27 May 2014

Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Don't Fall
Release Date: 2014
Swoon Romance

In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL.

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend.

But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

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One thing I love most about this book is the COVER! Look at it and tell me it isn’t beautiful! I instantly fell in love with it – mesmerized by the purple color and all those glitters that almost scream PARANORMAL.

Thank goodness, it’s not.

This was a short-read that I finished before I went to sleep – yes, sort of a bed time story since the blurb says it’s a retelling of RAPUNZEl. Don’t Fall is the story of a teenage girl who have been sheltered and protected by her adoptive mother until a boy sweeps her off her feet.

She was seventeen and the only place she was allowed to be was in the Library. Anya wasn’t allowed to date or to meet other people. Her life revolved around her photography and her mother. She was homeschooled. She didn’t have any friends at all. At first, she didn’t have any problem with it. She enjoyed reading books, and loves to read. She would do anything to make her mom happy. Until, she meets Zander.

Before she knew it, she was lying to her mother and sneaking out with a boy who makes her feel happier, and makes her life more interesting. Romance starts to blossom, and she was starting to fall for him. Zander feels the same way – but he wants more than just being a secret. He wanted Anya to tell her mother about them. He wanted to date her. He wanted to text her freely. He wanted to hold her hand in public. But until Anya tells her mother, they could only spend Tuesdays and Thursdays together, or the evening sneaking off. Zander was getting tired of it – if she wants to be with him, she will have to tell her mother and risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever care about.

Love is shown in different way, and accepted in a lot of ways as well. But when love is being locked in a cage, it will always try to escape. Anya was contented of what she has, until Zander came into her life and showed her how to live and love. I understand Anya’s love for her mother and how she wanted to please her so much as to delaying in telling her about her relationship with Zander. She knew her mom, and she knew her mom would not understand. But heck – it was okay if she was younger. This girl is seventeen, turning eighteen – she is in the peak of her teens and she deserve to have fun like any other girls her age. But a painful past had made her mother wary about the outside world – and no matter how much Anya wanted to make her see reason, her mother wouldn’t hear of it.

I was waiting for Anya to finally grow some balls and tell her mother, it was frustrating at times. And I pity Zander, but he did try to understand and tried not to pressure it. He tried to be patient, but of course, patience would always reach it’s limits.

I think this novel got me scared, for a while there, I was thinking – perhaps this book has the same plot with HOPELESS. I hope not. I wanted this story to be different! I was so glad when it went to the other direction – relieved actually.

This might be a short read, but it is filled with emotions, and you can’t help but pin on the characters. You will fall in love with them, hate them, get frustrated – but at the end of the day, you just couldn’t help but love them. If you want a short, sweet read that has the capability to make you swoon in less pages, this is the book for you!

✪Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.✪

Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.


1 ebook of Don’t Fall + $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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