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Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change—and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she has always wanted. Suddenly she's riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed ...

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Maggie Carpenter is ready for a change—and to leave her ordinary life in South Carolina behind. But when she accepts a scholarship to the International School in London, a university attended by the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders, Maggie might get more than she bargained for.

When Maggie meets Hugh, a twentysomething British guy, she finds herself living the life she has always wanted. Suddenly she's riding around the city in a Ferrari, wearing borrowed designer clothes and going to the hottest clubs. The only problem? Another guy, the one she can't seem to keep her hands off of.

Half French, half Lebanese and ridiculously wealthy, Samir Khouri has made it clear he doesn't do relationships. He's the opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted…and he's everything she can't resist. Torn between her dream guy and the boy haunting her dreams, Maggie has to fight for her own happy ending. In a city like London, you never know where you stand, and everything can change in the blink of an eye.

This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

"I See London is fun, sexy, and kept me completely absorbed." —Katie McGarry, author of Crash Into You


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459255470
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Series: International School , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 45,780
  • File size: 993 KB

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At seventeen, Chanel moved to London to attend an international university. She planned to stay in London after graduation, but fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot swept her off her feet. A happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. Her weaknesses include handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.  


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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Awsome

    Can't wait till the next one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    I received this book for an honest review.  First I would li

    I received this book for an honest review. 




    First I would like to say that one aspect I really enjoyed about this book, is that Chanel included people from different races, cultures and backgrounds. I have not read many books that are very diverse like I See London is. 




    Maggie Carpenter moves to London to attend the International School, all the way from South Carolina. Maggie has always been a good girl, following the rules, and always spending her high school friday nights at home studying instead of socializing. Maggie has two other roommates Noora and Fleur. Some students around school call Fleur the ice queen because of her reputation, but she actually turns out to be really nice and best friends with Maggie, along with Mya. 




    Samir is Fleur's cousin, and he is always seen with his arms draped over a different girl or "flavor of the week". Samir and Maggie have multiple steamy make out sessions, but it always ends there. There is so much sexual tension between the two of them, every time they're in a room together. 




    Maggie tries dating this older guy Hugh, who happens to be much older than she is, which she lies and says she's four years older than her actual age. After Maggie and Hugh attend one of his friends wedding, {two nights before she leaves London for the summer} and seeing a ghost from Hugh's past, they both decide to break off whatever their relationship was (more Hugh than Maggie). 




    On Maggie's way back to the dorm, which she's walking to in a formal gown, she gets a frantic call from Fleur and assures she on her way back and will be there shortly. When Maggie gets back, she finds Fleur passed out with vomit everywhere. Her last two nights in London were both eventful, and spending the last night with Samir was the icing on the cake, that of which I was looking forward to for the whole book. 




    I also loved the fact that Maggie referred to the School as her home.




    I See London is on the borderline of YA and NA, because it was about young adults finding themselves and stepping out of their comfort zones, learning to not judge someone by the rumors you hear, and everything (and everyone) are not who they seem to be.


    I cannot wait to read the following books in this series.

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

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    I bought this book when it was on sale back in June along with t

    I bought this book when it was on sale back in June along with the sequel.  Here is my honest review.




    I was hoping for this book to be like Anna and the French Kiss (which I enjoyed - only I didn't love it like most of the world). However, this came nowhere close. For me, the writing was sub-par and the characters were shallow and unlikeable.  I ended up not finishing this book.  To be honest, I skimmed much of the last half of this book.  If it had been a print book rather than an ebook, I would've just flipped to the last few pages, something I haven't done since I was in middle school.  Take this with a grain of salt -- I'm sure there are many readers that will enjoy this story.  I also picked up the sequel but didn't even open it. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Enjoyable.

    Good characters and tension. Enjoable escapism.

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

    Okay. I desperately needed a romance and nothing was catching my

    Okay. I desperately needed a romance and nothing was catching my eye until I saw this. I don’t know if it was the cover or the fun title that had me repeating that silly rhyme in my head.  Whatever it was, I got exactly what I was looking for.




