Today I am bringing to you my review of Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame as part of the blog tour hosted by Ink Road Books. I received this book in exchange for an honest review but this did not affect my opinion at all.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Black and White Publishing
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
She was afraid of it.
He was used to it.
There’s not much that MacKenzie Rivers is afraid of. In the small town of Windsor, Colorado, she is known for her easygoing, strong personality, some would even say she isn’t afraid of anything. But MacKenzie knows that’s not true. She’s afraid of losing those closest to her. Recovering from a family tragedy, Kenzie is fully aware of just how big an impact death can have on those it leaves behind. Seeing its effects on other people is something she just can’t quite handle. From now on, Kenzie is her own priority.
There are not many things that Jaden Hunter can make sense of. He doesn’t understand why it was his parents who lost their lives last year. He doesn’t understand why his friends don’t crack jokes around him any more. He doesn’t understand why his teachers still insist on letting him skip assignments. He doesn’t understand why MacKenzie, the girl he was falling for last year, has suddenly distanced herself from him.
Too afraid to get wrapped up in Jaden’s world as he deals with the tragic death of his parents, Kenzie has stayed away from him as best she can, until one night when they unexpectedly come face-to-face for the first time in months. As old feelings resurface and new memories are made, both MacKenzie and Jaden show each other how to appreciate the little things in life, the moments that are taken for granted. But will MacKenzie dare to fall for the one person she’s so afraid of growing close to?
Anyone who knows me will know that I love YA contemporary romance so when I was offered a copy of Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame, I jumped at the chance. I love YA romance as I find them easy to read, addictive and they are a pure form of escapism as during that brief period when I’m reading the book, I cannot think of anything else. Dare to Fall was no different. It was addictive and fun which led to me reading the whole book in a day.
The romance was pretty cute but I would have preferred it if we got to know more of what they were like before the accident. There was a serious lack in cutesy moments for my liking but it was still a cute romance. I do think the blurb misled me or maybe I just read it wrong as I thought Jaden would be a completely different character. I expected some sort of brooding moody bad boy kind of character but that’s not what I got at all. I’m not complaining about it as I loved Jaden but I expected a different character.
MacKenzie in my opinion is a main character that most people could easily dislike as she could come across as selfish and she definitely did at times. However, Estelle Maskame attempts to give reasons for why she is the way she is which did lead to me understanding her better and I appreciated that. Without those explanations, I probably would have really disliked MacKenzie.
What I loved the most about Dare to Fall was the family aspect, both MacKenzie’s family and Jaden’s family. Family is a part of life that is often missed out completely in YA which is terrible in my opinion as family dramas make for some of the best stories. I liked the contrast between the two families and how they both differed to society’s views on them. Jaden’s family was full of warmth and fun whereas it was MacKenzie’s that was broken when you might think it would be the other way around. I loved learning more about each family member and I especially loved the dynamic between MacKenzie and Dani.
My main complaint about Dare to Fall is the ending. I would have loved a more solid ending about what was going to happen as the cliffhanger left me wanting more. To my knowledge, Dare to Fall is a standalone so we probably won’t be getting a sequel but I would love to see what happens next.
In conclusion, Dare to Fall is a fun, addictive romance that will pull at your heart strings at parts but overall it will keep you entertained and I recommend picking it up if you like YA romance. Also don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour to see their opinions on the book.