ARC Review: The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis.


2The Paths We Choose
(Lillac Town #2) by M. Hollis.
Expected publication on April 6th 2017.
119 pages.
Rating: 3.75/5
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Synopsis:
Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow. 
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore. 
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs. 

Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.

ARC provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

The first novella in this series was good, so sweet and pure. But this second installment was so much better, not for the characters or story per se but as a whole. One thing that I’m not sure how I feel about, is that the novellas in Lillac Town don’t really have a plot, it’s more focused on the day to day activities of the characters, and every once in a while I look for a story like this to read because it’s fun and light, but most of the time that’s not what I look for in a book.

Lily Ferrari is a protagonist that I wouldn’t want to be friends with but at the same time I understand and even relate to her a little. I like seeing cynical and realistic characters because to me it make them more real. So, I enjoyed Lily’s character and even thought she wasn’t my favorite, she didn’t annoy me or anything of the kind.

“Liberdade. Freedom. Suits you well. Tienes un alma sin limites, Lidiane.”

I wish we could’ve seen more of Mayte, I feel like we saw more of her in The Melody Of You And Me and I’m kind of disappointed because she seems amazing but we didn’t get to see her character depth. At the same time, I understand that this was a short story so this is more of a observation than a complaint.

The friendship in this book was so adorable, I loved all of the girls and their interactions were so much fun to read. It’s probably my favorite thing about this story and I really really hope the next book is about Hope and Karen because I already love them so much, plus best friends to lovers is definitely one of my favorite tropes so this would be perfect.

“We are your best friends. Your family. You can always count on us. You need us to move mountains? We’ll do it. You need us to hide a big secret? We’ll do it.”

Another thing that was on point for me was the diversity representation. Since Hollis is Brazilian I wasn’t surprised that the cultural references would be perfect, but I loved how it was acknowledged and discussed between the characters as well, and everything they say it’s so painfully accurate it’s actually sad. It did have its fun parts of it too though.

Every time someone finds out she is Brazilian, it’s met with disbelief. They ask her how come she’s white, why is her English so good, what language does she speak?
Lily hates this the most.

The only thing that actually bothered me in this novella is that it felt like things were more told than experienced, I’m not sure how to express what I mean… Let’s say a lot of the story happened in her head and we didn’t get to see much of the things actually happening. That also happened in the first book but not as much as it did in this one.

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