Tue, May 6, 2014

Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt Review

Chapel Wars book cover

Chapel Wars book cover

Chapel Wars
By Lindsey Leavitt
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 304 pages
Source: Publisher

Acclaimed author Lindsey Leavitt brings her trademark heart, humor, and romance to her hometown–Vegas
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?

And then there’s Grandpa’s letter. Not only is she running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money–fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family’s mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and… Dax. No wait, not Dax.

Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there’s a wedding chapel to save.

— Goodreads.com description

Ahh, isn’t it the most magical feeling when you are reading a book at the EXACT perfect time in your life to fully appreciate it?

The stars aligned for me when I read The Chapel Wars on a work trip to Vegas. Every local reference was one I’d seen that day — in some cases were clients I’d met with — and I could visualize every bit of the story perfectly.

I was so incredibly happy to be reading this book at that exact moment that, I have to admit, I’m useless when it comes to this review. I’m so biased! It was blind love!

Now, that being said, there’s plenty to love, Vegas or not: A killer romance, interesting family drama and a strong main character.

If you’re a fan of Leavitt’s work, you should absolutely keep it going with The Chapel Wars. If you’re new to her, start anywhere: here, Sean Griswold’s Head or Going Vintage. Any way you go about it, you’re guaranteed a fun escape, and that’s what I really appreciate about this author.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Jennifer from YA Book Nerd said:

    Love this author! So excited to read this one!

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  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    I was so excited when I saw your review today! I think I’ve worn a small trough outside of my post office waiting for my pre-order of this book to arrive, so I’m always excited when I see any new information or news about it 🙂

    For better or worse, I think a lot of our experience with a book depends upon reading the right book at the right time, and it’s so neat that your experience with this book was able to line up with your trip to Las Vegas. There’s something about seeing the places in a book come to life around you that makes it all the more exciting and engaging somehow. Plus, knowing Leavitt’s writing as I do, her work is always the perfect choice when you’re going on a trip, even if it was for business. It’s light and fun and absolutely perfect for that sort of thing.

    All in all, I’m so happy to see that you had such a positive experience with this book and I have little doubt I will too. Now if only my copy would arrive… *Shakes fist*

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  3. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I really enjoyed Going Vintage so I’m definitely reading this one. A fun escape…can’t ask more than that!

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  4. Michelle @ Unraveling Books said:

    I recently won a copy of this on Twitter and I cannot wait to read it!! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. Rebecca @ The Library Canary said:

    I have a copy of this book, but have been kinda on the fence about it because I don’t usually like light, fluffy contemps. But now that summer is coming, I don’t know, I’m kind of in the mood for them. I’ll probably be giving this one a try soon.

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  6. Alexa S. said:

    I’m glad that you were able to really connect with this novel since you were in Vegas when you read it! It was such a fun book, and as my first Leavitt, it was perfectly good.

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  7. Book Angel Emma said:

    I love the sound of this one. I really hope it gets picked up in the UK

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    Anna Reply:

    Oooh I hope so too!

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