Monday, 31 August 2015

Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz | DNF Review

 
Genre: Young Adult , Paranormal
Publication Date: September 15th 2015
Publisher: Skyscape
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Rating: DNF'd at 20%
 
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?


The concept of this book seemed promising and I looked forward to reading and reviewing it , unfortunately I soon realised that I did not like this book. At the beginning , I liked how Noa's family was struggling through tragedy and I thought that was done well but almost suddenly , none of that became important anymore. The relationship she has with Callum makes absolutely no sense , it's a ridiculous case of insta-love and in fact ,over half of the things I listed as my least favourite tropes were in the first 20% of this book. It went from "This is a cool and mysterious story that has a lot of potential and good characters." to "I cannot read this." in less than 5 pages.

This book has been getting mostly good reviews so it was definitely a let down. Maybe if I had've continued I would've enjoyed it more but I really couldn't much myself to do so. Sadly , I would not recommend this book. There's not much else I can say about it , but the book just wasn't for me and I don't have the patience to continue books like that.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Half Bad by Sally Green | Review


Genre: Young Adult , Fantasy
Pages: 394
Publication Date: March 4th 2014
Publisher: Viking Books
Rating:✰✰✰✰½
 
 
Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.


Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
 
 
 
In this modern day London there are witches , both black and white. The whites hunt the blacks and both sides hate each other but Nathan's Mother is a white witch and his Father is an evil black witch which does not go down well. He is disapproved of my all of the white witches and has been in various imprisonments since he was 14. Throughout the book we follow him at different time periods in his life , learning about how he is treated my other white witches and even members of his own family.
 
I do not read enough witch books , that is one thing I am sure of. I can't think of any other witch books that I have read other than Harry Potter (witches and wizards but hey) and a little bit of Heir Of Fire by Sarah J Maas. I literally had no idea what this book was about before reading it and only bought it because of the amazing reverse cover that it had. Seriously , I looked for the blurb and saw another side of the cover but in different colours and was sold. I really didn't know what to expect with this book but I am so glad that I read it.

Nathan is an incredibly interesting character , he's constantly hunted but he thinks rationally and takes his time when needed. Despite the circumstances that would make most of us go insane with anger , he stays moral and somehow keeps his hilarious personality. No matter what anyone says about him he believes that he is good , even when he begins to question what good really is. For the most part , this book is dark but Nathan is one of the brightest parts about it. Throughout the book we meet lots of characters that Nathan meets at different stages of his life. Every single one of these characters were mysterious and interesting and despite what Nathan thought of these characters , you never truly trusted them and you never truly hate them.

My favourite part of the book was the world that Ms Green created. I haven't read a fantasy book set in modern day London since...well , Harry Potter and that was a really great aspect to it! I loved the witches and the differences between the white and the black ones. When witches turn 17 , they are given three gifts and when they receive those gifts , they also receive a power of some kind. I loved how the power worked and the different types of powers. I look forward to finding out even more in the sequel!

The only thing I didn't like was that it took me about 50 pages to really get into it , but I also liked the mystery of said 50 pages so that's why I only took away a half star.

One of the main things I noticed was how interested I was in Nathan's story , as well as that of the side characters. I really can't wait to continue this series and I would definitely recommend this book to all fantasy lovers!
 


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A Book Series That I Wished Had More Books| Top 5 Wednesday

Hi everyone! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainey and you can find out more in the Goodreads group. This weeks topic is Book Series You Wish Had More Books but I'm changing it up a bit. I did a similar post to this about characters that deserve their own series and you can read that here. 
 
 
Okay , I don't really have many series that I would like for them to continue so I'm going to write about characters from a certain series that I would love to read more about. That series is...
 

Yep , you guessed it. Harry Potter by J.K Rowling.

First things first , I don't want to read more books about Harry himself. I was pretty happy with how things wrapped up for him , what I want is spin-offs. Lots and lots of spin-offs. Obviously , I know that these *most likely* won't happen but I just think it would be cool if they did because Rowling wrote a lot of characters with promising backstories. Oh , spoiler alert for Harry Potter (but seriously , if you have managed this long without being spoiled , I doubt your muggleness.)
 