    Maggie hails from a small town in the middle of nowhere and has a rocky start to her new life in London. Not only is it a bit of a culture shock but she seems to take an instant dislike to a couple of people. One of them is the hottie rich kid Samir, who spots her as she exits her taxi upon arrival at the school. The other would happen to be her roommate, Fleur. To make it worse, both Fleur and Samir are tight. How did Maggie win this lottery? While it's not a good way to start off the school year she’s hardly a wallflower. She still makes some friends and despite the initial iciness, her roommate does show some promise.




    As she settles into her new routine, the only thing that rattles her is her consistent and awkward encounter with Samir. There’s something about him that both intrigues her – his good looks, his confidence – and also repulses her – his giant-sized ego, their vastly different backgrounds.  Naturally, you know these two are drawn to each other and play out this cat-and-mouse game throughout most of the book. It's just a question of which one of them finally gives in first.




    I enjoyed many things about I See London like when Maggie goes sightseeing and immerses herself in London life. Or when she spends genuine time with her new friends. I appreciate that she faces some struggle in learning to get on with Fleur because let's be honest, we all have been in that situation but in this case, Maggie has the guts to face it head on. The fact that she has to keep up her GPA in order to retain her scholarship and remain at the school makes her relatable.  It's also a reminder of how her reality is different from that of her new friends. These are all things most of us would come across at college.




    A few things bothered me slightly, one of them being Samir. At times he can come off as predatory. Not creepy predatory if that makes any sense. It's just that because he keeps his emotions so closely guarded, it's hard to determine what his true intentions are. It just feels like he has the upper hand and is dictating every scenario. That said, his interactions with Maggie are still hot even if they're confusing. Don't get me wrong. I liked him when he was all flirty and cocky - I mean really, isn't that what I usually like? But as their friendship develops further, my feelings aren't quite as mixed about Samir. And then I worry about Maggie herself. It seems for a while as if she becomes more concerned with her dating life than with school. And then when she meets Hugh, a much older guy and isn't exactly truthful about herself, I found myself wagging an imaginary finger at her. I mean, what is she doing especially if she has conflicted feelings about Samir? There's no way that can end well. I worried that she would get lost in this world of partying and that her inexperience with men could possibly derail her ambitions.




    Despite my personal reservations, I really did enjoy I See London. Maggie does a lot of growing up during this time and by the end of the school year her concept of what  “home” means, changes. Ultimately, this is a romance and it is hot! The fact that the sexual tension is drawn out thanks to a few minor twists that make it unclear as to exactly what's going to happen next, the delayed gratification is all the sweeter!

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

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    A Good Debut! I know you should not judge a book by its cover,

    A Good Debut!

    I know you should not judge a book by its cover, but for some odd reason I thought I might not like I See London. The couple’s pose on the cover looked awkward but the synopsis did catch my attention.  And I am so glad I took a chance on this book – I really liked this!

    Maggie is a young American that decides to attend the International University in London. Right away this brought back my memories of my trip to London when I was 14-years-old. It was my first time outside of the US and being alone on a trip with my sister and cousins. It was really exciting visiting a new country so I formed a bond with Maggie. I relived my trip through her eyes and it was fun reading her impressions of living in a new country.  I have also always wondered what it would be like to go to school abroad, so I lived out my fantasy through this book.

    But I See London turned out to be more than just a love story. This was about a young girl discovering who she is.  Maggie had worked so hard in high school so she can go to her dream college Harvard.  But when she didn’t get accepted she settled for the International University. This became the best choice for her.  Being away from home she doesn’t have to live up to other people’s expectations.  Maggie has a chance to discover who she is and who she wants to become. Plus while she is in London she meets 2 hot guys, Hugh and Samir, who add romance and some steamy scenes to this story. 

    I See London is an impressive debut for author Chanel Cleeton.  The writing was good but the story was slow at times. But I loved these characters. I can’t wait to read the next book!! This book is being sold as a New Adult genre but there is a sex scene that I feel is too descriptive for young readers, so I suggest this book to readers 18 years and older. 

