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These Things About Us Review

Last night, or maybe really early this morning, I finished These Things About Us by Laura Beege.  This is one of those books that I feel like such a butt about because it has taken me an embarrassingly long time to get around to it.   Upon some perusing of the internet I found that this book is basically unavailable, but I said I would review it, so I’m going to.

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This book had an interesting story line.  Our main character is Tony, a girl running from her past in search of her mother.  Tony no longer wants to be associated with who she was before and believes that by being straight laced and dressing completely unlike herself she can successfully start anew.

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Tony might have had a prayer of doing so until she walked into The Dirty Dungeon, which I momentarily thought was a strip club, but thankfully I was wrong.  The Dirty Dungeon is a pub owned by Alex and run by himself, his two sons, Trace and Wes, with the help of waitresses that typically fall prey to Trace’s charms, sleep with him, have a falling out with him, and leave, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

Tony goes into the pub hoping to find a pay phone and a phone book, which she finds, but before she can leave, Wes takes mercy on her and gets her a job working at the pub with a room as payment.  Upon seeing Tony Trace gags and runs away.  Trace and Tony have a very, very weird tumultuous. . . acquaintanceship for most of the book.  I honestly spent a lot of the book completely disliking Trace.  There were moments when I was like Trace isn’t so bad, but a lot of the time, before I knew what his beef was, I really detested him.  After finding out his story, I felt for him, but I didn’t feel like that excused his actions.

As the story goes on, we get to see Tony struggle with who she is, who she thinks she is, and who she wants to be.  She finally accepts who she is and that was pretty fantastic.

There were some things that were confusing to me in the story.  Sometimes word choice would trip me up for a minute because the word in the sentence wouldn’t be the correct word for that instance like, asserted as opposed to averted.  I was also confused about a person’s waist or midsection being referred to as their “mid,” which makes some sense, but the first time you read it that way it can give a person pause if they aren’t used to it.  I was also confused as to the purpose of some of the characters, specifically Wes.  Wes was such a nice guy, and I thought he was a great character, but then out of the blue BAM he’s a jerk and that’s the last we see of him.

Overall, the story was okay.  I liked it, but I didn’t love it.  I think I would have felt better about it had it been loner and a bit more fleshed out with more resolution as to Trace and Tony’s relationship, Tony and Wes’ friendship, and if Tony ever gets out of this mess she got herself in with her noble intentions.  If you’re able to find a copy of this book anywhere I think it’s worth a read.

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Don’t Fall Blog Tour

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Don’t Fall

by Rachel Schieffelbein

Release Date: 2014
Swoon Romance

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Summary from Goodreads:

In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn’t go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn’t even have a best friend.

But Anya doesn’t seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever cared about.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19192780-don-t-fall

Buy Links:

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Review:

I love fairy tale retellings, and Don’t Fall didn’t disappoint!   I love that Schiefflbein was able to capture the essence of Rapunzel in a contemporary, modern day setting!

When we first meet our main characters, Anya and Zander, they are in the library.  Anya likes to photograph things, and one day, she notices Zander reading, and the way the light shines around him catches her eye, and she can’t resist taking a picture.  Zander notices Anya, and they talk, and plan to meet at the library on Thursday.  I loved that most of this story took place in the library.    It was really interesting to watch their relationship grow.  I liked that Zander was understanding, for the most part, about Anya’s situation.  I really wanted to know why Anya’s mom was the way she was; why she kept Anya under her thumb so, and the answer was intriguing.  The idea that Anya is trapped, even with her modicum of freedom was intriguing, because, really, what, other than her love and respect for her mother, is stopping her from just doing whatever she wants to do?  I really enjoyed Shannon’s character; she was so fun, and I wish that we could have seen her more.  Another thing that impressed me about this book was that sometimes when I made guesses I was wrong.  There is nothing more disappointing, even if it’s enjoyable, than a predictable book.  I was just so sure for the longest time that Anya had been stolen from her parents, which probably comes from my attachment to the original tellings of the different fairy tales.

Overall, I was happy with how the book ended.  There were things I wish could have been different, but that didn’t really detract from the story too much.  One thing I ADORED about this book was that it was clean.  That probably sounds like a silly thing to be happy about, but I’m so sick of YA books that are just full of descriptive sex scenes.  I would highly recommend this book to lovers of clean romance and contemporary retellings of fairy tales!

About the Author

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Rachel grew up in a tiny town in Minnesota. She still lives there, with her husband and their four kids. She coaches high school speech and theater, rides Arabian horses, reads as much as she can, and writes stories.

Author Links:

http://rachelmarybean-writingonthewall.blogspot.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7044030.Rachel_Schieffelbein

http://www.twitter.com/RMSchieffelbein

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Schieffelbein-author/495759520488755

PUBLISHER LINKS

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1 ebook of Don’t Fall + $10 Amazon Gift Card (INT)

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Spotlight Blog Tour

Spotlight 
by 
Krista Richmond

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“He’s Hollywood premieres, and I’m small-town newspaper. Where can this possibly go?”

