Friday, March 31, 2017

{Blog Tour} The Slope Rules - Melanie Hooyeng (Review & Giveaway)

The Slope Rules
by Melanie Hooyeng
Publisher: Left Handed Mitten Publications
Release Date: February 24th 2017
Genre: Romance
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Fifteen-year old Cally accepted her fate as one of the guys, so when she meets Blake, a hot snowboarder who sees her for more than her aerials on the slopes, she falls fast and hard. But their romance can only last as long as vacation.

Or so she thinks.

A twist of fate—well, her Dad opening another brewery in a new town—lands her in Blake’s school, but the charismatic boy she fell for wants nothing to do with her, and worse, the Snow Bunnies, the popular clique, claim her as their newest recruit.

Cally must learn to be true to herself—all while landing a spot on the ski team and figuring out who she is without her old friends. And when she finds out what Blake is hiding, she learns the rules on the slopes apply to more than just skiing.


This book follows Cally who is an avid skier, while on vacation she meets a snowboarder Blake and they have an instant connection.  The only issue seems that vacation only lasts so long, but then fate steps in and the vacation was really a business trip for Cally's dad so they end up moving to Colorado.   Cally has to adjust to a new set of friends as well as a new high school.   

I loved Cally as a main character.  She did have a few issues, but she was very upfront about them while you where reading.  I felt connected to her and was rooting for her during the entire book.  She has a very strong personality and is great in expressing herself.  I also liked that she helped others to stand up for themselves it felt like she was really looking out for people. 

Blake was a more complex character for me.  I really enjoyed the first section of the book where Cally and Blake meet.  The chemistry is great and the author just really creates a connection.  Then Blake sort of flakes out and isn't being honest.   Without giving to much away at the end of the book you can't help, but love Blake again, but I wish we didn't have to go through the bad Blake stage since he also has a lot of issues in his personal life that I wish we got a little more insight on earlier. 

This book has a few complex issues that it deals with.  The main issue would be the loss of a loved one.   I felt the author did a decent job going into the issue.   There was a part towards the end where loss was again brought up, but I felt like there could have been a lot done at that point.  They were all different forms of loss and a lot to have in one book.   The author didn't really expand onto all the different losses and I felt like there was a lot of potential to explore everyone's feelings a little more.

The idea of bullying was brought up in the book and I think that author did a great job with this topic.  The bullying was handled in several different ways with teachers being involved as well as students standing up for themselves.  Also, I liked how not everyone immediately recognized it as bullying and it was good to point that out that not everyone thinks the same way or sees the same thing. 

This book is told through the point of view of Cally.  I would have liked to get another point of view such as Blake.   He had several issues going on in his life and I would have liked to get more information about them.  I would have loved to meet his family and find out their dynamic. 

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I got sucked into this book easily into this book and ended up reading in quickly.  I felt like it was very fast paced and harder to put this book down.

I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.  This does not affect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 4/5

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 the 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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  1. This sounds like a great one and is new to me. Great review!!

    1. It is a cute read! thank you for stopping by!

  2. Awww that cover is so happy, I love it! SO much smiling. :D I don't think I've ever read a book involving skiing! It sounds like the author did a great job with the tough issues in the story. I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

    Have a great weekend, Kristyn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I do love the cover too! It was a cute read! Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!


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