Book Review – Malibu Rising

๐ŸŒŸ 4.5 stars ๐ŸŒŸ

Well that was a wild trip. The trials and tribulations of the Rivas grabbed me and did not let me go. Seriously. I ended up reading this book in a day, and it would have been in one sitting if I could have avoided life commitments.

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Malibu Rising is set in the 80s and follows the lives of the four famous Riva siblings. Beautiful, talented and troubled, they are the progeny of a famous singer who is absent from their lives. The story unfolds over the course of one day, culminating in a rather eventful party, but we also follow the characters over the decades from the 50s.

This was the first book Iโ€™d read by this author, but I enjoyed the style of writing and story telling so much that midway through this book I stopped to purchase The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo also by this author.

Taylor Jenkins Reid provides the perfect form of escapism in Malibu Rising. There is betrayal, romance, heartbreak and a whole lot of emotion and drama. This book is so well and tastefully written that this feels like reading an extravagant soap opera, but in the best way possible.

I found myself caring about these characters and was rooting for them; their resilience, love for each other and ambition made this book a joy to read. Each character was well developed and had their own unique voice, though the eldest sibling, Nina, tugged at my heart strings constantly.

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The flare of the 80s was captured perfectly and I felt transported while reading. The story was well paced, the dialogue flowed and despite there being numerous characters it didnโ€™t detract from the main plot, however I did feel like towards the end of the book there were some unnecessary points of view and the overall conclusion was satisfying enough but I felt like I wanted a little more.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you enjoy books about flawed families with a good dose of emotion, escapism, tragedy and heart then this could be a read for you.

Release date- 27th May 2021

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