Saturday, January 10, 2015

REVIEW...Calling California by J.P. Grider

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*

Calling California coverCalling California (Hunter Hill University #1)
by J.P. Grider

Genre: Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: May, 2014

Cali Parker is poor. She has a lot on her plate - her father is dying, she's working to help pay the rent, and she's two-years behind in college.

Griffin Brooks is rich. He has not a care in the world - he's acing his engineering courses, his hobby is restoring his fifty-thousand dollar classic car, and he has a different girl on his arm every week.

When Cali sees Griffin on her first day of class, she's immediately smitten and thinks she's found the perfect guy. When Griffin sees Cali at the bank, he immediately forgets the blonde he was with that morning. Then they meet, and their worlds collide.

Cali doesn't belong in Griffin’s world, and he doesn't understand hers. But just when Griffin convinces Cali that their two different worlds can blend, a secret is revealed that tears them apart.

Is their love strong enough to bring them back together, or will their worlds drift further apart?

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About the Author:
J.P. Grider is a Young Adult and New Adult author. She is the author of six novels. Her young adult series The Honor Trilogy consists of A Touch of Honor, A Man of Honor, and A Heart of Honor, while her first two novels - Unplugged (A Portrait of a Rock Star) and Maybe This Life - are standalone adult contemporary novels. Her most recent release is the new adult romance Calling California, which is the first in her Hunter Hill University series. The next book in the series – Mending Mick – will be released in October, 2014. All the books in the Hunter Hill University series will be standalone books and can be read in any order.
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This Book Nerd Says: 
So I read this book after I read the second in this Hunter Hill University Series. While it's stated that you can read the series in any order (and I agree) I must mention that reading about Cali and Griffin in Mending Michael (book 2) before reading this story gives you a teeny tiny spoiler in knowing that at the end they get their happily-ever-after-at-least-for-now. With that disclaimer out of the way let's get into my review...
This story did intrigue from the very beginning, it's a flashback, a memory that sticks with the characters until we meet them in the present. Though I immediately began to predict what was happening, I felt that there was going to be a twist in there so it kept me wanting to turn the page. 
My favorite part of this book was Griffin. That was surprising because I thought I was going to enjoy Cali's character the most. I was wrong. Griffin stole my heart from the beginning and he kept on finding moments to make me say 'awwww'. This could have fallen into those rich boy meets poor girl read it before typecast categories, BUT instead it stood out as something more for me. It's Griffin that was the stand out factor. He has money but completely avoids being the entitled rich kid. Instead he's drawn to Cali and realizes that all he wants to do is help her because money without love meant nothing. 
This though leads to my main issue with the story. 
Cali's insecurities with her financial status are definitely understandable but it's her pride that begins to drive me mad. She's a bit oversensitive in a few situations (going through a lot of personal turmoil but still...) and takes some of the genuine heartfelt gestures and actions from Griffin as negatives effectively trying to push him away. I honestly didn't completely want to shake her until her pride began to make Griffin begin to change himself when I felt like he didn't need to because he was a GOOD person. 
I must also say there was a bit of an insta-love story but I liked that it was also addressed by characters.
Overall I really did enjoy the read and the twist was more than I was expecting so that was a bonus. I'm kept going back and forth when it came to a star rating. 
For the story line I would give it 3.5 stars
For the characters I would probably give it 4 stars 

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