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Friday, October 27, 2017

BBReview: "Falling for Summer" by J.B & Savannah Morgan

Falling for Summer: A Little Mermaid Tale
By: J.B. Morgan and Savannah Morgan
Genre: YA: Contemporary/Fairytale
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Summer has an amazing job as a mermaid. All of her hard work and training pay off when she saves her crush, Lucas, from drowning.

 She finally has his attention but her cousin, Cassidy, doesn’t want Summer to be happy. Cassidy has always wanted what Summer has and now she wants Lucas. Just when life is starting to look good for Summer and Lucas, Cassidy ruins everything for Summer, driving a wedge between her and Lucas. 

 Will Summer be able to prove Cassidy is up to no good, and keep Lucas from falling for her, or will Summer lose him forever?



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BBReview:
Let me start by saying that Ariel is my second favorite Disney Princess so, I was very excited to read this when I found out it was a Little Mermaid inspired tale. The authors, J.B. & Savannah Morgan, said that they wanted to write this, because Ariel has not been getting the same attention as the other princesses lately and they are SO right! 

It is very hard for me to judge this book, because it is a short story. I always have such a hard time reviewing them, because you have so little to go off of. I found this story to be relatable, emotional, cute and entertaining. Summer and her friends are "nobody's". They aren't in the popular crowd so Summer's crush, Lucas, has no idea who they are. Summer is struggling with her hopeless crush on Lucas and dealing with her spoiled brat of a cousin, Cassidy. I found this story, although short, to be really able to tell a good story. There was definitely a beginning, middle and end to the story so, the plot lines were well executed. 
I also found this story to be emotional. There is a scene where Summer is grounded and I found myself crying with her, because it was so ridiculously unfair. I could feel her despair for being so misunderstood. When a short story can really make me feel emotion, I am sold. 

I really enjoyed reading the story, but I did have a couple issues with it. The first thing that bothered me was that some of the things Summer said didn't sound like anything a real teenager these days would say. It kind of felt like the story really should have taken place in maybe the eighties or nineties, but yet at the same time you could tell it was present day so it just kind of threw me off. The second one is a little difficult to explain. I felt the story was a little too rushed. I know, I know it's a short story, but I felt like there was so much more that the authors wanted or tried to put in the story while still trying to keep it a short story that it felt too rushed in some of the scenes. This mostly happened in the middle of the story. Days were passing, but it felt so rushed. Then in bigger, more important scenes the pace would slow down. It was just a little jarring, because some scenes were done so well while others seemed too quick when they could have been drawn out more. 

I would have really liked to see this as a full novel. I think it would work really, really well and we would be able to flesh out the characters and scenes a little more. 

Overall:
I really enjoyed this story. It was emotional, cute, relatable and entertaining. This story works well as a short story, but I think it would be so much better as a full length book, because then we could have scene the characters and scenes much more fleshed out. Although I really enjoyed this story there were two things that threw me off. 1. some of the things Summer and her friends would do or say didn't sound like how teenagers today talk or act. It almost felt like this story should take place in a different time besides the present. 2. Some of the scenes were just way too rushed. I know it is a short story, but there were some scenes where the pacing was perfect and others where I felt like I had whiplash. Overall it was a very cute story that I am happy I got the chance to read. I would definitely read more from this mother/daughter duo and I hope you'll check them out too. 

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 3/5

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Author Savannah Morgan is a high school student and the daughter of J.B. Morgan. 

She has a love for music, art, traveling, creative writing and going against the opposite sports team of her father’s. Savannah’s into Anime, fantasy stories, werewolves, and dream catchers. She loves to laugh, binge watch Once Upon A Time, and is a junk food junkie.

Falling for Summer is her first published piece however, she has written another story that she used for her final school project. Her Language Arts teacher called it Epic and gave her an A after reading only half her paper. He did go back to complete the story, and then told her she had a mind for writing. She’s now in the process of making it a series.
Author J.B. Morgan writes sweet romances with a good dose of humor, sensible heroines, good-decent guys, realism, and happily ever afters. After all, don’t we read to escape reality? So why not read what makes us feel good on the inside and puts a smile on our faces? This is what she strives to put into her novels.
Her debut novel, Holly Lane, landed her as a bestselling author in the Coming of Age genre, and her newest release is titled, Nate (A Texas Jacks Novel).
Growing up, she would dream up hero-rescuing stories in her head, revolving around the boys she had crushes on at school. Later in life she decided to try her hand at writing where she could get some of those ideas out of her head. She's definitely in love with the idea of love.
J.B. grew up in California, but now resides in Oregon where she’s a wife, mother, author, chocolate lover, and a Yankees fan. She also loves traveling the world. When she’s not writing, she can be found carting her kids everywhere, busy with volunteer work, or trying her hardest to read— without interruptions.


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