Friday, December 11, 2015

Review ~ The Trouble With Paper Planes by Amanda Dick ~ JMAC

Title: The trouble With Paper Planes 
Author: Amanda Dick 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

I’ve always believed in what I can see, what I can hear and what I can touch. Surfing was my religion and destiny was just a fairy-tale. But one summer, over ten days during the hottest February on record, all that changed. I found hope – the kind of hope that sustains you, even when you don’t want to be sustained.
The night Emily disappeared, I was branded. She became the girl on the ‘missing’ posters, and I became the one trying to keep everyone from falling apart. I thought that somehow it would keep me from being devoured by the emptiness inside me. Five years later, I was beginning to appreciate how deluded I really was.
Then Maia showed up. New in town, with a past as mysterious as she was, she reminded me so much of Emily that I couldn’t stand to be anywhere near her. What I didn’t realise was that there were forces at play that neither of us could possibly understand.
It takes a determined soul to alter destiny. There is a loophole, a back door, and the events that unfolded during those ten days showed me how that loophole can change everything. 
Do you believe in fate? If so, let me tell you my story. If not, what happened to me might change your mind.

3.5 Stars

I wasn't sure how to really rate this book.  The writing was really good, however towards the end of the book I feel like, it just didn't make sense to me.  As many other reviewers said, with this book you either like it or you don't.  Me? I'm still entirely not sure how I feel.  Did I love the writing? Yes  It was honestly the ending that swayed me away from how I was feeling for the book.
The Trouble With Paper Planes follows Heath and his life after losing the love of his life. 
I don't really want to describe the plot because this is a book you should go into blind, and the littlest thing that I say could give things away.  

This is the first book of Amanda's that I've read.  It was definately intriguing, and I don't want to steer people away with my review.  Just because the ending didn't sit well with me, doesn't mean everyone will feel the same.  Amanda kept me invested the whole book.  The story was a good one.  I loved Heath's pov.  I feel like some female authors don't portray a male pov correctly, but Amanda did it perfectly.  I never felt like it was a female writing his pov, it was genuine.  

All in all my rating is 3.5, and I know this review isn't really explaining why so much, but that's only because I can't explain without ruining the story.  

I do look forward to reading more from Amanda.  


Amanda Dick is a night-owl, coffee addict, movie buff and music lover. She loves to do DIY (if it's not bolted down, she'll probably paint it, re-cover it or otherwise decorate it) and has tried almost every craft known to man/womankind. She has two sewing machines and an over-locker she can't remember how to thread. She crochets (but can't follow a pattern), knits (badly) and refrains from both as a public service. 

She believes in love at first sight, in women's intuition and in following your heart. She is rather partial to dark chocolate and believes in the power of a good vanilla latte. 

What lights her fire is writing stories about real people in trying situations. Her passion is finding characters who are forced to test their boundaries. She is insanely curious about how we, as human beings, react when pushed to the edge. Most of all, she enjoys writing about human behaviour - love, loss, joy, grief, friendship and the complexity of relationships in general.

After living in Scotland for five years, she has now settled back home in New Zealand, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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