Monday 21 October 2013

Finding It - Cora Carmack

Pages: 323
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Release Date: 10th October 2013
Edition: e-proof
Source: NetGalley

Other Titles by this Author: Losing It, Keeping Her, Faking It

Kelsey Summers is looking for love in all the wrong places.

Spending a few months travelling around Europe – with no parents, no responsibilities and a no limit credit card – Kelsey’s having the time of her life.

But when she completely embarrasses herself in front of the hottest guy she’s ever seen, she soon realises there’s more to life than the next party.

What she doesn’t realise is that although she’s on a journey to find herself, she will end up finding The One...

I thoroughly enjoyed Finding It and I thought it was a huge improvement on Losing It. I think I’m becoming a Cora Carmack fan.

To me, Carmack’s writing didn’t have the faults I found in it with her first novel and it was striking enough that I noticed it within pages. The clichés were more or less gone; the characterisation was stronger, though there were a few stereotypes; and I sensed a firmer style in Finding It. Through her characters and their actions, Carmack has a bold, intense and current prose style that I started to really like and connect with this time around. I didn’t find myself cringing or grimacing at the writing at any point like I did in Losing It on occasion.

I loved the backdrop of Europe for Kelsey’s story. I really disliked her in Losing It in the way she tried to push Bliss into losing her virginity and I was a little hesitant about reading a novel surrounding her. She surprised me though. Her development over the novel is fantastic and some more of her mind and history is revealed and hinted at with each chapter. The tension caused by this between her and Hunt was intense and well done. Though I do think that though what she experienced was awful, I do believe it was a clichéd way out.

Carmack brought me back in after that disappointment with Hunt’s secrets. I found myself guessing something different with every couple of chapters and the big reveal was completely unexpected; I was definitely impressed. I also loved the way it pushed Kelsey to take on her own issues and make some difficult and brave decisions. To have this grand adventure against the background of Europe was all of the ‘ic’s: dramatic, romantic and epic. It made me even more determined to go on that trip myself, if only I had daddy’s limitless credit card to fund it like Kelsey did...

I flew through Finding It and became really invested in Kelsey and Hunt’s story so I’ll definitely be getting my hands of Faking It and looking forward to Cora Carmack’s next novel.

Thanks to Ebury Digital/NetGalley for the review copy.



  1. I'm even more intrigued to read this after some of the comments in your review. I must admit, I had no idea who Kelsey was as I didn't remember her specifically from Losing It. Now that I do remember I'm thinking, 'wow, I didn't like her' and hpefully my mind will be changed...

  2. Yay yay yay! I friggin love Cora's books, and this one was no exception. Glad you're now a fan too! <3


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