Wednesday, June 10, 2015

[Review: What Happens In Paris by Jen McConnel]

"What Happens in Paris"
Author: Jen McConnel
Series: Adventures Abroad #2
Pages: 250
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Date Published: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Format Read: eARC provided by publisher (via NetGalley) for honest review


Four countries.
Three girls.
Three loves.
One adventure abroad they'll never forget.

Camie can't figure out what she wants, from college or life…until she meets Hunter. But will the magic of a romantic night in Paris last till the morning?

Fall in love with the second novella in the New Adult series, Adventures Abroad!

My Thoughts:

An Open Letter To What Happens In Paris,

I'm so glad that you traveled to a lot of my favorite places in Paris. I got some major flashbacks to my own trip there a few years ago as I read through your pages. It was delightful to know just where Camie was traipsing through in Paris. On the flip side, I found your protagonist to be a whiner, and I didn't get along with her very well, which bummed me out. So props for the travel stuff, but I could have done without Camie.

-The White Unicorn

I have to let you all know that this is the only Adventures Abroad book that I have read so far. As this is a series of four books, I feel like I have limited insight into the storyline as a whole. That being said, this book does read like a standalone, which is nice as well. 

The travel bits of this book were my favorite. McConnel paints a really straight forward portrait of Paris, and makes sure to take her readers to most of the main (yet slightly off the beaten path) attractions of the city. I was glad that she decided to use the landmarks and museums that she did, as most of Camie's favorites are also mine. 

The romance is a little stilted, but I still enjoyed it. It is meant to be one of those whirlwind type of things, and McConnel succeeded there. That being the case we didn't really get to know Hunter as well as I would have liked. It made a few things feel a bit sloppy, but then again, vacation hook-ups are never neat and tidy. I did enjoy all of Hunter's snark though. He really knew how to lay it on thick.

That brings us to Camie and her back story, which to be honest, I had a hard time swallowing. I get being sad when a relationship doesn't work out, but I don't get when someone throws themselves such a huge pity party that it effects the rest of their life. The fact that she didn't go to a class because her ex was there seemed way too dramatic for me, but it's possible that other people (who are not me) will connect with her. 

I'm excited to get my hands on the rest of the series once it is released, so I can see the other adventures, since I liked the other girls in the few flashes that we got to see of them.

If you like travel and a whole lot of drama, I'm gonna go ahead and say that these are the right books for you!

  3 Unicorns = I liked it, but it had it's issues!

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