BLOG TOUR: Lucky In Love by Kasie West - Review & Giveaway

Title: Lucky in Love
Author: by Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: July 25th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis: In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture. 
Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --
She wins!
In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?
With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars 

You have a bigger chance of being hit by lightning TWICE that winning the lottery – and yet, within the past month, I’ve read two different but equally fun books on teenagers who’ve won the lottery.

I liked a lot of things about Lucky In Love – the easy flow of the story which meant I could put the book down and pick it up without forgetting anything. I liked Seth and Maddie together and the way they balanced each other out as well as their easy banter. There was a lot to like but nothing that I really fell in love with.

Let’s go more into detail:

1.       Maddie and her family have money problems. Her parents are constantly fighting, her brother has taken a semester off college as he’s covered in student loan debt and then there’s Maddie, working her way towards a scholarship because that’s the only way she’ll go to college at all.

2.       And so, after she wins the lotters, her whole life changes. She gifts each of her family members a million dollars and then well, spends the rest of the book buying extravagant cars and throwing parties on a yacht, investing in a phony real estate deal and talking about how untrustworthy everyone has become.

3.       It was a good book, a GOOD book, but I didn’t connect with Maddie at all. Or Seth for that matter. All of them had this one singular personality and never deviated from it or even grew as characters through the course of this book.
 "Magic cannot be explained. It can only be experiences." 
4.       Maddie’s friends kind of sucked. They never felt like real PEOPLE but more like filler characters and that annoyed me.

5.       Like I said in the beginning, Maddie and Seth had this fun, easy banter going on through the course of the book which kept this book alive and I really liked it. The only strange thing was that in the ending, without officially dating for even a DAY, they decide to keep dating long distance as well. That whole scene came out as forced and awkward it I honestly thought it was not needed.

All in all, if you’re already a Kasie West fan, I do recommend reading this book. If you are choosing between this book and Windfall though, I definitely prefer that.

A fun, easy to read book about the consequences of money with a super cute romance. 3.5 stars. 
I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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