20.9.17

Blog Tour: My Image of You by Melanie Moreland



Summary/ Cover Image from Publisher's Website: 
She was the first good thing that ever happened to me. The only person who made me want to stay put. Until she disappeared. My name is Adam Kincaid, and I’m the most daring freelance photographer in the world. Or, at least, I used to be. After losing my parents way too young, I hid behind a camera lens—and discovered a talent that took me all over the planet. No assignment was too dangerous, no location too remote, no subject too painful.

Then came the accident, and the hospital, where I met her: Alexandra Robbins. My nurse. My savior. With her fiery red hair and crystal-clear blue eyes, the most striking woman I could’ve imagined—and the kindest too. How could such a big personality fit into such a petite package? But she was running from something too, something I never had: her family. She thought she’d escaped their control. But she was wrong. And now they’ve taken her away from me.

Today is her engagement party. I may not get an explanation, but I’ll be damned if I don’t get a photograph. A picture really is worth a thousand words. And just like love, it never fades away.

Review: 

After reading Melanie Moreland's The Contract and The Baby Clause back in August, I've been dying to read another book by her. So when I learned about My Image of You, her new book for Fall 2017, I eagerly added it to my wish list and began the countdown to its release date. 

As it turns out, My Image of You was compelling, romantic, and fast paced, and while I didn't love Adam and Alexandra's adventures nearly as much as I loved Katharine and Richard's adventures (they're an incredibly hard act to beat, what can I say), My Image of You was still a solid romance read.  

My Image of You is primarily told in Adam's POV. I really enjoyed getting to know him through his chapters. He was kind as well as caring, but I especially loved the touch of danger and recklessness he had to him. I find the job of a freelance photographer - especially one who focus on natural disasters and tragedy - so incredibly intriguing. Therefore, I loved that his job was such a big part of the book. I also found his conflict between pursing his passions by going to these remote and dangerous locations and becoming a family man and staying closer to safe and known areas realistic as well as slightly suspenseful. It's a hard choice to make, in my opinion, and I thought Melanie did a great job of presenting Adam's back-and-forth on the issue as well as presenting it in a way that perfectly intertwined it into the overall picture of Adam and Alexandra's relationship. 

Now, on to Alexandra. I have to admit: I could not connect to her. I think this was largely due to the fact that so little of the book was told in her POV. I feel like knowing her thoughts would not have only made her actions more understandable but also would've added that depth to her character that I craved. However, I did like her and root for her just the same. She was a girl who always received the short stick in life, and there was nothing I wanted more for her then for her to find the home and family she deserved. 

The plot in My Image of You is split between two time periods: Alexandra and Adam's romance until they're torn apart and then Adam's journey to win Alexandra back. I thought Melanie did a great job of fleshing out both sides of the story. Adam and Alexandra's relationship was well developed and likable so much in fact that I could almost forgive the insta-love feeing that came with it at times. I also liked the feeling of suspense that the middle of the book brought, as you know that Alexandra and Adam are not together when the book starts but you don't know why exactly. It was exciting to try to guess what exactly had happened, and the end result was certainly something I didn't see coming! 

In all, My Image of You is perfect read for a weekend. I honestly think I would've liked it better had I not read The Contract first (has that ever happened to you all with books?); however, I still throughly enjoyed it overall. I can't wait to see what Melanie comes up with next! 

Grade: B 



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About the Author: 
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them. 

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

Waiting on Wednesday (154)


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

My pick this week is:




Beneath the Haunting Sea by Joanna Ruth Meyer 
(coming January 9, 2018!)

 
Sixteen-year-old Talia was born to a life of certainty and luxury, destined to become Empress of half the world. But when an ambitious rival seizes power, she and her mother are banished to a nowhere province on the far edge of the Northern Sea.

