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Thursday, September 18, 2014

BLOG TOUR: The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick

HI guys!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers....the bookish site that invites readers of ALL ages, backgrounds, and levels, in for a glass of your favorite beverage and a talk between the pages.




Today, we're welcoming a Tribute Books Blog Tour starring a rather controversial Young Adult title.  It deals with life in several spectrums, from the good to the bad, to the downright ugly, and though it may be a work of Fiction, I can't help but wonder how many out there have been through something similar.  If you're one of them or know someone that has, my heart goes out to you.  Ladies and gents, please join me in welcoming today's tour and book of choice...



The Red Sheet
by
Mia Kerick
9781627987219
Harmony Ink Press


About the book.....
One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape. Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.

Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.” Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.

Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.



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First things first, this is NOT a happy-go-lucky, feel good sort of book.  The message it imparts in the end is GREAT but along the way prepare to get down, dirty, and right in the middle of all the nitty gritty evil that can walk the halls of any building, let alone likes to plague those labeled as "different" in high school.  That's right...it's a Young Adult book based on time, place and character age, but it deals with BIG issues.  Funny thing is the BIG issues aren't the actual problem, it's the small mindedness and actions of those hiding from even themselves that create the hostile environment. 

Honestly, I had a hard time connecting with the main character.  Bryan was REALLY an A-HOLE prior to an excruitingly tragic event that addled his brain in the right direction but even as he was trying to find his own Superman-esque nitch in this world, I still found it hard to trust him much like Scott.  The actions and reactions he had were hard to digest and the fact that he did a total 180 overnight...just didn't seem plausible.  Oddly enough I could buy his obsession with the red cape more than his initial attempts to rectify his wrong.  By book's end, he works his way into your good graces but it's not without some scarring on the psyche's of a few other innocents; something I definitely found unsettling.

The truth of the matter is this....the story is raw, emotional, and probably a lot closer to the truth than we might suspect.  Is that a good thing?  For readers yes....for those that live it, no.  It's a good chance to really reflect on our own lives and how we're living the day to day.  Are we staying true to our convictions....to ourselves?  Are we standing up for those that need a hand and lending one in those situations where we're not asked but can sense the need?  You might be surprised at all the good it inspires you to do despite the darker nature of the topic covered.  Take the words of Ghandi shared to heart and lend an ear to this tale that needs to be told.  Recommended read for OLDER teen readers through adults;  the characters may be juniors in high school, but there's an explicit scene or two and a fair amount of foul language.  




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About the author....



Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

My themes I always write about:
Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes- only love can save them.


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Special thanks to Nicole at Tribute Books for the chance to participate in this tour as well as the review copy.  (THANKS!)  For more details on this title, the author, Tribute Books Blog Tours, or the publisher, be sure to click on the links provided above.

Until next time....happy reading!




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Rosewoods: Masquerade by Katrina Abbott

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers...the site that loves reading any time, anywhere, any place, any how.  Sound familiar?  ^_^

Today, we're exploring the second book in a Young Adult series that is a MUST READ on my list.  It's long enough to capture your attention but short enough to while away a few hours in the afternoon.  The series is The Rosewoods...and although the name may sound sweet, you have to watch out for the thorns.  Ladies and gents, today's ebook of choice is....




The Rosewoods, Book 2: 
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About the book....
Halloween is coming and everyone knows what that means: costume party! For Brooklyn Prescott, the best thing about being the new school liaison was supposed to be planning the Halloween dance. Who doesn’t want to escape herself, even if it’s just for one night? But The Rosewood School for Academic Excellence has banned costumes and now Brooklyn’s faced with the possibility of her first event being a total flop. Not to mention that she’s planning the dance with Dave, the sexy and neglected boyfriend of her roommate, Emmie. Awkward!

It’s not like planning the dance is her only concern either. On top of classes she’s got equestrian team practice, and Coach Fleming has been acting very oddly. Talked into sneaking out to collect some intel with her friends, Brooklyn may have stumbled onto a huge, juicy secret that could involve the coach in a potentially career-ending scandal. And then there’s Jared, who seemed to be into her, but has suddenly disappeared without a trace – not even a text message.

Things at Rosewood are getting complicated for Brooklyn, just as she’s starting to fit in. The more she tries to uncover the secrets surrounding her, the more she realizes that her friends and even the faculty are all wearing masks. Does she dare look underneath them? Or does she put on one of her own?



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Brooklyn is settling in nicely and yet her problems seem to be multiplying.  I mean, it can't possibly be easy to be IMPROVING in your dressage skills, score a primo community service assignment at school, AND have not one, not two, but THREE boys fawning over you.  I mean, how does she even deal?  *shakes head*  

Okay, while that doesn't sound like a downer in any fashion, it really is and since Brooklyn has enough sense to realize it, it makes it twice as difficult.  Her improvements in the equestrian arena are only due to EXTRA practices and HARD WORK.  The "service" of serving as school liason to plan parties and get togethers with the all boys school is sweet...if she's able to stop her heart from fluttering over Dave, the rep from the boys school AND her initial crush (did I mention that he's her room mates boyfriend?).  All the male attention may SOUND like a dream but again I say, she has morals.  She doesn't want to hurt her friend (so Dave is not an option), wants to stay in school (so Brady is not viable either), and isn't certain if sudden long distance is best for her heart (hello, Jared!).  But the heart wants what the heart wants and once boundaries are lifted, tested, and otherwise moved....it makes even the most moral question the right move.  ALL OF THIS and she's responsible for pulling off the BEST EVER Halloween bash...no pressure or anything.



I love the fact that once I started reading this second installment in the series, I felt right at home.  The writing style moves the story along fluidly, making it easy to devour in an afternoon.  The storyline is fairly fast paced while still giving you the emotional highs and lows we crave.  Brooklyn in a great character and seeing her grow from book 1 to book 2 felt right....natural.  The challenges she faces, the decisions that need to be made, even the consequences that remain to be seen, all rope you in so that you're ready for the next installment.  

So, highly recommended series?  Yes indeed!  Ebook or not, there are some titles I'll make an exception for...and THIS happens to be one of them (of course should it ever be in PRINT, I'm SO THERE!).  Come and join the gals at The Rosewood School for Academic Excellence.  You'll be in good company...just be careful with your heart.





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Special thanks to author Katrina Abbott for the chance to bring this title to you as well as the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the growing series, or what this author is up to next, feel free to click through the links provided above.

Until next time...happy reading!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Taste Testing Tuesdays

Today's teaser comes to us from my current read in progress that will also be swinging by the blog later this week on tour.

THE RED SHEET
by
Mia Kerick

So, what are you lost in this week?
Do tell!

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