense of security only for an unimaginable plot twist to come whizzing out of nowhere like a smack in the face, leaving your heart in pieces. (I don't know how a smack in the face can do that, but I guess it goes to show how powerful Glass' writing is.)

Once again, I appreciated the subtle diversity that wasn't done in a way that made it feel 'other', and I love how many themes Glass can cover in one book. Honestly, if my writing is ever half as good as hers, I'll be happy. Plus, this trilogy is set in my favourite place (Newquay, Cornwall) and the characters are so warm and real and... I love them a lot. You know when you like a book so much that whatever you say just isn't doing it justice? That's me right now. *sighs*

If a fun, summer-y read full of sand and surfing expertly interlaced with more serious topics is your thing, you will LOVE this, and I recommend the entire trilogy. It's ridiculously gorgeous and will make you want to book a holiday to Newquay now. Glass is one of the best UKYA authors out there, and her books will liven up your life. Must-reads!

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