Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Even in Paradise

Title: Even in Paradise
Author: Chelsey Philpot
Pages: 368
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Format: ARC
Publisher: Harper Collins
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description

When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden... until now.

I guess the best word in my opinion to describe Even in Paradise is whimsical. Charlotte or Charlie gets completely swept away by the Buchanans and I must admit that I did too. It's hard not to. They are intoxicating.

Anyone that has read my blog for any length of time knows that I typically prefer fast paced novels. However, there are the occasional slow paced novels that I enjoy and Even in Paradise happens to be one of them. There really isn't a whole lot of action. It's mostly just stories about Charlie's experience with the Buchanans, It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down but it always wasn't a book that bored me.

It's hard to really explain what I enjoyed about Even in Paradise. It's more of a general feel of the novel, rather an actual thing. I did love the Buchanans, every, single one of them. I loved that they all had these adorable nicknames for each other. I loved how Julia and her siblings played these inside games that they played at parties. The really great thing about the Buchanans was how even though they lived this extravagant lifestyle, yet they still seemed to be relatable. They were loyal to one another. I kind of loved that Julia was this fragile girl but constantly was pulling these crazy stunts. I am pretty sure that I fell as hard and fast for Sebastian as Charlie did. I found his clumsiness endearing.

The actual plot was the only part that I didn't love. I felt that there was too much emphasis put on the secret that the Buchanans were hiding. To me it was quite obvious and wasn't a big deal. I guess I could see how it would be a big deal to Julia but it wasn't near as bad as it is made to be.  I was also a little mixed on my feelings for the end of the novel. It's one of those semi-opened ended novels. You have a general idea of where everyone is (some more so than others) but not necessarily where they are going. In a way I liked it because I can imagine where I want the characters to go but at the same time it makes me feel the story is somewhat incomplete.

Even in Paradise is an intoxicating read that fans of The Great Gatsby will love!


  1. That's how I felt about it too, I couldn't exactly pinpoint why I liked it as much as I did, I just...did. It did have a whimsical feeling, and it was good. I do like open endings but I wanted more of a solid ending for Charlie and Sebastian since I adored them. :(

    1. I wanted a more solid ending for them too!! The way it's left you just don't know what happened! Thanks for reading my review! Glad you enjoyed this book as well!!

  2. I've read one other review for Even In Paradise and that blogger also gave the story a great review. I'm intent on getting my hands on this book ASAP! I hope I love it as much as you did! Great review Ashley! ^_^

    1. I hope you get to soon! I really enjoyed it! Thanks for reading my review!!


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