Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Quercus (May 5, 2015)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Cover rating: <3 <3
Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris’s world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion.
Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of.
But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit…
If you’re looking to start your summer with a nice contemporary beach read, I suggest you pick up Blue by Lisa Glass. It’s nice fun, fluffy (at times it takes a serious turn) read that is surely to make you laugh. Especially with Iris and her use of double entendres. Poor girl doesn’t even know she uses them half the time or doesn’t mean to use them.
Blue mainly focuses on Iris and Zeke. Iris is looking for something new and exciting while trying to forget and distance herself from heartbreak. She recently broke up her high school boyfriend Daniel. Meeting Zeke in a yoga class–can you say awkward and compromising positions? The attraction is immediate. But that’s not to say that there is insta-love. No there love is a slow burn because Iris and Zeke are dealing with hurt in there own ways.
There is a lot of push and pull between the characters. As well as internal conflict that makes their relationship seem real and believable. It just works. Iris is your not so typical “girl next door”–she’s laid back and relaxed. While Zeke is a stand up dude that is mature enough to know that there is more to a girl than beauty. Quality over the superficial and shallow.
Other aspects of the book that I like were the secondary characters. They were fully developed and just as lovable as the main ones. I totally love the way that Zeke acted around his brothers. It was so cute the way they tease him about liking Iris. Also Iris best friend was a hoot. Just a nice cast of characters to round out this adorable book.
The only complaint that I had, that made me take the book down a half of point is the lingo. Seriously, I was confused at times. Maybe I’m dumb when it comes to the surfing lingo but it took me out of the book because I really didn’t know what the author was talking about.
With that being said Lisa Glass did an amazing job with the descriptive details. I actually felt like I was on the water about to take on the biggest wave. This book had me wishing for the beach and I’m sure Blue by Lisa Glass will have you too.
Blue gets the Creatyvebooks reader recommendation 🙂
*I received a copy of Blue through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Glass is the author of literary thriller “Prince Rupert’s Teardrop” and the young adult surf mystery “Snake Beach”. Lisa is also co-administrator and book reviewer at literary website Vulpes Libris, which was described by Robert McCrum in The Observer as “a highly responsible blog” and by The Times as “a literary blog publishing honest and informed book reviews almost daily.”