Review: Last to Know by Micalea Smeltzer

April 19, 2015 Uncategorized 7 ★★★★½

Review: Last to Know by Micalea SmeltzerLast To Know Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Humor, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Series: Willow Creek #1
Published by Self Published on February 9th, 2015
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four-half-stars

He was just a boy.
And I was just a girl.
But if that’s all there was to the story it wouldn’t be very interesting, would it?

Up and coming band Willow Creek is back in their hometown for the summer. For the drummer, Maddox Wade, this summer was meant for writing music and playing gigs.

Falling in love was not part of the plan.

One look at Emma Burke and those plans cease to matter.

Emma is quiet and guarded. She’s still hurt from her father walking out two years ago. She doesn’t want to trust Maddox, but with his dark hair, smoldering good looks, and infectious smile he’s impossible to resist.

Together Maddox and Emma embark on an unforgettable summer of adventures and first love.
Everything is perfect…or so Emma thinks.

There are things she doesn’t know, and when she finds out the truth it might shatter everything she’s built with Maddox.

No one said love was easy, and for Maddox and Emma it just might be impossible.

This is a Young Adult book. The following books in the series will be New Adult

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Last to Know reminded me a lot of those band fanfiction stories I used to read in Wattpad, specially of One Direction. From the moment I started it I couldn’t tear my eyes away. I just had to go through with it as soon as possible and see what was coming after each page.

Micalea Smeltzer introduces us to her Willow Creek series with this Young Adult novel, Last To Know, that tells the story of a boy and a girl who fall in love, and how said boy keeps a secret from the girl that might cost them a potential future together once she finds out.

I was finishing my mini spring vacations and, while it was spring, I felt like it was summer and the world was full of possibilities and adventure because of this book.

Maddox was the ultimate book boyfriend. I am obsessed with him. Maybe as much as he is with Diet Pepsi. I loved his good-natured humor, ease, silliness, adventurous, and romantic tendencies. And he had a pet hedgehog. No kidding. The name? Sonic. Ha. I just couldn’t stop laughing at whatever he said and swoon hard, at the brink of fainting, whenever he said or did something sweet and romantic with Emma. The guy knew how to charm someone in the blink of an eye. But that wasn’t all there was to him. He had a rough start in life with his twin brother, Mathias (talk about sexy). Yet he didn’t let his dark past take the best of him, but rather he lived the moment and strove into making his dreams come true.

Emma was an enjoyable character as well. She was really down-to-earth, independent, smart, though a bit ignorant on some things like ONE REPUBLIC, THE FRAY, CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, which was her ultimate demise since her boyfriend was the drummer of an on-the-rise rock band. Other than that, I liked reading from her Point of View  and how she was with Maddox through the book. She’s shown at first as someone who was kind of a loner who took refuge in her books and had a hard time trusting people because of her father abandoning her and her mom. But I liked how throughout the book she grew out of her shell by daring to do things with Maddox and learn to trust him. She was awesome, overall. I could see us one day being buddies. Only thing that bothered me of her was her overreaction to discovering Maddox’s ultimate secret, which he kept hidden for a reason that was okay. For me, it was okay at first how she was super upset about it, but for the quantity of time it lasted, bleh. I wanted to slap her. Oh well.

Other than the plot and the amazing character cast–from friends to family to the rest of the band–what made this book so great for me too was how it was written and how that made me feel while reading. It was quirky, easy, over the clouds, fun, everything you hope of a summer read. It reminded me a lot of the times I’ve spent with friends just enjoying ourselves and being carefree. It was amazing.

 

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

ALSO, people, head over to Amazon, Nook, iBooks, whatever ebook platform you have and download this book FOR FREE before the release of Never Too Late, Mathias’ story, this Tuesday. Time is running out for you to get this and start your obsession with Willow Creek. I know I am, and it’s worth it.

ALSO, be tuned in for my review of Never Too Late this Tuesday. This sequel is New Adult and with tons of the sexiness Last To Know didn’t have… 😉

 

Now some excerpt pics!

 

 

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I'm Jennifer. Addicted reader, and lover of books. I'm a full-time college student majoring in English Liturature and Linguistics & Communication, with aspirations of being a professional editor. Among other things. In the meantime, I obsess over books, history, art, and politics. I believe in freedom of speech and reading whatever you want. Open to discussions about anything and everything 🙂
  • I adore these kind of stories! But I’m wary of the title. It sounds ominous. Thanks for the heads up on the free ebook.

    • jmmbookworm

      Ohh it does sound ominous… But it’s okay, it only refers to how Emma is the last to know the truth. I hope you like it if you ever get to read it 🙂

  • Sounds like this one was a super entertaining read, and you broke down the characters really well! Emma does sound like a really well rounded character and it looks like you found a new book boyfriend in Maddox. Great review Jennifer!

    • jmmbookworm

      I’m not able to get over Maddox. Even while reading the second book about his twin Mathias, my heart kept going to Maddox.. </3 haha And thanks!

  • Karen

    I love the idea of the hero being good natured and silly. So many of these guys are brooding jerks – it’s nice to read something different once in a while.

    WHAT’S THE SECRET??!!! lol

    Is the next NA book still about them or a different couple?

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • jmmbookworm

      I can’t tell the secret! Though once you start the story it becomes awfully obvious. But it’s not so much about knowing the secret, but more about how their relationship blooms and what happens afterwards 😉

      This book is the only YA of the four book series. Each of them is about a member of the fictional rock band Willow Creek, starting with Maddox, then his twin Mathias, then Ezra and Hayes who appear in the first book. Though we get satisfying glimpses of Maddox and Emma in Mathias’ story <3

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