Book review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

thisadventureendsTitle: This Adventure Ends
Author: Emma Mills
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars

Daniela’s review

*ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I was SO not expecting to like this book this much, I mean, I first requested it because it sounded like something I would like, but it exceeded my expectations. Greatly.

If you’re in the mood for a light, fun, and sweet read, give this a try. You won’t regret it… At least I didn’t.

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

This Adventure Ends is the story of a girl who’s never felt like she fit in. She’s never been the kind of girl to have a bunch of friends, or even a small group of friends. She’s had acquaintances, yes, but never friends who’d take a punch in the face for her. Not until she moved to Florida with her family. One night, the lonely life she’s always known is over, since she finds herself standing up to an asshole for someone she’s never met and that leads her just to where she needs to be, surrounded by a social media rock star, her brooding twin brother, a super nice guy and a nice but quiet girl. Everything she thought she knew about her and her life is completely twisted as she finds herself going into this journey just to find this piece of art that would make her friends really happy.

I have to admit, I didn’t know what I was getting into this book but it was exactly what I needed to read. After finishing the fourth book of the Throne of Glass series, I felt like reading something light, funny and romantic, and this was just that. I met my expectations and more. The characters were amazing, especially Sloane. She’s always joking around and tries to keep every conversation as light as possible. No need to tap into any deep emotion. It can get frustrating at times, but I don’t know… I enjoyed reading about her and her sarcastic and funny personality.

The rest of the group is just as awesome. Vera is this lively young girl, you makes everything and everyone happier just by being herself. She’s completely awesome and her enthusiasm will give you a smile. Then there’s Gabe, the twin brother. He’s not so much of a loner, but he likes his solitude sometimes. He’s the brooding type of guy, trying to deal with his problems all by himself. No need to get anyone involved. But even so, I just loved him. I could tell there was this sweet and caring guy underneath and it called to me.

I was pretty happy with the story. It had a nice pace, which is quick but not too much you feel like everything is just going by with no sense whatsoever. Everything happens at the right time, and Emma Mills managed to described it in such a good way. This is a story about friendship, not only with those you get to choose, but with family too. There’s this bond that’s either great or it isn’t between the characters. I felt bad for those that were greatly damaged, but loved those that showed how good it is to have a family that supports you. I don’t know, this book just made me smile.

“We should all find something to be weirdly passionate about, don’t you think?”

It’s also about finding yourself, where you are, where you want to be and who you want to be with and I loved seeing the characters grow, especially Sloane and her dad. Those two managed to reach this new level of maturity non thought were missing, by understanding the greatness in simple things and be passionate about it.

“All epic quests start somewhere, right?”

It has a little bit of romance, though it’s not the center of the plot. I do wished it had been a bit less subtle and more present.

Well, if you’re looking for something light and fun, you might want to give this one a try.

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