Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Holding On by Emma Hart

Holding On (Memories #1.5)
By: Emma Hart
Released: April 15, 2013
Source: E-book from Author
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*Note this is New Adult Book
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review 

"Living in London after spending almost twenty years in a town with a population of three hundred would be hard on anyone – and Alec Johnson is no exception to the rule. When Alec followed Lexy to London, he knew his life would change drastically. He just didn’t know how much. With Lexy’s friends and admirer to contend with, he has to show there’s more to the country surfer boy than his ability to ride the waves. With his own shameless admirers, he has to keep Lexy’s trust – and despite her love for him, that’s no easy task. Beneath her tough girl exterior, all Jennifer Mason has ever wanted to do is paint. London’s School of Art can give her that, and she couldn’t be happier she’s finally breaking free from Lilac Bay. What she’s not happy about is having to leave Carl behind – or his reluctance to visit her while she’s studying. Their relationship is put to the test as living on her own for the first time and university take their toll on Jen. After all, three hundred miles is a long way to be away from your boyfriend when you’re eighteen years old. And it’s even harder when you can’t keep your eyes off your best friend’s older brother." (Summary from

Holding On is a novella that picks up shortly after Never Forget. Alexis is back in London and her boyfriend Alec and her best friend Jen have joined her. Alec and Jen have both had to leave behind their lives in their small town to move to the big city. While Alexis is back in the city after spending months away.

I loved jumping into this book and seeing where these characters were now. They've all really developed. It's clear just how much spending time away from the city and with her grandma changed Alexis now that she is back home. Then Alec has now joined her in the city and the relationship between them isn't completely perfect. It's real. It's also clear just how far along that both Alexis and Alec have come since Never Forget.

I was really excited when I first read that Jen would be involved in this book more because she was such a great character. She's tough and hilarious. I love the banter between Jen and Alexis' brother Bing. Jen can hold her own. She left behind her small town and her boyfriend to move to London though. She's trying to make it work still with him but it's not easy.

This is a really quick read because it is a novella, but a lot still happens. Although I loved the small town setting in the previous book, I loved the change in setting for this one. I also enjoyed how the point of view alternated between Alexis, Alec, Jen, and Bing. At first I was a little hesitant because it's a lot of narrators for a short novella, but it worked and flowed well. I was happy to get more of Alexis and Alec's story and also get introduced more to Jen and Bing. 

Overall Holding On was a great follow up to Never Forget. I'm really looking forward to where this series will go next now. I definitely recommend this series!

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Author Bio:
By day, Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to a terrible two year old and
cooking baby, due September 2013. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of wine – well, tropical juice now – and writes books. She likes to write about magic, kisses and whatever else she can fit into the story. Sarcastic, witty characters are a must. As are hot guys. She's working on the companion novel to her latest release and NA debut, Never Forget (Memories #1), and The Love Game (The Game, #1) will release on March 29th. She likes to be busy - unless busy involves doing the dishes. Ironically, that's where most of her ideas come from. Her debut YA series, The Mauve Legacy, is an Apple iBooks Bestseller - and this makes Emma excited.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh this sounds like a fun read! I love novellas! Great review!


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