Saturday, June 29, 2013

Blog Tour - Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett






Today, I'm part of the Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by YA Bound Book Tours. I'm really glad to be part of this tour and this post. My stop is a Review of both Confessions of an Angry & Almost Girlfriend, I'm excited about this post by my surprising reviews and happy that I found such an exceptional writer to a sequel, so I hope y'all enjoy it! But first here is a little more about the book...


Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2)
by Louise Rozett
Release Date: 06/18/13
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy: GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & Noble

Summary from Goodreads:

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.
  

Review

This sequel was very surprising in my eyes. As you will learn from Confessions of an Angry Girl after this review, I had some issues and some rants about the minds of 14 years old's at the time it was written. But this was by the most exceptional read that have read in the last few weeks... I was hesitant I have to admit after the first book of the series, thinking what else could they really fantasize about but actually Rose has matured and grown up for her age, but still acting as a normal, current teenager. Rose is presented as a teenager stuck between love, life,  future quandaries of reality and drama. When Jamie Forta returns with more burdens, his unacquainted love still burns between them. The attraction between has never seized it has matured and even sparked higher but at a somewhat constant level throughout the book. However, Regina will always play with fire with Rose, she tries to do the right thing when everything turns out wrong.

What we see is Rose's personality blossom throughout the whole book, she has gone from runner to now a rock star in a band. She has a rawness in her words and how she delivers them with such passion and emotions that its hard not to end on a high. What I also admired was the passion and strive to achieve her dreams is her best friend, Tracy. What I admired was how she turned a 'Slut List' against her into 'The Sharp List' on her fashion which makes an A-lister among the school population. It amazes me how gullible she was in book one her own drama between herself and Matt, to a single, sophisticated young entrepreneur and that's how I see her...

Louise bases her books on the atypical stereotypes of a teenager portrayed through Rose's life in both Confessions of an Angry-Girl and then again through Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend in a very positive way. This particular book I couldn't put down and it truly show the progression of writing and standard that I believe Louise has done in both of her novels so far... I will be intrigued to find out what will become of Rose's character in Junior Year...

Rating: 4/4.5



Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions #1)
by Louise Rozett
Release Date: 08/28/12
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback/e-book
288 pages

Like some books, it isn't for everyone... but its a catch 22, half is on my part and half on the plot line. I don't want to sound critical of this book but it just didn't settle right on me and I was a little disappointed with it. With high hopes and expectations comes regret and disappointment.

Confessions of an Angry Girl begins with a girl, Rose, saddened by her father's death, abandoned by her mother by her emotional grief and succumbed to a typical teenage dramas featuring, love, life, loss, boys and mainly sex. Entering the world of growing up happens to her best friend Tracy, thus anything she does, Rose accompanies in the thought process... Is this good or bad thing. Rose doesn't know. She is a smart girl focused on her studies rather than a lady of leisure, until she meets Jamie Forta.

Rose is unknown to the world she lives in and I think her character has been awkwardly placed in this novel. She didn't fit in, period! This is were its partly my view of the novel, I felt this was a very young book for me to read and I just didn't connect with the characters, apart from Jamie. His character alone didn't tempt me to continue, the romance. In once sense it was so up and down you wanted to stop but I have this urge whether or not Rose will conquer her emotions with Jamie... But in an ideal world do 14 year old's really think about committing with someone and losing their V now, or is it just me... I hope not! The absurdity and reality of life is based on sex in Tracy's world and this is where it just collapsed on me, she didn't listen to reason but to a jock who wanted more.

Louise bounds different stereotypes of a young teenage girl and shapes her into something she is not. This effects my review negatively, but nowadays I can see the attraction as well. The start of the series holds relative expectations, noting that its aimed at maybe younger readers. Overall, it was an average read, this is not a negative review and please don't take it as one, it just my view.

Rating: 3



About the Author

Louise Rozett is an author, a playwright, and a recovering performer. She made her YA debut with Confessions of an Angry Girl, published by Harlequin Teen. The next book in the series, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is due out June 2013. She lives with her 120-pound Bernese Mountain dog Lester (named after Lester Freamon from THE WIRE, of course) in one of the world's greatest literary meccas, Brooklyn...and also in sunny Los Angeles. (Being bi-coastal is fun!) Visit www.Louiserozett.com for more info.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blog Tour Stop - Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Today, I'm part of the Dare You To by Mira Ink. I'm super excited about this tour and this post. My stop is a Character Interview with Noah Hutchins, I know that you all missed him in this novel by Katie, so I thought I would bridge that gap in your heart for you, so I hope y'all enjoy it! But first here is a little more about the book...
Title - Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Author - Katie McGarry
Publisher - MiraInk
Pages - 352
Release - June 7th 2013
Purchased - Amazon


If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....