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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    I loved reading I See London! I not only connected with the char

    I loved reading I See London! I not only connected with the characters, but the setting itself was just amazing! Chanel Cleenton did a good job describing London, Paris, and Venice. I've always wanted to go there and I felt that the descriptions in the book were vivid enough that it makes me want to travel that much more.




    The story itself was intriguing, every single character is complex and all of them seem to have backup stories that we only get to a glimpse of them in the book. I See London follows the story of Maggie Carpenter, a recent high school graduate that has always aspired to go to Harvard, but with a rejection letter and no backup plan she suddenly finds herself flying to London to attend an International school. The minute she arrives to London everything is foreign to her, but that soon changes the minute she forms new friendships and new adventures. Along the way, Maggie will also have to decide what's important to her and whether or not she wants to risk everything for the guy that she can't seem to resist.




    When Maggie arrives to the International School in London she meets Samir. Half French and half Lebanese, Samir Khouri is the epitome of perfection in a guy. He is not only wealthy, extremely good looking, and very smart (he can basically get a perfect score without having to take notes or study in class). This all looks good to Maggie, but Samir has made it clear that he doesn't do relationships making it a problem for her. But having met Samier doesn't stop her form meeting other guys and that's when she meets Hugh, a very attractive British guy that seems to have everything Maggie wanted. He is kind, wealthy, and also cares for her a lot. Now Maggie will have to choose between the two.




    Having already expressed how much I loved this story at the beginning, there were also a lot of things that I really liked about the book. The story is very well-written and thought out. Maggie's character is one that I had a bit trouble liking, she doesn't have the best relationship with her dad and being sort of neglected by him makes her future decisions not the best. Although Samir has the “bad-boy” reputation, he is still a nice guy. He is the character that I enjoyed reading about the most, whereas Hugh, not so much. The sexual tension between Maggie and Samir throughout the book is obvious, and it just made me want to keep reading, for the lack of not knowing what was going to happen next. Overall, Chanel Cleeton did a good job with the story, I highly recommend it and will be reading the second book as soon as it comes out. 




    *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

    This book is fabulous. I adore it. I reread it, and I'm probably

    This book is fabulous. I adore it. I reread it, and I'm probably going to do it again.  




    I don't know what is was about this book that really hooked me. I don't know whether it was London, the characters, plot, romance or what. All I know that all of them were amazing. I'm actually kind of dying to read the sequel and I'm trying to be totally cool about it but I know I'm failing.




    The whole entire book takes place in London and you might say, "What's so cool about that? It's just setting like any other book." The cool thing is that you get a newbie's version of what the place is like. It is almost like experiencing London for yourself.She gives us a newbie's view of what London really is like. 




    The characters overall great. The only real problem I had was with Hugh. I didn't really like him or anything about him. I mean he's hot but a bit too old for my taste. Samir was my favorite character! I love his name and he has a really great personality. 




    Once again the only real problem I had with the plot is Hugh. If you guys don't like Hugh or do like him let me know...I want to know your thought!! 




    Overall this book is amazing and I'm dying to read the sequel. I really think the you will enjoy this book!!

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    3 stars - More upper YA than NA but a good romance with some cul

    3 stars - More upper YA than NA but a good romance with some culture throw into the mix.




    First Impressions...I read the summary for this book before I saw the cover and I was interested.  The idea of going to school in London away from home and everything she knew captured my attention.  Then that half French, half Lebanese guy sealed the deal.




    The Story... Here I have mixed feelings.  I really, really liked the fact that there was no insta-love going on.  The characters were definitely given time to develop feeling.  The story lasts for the first year of college but I wish this much story had lasted for the first semester.




