Sunkissed by Jenny McLachlan is book number 3 of The Ladybirds book series. I have the other two books in the series, Flirty Dancing and Love Bomb in my to read pile of books but I just haven’t have the chance to read yet. The series follows around a group of friends but focuses mainly on one of them in each book. Sunkissed is the turn of Kat. The minute I read the blurb I just knew that I had to read this book.
Sunkissed follows the story of Kat. Kat has the tendency to get herself into bad situations for example she ended up hiding in her wardrobe with her sisters ex boyfriend, which sounds so much worse than it actually was. Despite her best efforts, Kat is forced to go to stay with her Aunt in Sweden as punishment. She quickly discovers that this means that she has to leave her friends and worse of all be stuck on an island that has only one shop and no phone signal or electricity. Of course, soon after arriving on the island she ends up falling for Leo who lives in a tent on the island.
I absolutely loved Sunkissed. The relationship between Leo and Kat wasn’t the main part of the book but there were some really adorable scenes with them both in, some of which wouldn’t be too far out of place in a Disney movie. However, my favourite parts of the book came when friend Pearl came to the island to help Kat participate in a sports competition on the island despite her being the least sporty person in the world. Although they seem to be fairly different people personality wise their friendship was wonderful to read about. They are both loyal and very determined to help the other out when they need help the most.
As someone who spends way too much time attached to their mobile phone, it made me laugh the extremes Kat went to try get signal, such as sticky taping her phone to her head and swimming to an island as I can imagine myself doing something similar if I were ever to be stuck on a Swedish island. Slowly but surely though she does start to become less bothered about phone signal and not being able to straighten her hair and really grows as a character. Kat was such an enjoyable and relatable character to read about.
Although I decided to pick Sunkissed up first out of the series due to the fact the storyline interested me more I think I will be checking out the other books in the series soon. I absolutely loved reading Sunkissed, it made me laugh, it made me angry and in some places it just made me feel all warm and happy – what more do you want from a book.
Sunkissed by Jenny McLachlan is out August 13th. Click here to buy from Waterstones.