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‘Upside Down’ by Lia Riley

Upside Down

Lia Riley writes off beat New Adult Romance.  ‘Upside Down’ was published by Piatkus as an ebook on the 5th August 2014 and it is the first book in the Off the Map trilogy.  I was sent a copy to review.

Natalia Stolfi is twenty-one years old and lives in Santa Cruz, California.  Lately things have been very hard for her.  Natalia suffers from OCD and panic attacks, plus she has been trying to deal with a recent loss.  But she knows it is time for her to say goodbye to all those painful memories and sort herself out.  So Natalia decides to go on a six month trip to Melbourne.  There she will make out that she is an exchange student with absolutely no worries.  But will she succeed?

Bran Lockhart has had the worst year of his life.  After a failed relationship he returns to Melbourne to try and piece his life back together.  He doesn’t believe in love anymore.  However, he unexpectedly meets Talia and realises that he really wants to be with her.  Are they meant to be together or will they go their own separate ways?

I’ve never read a New Adult Romance novel before and although ‘Upside Down’ sounded interesting I didn’t really know how I would get on with it.  As it turns out I finished the book within a couple of days.  I didn’t get into the story fully until after the first few chapters and then I found it hard to put down.  I liked the writing style and it was interesting to learn what some of the words meant in Australia.  For instance ‘thongs’ means flip-flops and not underwear.  This story also had a wide range of characters.

I felt sorry for Talia and what she had been through.  She went away in the hope of forgetting her past and curing herself of her OCD only to discover that it wasn’t all that simple.  Her trip away and the experiences she had made her a much stronger person though and it helped her shape her future.

I am now looking forward to reading the next book as it will be interesting to find out how Talia’s life progresses.

I give this book 4 out of 5.


‘Sideswiped’, the second book in this trilogy is due to be published on the 7th October 2014.

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