A few weeks ago I was sent a copy of ‘Sunkissed’ by Jenny McLachlan, the 3rd book in the Ladybirds series via the publishers ‘Bloomsbury’. BUT, it can be read as a standalone which was great for me as I had no read the first two. And from what I gather of the first two novels, they focus more on romance whereas this one is more of a ‘journey of change’ with a sub-plot of romance which makes a refreshing change from most contemporary YA novels.
It starts off with the main character Kat who is sent away from her home to live with her crazy aunt (Frida) in Sweden. But it only gets worse for Kat when she finds out her and her aunt are going somewhere- somewhere without signal or wifi!!!! I don’t think I could ever cope with that. Although she soon finds hottie-Leo to take her mind off the no signal thing.
Those of you who have read Anna and The French Kiss and at the start of it were angered at Anna’s parents for sending her away (truly becoming Anna at that point) will be delighted to find themselves in the same situation in this novel as I too, was angered at Kat’s parents for sending her to a land of no wifi or signal. This for me means the author has already done a great job of getting me to connect with the character (and boy did I).
Although Kat started off as a.. well kind of a bitch-y, spoilt girl I found myself falling in love with her character. McLachlan’s writting style is perrrfect and I devoured this novel in a matter of hours. Throughout the novel Kat literally changes for the better, with some characters giving off an ‘instant dislike’ feel I found myself falling for them too, much like Kat does.
However, disaster strikes as when Kat finally feels like she is getting closer to hottie Leo she finds out he has a girlfriend! Angered at this and at what she hears them say about her she finds herself enrolled in the island’s annual competition (mind blank on its name so sorry!) where she has to run, kayak and I think she has to swim? Correct me if I’m wrong this review is being written after I have read a few more books. Roping in her friend Pearl who gets on a plane over to the island they begin training. Even, enjoying it Kat begins to find a ‘new self’ (even thinking about winning the competition) but just as she begins to find this new self, her parents suggest its not a very good idea for her to enter the competition. What A-Holes! Luckily, Kat doesn’t listen and she takes part in the competition to prove them wrong.
Much more twists and turns happen after she enters but if you want to find out more….
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