12 March 2018

Tour & Review - The Trail Rules

The Trail Rules - The Rules Series #2

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 9th 2018

What they say: Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree. 

Well, almost.

When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.

There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.

Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.

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I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: The Rules series is a cute YA series with a bit of an edge. Mike has gone through a rapid transformation since we first met her in Cally's story in The Slope Rules. She's moved on from her former mean girl persona and toxic frenemy relationship with her former bestie. This time her story takes centerstage.

The Trail Rules is very much a coming of age story. Mike is just beginning to learn who she is and what she likes or dislikes. She finds herself surprising into biking. Suddenly a whole new world of possibilities is open to her. I'm not a big mountain biker. To be honest snowboarding is much more my speed, but I enjoyed learning about the trails and mountains from Mike's POV.

The characters are young but where I often find this 'youngness' immature and annoying, I appreciated the changes the characters go through. I particularly appreciated how Mike is self-aware enough to make positive changes, try to be a better person. I'm not saying all YA leads need to go through such a dramatic shift but it was really refreshing to see a young woman take the harder path to self improvement.

I wasn't expecting a couple of the plot shifts. I almost, and I do mean almost, felt sorry for certain characters at times. No spoilers...!

The romance. Once I got my head around the slightly confusing name situation (it honestly doesn't take much to confuse me these days) I really liked Mica. Unlike other guys, Mica brings out the best in Mike. They complement each other. I liked the slow burn and their friendship. In fact it was nice meeting all the bikers and I enjoyed this fun story.

3.5 Stars in my Sky!

Author Spotlight:

Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.


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