Monday, 20 January 2014

Review: Camp Kiss & Camp Boyfriend by J. K. Rock

Title: Camp Kiss
Author: J. K. Rock
Series: Camp Boyfriend (#0.5)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Rating: 4/5 Stars


The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out….

(From Goodreads)

Source: I own a copy.

I read this short novella on my Kindle before getting to the first book in the series. I'm one of those people that likes to read in chronological order. 

It's interesting to see how things start out. 

In this short novella we have Lauren, who is our main protagonist. She is a geek at heart, but she's not afraid to show it.

At the beginning of the book  a game of Truth or Dare is being played, and a boy called Seth is being spoken about. So straight away I want to know who Seth is and why he's a big deal to Lauren.

Seth we soon discover is a nerd like Lauren, and you can see where the attraction between them lies. They were friends, but taking it to the next level is risky. 

I thought the general storyline was cute, and it leads nicely into Camp Boyfriend. 

Rock's writing is good and easy to understand. She has definitely developed some great characters. 

Overall it was a cute start to the series, and that's why I gave this novella four stars. 

Title: Camp Boyfriend
Author: J. K. Rock
Series: Camp Boyfriend (#1)
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Rating: 4/5 Stars


The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

(From Goodreads)

Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion on the book whatsoever; it's my true opinion only.

After reading the novella Camp Kiss I was intrigued to see what was going to happen in this book.

So many things have happened and changed, which I found interesting. Not only has the main character Lauren changed everything about her life and hobbies, but she also has a boyfriend, and this makes things intriguing because of the 'Camp Boyfriend' AKA Seth.

When Matt decides he wants to go to camp with Lauren, I was like "Oh, damn" and things got so much more exotic. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. 

In this novel, I did find Lauren annoying at times, but in the end she "manned up" and became a much better person for herself. 

Matt was just full of surprises, and you can really see he cares for Lauren. I honestly don't know why she was confused between Matt and Seth.

I liked Seth in the prequel, but Matt definitely shone in this one. 

The storyline altogether was good. At times I felt it did drag a little though. 

Just like with the prequel, Rock's writing is great. 

Camp Boyfriend had a great start, and the ending was cute.

I did like this book and in the end rated it four stars. 

I hope you have enjoyed this review.

Happy reading =)


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