1) Dumbledore and Grindelwald
 
 
You can't deny that a book about these two would be cool if you think about it for at least 10 seconds. Two teenage friends , have the same goal to basically take over the wizarding world but one ends up as the best wizard of his age and the other , the *second* most powerful dark wizard of all time. I could go into it but this post will turn into an essay if I start that.
 
2) George Weasley
Wow , it's been years and it still feels weird saying his name on it's own. What I want to read about is George struggling with the loss of Fred but realising tha Fred would've told him to get over it. I want to see him fall in love and be happy again. I want to learn about George Weasley and who he is as a 'he' not a 'them'.
 
 
3) The Marauders
I want to read about the Marauders and that generation in general! Do I even need to explain why I'd want this? I also got pyjamas that are marauders themed and they are amazing. I just thought I'd add that it.
 
4) Minerva McGonnagal
As one of my all time favourite characters , she had to be on this list. She is a great character when she's Harry's teacher but read a little bit about her backstory and you'll love McGonnagal even more.
 
5) Hogwarts Student
I want a story about a completely normal student at Hogwarts. They haven't been chosen for anything , there's no wizarding war , just a character driven school story set with the backdrop of Hogwarts. Think Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins but set in Hogwarts.
 
 
 
So , I went completely off topic but I am still interested in hearing the series that you wish would continue?
 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

BLOG TOUR : Awakening by Rebel Miller | Review

 
Genre: New Adult , Romance , Science Fiction
Publication Date: June 15th
Publisher: Rebel Miller Books
Format: eGalley
Source: Meraki Book Tours
Rating: ✰✰✰✰
 
 
Kira Metallurgist has always felt she was meant for more. Hoping to strike out on her own, she sets out on a new career at a time when world goes through unprecedented change. In a system that is based on castes and predetermined position, Kira embarks on a tumultuous journey that leads her toward a destiny that involves two men who call to her heart in different, yet powerful ways.

Tai Corporal was born to a family of warriors. Like his father, he aspires to take on the highest military position in the Realm. A man of his word and with a stubborn sense of duty, he is surprised to find that all in the Realm is not as black and white as he thought. He’s even more surprised to realize that the woman he’s loved for years is the one who reveals it to him.

Gannon Consul knows the meaning of power. As next in line for leadership in his caste, he is well acquainted with the lengths to which the Realm will go to stop someone from reaching above their station. Gannon senses that change is coming. He just never expected that it would come in the form of the one woman who calls to him like no other.

For mature audiences.
Includes committed relationships with multiple partners.
 
 
Kira Metallurgist has been in love with her brothers best friend Tai for years when she finds out that he has feelings for her as well but refuses to act on said feelings. Kira is not the type of person who lets one rejection ruin her life and meets Gannon , the future leader of her caste who she is obviously attracted to. As these relationship dramas proceed , Kira is facing the biggest challenge of all , her new job. She throws everything into her work but with a society that is restless , her career might end up doing more harm than good.
 
The reason I wanted to read this book was a)the cover and b) the fact that it was a New Adult novel in a genre that wasn't contemporary. Despite the fact that the main reason it was NA not YA was the relationships , it was refreshing to see that with a more dramatic backdrop. I'm not a science fiction person but I loved this book! The writing was wonderful and the characters were well developed and interesting.
 
Kira has clear goals and won't let any of the people in her life tell her what to do. She is headstrong and stubborn but also rational while making decisions. She doesn't do things to spite anyone , she does it for the benefit of either herself and the realm. Most of the time , I loved Kira...Most of the time. This brings me onto the elephant in the room , the love triangle that is clearly stated in the blurb. Tai and Gannon seemed pretty similar to me at the start , both powerful , arrogant men and I thought that Tai was the better choice for Kira. Tai refuses to act on his feelings for Kira as he thinks that an occupation with him would lead her to danger but he never gave her the choice and that irritated me. Gannon on the other hand , surprised me in his charming ways and how he loved Kira's stubbornness , where as Tai dreaded it. Kira is in love with Tai but she still pursued a relationship with Gannon and as his feelings progressed , it felt to me that she was leading him on.  I hope that Kira realises that Tai is not the one she should choose (can you guess who I ship?) and grows up a little bit in that sense in the rest of the series.

