Living in the Shallows is a very charismatic and engaging start to the YA series, UK Crush. One of the main reasons I liked it as much as I did is because the MC, Aileen has so many admirable qualities. I feel like in a way it actually sets a great example for YA readers. This isn’t your regular follow the band to party and be a groupie kind of story. It’s far from it. Aileen is humble, educated, motivated, independent, and has phenomenal work ethic. Plus, she’s full of self-respect and is dedicated to her future.
When Aileen takes a job as a translator in Japan, she goes into the adventure completely unaware of the details. The fact that she will be working one on one constantly (day and night) with one of the hottest boy bands ever, is understandably overwhelming. These boys are perfect, in practically every way. Each one is a young girls dream, completely gorgeous and unique. Lucky for Aileen, they are actually a class act crew behind closed doors. They treat her like family, and their friendly up close and personal qualities just suck her right in. At one point she actually jokes around and refers to herself as their puppy, which totally fits!
Through out the duration of the job, Aileen goes through a complete rollercoaster of emotion. (which is absolutely FELT as the reader, wow!) She goes from being shy and self-isolated, to completely comfortable in group hugs, sleep/movie cuddles, getting innocently tossed around from lap to lap at dinners and in travel.
Aside from her language mastery, she is also very talented in swimming and piano. Before slipping effortlessly and quickly into the groove of the boy’s lifestyle and boundary-less traits, she was reserved and embarrassed on display. With the aid of their lack of privacy and their enthusiastic support she is able to overcome much of her awkward privacy issues.
This book also has quiet the love story. It really is a complete package (especially for young women, who may have emotional reservation issues) The boy’s fall completely head over heals for Aileen. So much so that it causes quite a bit of tension in certain areas, which really sucks for them because otherwise they have always gotten along. There is a bit of testosterone-ial drama, and it keeps the story rolling with emotion.
I love the way Aileen handles their affection, and the ultimate choices she makes in the end! I can’t wait to finish the series.
Aileen Foster, a shy, 22 year old student from LA, thinks she has landed a dream job as an interpreter for some actors making a film in Japan. She gets a surprise when she arrives in Tokyo and finds out that they are UK Crush, the hottest boyband around. She has been orphaned for most of her life, and it’s a shock for her to enter their world of frank physicality. The boys come to love her, and Aileen is forced to look at her life and choices, and decide if she’s ready to be brave and start living.
ON A SIDE NOTE: The fourth book in this series, Before The Tempest, will be on a blog tour this month, the 22 through the 26th hosted by Reads and Reels! If you’re interested in joining in in some way then please check out the details HERE. I will be doing a review stop. Needless to say, you will be seeing a full series of reviews consecutively. I can’t wait to burry myself in the rest of this story for the next 1 1/2weeks!
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