Saturday, 23 May 2015

Entangled Teen Blog Tour - Review & Excerpt

Title: Lola Carlyle's 12-Step Romance
Author: Danielle Younge-Ullman
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
Lola Carlyle is lonely, out of sorts, and in for a boring summer. So when her best friend, Sydney, calls to rave about her stay at a posh Malibu rehab and reveals that the love of Lola’s life, Wade Miller, is being admitted, she knows what she has to do.Never mind that her worst addiction is decaf cappuccino; Lola is going to rehab.

Lola arrives at Sunrise Rehab intent solely on finding Wade, saving him from himself, and—naturally—making him fall in love with her…only to discover she’s actually expected to be an addict. And get treatment. And talk about her issues with her parents, and with herself. Plus she has insane roommates, and an irritatingly attractive mentor, Adam, who’s determined to thwart her at every turn.

Oh, and Sydney? She’s gone.

Turns out, once her pride, her defenses, and her best friend are stripped away, Lola realizes she’s actually got a lot to overcome…if she can open her heart long enough to let it happen.
There are 3 things I taught myself while reading this book.
1) Faking your way into rehab is harder than it looks
2) Going to rehab because of a guy is dumb
3) Taking people who are in rehab to a local attraction probably isn't the smartest thing

Lola is that light fluffy book that I needed to get myself into. While there is some amount of tough stuff being dealt with, it's still a lighter read. Lola has good intentions by going to the rehab facility that her best friend and crush are at. But she quickly figures out that it's not all fun and games. For the most part I liked Lola as a character, but I did find her slightly "My life is coming to an end". Which royally bothered me, but that's a celeb offspring for you. However, as the book progresses Lola does grow up and sees that even if you try to fake it, you may realize that you're in just a bad of need for help as everyone else. The chemistry between everyone felt as natural as one would be in all the circumstances the characters are in. It's not like everyone's going to be singing Kumbaya together when you're in rehab.

Now, for the romance, I enjoyed it. There was no wanting to shake Lola as she figures out where her heart leads. Considering the title of the book, I'm happy to say that this doesn't overpower the rest of the story. Check out this scene of when Lola sees Wade for the first time in the bathroom.

I push harder and then hurl myself inside, shove it closed behind me, and lean backward on it, safe for the moment.
And, as luck would have it…there stands sexy Wade Miller.
The only problem is, sexy Wade is…peeing.
He’s standing at a urinal, peeing.
We haven’t even kissed yet and I’m watching him pee.
Oh my God, kill me.
This is not the first encounter I want to have. I cannot have it. I’ll have to throw myself back out the door and pretend it never happened. I start to move but, crap, it’s too late—our eyes have met in the mirror.
“Uh, hi…” he says, less fazed than you’d expect, considering.
“I am so sorry! I’ll just…” I turn to go.
“No, no, wait,” he says, and I do because there are still voices in the hallway. I stand with my back to the room and close my eyes.
All these years I’ve dreamed of us meeting again, I imagined myself cool, self-possessed, and glamorous—nothing like the awkward kid I used to be. And we’d be on a red carpet, or in a field, or on the cobblestoned streets of Europe.
A bathroom in a teen rehab center falls rather short from a romantic perspective.
Add the fact that he’s peeing and it becomes unspeakable.
I hear a flush, some rustling, water running at the sink, and then the sound of a paper towel dispenser.
“I’m really, really sorry,” I say again, talking straight into the door.
“Hey, I’m the one who’s sorry,” he says.
“You… Why?”
“First girl I’ve been alone with in days and she catches me with my pants down.”
“Oh. Ha ha.” This would be a good time for the long-awaited big earthquake to come and swallow us both up.
“You can turn around, I’m decent.”
“I’m sure you are,” I say, still not turning because maybe I can keep my back to him the entire time and then he won’t recognize me yet (he might not anyway—my being transformed into a totally different person is kind of the point—he’s not supposed to associate me with the old me until he’s at least met, and ideally started to fall for, the new me, at which point I can also begin the rescue mission) and then next time we meet we can start over.
“Come on, now you’re making me feel weird,” he says.
Now I’m making you feel weird? As opposed to when I walked in on you in the bathroom?”
“Well, then, too.”
I turn, putting my back to the door again, ostensibly to keep my distance from him, but also hoping to prevent anyone from coming in.
He’s standing in the middle of the room looking…ridiculously good. I may not be able to breathe enough to manage a conversation with him. Rehab and recent detox notwithstanding, the slightly odiferous orange bathroom, the lighting of which does not do his coloring justice notwithstanding, this guy who was charming and deadly cute a couple of years ago is now dazzling. He’s grown taller, his shoulders have filled out, his face is more chiseled—those are the biological facts, the on-paper differences. Meanwhile the sandy hair and cappuccino-colored eyes are the same. But…what is that saying about the whole being greater than the sum total of its parts? The sum total of Wade and his parts is devastating, is heart-stopping. 

Title: Awakening 
Author: Shannon Duffy 
Release Date: April 7, 2015 
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review

A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn't even think to question when Darian, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darian shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree's help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she's ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darian be able to escape the Protectorate before it's too late?

Dystopian books are all the rage nowadays, and this book clearly sets its own marker in that genre. What I liked about this book is that it's a standalone, within the genre that is rare. I feel that this book is a great a way to introduce a new younger reader to the genre that is dystopia.

Desiree was just another sheep that believed everything the government was doing was the right decision. To me, knowing that there's a machine that controls my dreams on a nightly basis would scare the crap off of me, but hey what do I know. Along with the sleep controling, there's also the whole thing that the government gets to decide who you'll marry, when you die and what job you have. All signs that lead to CONTROL FREAKS.

What I liked about this book is the fact that how this all comes to light isn't due to an event revolving around Desiree. The struggle that Desiree goes through to see that their world is really messed up is a good read, The chemistry between Desiree and Darian is one that shifts throughout the book. That being because it's Darian that starts to piece together that something isn't right. I'm glad that this was one book, the pacing felt right, loose ends were tied together and I didn't feel like I was needing more. Definitely would reccommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian, and to those who are new to the genre.

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