There were a lot of side characters and subplots that I hope we get to explore in the next book but for me the most intriguing part of this book was the world. It's set in a world where there are inhabitants on many planets and the way they worked or in this case , didn't work together was incredibly interesting. I loved that the main characters are all involved with the law so we got to see a lot of the politics! There were a few...odd things about the world but I'm sure I'll come to accept them as the norm in the future.

Overall , I really enjoyed this book and I'm thrilled that I signed up for the tour , otherwise I might not have read it! I'd definitely recommend this book as I looked forward to picking it up every time and never felt bored. It's an impressive first book to what seems to be a promising series!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover | Review

            
 
Genre: New Adult , Romance
Pages: 337
Publication Date: August 5th 2014
Publisher: Atria Books
Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰
 
 
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
 
 
(I wrote this review back in April when I read Ugly Love but I never posted it.)
 
 
This book is written in two perspectives , Tate and Miles' but while we read about Tate falling in love with Miles , Miles' timeline is when he was younger and falling in love with a girl called Rachel. The first thing you notice is that there is no evidence in Miles' life that this Rachel ever existed other than the flashbacks and his obvious psychological problems. The entire way through we learn more about Miles and how he feels about his past from Tate's perspective and about what actually happened from his.
 
Tate moves in with her brother , planning to focus on her nursing career so she is initially fine with the "No future." agreement but as the story progresses , she can't deny that she feels more than just lust for Miles. Miles however , is dead set on playing by the rules. We know from the start that he has demons that we can hardly imagine but it was easy to forget that Tate wasn't reading his chapters and didn't know what we did. I felt a lot more sympathy for Miles than Tate did when things started to get tough but I had to remind myself that Tate really has no idea about what he's been through and not to be angry with her. It was interesting to learn about his past and watch Tate learn as well , they were a great pair of characters who had undeniable chemistry in every way.
 
Miles' backstory chapters were written in verse and I found that weird at the start but as soon as I got into it...it was Tate's chapter again. That took me a while to get used to but soon enough , I was invested in both storylines! Miles' backstory , oh my goodness. I knew it'd be horrible but it broke my heart into a million tiny pieces. His entire arc was beautiful and I loved how he overcame his troubles in such a wonderful way! There was one scene involving him in present day and someone from his past and it is one of my favourite book scenes , it was all kinds of emotional.

I keep talking about Miles but Tate was a great character as well. I loved the relationship she had with her brother and how hardworking she was. Where as most people would've turned away when they realised the extent of Miles' burdens , she pushed to help him and eventually , changed his life. Their relationship was so much more than what you'd expect from a "friends with benefits" one!

This is one of my favourite Colleen Hoover books , I always say that but this one still has an emotional impact on me months later. It's everything I like about New Adult and so much more. I recommend this book to anyone who loves good storytelling methods and a good sob-fest story.

Friday, 21 August 2015

BLOG TOUR | Songbird by Colleen Helme {Promo & Giveaway}


 
 Today , I'm participating in the blog tour for the YA romantic fantasy Songbird by Colleen Helme. Here you'll find all of the information you need to decide if you'll read this book including the links for amazon and goodreads. If you read to the end you'll find an exciting giveaway! Enjoy!
 
About the Book

Title: Songbird

Author: Colleen Helme

Genre: Romance Fantasy

As the ambassador from Braemar, Bran is sent on a diplomatic mission to the Old Country to establish trade relations. But the real reason for his mission is to uncover the secrets of a potent elixir that can give magic to anyone who drinks it.

While there he encounters the Songbird, a beautiful, exotic woman, and the king’s most prized possession. Her song is full of magic, and he determines that her people must be connected to the deadly elixir. In exchange for her help, he is willing to risk his life to set her free. What he doesn’t expect, is to fall under her spell…

 
Author Bio

As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble… I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.
 

