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Going Places by Kathryn Berla – Review by Jenni Bishop

Going PlacesGoing Places by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Going Places by Kathryn Berla ​is a story of a young man who finds his first love but is that love reciprocated? It is also about finding friends in unlikely places and where age is no barrier. The book is told in the main character, Hudson’s, point of view, which you don’t see too often.

The story is well thought out and well written and gives us a look at a young man who is navigating his way between being a teenager and becoming a man and knowing what he wants but coming to the realisation that we don’t always get what we want.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Going Places by Kathryn Berla – Review by Angela Hayes

Going PlacesGoing Places by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

Going Places by Kathryn Berla is a great YA novel with a coming of age/teenage angst, love, loss, living up to expectation, responsibility, believing in yourself, friendship, and also touches on some sensitive issues in a caring, but realistic way.
We follow Hudson, who really is a lot smarter and capable than I think he gave himself credit for. I enjoyed watching him develop and grow as the story progressed. He was a better, more confident version of himself by the end.
I have read several of Ms. Berla’s books now and liked them all, and this is one of my favourites of the them all, so far! I really appreciate how Ms. Berla writes such realistic and believable characters, and stories. With each book, she takes us on a journey of discovery, not only for her characters, but also for us, the readers.
As I have come to expect from Ms. Berla, the story is well written, with a great pace, a smooth flow, and is very easy to read. I thought the story was quite touching, and I loved how it focused on the relationships between the characters, and the complexities within them. The characters really make this story. There were parts of the story that were also quite thought provoking, insightful and poignant.
A really lovely story!

Thank you, Ms. Berla!

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla – Review by Jenni Bishop

The House at 758The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla is a story about a young girl Krista who has been struggling with living since the death of her mother. As anyone knows dealing with grief is hard to deal with at any time but being a teenager and struggling to know who you are on top of that is a double whammy.

Everyone seems to have moved on but Krista doesn’t know how and the one person in her life who is supposed to understand her is the one person she no longer knows how to communicate with. She finds herself with an obsession she can seem to get past, one that could see her land in hot water. When her grandpa comes to visit she starts to see things in a different light. Learning to reconnect with him is helping her reconnect to life.

It’s a quick and easy read. It is about second chances and finally find that inner peace that allows you to move on.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Dream Me by Kathryn Berla – Review by Angela Shirley

Dream MeDream Me by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dream me is a story about a girl called Babe who dreams at night of a boy called Zat, but each dream she has feels like they are becoming real.

Babe is a girl who is constantly the new girl, he father is a golf pro and travels around the country finding jobs in Country Clubs to support his family. Babe has never real seen the outside world other that through the eyes of the Country Clubs she has been a part of. She is a strong character and makes friends easily.

Zat is none is his world as a dreamer, instead of wanting to space travel like the majority of people on his planet, he has always been fascinated with the world of time travel. His Uncle with his family are all set to space travel but Zat is awaiting his date.

This story is written in quite a few per of the main characters which sometimes becomes a bit confusing. You will have a chapter where Babe is writing her blog, then you get a point of view of them together in the dream state, then you get Zat’s point of view. I really like the idea of the time traveller and him being attracted to Babe and her experiences but I thought it did not gel together very well. Although this was a distraction from the book I enjoyed the premise of the book and that the idea was intriguing which made me read on through the book.

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12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla – Review by Sheri Schrader

12 Hours in Paradise12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla is a young adult romance. This is my first time reading this author and it was a pleasant surprise. This is the story of Dorothy Patmont and Arash Atkinson. Both are in Hawaii and bump into one another thanks to Chester, Dorothy’s brother. It is Dorothy’s last day in Hawaii and Arash is there for a school trip. Her and Arash decide to sneak out of their rooms and meet up to talk and have a romantic adventure.
This is a sweet story of two good teens. They both understand that by sneaking out they are risking getting in trouble. The longer the evening goes the greater the risk of being caught. The two decide to use an app that promises love if they answer thirty-six questions together. The challenge will they finish the questions before getting caught.
The two of them are cute, sweet, and young. The story reminds us you never know when you will meet your love. Also, that one should be open minded. Arash was not the first boy she spotted, but he was the friend. We might not see someone as being perfect for us at the beginning but once the layers are stripped down and we get to know the real person everything can change.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs an uplifting story. I enjoyed the story and longed to find out if the two will finish the questions or will be caught out.

review by @sherimichelle1

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12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla – Review by Debi Kircher

12 Hours in Paradise12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

12 Hours In Paradise, written by Kathryn Berla. I’m giving 5 stars and that is only because they won’t let me give more.
This is my first book by this author, and the first thing I did when I finished was pop her name in google so that I could look up all her other books to read. This is a standalone novel which had me wrapped from word one. Arash and Dorothy are two young adults (under 18) that have a chance encounter on Dorothy’s last day of a family vacation in Hawaii, thanks to Dorothy’s little brother Chester who embarrasses Dorothy in front of a group of guys in a cookie store. A good deed after this encounter brings Arash who is in Hawaii for a high school band competition, to Dorothy’s hotel where he accompanies Dorothy and Chester to the hotels Happy Hour for virgin drinks and snacks. It would seem the night would end there but as Dorothy settles in for the night sharing a room with her granny she receives a text, “Come out and play” which has her sneaking out of her hotel and meeting Arash for an adventure that is all their own. They start on a journey of 36 questions that is supposed to have them falling in love at the end of the last question. Both of them knowing their time is limited and could get them both in so much trouble for sneaking out they embark on their journey “in for a penny in for a pound”. This author’s writing style is amazing, her words flowed so beautifully that every word just felt right. How she brought these two characters to life in my mind had me falling in love with both of them. What happened to these two during the 36 questions was not only them getting to know each other but getting to know themselves. The adventures that they encountered along the way really made me want to go on an adventure just like this with my husband of 36 years. The only negative I can give about this book is that it was only 150 pages, I didn’t want it to end. Actually I was scared of how it would end all the way through as I fell in love with both of them. Is 12 hours and 36 questions enough for two teens to fall in love, and what happens when the night ends? Will they both get caught sneaking out? You have to read this book! I can not say enough about it or this author…This is going in my will read again over and over file.

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12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla – Review by Jenni Bishop

12 Hours in Paradise12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dorothy Patmont is on a holiday in Hawaii with her family, where the sun is shining and the place is beautiful but tomorrow she is returning home to Reno, where it is cold with snow, not her favourite. Chester her younger brother drive her crazy and he loves anything free, so Dorothy finds herself in a shop where he wants to eat all the cookies despite Dorothy telling him they are samples and he can only have one. After embarrassing Dorothy she drags him out to return to the hotel.

Arash Atkinson is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. Arash decides to leave his friends where he meets Dorothy and her brother. Arash decides to sneak out and take her on an adventure of a lifetime and one that she won’t ever forget. Arash shows Dorothy a night of discovery, romance and fun in just Twelve hours in paradise. They each run the risk of being discovered but when Arash discovers an app that claims people will fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence, that is a risk they are willing to take. That risk to discover each other and find out if true love exists for them. Arash and Dorothy have found someone and something special only people dream of.

Is what Arash and Dorothy have found something that only comes along once in a lifetime? But what does that mean when they both return to their real lives? What does it mean for them if they get caught?

This is a short but sweet coming of age, Young Adult romance. It is a story that is sad and happy,charming and funny and makes you believe anything is possible in just twelve hours. I enjoyed story and the characters as well and who doesn’t love the setting on a beautiful beach in Hawaii?

Reviewed by @jennadb

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