Release Date: 22nd May 2014
Genre: Fiction/ Contemporary Romance
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop

Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

Summary:

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As both a fan and a journalist, Lily Richards often wonders what role the media plays in creating the phenomenon that is actor Daniel Brighton. Personally, she prefers to report her favorite celebrity’s latest role rather than his latest dining companion—but she knows others in her profession don’t always agree.

A chance encounter with Daniel at a press junket gives Lily the opportunity to prove she’s not like other journalists. But Nate Brennan—Daniel’s publicist—isn’t convinced of Lily’s altruistic nature. He’s baffled by his client’s sudden preference for the no-name columnist, and when they are forced to work together, their professional battles soon lead to personal sparks.

As Lily becomes more involved in the world of entertainment media, she must balance what she feels is appropriate celebrity coverage with the personal relationships she now holds dear.

How much is too much when you’re standing near the glare of the Spotlight?

 

Guest Post with Lily:

Topic: You have worked as a journalist, writing features … how has this experienced influenced your prospective and how does it impact upon your writing?

Feature writing is all about getting to know the person you’re profiling. The whys and the hows are often the most interesting part of the story. And in many ways, writing about celebrities is no different.

I’ve been blessed to have the opportunities to write about a few celebrities – from famous Food Network personalities to well-known actors and actresses – and I learned two important things:

  1. I want to be a better journalist. I’ve been in press conferences where variations of the same question are asked again and again. So, I make an effort to think of creative, thoughtful things to ask.  I figure that if I’m only going to get one or two questions in, I need to make them count!
  2. Celebrities are humans, too. They get bored. They get hungry. They get tired. They get aggravated. They get excited about projects. Some are funny and incredibly clever. Others are distracted and don’t want to be there. Just like the members of the press asking the questions.

 

My Review

I loved this book.  I wish that I could read it for the first time all over again!  This story is about a woman who works at a Nashville newspaper, and would like to get to write about movies instead of just the everyday things she writes about.  I loved that Lily tried to stick to her principles and do what she thought and knew to be right.  When we first meet Lily, she is going to see a play that has Daniel Brighton in it.  Daniel was the star of her favorite show, but the show got cancelled, so she is trying to see him preforming any chance she gets.  Okay, I’ve never gone to shows that my favorite actors are in, but this makes me think of when I got to meet Nathan Fillion; if more of my favorites came around here, I’d be driving three and four hours to meet them, too.  As the story goes on, she gets a job at FilmInsanity.com, and she gets to interview Daniel, and later they have an accidental conversation on their own, and they eventually become friends.  An unexpected romance occurs, and it made me really excited.  When there were hints of romance between Lily and you know who, I didn’t want it to happen, I wanted her with anyone but him.  As time went on, I really got into the romance, and they became one of my beloved ships.  Overall, I was happy with the book, and I would definitely buy this book and recommend it to my friends.  Oh!  And my favorite thing about this book?  It was clean!!  Those of you who follow me regularly know that I don’t like smut in my books, but that if it’s there I’ll skip it, but there is nothing more rewarding than reading  a book in a genre that is typically chalk full of smut, and finding out that it is clean.  I was so thrilled!  I would highly recommend this book to you all!  It was awesome!

 

Giveaway:

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Author Bio: 

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Krista Richmond is a journalist, pop culture enthusiast and a true Southern girl at heart. When she isn’t writing, she’s often in her kitchen, attempting to recreate recipes created by her favorite Food Network personalities, or at her local theater, catching the latest blockbuster (or indie flick).

A graduate of Tennessee Tech University and the University of Tennessee with degrees in communications, she worked in print journalism for several years. Now, she works in marketing in southern Louisiana.

Follow her adventures on Twitter at @KristaRichmond.

Connect with Krista Richmond on: 

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Praise:

Ms. Richmond has a very conservative writing style but overlooking the formality came a great storyline complete with great character development, There were surprising little twists and plot shifts that made this book stand out from all the others.

                                                        -Talk Books To Me

I was really looking forward to reading this book. I don’t know why but I really like reading about writers, and part of what I really liked about the book and the writing was how the author made the character of Lily a very ethical writer, and in this day in age when tabloid journalism is so rampant, it was kind of refreshing really Lily’s point of view on how covering the entertainment industry should be done. 

                                                     -Home. Love. Books

Lily Richards has the kind of fairytale life that 20 years ago I wished I had. Her work – and a little stalking – has resulted in a friendship with the hottest actor on the planet, but it’s his publicist she can’t stop thinking about. I’m so glad Richmond took Lily in this direction, because having her fall for the actor would have been too much of a Mary Sue move. Nate is great, and I loved their e-mail exchanges. A lovely debut novel.  Goodreads (Andrea)

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