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Title: Kissing Frogs
Author: Alisha Sevigny
Published on: November 18th 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance (YA)
Part of a series?: Stand-alone
(I received a review copy of Kissing Frogs -thank you!- in exchange for an honest review. My review is written in my own opinion and is uninfluenced by anyone.)
Unable to let go of her faded college dreams, Jess finds herself in a foreign country with a new social crew, and one handsome face that stands out as a blast from the past, threatening to ruin her queen bee reputation. Travis Henley may have grown up, but he still likes to play childish games and as payment for retrieving Jess’ lost ring from the bottom of a jungle pool, he wants three dates. While Jess does battle with spiders, snakes, wildfires and smart mean girls, she desperately tries to hang on to the last vestiges of her popular existence like the Golden Frog from its webbed toe. But as she starts to care about something more than tanning and texting – a species on the verge of disappearing forever – she may realize the worth of her inner nerd, and the one frog in particular that could be her prince in disguise.
Set in the lush and tropical El Valle de Anton, this modern fairytale re-imagining of “The Frog Prince” is toe-curling contemporary romance with an environmentalist heartbeat, in the tradition of Stephanie Perkins.
Travis, that boy. I was so intrigued by him at the beginning, because the thoughts that Jess had of him made him sound awfully unpleasant and nasty. When he showed up on the bus, all cheerful and willing to interact with Jess, I was quite skeptical of him. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect at first, but his feelings for Jess were easily perceived because of his actions. Jess was so unaware of his motions that at times, I wanted to take her by the shoulders and shake her -hard. That girl could be so clueless sometimes!
The frogs were a bonus. The Conservation Club really did a good job of saving the frogs and carrying out their research. Like Jess, I came to care about frogs as the story progressed and learned a few things about them -information that I, quite honestly, couldn't have been bothered with if not for this book.
- Readers who loved Anna and the French Kiss and would like another easy read! They aren't entirely the same but Kissing Frogs still has some cutesy romance but with an environmental twist!
- Readers who'd love to read a slightly different take on contemporary. I actually learned quite a few things from this book!
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a b o u t t h e a u t h o r
Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Sociology and Professional Writing from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate, former literary agent and current Social Media and Communications Director for an award-winning English school. A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have travelled the world together. On a recent trip to Panama with their new daughter, Alisha fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog. She was inspired to write her first Young Adult novel, Kissing Frogs. Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family.
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