*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* About the book:
Title: 12 Hours in Paradise
Author: Kathryn Berla
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, travel, young adult
Twelve hours, thirty-six questions, and a chance to fall in love… It’s the last day of Dorothy Patmont’s family vacation. Soon, she must head back to Reno, where all that waits for her is the cold and the snow. To top it all off, her brother, Chester, acted like a little jerk and ate one too many cookies from the sample jar in the cookie store. But his antics have an unexpected benefit-attracting the attention of an intriguing boy who could change her life forever. Treats can be sweet, but love is sweeter still… Arash Atkinson, fluent in four languages and an adventurous soul, is in Waikiki for a high school band competition. When he meets Dorothy, he realizes their time together is limited. “Come out and play,” he texts her. A night of romantic adventure ensues, and Arash discovers an app that claims it can make people fall in love after answering thirty-six questions in each other’s presence. With each question asked, their stories and feelings continue to unfold. But with every hour that passes they’re more at risk of being found out-Dorothy, by her parents, and Arash by his school chaperone. And then Arash gets the dreaded phone call-he has been discovered missing from his room, and must return immediately. Can they finish the questions before facing their consequences? When time is running out, true love cannot wait. What Arash and Dorothy have is beyond special, something that comes along once in a lifetime, and begins with Twelve Hours In Paradise…but can it survive the trials of the real world?
Source: Thanks so much to Limitless Publishing via Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
This was a pretty cute, lighthearted romance story, and I enjoyed it quite a bit! This book was unlike any other I’ve ever read with a unique storyline and amazing, in-depth characters.
To sum up, this story is about two teenagers- Dorothy and Arash- who meet in the beautiful state of Hawaii and fall in love. It’s Dorothy’s last day there, but when they meet, they still both want to get to know each other, despite having such a short amount of time to spare. Twelve hours is better than nothing, right? Anyway, so they could have enough time to really open up to each other, they sneak out of their respective hotel rooms and go to the mesmerizing beach, and together they find an app that gives them 36 meaningful questions to help them fall in love. Will they be able to get through all 36 questions in time, before they get caught by their caregivers and before Dorothy has to leave?
I really liked Arash, he was probably my favourite character in the book. He was so swoon-worthy and just an amazing guy, and if I made a list of my book crushes, he’d definitely be going on! I found him to be really patient towards Dorothy, as he listened to her answers to all the questions with an open ear and gave very insightful answers in reply. He was also very determined to get to know Dorothy before anything could happen to part the two, and seemed to be willing to do ANYTHING to gain more knowledge of her and what she’s all about. I like characters who persevere, and Arash counts as one of them!
The only weak point about this book was that the story line wasn’t the most realistic. Seriously, meeting someone for the first time ever and falling in love knowing that you have very limited chances is a bad case of insta-love, something which I find is a bit overused in young adult books these days. Nevertheless, I thought that the author still put a pretty unique spin onto the insta-love, making the read a very enjoyable one!
I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a short but sweet read and a swoon-worthy young adult romance in the dream vacation land of Hawaii, as I know this book would definitely amuse you and leave you smiling afterwards! I know it did for me. 😊
Rating: 4/5 Stars!