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Blog Tour Guest Post and Giveaway : Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist by Jennifer Ellis

Hi everyone! Today I have a guest post by author Jennifer Ellis as part of the Confessions Of A Failed Environmentalist blog tour. She'll be talking about her writing process! Enjoy!


About the Book

 Title: Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist

Author: Jennifer Ellis

Genre: Romantic Comedy / Women’s Fiction

Alana Matheson always tries to do the right thing for the environment, even when it means boycotting school meatball day, forgoing the use of makeup, or getting entangled in a bet with her non-chicken-loving ex-husband over which of them can be the most environmentally conscious.

So when a mining company proposes developing a mine right in the middle of the community watershed, well, of course Alana is going to be on the front lines opposing the development.

Except she isn’t. To her own shock and dismay, she finds herself taking a job… with the mining company. Worse, she finds herself drawn to her attractive and mysterious boss, Nate: a capitalist mining executive. The enemy.

Alana struggles to do right by the community, deal with her feelings for Nate, and maintain her own environmental morals. But as the conflict over the mine heats up, it gets increasingly difficult to be on the “wrong side,” and both Nate and Alana are cracking under the pressure.

Part satire, part serious, Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist is about the cast of characters who seem to pop up in all environmental disputes, and how all of us fail sometimes to do the right thing for the environment, in both big and small ways.



Author Bio

Jennifer lives in the mountains of British Columbia where she can be found writing, hiking, skiing, borrowing dogs, and evading bears. She also works occasionally as an environmental researcher.

Jennifer writes science fiction, romance and dystopian fiction for children and adults, including Apocalypse Weird: Reversal in Wonderment Media’s Apocalypse Weird world and A Pair of Docks, which was a bestseller in children’s time travel fiction. She has also contributed to several anthologies, most notably Synchronic: 13 Tales of Time Travel, which hit #16 in the Kindle Store.

She may or may not have a Ph.D. and dabble in tarot card reading and cat sitting.

You can subscribe to her blog for the latest book news and industry insights at www.jenniferellis.ca. She tweets about writing, cats and teenagers at @jenniferlellis.

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Guest Post

My Writing Process

 

Writing is a joyful, time-consuming, difficult, and serendipitous process. Although I may claim to be systematic and have a “process” (and I blog about my process routinely on my website at www.jenniferellis.ca, getting into things as mundane as sentence starts and dialogue tags), my approach and habits shift all the time. My writing process also differs depending on whether I’m writing a first draft, second draft, or doing a final draft. It also tends to vary a bit depending on where I am in a novel or short story.

 

I do try to make a habit of writing every day except for the occasional holiday and day when my job or life makes it impossible.

 

If I’m working on a first draft, my daily writing process tends to look like this (Note: Ideally here I will be working from a detailed outline of each chapter, or at least a detailed list of the major plot points that I am hoping to hit):

 

1)     Go a page or half a page back into the previous day's work to orient myself as to where I was and what I was trying to accomplish in a scene. Think a little bit about what the "turn" in the scene was or will be and if it is the right turn to move the plot forward.

 

2)     Write in silence trying to get as many good words out as possible. My general word count goal is a minimum of 1200 words per day and a preferred goal of 2000 words per day. I prefer to try to accomplish these word count goals in the morning before 10:30 a.m., so I can move on to paid work and other life commitments, but if I cannot, I will also write in the evening from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

 

3)     Research and fact check as necessary as I go and try not to fall into too many research rat holes. Sometimes this will involve looking at photos of locations or items I am including. Sometimes it will involve reading research papers.

 

4)     Work always to keep my prose and characterization fresh and of high quality. Try to make each character unique with a distinct voice and their behavior reasonably rational and "in character" (unless they are mad of course—then they can build mechanical dolphins and spend their afternoons hunting for Elvis and Princess Diana). Consistently check for overuse of hads and repeats of words. Consistently check for a balance of exposition and dialogue. Consistently check for appropriate use of dialogue tags and action tags and that I’m effectively using physical reactions to convey emotion. Consistently check that my setting has been effectively acknowledged and incorporated into every scene in a manner that plays on as many senses as possible. Try to axe all purple prose.

