16.8.17

Review: Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart by Tiffany Truitt


Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website
Seven dares. Seven days. And the road trip of a lifetime.

In the span of seven days, Annabel Lee will lose her heart.

Kennedy Harrison, as reckless with life as Annabel is obsessed with order, never could commit to anything—not to a person, not to a job, not to a path. But he’s got a history with Annabel, and for once Kennedy doesn’t want to run. Determined to spend time with her before she leaves for college, Kennedy dares her to join him on a road trip to a music festival.

And neither of them could ever say no to a dare.

But Annabel’s got a plan. She’ll complete seven dares in seven days—if Kennedy applies for one writing internship per dare. Because Kennedy needs to be pushed just as much as she does.

What follows is a dizzying week of music, shady hotels, comical dares, and a passion neither one knew existed. But when it ends, Annabel and Kennedy will realize the biggest dare of all might just be falling for each other.
Review

With a tagline like "Seven Dares. Seven Days. And the road trip of a lifetime." how could I truly resist Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart? The answer: I couldn't. I love books involving road trips (Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Two Way Street, Right of Way, etc.) and to throw in dares on top of that, I was in contemporary book heaven!

As it turns out, I flat out LOVED Tiffany Truitt's Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart. Basically, this book is a contemporary romance fan's ideal book. Containing steamy romance, stubborn and feisty main characters, and a road trip that seriously made me want to pack my bags and head to the nearest music festival, Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart had me hooked from the first word until the very last.

When Annabel and Kennedy were little, they were the dynamic duo - the two kids that everyone (students, parents, teachers) was slightly terrified off. Pulling off terrible, twisty dares, Annabel was the reckless one while Kennedy was the voice of reason, bringing Annabel back from the edge more than once. Everything changed, though, the moment tragedy shook Annabel's life. Suddenly Annabel became afraid to live, the uttermost rule follower, and Kennedy, the boy who always had her heart, ran the other way, never looking back. Now at twenty, Annabel is understandably shocked the day Kennedy beeps at her on the road...he hasn't so much as looked at her in years so why the big change now? Before she can fully comprehend it, Kennedy is full force back in her life, and when he offers her the chance to go a road trip of epic proportions, Annabel can't say no - finally she wants to take a risk, take the unknown road. What she - and Kennedy - don't realize is that this road trip is going to alter their lives forever all thanks to a new series of dares and a growing bond that even they can't deny...

I loved a lot about this book; however, the aspect I loved the most was the chemistry between Annabel and Kennedy. From the moment they first interact on page, you simply can't deny that there's a connection there - a strong one at that. Kennedy is the risk taker, the one who isn't afraid to risk being annoying to get what he utterly wants: Annabel's friendship. Annabel is serious and rather steadfast, devoting her energy to her family and her boyfriend. However, there still is a part of her under the surface that is feisty and stubborn.

I  really enjoyed watching Annabel inspire Kennedy to put his future first, to realize that he can be talented and successful and Kennedy inspire Annabel to take a risk again, to not be afraid to live. Seeing how much they cared about the other's wellbeing made their relationship much more realistic and believable. Also, the little sparring matches that occasionally occurred because of rising tensions became one of my favorite parts of the book as well - the fights always tended to be much more comical than serious, thankfully!

The plot of this book followed the typical romance novel pattern, but I loved it nonetheless. The dares and music festival really managed to spice up the typical romance tale and make it unique. I felt that the dares were not only well timed but also worked in with the overall story quite well. As for the music festival, Tiffany's descriptions of the event as well as the road trip leading up to it always made me feel like I was right there with the characters. I especially enjoyed how she intertwined popular musical acts into it.

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart is simply amazing - so great in fact that I'm having such a hard time writing this review in a way that every sentence doesn't start with "I loved..." So to sum it up...if you love contemporary romance...or a good road trip book filled with romance and dares...give this book a chance. I truly think you'll enjoy it, love it even! All I know is I can't wait to read more by Tiffany!

Grade: A+ 

Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart is now out!