    The Characters... I really enjoyed the all the characters.  We get to know more than the two main ones.  Some of the those characters were so rich.  I really enjoyed them.  I hope that we will see more of them in the sequels.  I really like Samir.  He's a player but he's up front about it.  I do think he's met his match but hasn't admitted it yet.  He clearly has feeling for Maggie and I don't think he realizes just how deep they are yet.  He's really a sweetheart and takes care of his friends.  When things get real, he's always there.  Maggie kinda frustrated me.  She portrays herself one way but she doesn't act that way.  She's nineteen and never been kissed.  But in London, she hits the club scene and "falls" for a much older guy.  Which brings me to Hugh.  I guess this is a love triangle but does if the other guy doesn't have a chance then is it a real love triangle.  Really, Maggie thinks Hugh has a chance but her own resistance speaks volumes.  And we don't really get to know Hugh much.  He's Maggie's make-out partner and that's all we really know.  He is VERY patient for a guy.  He claims to be a player but waits patiently for months while Maggie tries to figure out the sex thing.  Not sure I bought that.




    The Writing... I liked the writing for the most part.  It flowed well and I never had to go back and figure things out after the fact.  I would only change the length.




    Could I Put It Down...Yeah, I could and I did.  I read it over three nights.  I could have read it straight through if I had had the time but I needed some breaks.  I think that was my frustration with Maggie coming through.




    In The End...I enjoyed this book.  I like the wide range of cultures that were combined into one place and story.  The setting was nice.  There was a visit to Paris that I enjoyed as well.  Then there was a game of strip rummy that was interesting but ended too soon.  It's billed as New Adult for 17 and up but I see it more as an upper YA book.  Definitely for high school students.  There's not a lot of language or explicit scenes in it.  The sex is there but not center stage.  If you enjoy the upper YA romance books, then this one is a good one to try. 

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I was in awe, I was hooked, I was mesmeriz

    Rating: 4.5 Stars




    I was in awe, I was hooked, I was mesmerized – I couldn’t get Samir out of my mind!!!




    He was a sight to behold, I guess it’s understandable why Maggie had a deer-caught-in-the-headlight sort of moment the first time their eyes met. He was half-French, Half-Lebanese who was very rich, very sexy, a party boy, and someone who can get away with an A without writing anything on his notes. One thing though – he doesn’t do relationships. He’s the very opposite of everything Maggie thought she wanted, but she can’t seem to resist him.




    She wanted to go to Harvard, badly. But sadly, Maggie got the rejection letter without any backup plans. The next thing she knew, she was flying to London and is desperate for a change. She leaves her mundane life in South Carolina, and embrace the glam, lights and everything London has to offer. Along the way, she meets new set of friends, fell in love, made out with an irresistible, infuriating man, and gave up her V-card.




    There’s Hugh as well, he’s the 20-something British man whom Maggie met at the bar. All of a sudden, everything she had ever dreamed of was coming true. She was no longer the invisible girl, she was one of them – she was dressed in the most expensive designer clothes (borrowed), riding the hottest car, going on great vacations and getting inside some exclusive clubs. This guy? He was perfect. But why can’t she shake off the feeling that there was something missing.




    I feel sad for Maggie every time she talks to her father, especially with the last phone call, it totally broke my heart. All she wanted was for someone to love her completely, and a place to belong. Her and Samir – they create myriad of explosions every time they are together. But none would ever admit to what they are feeling. I was crossing my fingers, hoping that Samir would act soon before it’s too late and she makes some stupid decisions.




    I love their time together – it had me laughing, squirming, anticipating of what will happen to them now! The sexual tension was off the charts – it was so obvious both of them were fighting it SOOOO hard. Nevertheless, when they finally got together – the whole waiting agony was so worth it.




    I loved it – the characters, the plot and most especially the setting!!! It didn’t just happen in London. Her new rich friends managed to drag her in Venice and Paris as well. I wished it had a dual POV, good thing the next book which had a sneak peak by the end of the chapter and guess what? The second book has a dual POV! Yay!!! I have to say it made my excitement grew, and I couldn’t wait to get into his brains, and to know how things will turn out with him and Maggie after their vacation time.




