Runaways

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Sep 2019

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A quick, fun read by Rachel Sawden. Runaways is an easy read that'll have you wanting to grab your backpack and go travelling. I really loved the main characters adventures and her independence. This was the ultimate fantasy read for me because I dream of being able to just grab a bag and travel the world. Highly recommend!

“I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
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I loved the concept of this book, being a photographer and avid traveler myself.  However not too far into the book, I found the story to fall flat. I didn’t think it was a very realistic story, and I had trouble connecting with the characters.
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At the beginning of this book, it seemed to drag on and wasn’t super interesting. But then Harper began her traveling and I couldn’t stop reading. I was entranced from the traveling part—as traveling has been something I’ve always wanted to do. The sweet love story after all of her heartache was a nice touch. The friends they met along the way and her two best friends who were with her. It all just worked so well together. And I just found her on Instagram, so I hope to continue to follow her journeys!
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This is the perfect summer read ! Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own. 
If you like books about travel. and escape this is the perfect enjoyable summer afternoon read. 
The charcter of Harper  has reason to want out of her boring life. Her job, useless  boyfriend and rental have all gone by the wayside within a short time. She decides to follow her heart and takes off to travel with her best friend .  Not all goes their way but Harper learns along their escapades to enjoy life and embrace the good. 

I love this book. The writing is well done, the charcters are likable and the travel scenes are fun. I highly recommend this book for your reading enjoyment.
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Really enjoyed this novel. The writing flowed and the characters were depicted very well. Couldn't wait to find out what happens next.
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It’s obvious from page one that this is a debut novel and frankly, I don’t know how it got past the editor’s desk. I pray that a much better version will actually be published. I also highly suspect it’s more of a throwback to the authors’ own travels with a weak love story and friendship tossed in to make it a novel. It doesn’t work. It’s messy and all over the place but mostly extremely immature. There is absolutely no character development. Harper is supposedly ready for marriage at the beginning of the novel, but there is no detail or connection to her relationship so when she leaves on her trip, there’s no reason to care when it fails. She behaves like a teenager, crying and making stupid decisions. She’s “in love” with 3 different men over the course of five months. Ummm... that’s nonsense. It’s clear she has no idea what love is and appears to mistake lust for love.

Descriptions of travel are glossed over with no realism of how it actually is to travel with just a backpack and doing laundry every day. One blip of a mention of her ragged appearance when seeing her parents is not enough to explain real life when backpacking. Language barrier issues are completely missing and unrealistic that they didn’t have some issues. 

Overall, I gave it an extra star just for travel descriptions but really this is a one star effort. Either make it a memoir or fix it, but as is? Wasted effort.

I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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“...keys to finding happiness again with two simple principles, gratitude and goal setting. Gratitude...we all have something to be thankful for. And setting goals to regain a sense of control.”

This book did not take me on the journey I thought it would. Although you experience a lot of places and adventures you may not take and choices you may not consider...it also shows you perspectives you may have never thought of previously. 

“The key, I find,” she continued, “is to give it a reason. You can’t go back in time, you can’t change what happened, but you have the power to reframe it and let that shape your future. If you want it to have a good reason for happening, give it one.”

Many things you will experience during this read...Friends. chasing dreams. Healing. Love. Self worth. Letting go and having inner peace.
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I do not have words for this book. I was in love with the story from the start and didn’t want it to end at all!! It is such a heartwarming book and you will be missing out on something great if you don’t read it.
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Really enjoyed this book. Took me on an adventure with every page I felt that I was on the journey with the characters.
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Enjoyed this book. Kept me interested all the way through. Would recommend to a fellow reader.  Love the cover.
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Who doesn't  want to run away from life when things get tough?  Harper Rodrigues has plenty of reasons to do just that--because her life has gotten really tough.  But when the going gets tough, Harper and her best friend decide that it is time to get going and take matters into their own hands.  Like everything, however, nothing is roses and sunshine.  

This book is a metaphor for how life gets in the way of happiness, even when we have the best intentions.  The book is well-written and caught my attention from page one.  Ms. Sawden has developed her plot and characters well and keeps things moving and flowing smoothly so that reading this book was a pleasure and made me feel like I was a part of the actual story!  I have never read anything by this author before, but I will definitely be reading other books by her in the future!  She is quite an accomplished storyteller!  I loved this book!
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Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. 

This was a quick read and I enjoyed reading about all of the places they traveled to in Asia. It was a book about self discovery, friendship and realizing that you can't always control every bit of life.
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This debut author is knocking it out of the park!! This is a novel about friendship and tragedy and how to keep it all together. Please read this right now!!
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Runaways is an enjoyable read following three friends as they travel across Asia and Oceania. Our protagonist, Harper, is thrown for a loop when she loses both her job and her boyfriend, so goes off traveling to find herself and follow her dreams. Filled with exotic destinations, fun moments, a bit of steam, and realistic friendships, this is a story about self-discovery and inner resilience. Perfect for a beach read! 

I received an e-ARC from the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I just have to say that I devoured this book. I mean, who in their life hasn’t just thought about packing up and heading out into the great unknown at least once?

Harper is a girl who is so easy to like. As she and her friends embark upon the trip of a lifetime, she comes to realize who she is, and what she wants to do. Sometimes it takes drastic circumstances for us to figure out what our priorities really are.

I believe that a lot of us take life too seriously – we need to be more childlike, and learn to laugh again. Laugh at jokes instead of being offended by them. See the good in people always. And to stop being so damn cynical. I believe that life will be so much more enjoyable if we loosen up a little bit. (Believe me, I’m talking to myself here the most!)

Harper realized her true dreams when she stopped trying to hold her death grip on her future. The truth is, none of us know what the future holds. We can plan all we want to, but at the end of the day we have not a whole lot of say in what is going to happen. I say, we all try to gain a little bit of Harper in our hearts and be more open to adventure.
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Just when Harper thought she was through the hard times she’s encountered in life, bad news strikes again. Now, without her dream job and dream man, Harper and three friends are heading out on the trip of a lifetime.
What would be better for an aspiring travel photographer than five months of travel with friends, a bit of fun, some self-discovery, oh…and a sexy guy named Xavier? Not much really.
Runaways is an easy, fun read that’ll have you fantasizing about grabbing your own besties and setting off to distant lands.
*I received a copy of Runaways from NetGalley and Rachel Sawden in exchange for an honest review.
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Perfect beach read.  Full of drama & romance, fast paced, great characters & well written what more do you need.   I’d recommend this to anyone.
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Harper had her life mapped out and had worked hard to achieve her goals, so when she loses both her job and boyfriend in one day she is floored, but what better opportunity to change her life totally and go off to Asia travelling with her friends....... what adventures.... and love....... could be waiting out there for her! 

A good story, one I particularly enjoyed as I love Asia and have been to some of the places in the book,  it was a bit predictable but the journey made up for it
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Its the perfect book for anybody who loves drama, love and romance.  A journey of travel and self exploration. A summer must read!
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In overcoming her fears, the protagonist learned to live and not just exist. A great read for anyone who wants to change their life but is scared to step outside the norm. I would love a sequel!
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