Review: The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo || Heavily disappointing

Title: The Truth About Happily Ever After
Author: Karole Cozzo
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 321 pages, Ebook
Published: May 16th, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in The Truth About Happily Ever After, a contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.


Karole Cozzo is one of my favourite authors and when I heard she was releasing a new book, I was soo damn excited! Unfortunately, this book let me down pretty badly. Anyway, you can read my review of her other books, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, here and How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, here.

Alyssa has her summer perfectly plan out. She’s going to focus more of her job as a Princess in a theme park along with spending time with her boyfriend who is coming for a visit. But things start going the opposite direction that Alyssa had planned. She could let how things are happening to go on or she could take everything in her hands, now the question is what would she do?

I had so much expectation from this book. Usually, her books grasp you from the very first page but for this book, I struggled to finish it. One of my major problem was I couldn’t connect with the characters at all, and that being mainly Alyssa. Although I did love her dedication towards her work but sometimes it felt she was too overfocused on her relationship, which I think deep down even she knew it wasn’t working. Jake felt superficial from the very start and I knew there was something wrong with him and after the truth comes out, I loathed him.

As the story progressed I hoped something or the other would happen that would make me rethink my rating for this book. But nothing sort of interesting ever happened, the events of this book kind of felt a bit repetitive. Alyssa’s friend, Miller was a great guy and it proved you can find your prince charming where you least expect it, but frankly, I couldn’t see an ounce of chemistry between him and Alyssa. The thing is we don’t really get so much of Miller, just a glimpse here and there and suddenly Alyssa is feeling different towards him and everything just felt completely random.

I did enjoy the ending but it didn’t manage to satisfy me either. The progression of the story was pretty slow throughout the entire book and I was so bored throughout the whole thing though there were some parts which I actually enjoyed. I did want to dnf it at some point too but I somehow managed to trudge through to the end.

Overall, The Truth About Happily Ever After was a disappointing read. Although the plot was executed neatly, it just felt meh and the characters didn’t manage to make it any exciting either though the writing was smooth and easy to read. I hope her next book lives up to my expectations!

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So, guys have you read this book yet? If yes, what were your thoughts about this one? 

Spotlight Tour: The Truth About Happily Ever by Karole Cozzo

Welcome to my tour stop of The Truth About Happily Ever by Karole Cozzo hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can find the full tour schedule here.


Title: The Truth About Happily Ever After
Author: Karole Cozzo
Standalone
Expected Publication: May 16th, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in The Truth About Happily Ever After, a contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.


Excerpt:

Before I can fully process my thoughts, Rose is whirling me around to reveal the finished product in the full-length mirror behind me.

         “Holy crap!” I almost fall off the stool. “How did you create that in fifteen minutes?” I ask, leaning forward as I touch my face, because I’m not really sure it’s mine anymore. It’s practically three-dimensional.

         I’m the Jackal. I have his hollow cheekbones, his dark, haunting eyes, his signature scar marring his right cheek. But with the proper shading and lipstick and contouring, Rose has made the look sexy and alluring, like some kind of predator of man.

         “Wow . . . ,” I murmur. I can’t stop staring.

         Behind me, she shrugs, but I can tell she’s struggling to stay humble. “Just a little bit of this, little bit of that,” she says.

         She pulls out her phone and instructs me to turn around so she can take a picture to help her remember what she did. Then she glances at her phone again. “Do you think you have time for me to try one more thing? After looking at the costumes, I really want to see what I can come up with for the Sea Snake.”

         “I have time,” I assure her, hopping off the stool. “You’re so quick.”

         “Here.” Rose hands me a clean cloth and some kind of heavy-duty makeup remover. “You’re going to need both of these. And probably the regular face wash, too.” She giggles. “Maybe, like, three times. Again . . . many thanks.”

         “Yeah, sure,” I mumble, walking away, feeling distracted.

         Something is still nagging at me, and until I can figure out what it is . . . I’m going to be preoccupied.

         I lock the bathroom door behind me, turning on the light and staring at my reflection.

         Her words keep turning over on themselves in my brain.

         Internalize the illusion . . . internalize the illusion . . .