    ¿ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

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    I See London is Chanel Cleeton¿s debut novel and the first book

    I See London is Chanel Cleeton’s debut novel and the first book in a New Adult series. It’s a fish out of water story about a girl who leaves her small-town life behind to attend university in London. Maggie is very studious and her social life has been lacking up till now, but college life is opening her up to new experiences.




    This NA book has a good balance of friendships and college life as well as the heat and romance that you’ve come to expect from the category. It’s a fast, fun read for NA fans featuring an international setting, diverse and interesting characters, and sharp writing.




    Maggie is a smart, average girl who lived with her grandparents in South Carolina. Moving to London for school is great for her, and an example of how the best is yet to come after high school.  She’s out of her comfort zone, and paired with a roommate who is sophisticated and standoffish. But first impressions can deceive, and Maggie’s new circle of friends (Mya, Fleur, and Samir) prove their worth over the school year.




    The international setting is used to full advantage, as Maggie’s new friends introduce her to hot nightclubs in London, Paris and Venice. Not a bad life, huh?




    Quickly Maggie gets in over her head in the romance department. Both of the guys she’s interested in raised red flags for me, and I expected lots of tears and heartbreak before the school year’s end. Samir is the school player who flirts with Maggie and always has a different girl on his arm. But, he proves to be a reliable friend, and he has off the charts chemistry with Maggie. Then there is Hugh, the handsome, British, too-good-to-be-true club owner who sweeps Maggie off her feet. I thought it made sense for Maggie to fall for Hugh in a superficial way but he seemed dodgy to me.




    There is drama and angst over the course of the school year, friendships cemented and lives are changed. The story leaves some loose ends for the sequel, and I’m interested to see how the group evolves in the second year of university.




    At the end of I See London there is a little tease for the sequel, London Falling, and it seems that this book is in dual POV, which is a nice surprise. I See London was a treat to read and I look forward to reading the sequel this summer.

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  • Posted February 24, 2014

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    Review: I See London

    I See London by Chanel Cleeton is a light-hearted, new adult, contemporary romance with a happily ever after ending and a slight love-triangle situation going on.

    The main character, Maggie Carpenter, has found her dream guy in Hugh. He's around eight years her senior, but he's everything she's always wanted. Then there's Samir...The complete opposite of everything she's always wanted and he won't get out of her head. There's something about Samir that is calling all he "perfect guy" requirements into question.

    There were a couple of times I wanted to slap Maggie upside the head and say "Really? What are you thinking?" but I always see it as a plus for the writing quality if I try to interact with imaginary characters.

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

    I See London by Chanel Cleeton is a fantastic example of a well-

    I See London by Chanel Cleeton is a fantastic example of a well-written New Adult book. It had all the parts I like best about NA; the well, new adult characters, a bit of romance, and a whole lot of self discovery. Becoming an adult is a scary thing that includes growing up, making decisions, and making even more mistakes. All of the characters, not just the main character, in this book were facing their newly found adulthood and all in different ways. I loved feeling like I was a part of this group of friends as they embraced the good and the bad parts of growing up while living in London.

    The main character, Maggie was enjoyable yes, but what I liked about her was the fact that she was incredibly normal. I don’t mean any of this in a bad way but she wasn’t extraordinary, or at least in the beginning; she was an average girl from an average town in the U.S. She had a few friends from high school but never really fit in there. Her home life was good but her mother left and her father was never around leaving her grandparents to care for her. She went to school, worked hard to get good grades but really that was about it. Whether it was intentional or not, Maggie being this normal, typical girl, made this story totally work for me. Even though there was nothing super duper extra special about her, she still got the chance to travel all the way to London to go to school, she was able to go on these fun, exotic trips, meet people from all over the world, and experience all sorts of awesome things. It made me believe that me or my friend, my sister, or really any other normal girl out there could experience something like Maggie’s story too. I especially loved watching Maggie blossom throughout this book. She starts off so quiet and shy but with the help of her new friends, she soon learns to come out of her shell.

