Wednesday, June 3, 2015

*Review* Rival by Penelope Douglas

Genre: New Adult/Romance
Published: August 26, 2014
Pages: 366
Ages: 18+


From the New Adult sensation and New York Times bestselling author of Until You

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…

She’s back.

For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…

I’m back.

Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me…


OMG! I thought things were fucked up in Bully and Until You, but those issues are child's play compared to what Penelope throws at us in Rival. I cried on three separate occasions, and I'm not normally a crier. Rival is told in dual POV, and I usually only really feel like I'm the female character, regardless of who's POV I'm reading, but with Rival I really felt like I was Madoc while in his head and Fallon while in hers. We get to see a completely new side of Madoc that makes some of his actions in Bully and Until You make even more sense. And Jax, OMG. That's all I'm going to say about that. I can't wait to get his story now. (This is my review as posted on Goodreads. I really don't know why I didn't take the time to write a blog review for this book, but this is what I have for now.)

Overall I give Rival 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to fans of New Adult romance. - Katie 

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About the Author

Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author living in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. Her books include the Fall Away series (Bully, Until You, Rival, Falling Away, and Aflame). Please look for the new standalone, contemporary romance, Misconduct, Dec. 1, 2015. 

"From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone..."
Edgar Allan Poe

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