 

5)     Try to keep my eye on the plot and whether I’m laying down the scenes necessary to execute the grand vision, or whether I’m digging myself deep into a methane-venting crater (filled with carnivorous mechanical dolphins). This often involves thinking a lot about the motivations of all the characters—who wants what, who is capable of what, and who is where when—and how does that all come together to create the story. It’s a bit like chess—you always have to know where all the pieces are. It also involves thinking about the fundamental themes of the book and how I am (or am not) effectively pulling them out through the plot.

 

6)     Hope for those moments of sublime inspiration or supreme luck when my metaphors somehow reflect my theme, or everything comes together, or something you have written or led my characters to matches something neat or exciting in the real world.

 

7)     Try not to decide everything I have written so far that day is blasphemous, moronic tripe (unless it is). Repeat steps #1-6.

 

If I’m working on a second draft, my process tends to look like this:

 

1)     Work on the prose to correct grammar errors, heighten the poetry of my words, make things clearer, insert contractions (since I always make my characters speak too properly the first time through), and make any other needed adjustments to language.

 

2)     Work to refine and deepen my characters. This includes adding more mannerisms, nuances, references to appearance and thoughts in order to make each of the main characters, and some of the side characters, more unique, fresh and multi-faceted.

 

3)     Fix minor inconsistencies including things like characters having a different hair color in chapter one versus chapter five, clues that didn’t end up working out as expected and need to be tweaked, and references to the passing of time (e.g. references to “That morning” or “On Sunday), that are no longer correct now that the entire timeline of the novel has been plotted out.

 

4)     Take notes identifying any major things that need to be fixed including plot issues, big inconsistencies, characters that could be cut, scenes that need to be added or cut and any out of character behavior of my characters.

 

5)     Do some bit thinking about plot and make sure it hangs together and that the set-up matches the resolution.

 

6)     Make the changes identified in #4. This can take a few weeks if there are a lot of them.

 

7)     Read the entire novel through on Kindle or on paper to check for final issues and see how the whole thing “feels” and identify any sections that need to be fixed, rewritten or tweaked.

 

And that, in two seven-step lists, is my general writing process. But writing is a very organic process. I will often stray from these lists as the writing demands, and I will often do several steps at the same time. My process is also ever-evolving as I learn and become a better writer. The most important part of my writing process is sitting at my desk every day and getting the words on the page.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Top 5 Character Tropes That I Hate | Top 5 Wednesday


 
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly list meme created by Gingerreadslainey and you can find out more in the Goodreads group. This weeks topic is Character Tropes That I Hate. You can read about my favourite character tropes here.
 
 
 
1) Insta-Love
Ugh. There is nothing worse than a character falling irrevocably in love with someone at first glance. The book series could go on for years but if a relationship began with insta-love it'll never feel right to me. For example , in A Court Of Thorns and Roses two people go from hate to love in like 0.7 seconds and that really lessened my love for the book. (I gave it 4 stars but still.)
 
 
 
2) "I'm not like the other girls"
This happens far too much in YA. The main character doesn't care for nice clothes or any of that "pretensiousness". Everyone is individual and just because you're unrealistically strong at 16 that does not put all of the other human beings into a lesser category.
                

 


3) Teenagers and rebellions
"Hi , I know I'm only 16 but I still have enough life experience to start a rebellion that will cost a lot of lives." ... Well , I'm 16 and the hardest decision I can make is whether a book was worth 4.5 or 5 stars. I'm no expert but I personally don't think that a teenager as the head of a rebellion is giving out the image of a strong side.
 
4) History doesn't exist
Unless it happened as a result of the thing that changed everything , it doesn't matter. Worlds, whether they are dystopian or fantasy , that don't have history creep me out. I like when it's mysterious , not everything in history makes sense but when everyone accepts that history is a no-go , that seems unrealistic to me. I love history , whether it's fictional or not!
 