About Katie McGarry

Katie was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Writing has given Katie an excuse to pursue her passions. Research for her books has provided her with the amazing opportunity to train with baseball players, ride along in a drag car at ninety-six miles per hour and experience boxing and mixed martial arts.

Katie is the author of the full-length Young Adult novels PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO, and the e-novella CROSSING THE LINE. Her debut novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS, is a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction. Katie’s next novel CRASH INTO YOU will published by Mira Ink in December 2013.

Katie would love to hear from her readers - contact her via Twitter @KatieMcGarry

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Character Interview with Noah Hutchins

What is the best part about having Beth in your life? The worst? 
Beth makes me feel like I have family. She’s that person that I can be mad at and she can be mad right back, but we’ll still stand by each other at the end of the day. It’s unconditional on both sides.

While I love that about her, she has a way of making my life complicated. She’s wary of anything or anyone new and she gives my girlfriend Echo a harder time than I’d prefer.

Did you think that Beth would wind up with Isaiah? 
I did, but it was like watching two trains on the same track minutes away from colliding. They care for each other without a doubt, but Isaiah’s gasoline and Beth’s an already out of control wildfire. They wouldn’t have been good together.

What do you think about Beth and Ryan? 
They’re good together. Would I have ever seen Beth with a jock, especially with what’s happened in her past? No way, but he’s patient with her. More patient than I am and you can tell by how he looks at her that he’s one hundred percent in love.

Do you wish Beth still lived closer or are you happier for her to be living with her uncle?
Beth’s exactly where she needs to be: away from all the mess of her previous life. Sometimes, people have to leave in order to start over again.

Finally, what’s new with you? Will we be seeing more of you and Echo in any future books?
I’m in college and Echo and I are still together. We always make time for our friends, especially when they’re in trouble, so I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be there when Isaiah needs us.


Noah Hutchins for me will not beat Ryan, he's my Book boyfriend forever and always. But for those Noah fans, this especially for you. Katie McGarry is one of my ultimate favorite contemporary writers of this day. If you haven't read any of her books, your missing so much... If you need any more convincing, check out my review of Pushing the Limits here... and as I started this week with this tour I will publish my review of Dare You To at the end of the week... So stay tuned.

Also as part of the tour MiraInk have very kindly let me host a Giveaway to Win 1 of 2 Bundles of Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Enter the Rafflecopter below.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope y'all enjoyed...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blog Tour - Review: Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg


Today, I'm part of the Our Song tour hosted by Itching for Books. I was very lucky to receive a physical copy from the US and I had the pleasure of talking with her. I'm very pleased to be part of this tour. My stop is an review, so I hope y'all enjoy it! But first here is a little more about the book...

Title - Our Song
Author - Jordanna Fraiberg
Publisher - Razorbill
Pages - 338
Released - May 2nd 2013
Source - Copy via the Publsiher
Order - Amazon 

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He s dark, handsome, mysterious … and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance until Nick makes a troubling confession.
Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.





About the Author

Jordanna Fraiberg was born in Montreal, Quebec, and currently lives in L.A., where she settled after receiving degrees from Harvard and Oxford. A former national squash champion and Hollywood film executive, she now divides her time between dreaming up stories and chasing her toddler. She is the author of Our Song andIn Your Room.


jordannafraiberg.com | @Jfraiberg




Review:

This for me was the perfect contemporary romance of 2013. It was just beautiful and if anyone knows me, any mention of Photography within a book is my Achilles heel. Photography is a way to capture the impossible moment with the combination of the heart-felt romance was just magical. Am I babbling, terribly sorry I just get caught in the moment...

In Olive Bell's world, she has transcended into another person after a near-death experience in a car crash. She was a miracle, and now she feels she doesn't fit in. Her family is the too-perfect reputation of Vista Valley but they have no idea what is happening to their daughter. Her (so called) boyfriend, Derek made her d things that she didn't want to do, but she continues to be inspired by repartee and reputation of being a 'Golden Boy'. By she is left destroyed by his ignorance and gullible nature and left with this unfinished and mysterious surrounding her life and future. Its time for her to find her new path within this 'second-chance' of life. 

Olive is an emotionally compromised character for a positive reason, her story is ruled by her heart never her head.  Her best-friend Annie, clearly knows this but she does sees the person in front of her, not what lies underneath. Now this chance, shows a new aspect that was mesmerizing as an reader/reviewer. Her character grew constantly throughout the book. Her natural ability at capturing a moment that meant the climax of the novel as well as showing her true nature along with her subject. This song was her journey but it also held a partner to save each other from their despair. Basically, I admired Olive in so many ways that I just want to live the second chance that she has been given. Jordanna really connected me on a creative ans sensitive level of Olive's character.

