December 2, 2015

Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle Maskame

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Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Did I Mention I Love You? by Estelle MaskameDid I Mention I Love You? on December 1, 2015
Pages: 393
Format: ARC
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Love is everything but expected.
Eden Munro came to California for a summer of sun, sand, and celebrities—what better way to forget about the drama back home? Until she meets her new family of strangers: a dad she hasn’t seen in three years, a stepmom, and three stepbrothers.
Eden gets her own room in her dad’s fancy house in Santa Monica. A room right next door to her oldest stepbrother, Tyler Bruce. Whom she cannot stand. He has angry green eyes and an ego bigger than a Beverly Hills mansion. She’s never felt such intense dislike for someone. But the two are constantly thrown together as his group of friends pulls her into their world of rule-breaking, partying, and pier-hanging.
And the more she tries to understand what makes Tyler burn hotter than the California sun, the more Eden finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t love…

I’ve been reading a lot of contemporaries lately, so I figured it was about time to pick up a contemporary read. Did I Mention I Love You? follows a girl named Eden who goes to California for her summer break to go and visit with her dad. Her parents are divorced, so her father lives in a different state. He actually got remarried and is now living with his new wife and her three kids, so Eden has to live with all of them. She’s thrown into quite the whirlwind after finding out that one of the brothers is someone she can’t help but hate: Tyler.

I fairly enjoyed this book! I really liked Eden as a character and I definitely felt bad for her because of everything that she had been through. Her dad seemed very rude, though he grew on me a bit as I realized that at times he was trying to do what he felt was best for Eden. I also loved that the setting was in California. I absolutely love California and I’ve been there before, so it was great to know what the area the book was set in was like.
I like how this book touched on topics that aren’t really mentioned in YA literature. A relationship begins to blossom between step-siblings, though it’s completely kept under wraps between just the two of them. However, I think that they went about the situation in the end in a pretty mature manner. At least Eden did!
I’m pretty pumped for book two because DIMILY was quite an awesome book that was worth the read. Plus, there was such a cliffhanger!

Excerpt:
I can almost see the road through the gaps in the fence by the side of
the house, and I squint through. There’s music playing. More like
blaring. I can hear it over the crappy music that’s already bouncing
around the back yard, and as a sleek white car speeds up to the edge of
the sidewalk and skids against the curb, I grimace in disgust. The music
cuts off the second the engine is killed.
“What are you looking at?” Rachael asks, but I’m too busy staring to even attempt to answer.
The car door swings open roughly, and I’m surprised it doesn’t fall
straight off its hinges. It’s difficult to see clearly through the
fence, but a tall guy gets out and slams the door shut just as
aggressively as he opened it. He hesitates for a moment, stares at the
house, and then runs a hand through his hair. Whoever he is, he looks
su-per depressed. Like he’s just lost all his life savings or his dog
just died. And then he heads straight for the gate.
“Who the hell is this jackass?” I mutter to Rachael as the figure nears us.
But before either of us can say anything more, Jackass decides to hit the
gate open with a fist, drawing the attention of everyone around us.
It’s like he wants everyone to hate him. I figure he’s probably that one
neighbor that everyone despises, and he’s only here in a fit of rage
because he wasn’t invited to the lamest barbecue get-together that’s
ever been hosted.
“Sorry I’m late,” Jackass comments sarcastically. And loudly too, with a smirk on his lips. His eyes flash green as emeralds. “Did I miss anything
besides the slaughtering of animals?” He throws up the infamous mid-dle
finger to, from what I can see, the barbecue. “I hope you guys enjoyed
the cow you just ate.” And then he laughs. He laughs as though
everyone’s expressions of disgust are the most entertaining thing he’s
seen all year.
“More beer?” I hear my dad call out to the silent crowd, and as they chuckle
and return to their conversations, Jackass heads through the patio
doors. He slams them shut so hard I can almost see the glass tremble.
I’m stunned. I have no idea what just happened or who that was or why he’s
just entered the house. When I realize I’m slightly slack-jawed, I close
my mouth and turn to Rachael.
She bites her lip and pushes her sunglasses down over her eyes. “I’m guessing you haven’t met your step-brother yet.”
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  1. Mariah Smith says:

    Great review! This sounds super fun, I definitely plan on adding it to my TBR 🙂

  2. Tracy says:

    Wow! It's super rare to see a book handle sibling (or even step-sibling) relationships! This does sound pretty good! Great review 😀

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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