Genre: Road Trip

Blog Tour: The Way Back To You [Review & Giveaway]

Posted May 12, 2016 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 10 Comments

Blog Tour: The Way Back To You [Review & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: The Way Back To You [Review & Giveaway]The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani, Mindi Scott
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic, Road Trip
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars
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In this witty, heart-tugging novel, two teens take a spontaneous road trip across the Southwest to meet three strangers who received the life-saving organs of their late best friend—charting a journey of loss, hope, and love along the way.
Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.
Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.
Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.
As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they're barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.
With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her...and to each other.

My Thoughts

This book was cute. I liked the story, but I didn’t love it. It was an all around okay book for me. There’s a bit of a slow beginning but the writing is wonderfully crafted. I loved the dual POV between Cloudy and Kyle.

I really loved the whole Organ Donation from Ashlyn. It was an interesting idea and one that hits close to home. One of my husband’s cousins died a couple years ago in a car accident and his organs were donated.

What I wanted more from this book was more of the road trip vibe. It didn’t really feel like a road trip at the beginning. But that could have just been me. What I couldn’t get enough of was the stowaway kitten who played a huge chunk in this story.

Even though I felt there was something missing within this novel it is a great story and I recommend you read it. It’s heartfelt and it really reminds you of how much a person can impact you.

About the Authors

Michelle Andreani is the co-author of THE WAY BACK TO YOU (my debut novel!) with Mindi Scott, forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. Also an occasional scatterbrain, milkshake devotee, and liker of love stories.the way back to you authors

Mindi Scott lives near Seattle, Washington, USA with her drummer husband in a house with a non-sound-proof basement. Freefall, her first novel, was published by Simon Pulse in 2010. Her second novel, Live Through This, was published (also by Simon Pulse) in 2012. She contributed a chapter to Violent Ends, a collaborative novel written by 17 young adult a
uthors (out in 2015), and co-wrote, along with Michelle Andreani, the 2016 novel The Way Back to You. She is represented by Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich.

Michelle LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram
Mindi LINKS: Website | Twitter | Instagram

Giveaway

3 Finished Copies of THE WAY BACK TO YOU (US Only)

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Mini Reviews [3]

Posted September 20, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

by J.A. Redmerski, Kami Garcia
Published by Createspace, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Paranormal, Road Trip, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
Mini Reviews [3]The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) by J.A. Redmerski
Published by Createspace on November 15th 2012
Pages: 426
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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.
Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.
With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.
But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Due to sexual content and language, this book is recommended for 17+ – Adult Contemporary Women’s – New Adult Fiction

Mini Reviews [3]Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
Series: The Legion #1
Published by Little on October 1st 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 305
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
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Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.
I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.
Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.
Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

So, there have been some books that I have read in the past year or so that I just forgot to write a review for. There are also others that I either DNF’d or just don’t have enough to say for a full size review. So, for those books I will be putting them into these mini-reviews that I will post periodically.

Title: The Edge of Never
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: The Edge of Never #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Road Trip, Contemporary
Published By: Forever

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I really enjoyed this one. I thought it was a fun read and perfect for when in the mood for traveling/road tripping and some romance. This is DEFINITELY a New Adult book, so do not read it unless you are prepared for some sexy times. 🙂

Title: Unbreakable
Author: Kami Garcia
Series: The Legion #1
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Ghosts, Romance, Thriller
Published By: Little, Brown Books FYR on October 1, 2013

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I listened to this one on audiobook and I will tell you that the main reason why I wanted to listen to it was because the narrator was Candace Accola (Caroline from The Vampire Diaries) and I love her and I think she did a great job! I really enjoyed listening to this one. It was a quick one (I think like 6 hours or so) and it was an interesting story.

 

Let’s talk about it!
Did you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them? If not, do you want to read them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
Stephanie
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