Friday, April 10, 2015

REVIEW: Books, Blogs, & Reality - Ryan Ringbloom

**Disclaimer: I received this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Any thoughts and opinions are of my own.**


Books, Blogs, & Reality 
Ryan Ringbloom 
Publication date: October 24th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Life can suck…

When reality becomes overwhelming, seeking comfort in fictional fantasies keeps hope alive. And while this escape may be a little delusional, it’s also therapeutic.

Sharing secrets is daunting, but virtual friends don’t often judge and they are always ready to share a glass of wine…or three…while typing out life’s latest endeavors.

Brooke believes obstacles only add to romance, not detract. Rachael longs for a more intense relationship, or so she thinks. Lizzie misses the excitement in her life, but sometimes new situations find you when you’re not even looking. And Jess believes a tiger can change his stripes. It can’t.

Bound by a shared passion for blogging about happily ever afters, these four young women use keyboard therapy to work through their expectations, anxieties, and inadequacies, all with the hopes of achieving the perfection found in romance novels.

Completely blinded by what they think life should be, they navigate their unique paths in search of what they envision is right. But when reality taunts them with persistent curve balls, will they be strong enough to choose wisely? Or will their happy endings escape them?

I was so excited to read this book because as a book blogger, why wouldn't I want to read it? And, anyone who has lurked around this blog long enough knows that I'm a sucker for a good romance. This book promise both of those things so I couldn't resist! 
I really like how well the different parts of this book flowed together. Between the different girls' stories, the nightly chats with all four of them, and their reviews, interviews, blog stuffs, etc. It just felt natural. This was a quick, easy read because it didn't feel forced or overly done. It was good, light-hearted fun. 
Some of the romance part of the book was a little predictable and there were some cliches here and there but it was still a pleasant read. So many people, including myself (Ella's not my real name), only allow you to see what they want you to see online so I thought that it was very fitting for the girls to be somewhat dishonest with each other at first. I loved that they formed a little tight-nit group, though. I would love to have a little blogging friends group like they do so it was really enjoyable for me to read of a dynamic like that. 
I recommend this if you're looking for a quick, easy read maybe on the beach, relaxing while the kids are playing outside, or maybe even on your commute to work. 

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