The CHB Read & Review Club is for educators and students who enjoy reading and would like to share the joy of reading with others through reviewing and recommending books. As a bookshop, we often receive special review copies of books in advance of their release dates so that we can review them. However, since we can only read so many books and we value the thoughts and opinions of other readers, CHB is recruiting educators and students to read and review advance reader copies (or arcs) of books that we receive, and we'll post their reviews on the Cavalier House Books website via the Read & Review Club Blog!
Evalyn H. (13) is a Read & Review Club member, and she has written a review of Sweet by Emmy Laybourne!
From the publisher's marketing: The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv's invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli--the hottest guy ever!--and she's too sick to even "try" the sweetener. And that's "before" Viv and all the other passengers start acting really strange. Tom knows that he should be grateful for this job and the chance to shed his former-child-star image. His publicists have even set up a 'romance' with a sexy reality star. But as things on the ship start to get wild, he finds himself drawn to a different girl. And when the hosting gig turns into an expose on the shocking side effects of Solu, it's Laurel that he's determined to save.
Check out what Evalyn has to say about the book:
The book Sweet by Emmy Laybourne could only be described as astounding, breathtaking, and nothing other than wondrous. When I first started reading the book I couldn’t even set it down. All I would think about, day or night, is how the book would end. I found the underlying plot very enjoyable. The character Tom was, however, not exactly how I expected him to be. My expectations were based around the “baby Tom-Tom” image portrayed to the readers on the back of the book, but in reality his character is strong and handsome. Naturally, I would guess that any handsome character in any book or movie would go for the stereotypically cute, skinny girl, but no; not in this book. When I read on the back of the book that Laurel is the one Tom is determined to save, I nowhere near thought that the reason for that would be the relationship they created with each other as the book went on. With each development to the plot and every Code Matthew called I found myself digging deeper into the story. The book did have some problems; some parts felt a bit repetitive to me at times. The ending of the book truly had me on the edge of my seat. I was both mad at the author and overjoyed that I got to read such a book. Oh, and trust me, you will be too. I would love to sit here at my desk a little longer and tell you more about the book, but if I did, a spoiler would surely sneak past my slow typing fingers and onto the screen. I hope you enjoy reading Sweet once you get the chance.
The luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu should be the vacation of a lifetime. But Laurel is starting to regret accepting her friend Viv's invitation. She's already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli—the hottest guy ever!—and she's too sick to even try the sweetener.