Saturday, July 20, 2013

Leo's Chance (sign of love, Leo #2) by Mia Sheridan

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"The follow-up to Leo, the USA Today bestselling novel by Mia Sheridan.

Does everyone deserve a second chance? Even someone who lies and deceives to get it?

Do we all have a second chance coming? Even if we play a part in our own destruction?

How hard would you fight to have a second chance at love? A second chance at life? Another chance to tell your own story?

Every love story has two sides. Evie told hers. This time it's Leo's chance."

Ariana's review:

3 Stars

If you haven't read Leo (Book 1) then STOP HERE....

This is a tricky review for me to write. I read the first book, Leo, awhile before we decided to do a blog, so I have not written a review for it. I just want to express how much I adored that first book! Mia Sheridan is a wonderful writer and her story line is amazing. There were things I really liked about Leo's Chance, and there were things I was not too fond of... well, one big thing that really turned me off, and it had NOTHING to do with the author or story. In book 1, I had LOVED Leo! He sounded so sweet and dreamy! However, in book 2 I really did not care for the way he was portrayed. I found him to be extremely whiny which made much of the book very difficult for me to really get into. 

That being said, Leo's chance was the re-telling of the first book, but in Leo's POV. However, this is not your typical same story-different character book. While it does re-tell the story, it doesn't make you feel like you are reading the same thing over again. Not only does it give you a different perspective, but it also includes flashbacks which were not in book 1... thus giving you a better understanding of events that took place throughout the original story line. This was one of my absolute favorite things about this book. 

Just like in book 1, Leo's Chance follows the story of Leo (Jake) and Evie. It digs into their past before they met in foster care, and gives you insight on more of Leo's feelings for Evie during the time they spent together before he was adopted. With the flashbacks, it gives a more detailed explanation on what happened to Leo once he moved out of foster care, and into a new life and new family, along with the relationship between his foster mom, Lauren, and him. It also gives you an idea of what happened to him when he was in the hospital after his accident, and that played a big part into the story line from start to finish. You once again get to see how Leo and Evie's relationship grows and evolves, which is a very sweet story, and the ending I felt was amazing (it even made me tear up a little). Once things were okay between them, Leo didn't sound as whiny to me, and I was able to enjoy the ending very much. 

I do know many people who have read both books, and absolutely LOVED reading Leo's chance, just as much as they loved reading Leo. I just personally wasn't overly impressed due to the way Leo came off sounding in the majority of this book. If it wasn't for that, I would have rated the book at least 4 stars.

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