I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Jenn Cooksey on 2015-01-27
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Source: the Author
For Erica and Cole, the bond of friendship was forged in childhood.
Now, torn and broken by grief, that bond will become paramount as two friends look to one another for comfort, strength, and hope in the aftermath of loss. On a journey taken both together and alone, Erica and Cole search for healing and life born anew. Although when mistakes, secrets and betrayal are revealed, the two must each learn to accept that even saints and some angels are human and people aren’t always who they appear to be.
But in the age old struggle to forget and forgive, realization dawns. And with it, so does the understanding that sometimes, the sturdiest foundation for the future lies buried in the dust of the past. Because, for some people…
…love is friendship caught on fire.
Ever since Jac recommended Jenn Cooksey’s Shark Bait to me back in 2012, I have been a huge fan! Her Grab Your Pole (GYP) series is one of my favorites, and it is so realistic, hilarious, and heartwarming all at the same time. I have been anxiously awaiting more from Jenn since I finished Shark Out of Water back in July 2013, so when I heard that she was releasing a new, non-GYP book, I was super excited, but also a little bit nervous. Like I said, I have come to consider Jenn as a favorite, go-to author based solely on her GYP series, so what if I didn’t like it? Aside from loving Jenn as a person (seriously, I have conversations with her), I would have been devastated to not like Landslide. My nerves were very quickly eased when I was completely hooked within the first two chapters!
If it’s one thing that I would have to say that Jenn excels at, it would have to be writing her characters. She has written some of the best characters I’ve ever read. None of them ever feels flat or underdeveloped, and they’re so real that I sometimes forget that they’re not! And Landslide is no different. Right from the start, I was completely drawn to Cole and Erica. Their friendship was so fun, and as their romantic feelings grew, they just got better. Also, Cole’s use of pet names, specifically “sweetheart”, kind of reminded me of Haymitch from The Hunger Games, which was always good for a smile.
I pretty much loved everything about Landslide. That’s not to say I didn’t occasionally get frustrated and want to smack someone for being stupid. That’s pretty much par for the course with any romance. But those were very minor. There were so many surprises! Every time I thought I had the book figured out, I’d quickly find out that I was wrong, and so I could not put it down!
There’s not really much more I can say about Landslide without spoiling everything (which would suck for you and get me in trouble with Jenn!), but I absolutely loved it, possibly even more than GYP. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and you need to read it NOW! Honestly, I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
Is it acceptable to simply say “Ditto”??
Let my start with the disclaimer that I am a huge Jenn Cooksey Fan-Girl. Seriously. Like nerds love Star Trek? I love Jenn Cooksey. (And seriously, if you don’t already follow her on Twitter/Facebook? You are missing out! She is HILARIOUS! When I grow up? I want to live in a Jenn Cooksey book. (And this review is going to be hard to do without spoilers – so just hang with me, please!)
But let’s go with the review now. I was really nervous going into this book. (Sorry Jenn, but I know you love raw honesty.) I was really nervous. Tristan, Camie and the gang? I adore them. Grab Your Pole is hands down my favorite book series of all time. Tristan is my ultimate book boyfriend, and these books bring out emotions like I’ve never felt before while reading. And so picking up a non-GYP book? It’s a scary thing. Because I knew I wanted to love this book, I wanted to continue to rave about how fabulous Jenn is. I wanted to tell everyone I know to read this book, like I did with GYP. (And luckily? I feel that way!)
Landslide has a totally different feel than her other books. The Shark Bait Gang has me reminiscing about my youth, first love and all that jazz. But Landslide? It’s so much more. It’s about life. It’s a roller coaster of emotions, one that has you not entirely sure how you feel. (And there were certainly a few moments that hit way too close to home for me.)
I adored Cole from the first moment we met him. (Jenn writes guys really well!) But Erica took a bit for me to warm up too, and I’m not really sure what it was about her. And the side characters? As always, there’s a HUGE win in this category!! (Down to some incredibly laughable moments with Cole’s Roommate and a rumor going back to their high school days!)
I feel like I owe Jenn Cooksey a HUGE thank you for this book. It came to me in a week when my life was completely turned upside down, and it was exactly what I needed to escape from life. Jenn writes about real life – these aren’t far fetched places and things. The characters are real, they aren’t out of reach bazillionaires with absolutely perfect bodies and who always say the right thing. They are flawed. Beautifully so.
The storyline spans a wide space of time (trying to avoid spoilers here!) and it’s the perfect example of love. It’s not always pretty. It’s not always how you imagined it to be. But it’s always real, and it’s always full of emotion.
This book is phenomenal. There is no other way to put it. I don’t know how I’ll pick up another book after this one. If you’re looking for a book to absolutely rock your world and make you think about everything going on in this journey you call life? Landslide by Jenn Cooksey is the book you need to grab.