April 3, 2021

Malibu Rising Review

Malibu Rising Review

Title: Malibu Rising
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Style: Historical Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 4/5

Thank you NetGalley and Random House for the advanced readers copy in exchange for my honest review.  Malibu Rising hits shelves on June 1, 2021.

"It had brought destruction.  It would also bring renewal, rising from the ashes. The story of fire."

Every year Nina Riva holds an end of the summer bash in her Malibu home. It's one of the biggest parties of the year and everyone wants to attend.  The Riva's are famous for a variety of reasons and this party is the place to be.  By midnight the party is completely out of control and by the next morning Nina's home will go up in flames.  A story of loyalty, heartache and resiliency.  

I think one of my all time favorite books was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and so when I was approved to read this book early I squealed.  It didn't disappoint.  I love TJR's books because they are always character driven.  It's easy to feel connected and emotional when it comes to her main characters.  This overall story is a light read.  It's told in multiple points of view and dual timelines. If you've follow my other reviews you know that these are two of my favorite things. My only complaint is that there are a lot of side characters that make an appearance once or twice and never again. The point of that, I know, was to show the party getting out of control but these pages didn't really add a ton to the story. Overall I enjoyed this read.  I liked the symbolism of the fire and renewal and how that relates to Nina's character in particular. It was a quick read. If you liked TJR's other books then you will love this one.