As part of pleasing her parents and share experience she goes to a support group 'NDS' (The Near-Death Society) but she didn't know she was going to find a mysterious guy named Nick, with a tortured past and non-existent present. Nick is your quintessential cliche of a dark, mysterious and handsome guy in a contemporary read. However, his story is much more complicated and heart-felt. One minute he can be your fun, loving and peaceful guy, but that is only a mask for really lies beneath, death, tragedy, guilt and loneliness. His suffering is tormenting him with every breath he takes until Olive came along that had some resemblance of what he could be going through. Its been a while since I don't know what is in the male characters head through the use of perspectives, but this sudden change in structure I can still figure out who Nick really is and what he can become.

Secondary characters, like Annie and Derek really had an impact and influence over these main protagonists of the novel. Annie is Olive's best friend and she saw Olive's relationship in a different and more realistic way rather than Olive's clouded judgement over her so called love of Derek. Now Derek, I could have just strangled throughout the entire book he was mentioned. His political and hard-working attitude was just a front for the conniving and deceitful boy that he is at the age of 18. He needed to grow UP!

Overall, Jordanna created a very compelling, heat-felt and magical novel based on real-life and life-altering situations. Her characters, Olive and Nick fitted like to two peas in a pod making me love them even more. Like I said this the for me the Contemporary Romance of 2013 so far. 


Thank you to Jordanna and Razorbill for sending me a copy for an honest review.

Also as part of the tour I have another Giveaway for you all. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter the Giveaway. Good Luck.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Blog Tour - Review: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn


Today, I'm part of the Charm & Strange tour hosted by Itching for Books. I was very lucky to receive this book early from Stephanie and I had the pleasure of talking with her. I'm very pleased to be part of this tour. My stop is an review, so I hope y'all enjoy it! But first here is a little more about the book...
*Also I would like to apologise for the quality of this review, I have been revising and I have an exam today so wish me luck everyone*

Charm & Strange
Title - Charm & Strange
Author - Stephanie Kuehn
Publisher - St. Martin's Griffin
Pages - 224
Released - June 11th 2013
Source - eBook for Review via NetGalley
Order - Amazon


When you’ve been kept caged in the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.

He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.

He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.

Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present.

Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

Stephanie Kuehn
About the Author

Stephanie Kuehn is a YA writer who grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with a ton of wonderful bookstores. Her very first job was working in one of those bookstores, and she's been a freakishly avid reader for as long as she can remember.
Stephanie's other passions include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. She's currently living in Northern California with her family and their wild menagerie of pets.

www.stephaniekuehn.com | twitter.com/stephkuehn

Review:

I'm a very anti-werewolf kind of girl so when I saw this book it definitely caught my eye. The book itself is split into 'Matter' and 'Antimatter' and intriguing idea based on the science of past events that forms the persona inside of someone and this is Win. At fist it was slightly disorientating going between two times when you don't quite know what happening until the third chapter. The book as a whole is very short but just enough to get a very solid story about a character conflicted by his inner demons, more specifically a werewolf.

Stephanie tells two sides of one character.. Andrew and Win. 
Matter: Win is a secluded lonely character, breached into his teenage years at a boarding school in Vermont after a tragic family accident...This is were it got interesting.
Anti-Matter: Andrew is 12 year old boy with a drunken father, non-existent mother, brother Keith and sister Siobhan. He doesn't care for either of them, he's very unsure, whiny kid with odd expectations of life. He begins his story with a very viscous attack at his tennis finals when he loses against him... he had no control just the adrenaline surging throughout his whole body. This event sparked the demons inside of his body. Andrew was an odd character to contend with. What was unexpected was that their was no need to connect with the character, it just weaved throughout his present character...Win.

  Anti-Matter: Andrew was sent to a camp with his brother Keith, to stay with their grandparents. Alongside them their cousins which almost seemed strange. Keith was very charming to one of the cousins, but so Andrew is some disturbed. They all stayed together and Drew couldn't quite place why... Until his father came to the lake house... A bit of fatherly bonding... in more ways than one. He and his siblings have a reputation and a purpose to nature and the moon phases that causes the event that traumatizes his life. This itself is only half the story when you go back to the present, but its life that fuels his fear and his current persona.

Matter: Lex and Jordan, the secondary characters of this novel were the more constant and supportive throughout the whole book. They were Win's anchor and they were my anchor to the present. In essence the backwards and forwards between two times was repetitive but these characters balanced out that novel for me. The only thing that let the novel down a notch was the ending, it disappointed me as we didn't really what the outcome of Win's trauma would be. I was unresolved and slightly puzzled. I felt that, unfortunately, that each character didn't really end

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of this book.  Is there going to be sequel to this book? I would like to think so so she could develop Wins character some more. I didn't know what to expect from Stephanie's work and I can say I will be indulging in many more of her novels to come.

Rating: 3.5/4