Review of HOP (The Upward Stride #1) by Jared Holt & Alexander Kyle


Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA/NA

Book Length (Est.): 340 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

One year. Just one more year, and Jonathan Troy would be done with White Oak Bay and his controlling stepfather.

Then one evening he blacks out and sees a woman in a bathtub. It would have been more enjoyable if the bathtub weren’t filled to the brim with blood. He also flash-freezes an entire swimming pool, which would have been a fantastic indoor skating rink. Now he’s fairly certain that he’s losing his mind.

Lana Vander knows that Jude Summerfield is in love with her. He’s boyish, charming, adorable and a little goofy, and he’s also her best friend. But her sudden attraction to Jonathan Troy, who happens to be Jude’s older brother, is not some passing craze, because Lana Vander can feel what other people feel. Literally. And what she feels from Troy is beyond her ability to make sense of.

Something connects Troy and Lana, and figuring out the insanity that is becoming a daily occurrence for them is as tricky as navigating high school, relationships and teenage life.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Oh My Goodness! Talk about one hell of a cliffhanger!

At first I wasn’t entirely sure I’d like this book, as it switches back and forth between several different people’s POV, and in the beginning it kind of leaves you thinking, ‘Huh, I wonder how all of these people will intertwine? Because right now this is really confusing!’ But let me just say that once everything comes into play all of those POV changes will leave you wanting more. HOP hooked me, pulled me into the story, and most definitely left me wanting more.

Lana knows that her best friend, Jude, is in love with her. She knows this because she can sense his emotions, just like she can everyone else’s. And truth be told she’s probably a little in love with him too, but she’s also falling for his older brother, Troy. Talk about a heartbreaking love triangle.

Jude is the sweet kind of boy who’ll do anything for anyone. His brother, Troy, is the exact opposite. He could care less what most people think and he only cares for those closest to him. But Troy has a secret that will bring him and Lana closer together and at the same time push he and his brother further apart.

HOP is filled with magic, demonic creatures, and many other mythological wonders. Not only do you get to share in the POV from the main characters you also get glances into the ‘bad guy’s’ POV, which honestly can get a little creepy. If you want to submerse yourself into a fantasy world then I’d definitely recommend you read this, but don’t forget I did warn you about the major cliffhanger ending.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Lana was trying to talk to Troy and kept stumbling over herself. 

Go Lana, throw yourself at him, it’ll be more subtle! “I meant… if you want to see me in a pretty dress…” and we have a new record everyone! Self-assured to vapid in half a second flat! 

Jenn 5 Heart

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