It is here, in the drafty halls of the Ruen-Dahr, that Talia discovers family secrets, a melancholy boy with a troubling vision of her future, and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star. On these shores, the eerie melody of the sea is stronger than ever, revealing long-forgotten tales of the Goddess Rahn. The more dark truths that Talia unravels about the gods’ history—and her own—the more the waves call to her, and it may be her destiny to answer.
"Family secrets, a melancholy boy..., and a relic that holds the power of an ancient Star"?! Now that sounds like one heck of a read! Plus, I love, love, love the cover! 
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19.9.17

Blog Tour: Finding You by Lydia Albano (Review!)



Finding You 
Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.

Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.
Review: 

I've been dying to read Lydia Albano's Finding You ever since I first heard about it. The premise sounded fascinating, and the cover is stunning. 

The result? Finding You is an incredibly strong debut. 

Daring, adventurous, poignant, Finding You is the story of one girl's fight to free herself and others from one nefarious man's strong grasp. 

Trust me when I say it's incredibly easy to get caught up in Isla's journey. You feel her pain - her utter & complete despair - but you also feel her hope and strength - the want no the NEED to be the one who saves not only herself but every single girl who's been put into the same predicament. 
"He's the boy who breaks the rules, the boy who stands up for the weak, the boy won wouldn't see me and attacked and not find a way to save me. He's the boy who kissed me, the boy who loves me, I hope. He'll find me. He'll save me." ARC, location 474 
Finding You begins just as Isla's heart is breaking. Tam, her best friend, her confidant, the boy she loves more than she can possibly express out loud, is leaving for the army. Isla doesn't know how she'll possibly survive without him, especially now that he's kissed her and ran. Did the kiss mean something? Or was it a simple goodbye between two good friends? Isla needs to know, which is how she ends on the train platform that fateful afternoon. Isla hopes she can catch his eye one last time, to get a better feeling of his thoughts and to wave goodbye. Isla, however, experiences something she couldn't have possible anticipated: she's kidnapped out the crowd and thrown into a train car to be sold with a handful of other young women. Isla is scared and shocked. How has this happened to her? How is she possibly going to survive, let alone escape? Her only solace is the hope that Tam saw her, that he will find her and save her...but as the days stretch on and the conditions become more treacherous, Isla begins to see that her only hope may be the strength and power inside she holds within. 

Isla is a character I couldn't help but to love from the start. When we're first introduced to her, she's shy, studious, and quiet, the sort of girl who lives vicariously through other's tales of daring adventure. She's content with ordinary life, however, especially knowing that she'll always have her father and best friend by her side. So when she's becomes the possession of a aristocrat, she's sad rather than angry, placing hope in other's help rather than in her own hands. However, over the course of the book, we see this amazing change occur...she goes from being the girl who blends into the background to being the girl who completely stands out. She becomes fearless, conniving, and strong. She becomes a girl who goes on adventures rather than reads about them, a girl who doesn't need to rely on a man or really anyone - she goes out and risks her own live to save others.  I loved this transition - I loved kick a$$ Isla, the girl who takes names and knocks down doors. She was an inspiration. 
"Bravery, selflessness, cunning, I may not be quite as brave as Tam, or as kind as Valentina, or as clever as Des. But I have hope flooding my veins, and love pumping my heart with promise and strength. So if I am to be a heroine, to save the lives of these girls around me, perhaps I can bear what has happened." - ARC, location 1359 
The premise and its execution was part of Finding You that I enjoyed. While Finding You is told in fictional town and empire, its story - what happens to these young girls - is something that is incredibly prevalent in today's society. I admired Lydia for taking on such a hard hitting topic, and giving these girls voices, showing that no matter the circumstance, they still have the power and ability to be brave and powerful. I thought Lydia did a great job of making these story realistic based on what happened to the girls, and while some parts of me was surprised at the type of ending we were given (it fit together almost too nicely), I still had to remember that no matter what ending they were given, these girls would carry on emotional and physical scars for the rest of their lives, and that quite simply, broke my heart into a million little pieces.  

If you love gritty, hard-hitting books with a flair of fantasy, Finding You is the book for you. I simply can't wait to see what Lydia Albano comes up with next. 

Grade: A- 

Finding You is now out! 

Source: eARC provided by publisher for blog tour 


Author Bio:
Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.
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