Friday, June 6, 2014

Don't Fall by Rachel Schieffelbein ~ Review & Giveaway

  Don't Fall
Release Date: 2014
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend.

But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

My Thoughts:

4 stars - Such a great YA fairy tale!

I haven't read a lot of fairy tale stories but this one appealed to me.  I've been in the mood for a good YA and this totally fit the bill.

Let me start by saying I love the cover.  It's whimsical and fits the story so well.  I also adore the names of the characters.  Anya is such a pretty name and Zander is just a yummy boy.  Loved that.

I read this straight through.  I don't remember a book that went so fast as this one did.  I just glanced down and it was done.  How did that happen?  I think it was that fairy tale magic.

Clearly a fairy tale but in modern clothes, Anya is being locked away by her over protective mother.  Having lost her own daughter in a tragic way, her adoptive mom feels the need to keep her safe at the cost of her social life. 

Anya meets Zander at the library when she can't help but take his picture.  It's a sweet moment when he looks up and realizes what's up.  Their relationship develops as they meet at the only place Anya is allowed to go, the library, twice a week.  Soon, that isn't enough for either of them.  But Anya is afraid to tell her mother.

Things play out as one might expect but I just smiled as the story unfolded.  So good.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story is just so sweet and delicious.  It's the perfect YA read and a great one for adults to enjoy too.  I accepted it as a fairy tale and just enjoyed it.  I'm sure anyone who loves YA would enjoy this one too.

About the Author
Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.


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  1. Thanks so much for being part of the tour, and for the lovely review! :)

  2. This sounds like such a sweet read. I love fairy tale retellings. Great review.

  3. thank you! The books sounds good :)

  4. It seems like this was absolutely perfect for you. That makes me happy! Thanks for the review!

  5. Thanks for the review and the giveaway! :)

  6. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  7. I haven't heard of this one yet. It sounds good. Great review!

  8. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I love when you read a book so quickly and you don't even know where the time went! This sounds like such a heat and magical story!

  9. This sounds like a really good book. I hope I get to read it soon!

  10. Thanks for the great review

  11. Rapunzel is a fairy tale that I have never read a retelling of, and I must admit to some curiosity with this book. While Rapunzel was not a favorite growing up, now as an adult, I think that it is a really good story. I would love the chance to read this story! Thank you so much for the giveaway!