The Secret of Ella and Micha

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.- Goodreads


The Secret of Ella and Micha had been sitting on my book shelf for a few months already. I was planning to read it right after I got my copy but it was pushed back when new books arrived. There were a number of reasons why I picked up this book. One of which is the cover. The cover was gorgeous and I love that it was in gray-scale with only a pop of blood red as its accent. It makes the book more appealing. I also love the fact that the title was simple but in a way mysterious. It makes you want to discover the secrets they were keeping. But was these reasons enough for me to give it five stars? I don't think so.

Don't get me wrong. The Secret of Ella and Micha was really a good book. Its not your typical young adult romance wherein the formula is too cliche. The whole book was told in two different POV's which made it more interesting. Because as a reader, you always wanted to know what the other one is thinking in a particular scene. So instead of waiting for another book for the other person's POV, it will save more time if they would just be incorporated in one book. The story was also simple and easy. No heavy plot that will tend to make readers confused. It was just told on a personal level and the characters with their own baggage were real and relatable. I loved it for the fact that there was nothing special between the two lead acts. No perfect one and flawed one. No divisions. Both of them are two individuals that are flawed but was able to find each other.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book but it was not enough for me to gave it five stars. Why? because I found it a bit too forced. It would have been much better if there was some sort of a backstory why Ella left. Plus the fact that the tattooed bad boy who sings and write songs and dreams of becoming a rockstar was a character that was too overuse in most romance novels nowadays. I know I love these kind of boys but I would appreciate it  more if there is something that will separate one from the other heroes I've read. But the main thing that got me bugged out though was the "secret" . I wanted to read this book because I wanted to know what their secrets are. I was a bit disappointed that's its not that "big" though. I was expecting something more due to the fact that this is the title of the book.

Nevertheless, I liked The Secret of Ella and Micha. It is a lovely tale about love, lost and acceptance. 

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