Shh! (Oxley College #1)
Published: 23rd February, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Age: New Adult
From: YA Bound Book Tours
Nineteen-year-old Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t do any such thing — the only thing she does at night is sleep … right?
Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He’s pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn’t, the perfect life she’s worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan.
What do you do when you’re asleep?
Shh! is a story about acceptance, learning to trust and in turn love while facing life’s unexpected difficulties.
NB: This book is of a mild heat level, and contains no explicit sex scenes.
Content warning: bullying
What I liked: When I first saw Shh! was a NA book I was a bit hesitant because of the way many of the NA books I’ve read are, for some reason they tend to have at least semi-explicit sex scenes so I was even more interested to see it labeled as “mild heat”. NA books almost always ended up centering heavily around the romance too, a bit too heavy for my liking especially if I wanted a fantasy or paranormal read. Shh! is different in that regard, while it is Contemporary with Romance it’s not like I thought it would be. Olivia is a woman who’s problems felt dynamic to me, and even though I’d never heard of something like this before learning about how she struggles to deal with everything that comes at her. This book also shows how it’s not just people in high school who get bullied, but how even in college people will get bullied. It brings in a realistic element that bullying doesn’t just stop once high school ends, but that it carries on in people and will likely always be a think people do to others.
What I didn’t like: Olivia wasn’t the character I expected her to be. It took longer for her to react to what people were saying about her and it took people pushing her to find out for her to want to learn. She spent a lot of time wallowing about the entire mess (which I don’t blame her, it’s not like she wanted everyone to know when she herself didn’t) and not doing something about it. I thought Molly and Savannah were great side characters, but they tended to overshadow Olivia and I found myself enjoying them more than I did Olivia when they were on scene.
Overall Review: While it didn’t fully live up to what I was expecting based off of the summary it was a good read that was a nice change in what I’ve been reading lately and I really enjoyed it. While the main character, Olivia, wasn’t up to par on what I’m used to or expected she wasn’t all that bad of a character. While she did get overshadowed by two of the side characters she did have her moments where I really liked her. The romance wasn’t over the top, and I was curious to see how Olivia handled not only the rumors about what she did at night, but also how she was going to deal with the problem that created those rumors.
Recommend?: It wasn’t amazing, but it was good and it was enjoyable. If you read it I hope you’ll like it!
My Rating: 3.6/5
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About the Author
Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area.
She also loves to blog is a co-founder and a contributor at Aussie Owned and Read, a blog designed for readers and writers of young adult and new adult fiction.
Her debut novel Forget Me Not released with HarperCollins Impulse in 2014 and was soon followed by the sequel, Remember Me. 2015 brings an Aussie set New Adult romance, the Oxley College Saga; Shh! and Wait!
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