    Maggie’s experience was a whirlwind, one I am still trying to wrap my head around. She got to explore London on her free time, she was able to travel to Venice and Paris, she partied in hot new night clubs. and hung out with people from Lebanon, Paris, and Nigeria. To say I was a little jealous of her is a bit of an understatement. I loved this aspect of the story because through Chanel’s writing, I felt like I was right there with her characters. The imagery was beautiful and even though I have never been to these exciting places outside of my dreams, I truly felt like I was there.

    I absolutely adored the characters we met throughout the book. All of Maggie’s friends are coming from different walks of life. Fleur is this stuck-up, beautiful rich girl. But the more you get to know her, the more you learn she is really a great friend once she lets you in. Mya is funny and supportive but underneath the brave face, she is struggling through parental issues. And Samir, well where to even begin with him. Maggie says a few times in the book that he is hard to figure out and honestly, that couldn’t be more accurate. On the outside he is this hot, rich player but as him and Maggie slowly get closer, the more you see that there is more to Samir than his sly grin and effortless shrug. Maggie and all of her friends couldn’t be more different from one another but I appreciated and grew to love them

    It wouldn’t be a story about a girl figuring herself out in a new, exciting city without a little romance, right? Maggie and Samir have an attraction to one another from their very first meeting but it is an attraction that Maggie tries to fight with all that she has. Despite her best efforts though, Maggie and Samir always seem to find a way to each other time and time again. Samir makes a pass at Maggie, Maggie gets embarrassed and/or angry, she says something sassy to him, he counters back, there may or may not be kissing involved. Rinse, wash, repeat. The banter and back and forth between these two was so much fun and it had me wishing for more of it. While I loved that their relationship was filled with fun moments, there were a lot of hard moments too. They both are fantastic at pushing one another away, they both know how to push buttons, and they both know when to walk away from something truly great. Despite all of this though, I absolutely adored that they didn’t have a picture perfect relationship. It, pretty much like everything else about this book, seemed very real to me.

    I See London by Chanel Cleeton was an adventure of a book. The setting was brilliantly written and it made me feel like I was the one taking classes in London and vacationing in places like Paris for spring break. The relationships and friendships that were created between the well-developed characters were very realistic and Chanel wrote it in a way that made me feel like I was part of their little group too. This book was definitely an enjoyable read and I cannot wait to see where the next book takes Maggie, Samir, and all of their friends!

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

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    I See London appealed to me from the minute I read the blurb for

    I See London appealed to me from the minute I read the blurb for two big reasons: I love books that put the main character out of their element in a foreign country or unexpected situation and DIVERSITY! I love new adult and young adult books, but there's definitely a lack of diversity. From the blurb alone, I knew this book offered me an American girl, a British buy, and a French/Lebanese guy. (Little did I know that's only the beginning of the diversity in this book!) Then came the gorgeous cover and I knew I had to get my hands on this title. The story inside lived up to the stunning cover and the blurb that interested me so much in the first place.

    I liked Maggie from the start. She was real and likable. She was also completely out of her element at her new school in London, but it didn't take her long to form friendships with her classmates. She was sassy, too, which is something I love in a heroine. Samir, bad boy that he was, was excruciatingly sexy and mysterious. I still don't know that I completely understand him, but I do know one thing: I want one of my own. The secondary characters were incredibly well-developed and interesting. Though I can't believe I'm saying it, Fleur was one of my favorites. I hope she gets a book of her own at some point. I'm intrigued by her. 

    I was absolutely addicted to these characters, the setting and the intensity of the chemistry between Maggie and Samir. I couldn't decide if I wanted to rush through the book and find out what happened or if I wanted to take it slow and savor absolutely everything about it. This book was just fun, plain and simple. It was also more than a little sexy. I couldn't walk away from it!

    I See London does, in fact, end with a bit of a cliffhanger and a teaser that has left me all but counting the days until London Falling is released. I can't wait for more of these characters.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    Honestly, I have no words. On January 11, 2014, I started I See

    Honestly, I have no words. On January 11, 2014, I started I See London; on January 15, 2014 at 2 AM in the morning, I finished I See London. I have not, in the past year, finished a book in less than 24 hours and then here comes this wonderful NA story. I See London is by far my favorite New Adult novel I have read so far.

