Double Book Review - Kept And Lost by Elle Field


Today's book review is a little bit different because I'm sharing my thoughts on not one but two books! 

I was lucky enough to win the first two books in the Arielle Lockley Trilogy from a giveaway during the Lost book tour. I had previously enjoyed Geli Voyante's Hot or Not by the same author (you can find my review of this on Me, My Books and I) so I was really looking forward to reading these. Just look at those beautiful covers!

Kept and Lost

KEPT

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 26 May 2013

"'Did she really just say that? I am fifteen again, except the reality is I am experiencing full parental horror, aged twenty-five. I want to die.'

Life hasn't quite worked out how Arielle Lockley imagined it would. Becoming the next Coco Chanel was always her childhood dream, but she's spent the past four years living a dizzying whirl of glitzy parties, luxurious holidays and daily shopping sprees - all paid for by boyfriend Piers - and not doing anything to make her Coco dreams happen.

When the recession hits, it's not just the economy that takes a tumble and Arielle finds herself living back with her parents, on bad terms with Piers, and having a CV that's as welcome as a pair of knock-off Jimmy Choos. And maybe it's the location, but she's also finding unwelcome thoughts of her childhood sweetheart are popping into her head...

What's a girl to do? Can Arielle figure out what it is she now wants to do with her life and move on, or will she be doomed to spend the rest of her life dwelling over her worst mistakes, stuck listening to her parents' embarrassing dinner table talk each night?"

MY REVIEW

During the first few chapters I found myself struggling to warm to Arielle. I really wanted to like her but her admissions made it difficult. Piers seemed too good to be true, I was waiting for him to do something that would rock the boat. But would he?

It didn't take too long for me to get to know Arielle and realise that she simply let life pull her along rather than try to take control of it herself. I was keen to find out how or if she would be able to straighten herself out. She ended up making me giggle quite a lot, particularly as her situation continued to spiral.

The mysterious 'him' kept me guessing throughout the first half of the book and when 'he' was revealed I was surprised by what happened next. I didn't think it would end well.

The opportunity that presented itself later in the book was fabulous and I couldn't wait to see where Arielle would go with it. It turned out to be a life-changing moment for her.

This was a fun read but also thought-provoking and it showed that with a little determination you can achieve anything!

4 Stars














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LOST

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 6 April 2015

""I'm starting to realise that age is just a number, but Tabitha pointed out I'm only saying that because I'm twenty-five, engaged, and have my life together. (Touch wood things stay that way.)"

Arielle is back! OK, she's not on her way to becoming the next Coco Chanel, her childhood dream, but she is one way step closer to running her very own shop with her business partner, Felicity.

She's also planning her perfect romantic wedding to fiancé, Piers, and Arielle is starting to believe that she's finally found her place in the world... Of course life is never that straightforward.

With a new-found foe interfering with her shop decisions, not to mention haughty wedding planners and loved ones facing personal struggles, will Arielle figure out what's important before all is lost?"

MY REVIEW

As I already knew the characters from Kept I found this book easier to get into. I loved Obelix's character and his peculiar behaviour at the beginning intrigued me, even though I did have my suspicions as to why he was acting so strange. 

Felicity was someone who I couldn't quite figure out in book one and, although I was pleased to find out more about her, I felt sad about what it was revealing.

There were a few times that Arielle seemed to revert to her previous (not-so-likeable) self and even though the reason for this was explained, I just wasn't keen on that side of her.

As I progressed through the storyline I became increasingly concerned that something bad was just around the corner. Unexpectedly all the drama happened around the same time and then left me on a teasing cliffhanger with so many questions lingering in my mind.

This was an enjoyable read, containing more complications for Arielle to handle and with a little more emotion than the first book.

4 Stars














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Comments

  1. So pleased you enjoyed the first two books in the series. Thank you so much for reviewing them, and hope you get to read B-Side and Found soon. x

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    1. My pleasure Elle, thank you for more run reads! x

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  2. Great reviews Kate. Elle is such a gorgeous person as well isn't she :) x

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    1. She certainly is, I love friendly authors! Thanks Shaz x

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