Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
3 out of 5 stars.
Goodreads Description: When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support. But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.
I was sent an ARC of Little & Lion from The Novl. (Check out their monthly newsletters for chances to win books from them!) Release Date: August 8th 2017.
First I have to point out that the book cover for Little & Lion is pretty freaking amazing! I really liked how diverse Little & Lion was. There’s bisexuality, mental illness, biracial characters, and so many other things that make this book diverse. I loved that it centered around Suzette and Lionel’s sibling relationship. That was a big thing I enjoyed about this book and there was so much love between them, but I would have liked more. I felt like there was a lot missing and it would have been nice to get more backstory and flashbacks.
While I did enjoy Suzette and Lionel as characters, it was hard to completely connect with them and same with some of the other relationships/characters in the book. I did enjoy the book a lot and it was easy to read. I liked Colbert’s writing style a lot, but I just felt like character development was lacking for me and it was hard for me to get super excited about them and to go through all the emotions with them. I also felt like some things were left unresolved or that I wanted more of. For example; Suzette and Iris. I won’t say anything more than that though, because I don’t want to give spoilers.
Overall, I really liked Little & Lion. For the most part I enjoyed the characters, but would have liked to have more. I think the book probably should have been a little longer to better develop the characters and relationships. When I got to the end I was actually surprised it was the end. I was expecting an epilogue of some sort, because I really wanted more and to see what happened with Suzette and Lionel and the aftermath of what happened when they went on with their lives. It kind of just ended and I was like “wait, that’s it?”. It just randomly ended with so many things unresolved. It was still a good story and it did leave me wanting more, so that’s a plus. I would still recommend checking out this book, especially if you’re looking for a really diverse book. This one has so many different aspects of diversity in it.
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