         I pour some of the makeup remover onto the cloth and swipe it over to the left side of my face. The sexy Jackal disappears at once. She vanishes like that; she was never real. There’s no trace left behind.

         And that’s the thing about illusions.

         I put the cloth down, figuring out why her words got to me.

         Sometimes internalizing an illusion is a good thing.

         And sometimes it’s not.

         Today marks four weeks since Jake broke up with me. But the truth is, our relationship was over a lot longer than that. Because our relationship was an illusion, one that I wanted to believe in, one that I had internalized, because I so badly wanted it to be the real thing.

         I loved the idea of Jake. I loved that we started out as a fairy tale, and that my fairy-tale prince was good looking and stable and on his way to an honorable career. I loved the illusion.

         Beyond it . . . I stare down at the sink, feeling particularly foolish. Beyond it . . . I’m hard pressed to remember the last time Jake had made me feel more happy than nervous in his presence, the last time he gave me a sense of security rather than a fear of loss. The last time we felt like pleasure rather than work.

         So I guess . . . sometimes . . . Rose is right. An illusion can be empowering. But sometimes an illusion can be debilitating.

         You stare at an illusion for too long, you stop looking for something real. Maybe you stop even remembering what it feels like.


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Author Bio:

Karole lives outside of Philadelphia, PA with her loving husband, exuberant little girl, and smiley little boy. She adores YA Romance, because it would be awesome if life in general had a requisite feel-good happy ending rule. Vices include obscene Haribo gummy consumption, addiction to Starbucks NF vanilla lattes, and tendency to hoard Bath and Body Works 3-wick candles.

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Review: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: How to Keep Rolling After a Fall

Author: Karole Cozzo

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 256 pages, Ebook

Expected Publication: August 2nd 2016 by Swoon Reads

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for the blog tour via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance in this swoonworthy new novel from the author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That’s all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl’s suicide. Now Nikki’s been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can’t look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates – almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it’s like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance… and everyone deserves to be loved.


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This book was epic! I loved, loved it soo much! When I saw another book by Karole Cozzo, I jumped in at the opportunity to read this book at the earliest and it was so worth it! She is definitely my new favourite author! You can read also my review of her debut novel, How to Say I Love You Out Loud,  here  (which I totally loved btw!)

Nikki was involved in a cyber bulling incident which resulted in her expulsion from the school. Now no one can look her in the eye anymore. Nikki starts believing she’s not worth anything until she meets Pax, a guy in a wheelchair who believes that she is worth a second chance. With their budding friendship, Nikki starts seeing some hope for her but what happens when she realises that Pax believes in second chance for everyone but himself?

This book was sooo adorable among other things! I enjoyed every freaking moment of it! Nikki got expelled from school after a cyber bulling incident after all the evidences pointed to her, even when the crime was not committed by her alone. She begins loosing hope for herself, even her parents don’t believe her anymore. I felt so bad about her situation. She was  guilty for what she did but I think her parents should have at least heard her out because when there’s no one to go to, we can always rely on our parents but what her parents did kinda broke my heart.

I have noticed one thing about the protagonists of the author’s books, they have a similarity- they are redeemable characters, they are people who need a little push to see the bigger picture of life. And I loved the character growth throughout the book. Nikki was a great character, though when we are first introduced to her, we learn about the particular incident but she changes throughout the book and becomes a much better person.

Pax was a sweetheart, I feel in love with him from the moment we are introduced to him. He was such a great friend to Nikki, he understood and supported her, I don’t think without Pax, Nikki would have ever matured the way she did. I loved their chemistry and the romance was sooo cute! Oh and I loooved him so much when he stood up for her in front of her parents!That was just epic!

Overall, How to Keep Rolling After a Fall was a fantastic read! I completely adored it. I was immersed in the book from the very first page and I enjoyed every moment of it. The romance between Pax and Nikki was cute! I’m so buying myself a paperback of this book later because I like to have a physical copy of my absolute favourites. The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more of her books in the future!

Recommend it?

YES!


Author Bio:

Karole CKaroleozzo is a school psychologist by day, a wife and mother of two by night, and a writer of YA romance in the wee hours of the morning. She loves camping out at Starbucks, breakfast cereal at all hours, and watching every movie made from her favorite YA books. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is her debut novel.

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