Source: eCopy provide by publisher - thanks Riki at Entangled Publishing! 


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Mark your calendars!! Seven Ways to Lose Your Heart will be going on sale for 99 cents starting 8/23! 

Tell Me in the Comments: 

Have you read anything by Tiffany before? Do you love books involving road trips? (I know I do!) Or since dares are a big part of the book, what's one of the craziest dares you've ever been given and/or received? 

Waiting on Wednesday (150)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My pick this week is:



The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith 
(coming April 3, 2018!)
How do you let go of something you’ve never had?

Junior year for Brooke Winters is supposed to be about change. She’s transferring schools, starting fresh, and making plans for college so she can finally leave her hometown, her family, and her past behind.

But all of her dreams are shattered one hot summer afternoon when her mother is arrested for killing Brooke’s abusive father. No one really knows what happened that day, if it was premeditated or self-defense, whether it was right or wrong. And now Brooke and her siblings are on their own.

In a year of firsts—the first year without parents, first love, first heartbreak, and her first taste of freedom—Brooke must confront the shadow of her family’s violence and dysfunction, as she struggles to embrace her identity, finds her true place in the world, and learns how to let go.

Reasons Why I Want to Read This:
  • I've heard so many great things about Amber Smith's books. I seriously need to get around to reading her debut The Way I Used to Be. 
  • It's contemporary YA, which makes it an automatic must read for me. 
  • I love the "year of firsts" concept. It's always exciting and emotional to watch a character go through one of those kind of journeys. 
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15.8.17

Review: Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life by INFJoe


Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website
An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life

Introversion is “in.” But there are still many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They’re shy. Anti-social. They don’t want to have close relationships. They’re all cat people. They don’t like big parties (okay, that last one might be true).

INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, “That’s so me!” as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don’t Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.
Review: 

When I was first offered the chance to read and review Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life, I was intrigued. As someone who's always hovered between being an introvert and an extrovert, I find it interesting to read more about the "introverted life," especially when I can fully relate to what is being said. After reading an excerpt from Text, Don't Call, I could say 100% I could not only relate to what INFJoe was saying but I also wanted to see what else INFJoe had in store for us! 

Text, Don't Call is a mix of text and illustrations. I truly enjoyed the addition of the illustrations. Not only did they spice up the text, but they also really managed to make me laugh out loud and think "yeah, been there, done that." The book is separated into nine sections. The sections tackle topics such, as "Know Thyself," "#IntrovertProblems," "Surviving Large Groups," and "Navigating the Workplace." I thought INFJoe did a fantastic job of setting up the scene (I guess you would say) for this book. First, he really digs deep into how he's an introvert, what being an introvert means, and tacking life as an introvert. While some of the details and information shared I already knew, I did learn some new things about the introverted life. Additionally, as I've said before, I really managed to relate with what was said, as I'm sure many other introverts and half-intorverts will be able to as well. The two sections I found the most relatable was "Surviving Large Groups" and "Getting Through the Holidays and Other Celebrations." I don't know about you all, but surviving large groups and being around a large amount of family around the holidays can be so incredibly exhausting for me. There's always so much small talk as well as finding a good midpoint between saying too much and saying too little. I'm always more than ready to disappear and read a book after a large celebration such as those, so it was interesting to see INFJoe to tackle that in this. 

In all, Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life is an eye opening book perfect for readers who are introverts and need that reminder that it's okay others are right there with you. It probably goes without saying as well that this book is perfect for fans who are already familiar with INFJoe. 

Grade: B+ 

Text, Don't Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life is now out! 

Source: paperback copy provided by publicist/publisher 


Some of My Favorite Illustrations: 

pg. 79 - A big YES to the middle smilie face - I feel that way all the time. 
pg. 49 - I LOVE this one! I need to start doing this in my apartment 
pg. 124 - I think all book lovers can relate to this one! 

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Are you an introvert, an extrovert, or somewhere in between? 
Have you heard of INFJoe before? 
Can you relate to any of the illustrations I shared? 
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