Sunday, February 7, 2016

ARC Review: LIFE ON THE LEVEL by Zoraida Córdova

Title: Life on the Level
Series: On the Verge #3
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publishing: February 23rd, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Rating:


Goodreads blurb:
Never gamble more than you can afford to lose.

River Thomas was born a wild card. Her father took one look at her and decided that his daughter would have the best poker face in the city.

But when he dies unexpectedly, River's already dangerous life is spiraling out of control. After six months without gambling—staying away from the tables where she makes and loses her fortune—she relapses, and soon must go on the run from a guy looking to settle a score.

She wants to be better, needs to be better, before she ends up like her dad. The road leads her to rehab in Sun Valley, Montana. But first, one last hurrah, and the beautiful stranger at the bar is just what the doctor ordered. She leaves before sunrise still thinking of his face. But her last hurrah with the guy of her dreams is also her counselor for the next ninety days...

Attraction, however, is too strong a lure to ignore, and soon River finds herself gambling with the one thing she never thought she would—her heart.
 
Once again, Zoraida Córdova has made my heart go out of control. Her books are always so hot and at the same time, I can't help to laugh-out-loud and falling in love with the people that I'm reading about. Life on the Level was no different but I guess I really love these two characters a hella lot more? River and Hutch were sparks that wanted to explode from the first time and continued to be my absolute joy throughout the whole book.

River made me laugh and her friendship with Sky and Leti is what you want friendships between girls to be like. It's a breath of fresh air to see this in NA! Many of the times I read NAs they pit girls vs girls because of a boy or it's like girls can't be friends somehow? Which is 0 not true to be honest. Like why??? Life in the Level shows you that girls are masterminds and the best together. We have all the fun pleaseeee.

I cannot lie that at the end of the book some things were happening too fast like all the problems wanted to be resolved at once. It didn't bother me that much, because I enjoyed all the before-story. It just something that I felt like it was like that. Still I was really happy how the book ended and it's no secret I really enjoy my romance books.

I really, really like this book and I'm happy to see a fellow Latina write great books that have so much inside of them. You guys should read ON THE VERGE series - meet the jalapeño personalities of the MCs and their sweet yet dripping-hot heroes, all the shenanigans happening around them and the fun and laughs you will share while reading Zoraida's stories.


Zoraida is doing a fun pre-order giveaway! She is giving away 8 charm bracelets - and yes!! Eight winners will be selected. It's international as well /o/  Go to Zoraida's blog post here for more info and she posted pictures of the bracelets, so you go and check them out. They're super cute.

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I write YA Urban Fantasy about mermaids and other things that go bump in the night. I also write about 20-something-year-old-girls searching for love and the meaning of life. I often wish my life were a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sex and the City. I’m a contributing writer to Latinos in Kid Lit because#WeNeedDiverseBooks.
I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. When I was a kid I had two obsessions: Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. I watched both religiously. It is, how I believe, I learned how to speak English before I arrived in Jamaica, Queens in the 1990s.
I’ve always loved stories about magic and impossible worlds. Other things I love: Harry Potter FOREVER. I’m always either sorted into Ravenclaw or Slytherin, so instead I pledge to the mermaids of the Black Lake. Moon Prism Power. Five by five. Orlando Bloom’s Face. Daughter of Poseidon. I love you/I know.

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