 
 
5) The perfect love interest
I'd say that 90% of the YA love interests that I've read have been described as practically perfect. One of the reasons that I love Mindwalker by AJ Steiger is that the love interest Steven is extremely flawed. The beautiful thing about book characters is that we see their personality before their face and I wish that authors used that more.
 
 
What are your least favourite tropes? Leave a link to your T5W posts below!
 
 
 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors | Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and you can find the topics here . This weeks topic is Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors so authors that you will buy their book simply because it's their book , without caring much for plot. There aren't many authors that I trust with this but I'll list the ones that I do!


 
1) Cassandra Clare
I trust that I will enjoy Cassandra's book because a) I love her storytelling and b) almost all of them are set in the shadowhunter world.
 
 
 
 
 2)Jennifer L Armentrout
When I read different series by the same author I think of the main characters as almost...siblings? The thing with JLA is that I don't think of her series with any relation to each other. They're all so different but I love every single one.
 
 
 
 
 
 
3) Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
The one thing you can count on from Colleen Hoover is that she'll write an emotional whirlwind of a story!
 
 
 
 
4)Sarah J Maas
Fantasy is my favourite genre and Maas writes it at it's best!
 
 
 
I know that I've probably forgotten someone but who are your Auto-Buy authors?
 
 
 

Monday, 17 August 2015

Remix by Non Pratt | Review



Genre: Young Adult , Contemporary
Pages: 304
Publication date: June 4th
Publisher: Walker books
Rating:✰✰✰✰
 
From the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.

Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life... Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
 
Remix is a story about two best friends , Ruby and Kaz , at a music festival along with some interesting side characters mashed into one great , fun summer read. It's told from the perspective of both Ruby and Kaz , alternating throughout the chapters , giving us an insight to what both characters are thinking and doing in the moment. Nothing ever comes between Ruby and Kaz but not everything goes to plan at this festival and almost without meaning to , they are both lying to the other.
 
At the beginning , I thought I'd prefer Kaz to Ruby. My first impression was that Kaz was sensible and Ruby would be the reckless friend when actually , that can't be said about either of them. I soon realised that I much preferred Ruby. She was going through more than even she realised and the fact that she could still put on a happy face speaks wonders. Kaz was na├»ve and really immature at times! I would not have enjoyed the book as much if it was only from her perspective. Despite everything , I loved how their friendship grew over the course of the book and I think they learned a lot about each other and themselves.
 
One of my favourite aspects to the book was the side characters. There were a lot of them but Non Pratt did such a good job at making them developed and real that we really knew them all after only 3 days of short scenes with them! I loved the character sub-plots connected to Ruby and by the end of the book , I was teary eyed because of someone I thought we were supposed to hate. It seems that everyone misread certain characters and I loved how it all wrapped up in the end , it was almost ironic!
 
Overall , I enjoyed this book! It was lighthearted , funny and a joy to read , I can't wait to read some more of Non Pratt's writing. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes realistic stories about the not so perfect moments of love and friendship.
 

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Blog Tour: Back To Us by Teresa Roman | Guest Post & Giveaway


 

Hi everyone! I'm hosting today's tour stop for Back To Us by Teresa Roman. In this post you'll find information about the book as well as a guest post from the author discussing books that inspired her to write. Read to the end to enter the tour wide giveaway!


About the Book

Title: Back To Us

Author: Teresa Roman

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

 
Abandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. She's vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life.

But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?




About the Author

Teresa Roman is a lover of books, both reading and writing them. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and the puppy her son convinced them to adopt. When she isn't at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer writing or with her head buried in another book.
 
Books That Inspired Me To Write (Guest Post)

I wouldn't say there was one book specifically that inspired me to write. I read a lot of paranormal and fantasy books and actually started working on an urban fantasy book first. I had the idea of Back To Us in my head, but wondered how much interest a story that didn't take place in some fantasy world or include fairies or vampires would generate. Then I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and realized there is a lot of beauty in the simplicity of a good old-fashioned love story between fallible characters. That realization encouraged me to move ahead with Back To Us.
 
 
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Website: www.teresaromanwrites.com
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