    I am going to start off with the protagonist, Maggie. She’s awesome. She begins her journey as a closed off, always-trying-to-be-perfect girl trying to keep up her grades, while trying to enjoying herself in a new city. Even though she is pretty relatable at the beginning; she becomes even more relatable throughout the story. Her new environment changes her, and she becomes confident, daring, and sexy; learning to live life as she wants to, not how she’s ‘supposed’ to. I absolutely love that about Maggie; I followed her along every step she took, and saw myself in her shoes as college changed her.

    To continue, Maggie’s friends are just as equally as amazing. Although rumors and reputations get in the way of forming friendships at first, Maggie breaks through them and finds the personalities underneath. All of the characters – Samir (the sexy guy), Fleur (the Ice Queen), Mya (the genuinely nice friend) – to name a few, have unique personalities and background stories of their own. Cleeton not only builds Maggie’s story, but also everyone else’s. Because of this, I connected with the story more, because in life, as you grow, the people around you do too.

    Additionally, I became absolutely hooked on the budding relationship between Maggie and Samir. Samir is cocky and comes on pretty strong, but Maggie learns to hold her own against him. Every scene between these two had me on the edge of my seat. What I appreciate about I See London is that there is a visible growth in their relationship; it’s no love at first sight. Furthermore, this book goes on to show that not everything has to be about love; showing a different side of most romance stories, but the more prominent side of the lives of young adults today.

    The one thing about this novel that disappointed me was the writing. The writing of I See London isn’t that strong; it’s too basic, with sentences that don’t carry much weight. It bothered me at first, but I looked past it. By doing so, I was able to really enjoy the story.

    In conclusion, I loved I See London. This story makes me want to transfer to the International School in London in hopes of becoming friends with Maggie and finding a boy like Samir. If you read New Adult novels, you definitely have to put this one on your list.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    3.5 stars First impression: I'm pretty obsessed with anything Br

    3.5 stars
    First impression:
    I'm pretty obsessed with anything British, so I was on board for trying this one out. 




    The story:
    In high school, Maggie was so focused on her studies that she didn't leave much room for a social life. Now, she has the chance of a lifetime. She's off to London for college and she wants to make the most of her time there. There are new friendships formed, reluctantly, and lots of boys to ogle. One particular boy, Samir, seems to constantly creep into her thoughts, but she doesn't think he's right for her. She wants someone solid, steady. She learns a lot about herself in her first year of college. Now, the question is...where does she go from here and will Samir be a part of that picture?




    The characters:
    I kinda liked Maggie. She was a bit naive, but I understood that. I couldn't relate to her in that way, but I had some friends like her, so it was easy to connect with her. I felt like her experiences in her first year of college were pretty realistic. Maybe not all the flash, but the basics like meeting new friends, adjusting to life away from home, boy drama...all pretty real stuff. 




    I was surprised that I like Samir as much as I did. When he's first introduced, he seems like such an jerk. But, I liked how gentle he was with Maggie. Sure, he made bad choices, but I think he's really good for Maggie. I think she grounds him a bit too. 




    What didn't work for me:
    The first thing is that I just didn't get the relationship with Hugh. It just never really fit with me. 




    This is an NA novel, but to me it read more like a Mature YA. I've read some Mature YA that had more steam. I think Cleeton could have pumped up the romance. Samir and Maggie had great chemistry. 




    Overall: 
    I liked it. It certainly kept me entertained, but I could put it down. I will say that I've thought about the book since I've read it, so it must have made a decent impact. I'm definitely interested in seeing where Maggie's story goes from here, so I'll likely pick up the next book, London Falling. 




    Quotes:
    ~It scared me that it was always like this with him, always a spectacular loss of control. It scared me that he pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me crave more than I should.-Loc 1510




    ~"You should expect more from some guy than having to fight for his attention. Don't sell yourself short. You deserve more. You deserve everything.''-Loc 4986

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