Thursday, June 5, 2014

August Moon by Tammy Morea Blog Tour + Review

August Moon
Release Date: May 2014

Synopsis: What do you do when the one who broke your heart, is the only one who can fix it?

There is nothing in this world stronger than the powerful emotion of being in love.  Except, maybe the paralyzing pain of a broken heart.

Moving to a small unfamiliar beach town in the summer before her senior year of high school is really going to suck. Raven, a black haired beauty, from a well- off family was certain about that. Miserable in her circumstance’s, nothing could convince her otherwise, until Raven meets Quinn, a local with a love for surfing and a bad reputation to go with it. Despite the very different worlds they live in, their desire for each other is undeniable. Raven’s fears and misery start to vanish as she and Quinn fall deeper and deeper into each other.

But things change drastically when Raven is unknowingly used as a pawn, in a turn of disastrous events, caused by Quinn’s older brother.

The events that follow could silence Raven’s heart for eternity and completely destroy what’s left of Quinn’s soul.

August Moon is a captivating story of young love.  Bringing two unlikely hearts together.  Only to be shattered by one tortuous decision.  Putting these star-crossed lovers on course for the ultimate challenge of forgiveness.

Review: This book is the exact kind of thing that a contemporary lover like me wants to read at the start of summer. It was a quick read for me, and I did feel like it was a good, light read. Usually, I do prefer to have a bit more in my contemporary books, but it was nice to have something that was so focused on the love aspect of everything. That is one of the best parts (and biggest reasons) to read contemporary, after all. Still, this book did leave me wanting a little bit more. 

I did like the plot line, and it is one that is fairly familiar, which I am perfectly okay with. Raven ends up moving right before her senior year, something any teenager would dread. It means being the new person, and having to make all new friends while trying to finish up high school. Luckily, Raven has a strong family tie that keeps her sane as she goes through this major change. She and her cousin are quite close, and they are able to confide in one another. 

It is when they are out at the water together that Raven meets Quinn, a charming surfer, and so the love story begins. I'm not a big believer in love at first sight, but sometimes it is cute to read about it in a book. I do think that the relationship was a cute one. While this was the main focus of the book, there were also interesting complications that popped up along the way as well. That is what keeps us reading, right? 

I really do applaud Morea for this debut novel. I do believe that it was a very strong debut book as well. I love that she used multiple narrators, as it is always fun to get to see the thoughts and emotions of multiple characters. I feel that sometimes it adds depth to the book. Along with that, I love that Morea gave us a cliffhanger at the end of the book. While I know this drives some people crazy, it is something that keeps me waiting for the next book in a series. I would recommend this book for any contemporary lover. It is a light, summer read.

Rating: 3.0 / 5.0

I am a Young Adult Author, My first Novel August Moon will be released in late spring 2014. Besides writing I love to read Romance, YA, ChicLit, Fantasy, Paranormal and a good auto biography never hurt anyone. My other greatest passion is animals, I love them all, but I have a weakness for dogs, I wish I could save every single one that needs saving. I have a dog Tank, he’s my heart and he’s a big… mush, I bite his face all day long and he lets me. I also love mini pigs, one day I will have one. My fiancé Chris doesn’t think so, but what does he know. I think I’m an amateur photographer, but really I just like to take pictures and sometimes they come out really good. I love Riding on the back of Chris’s Harley, it’s my favorite form of transportation. I’m obsessed with the Twilight Saga, those books literally changed my life. Tattoos are sexy, I have seven. I pretty much love anything with a skull on it. My thumb is very green, just ask my air plants. I can cook my ass off, just ask Chris. I enjoy being active in all different ways- hiking, biking, camping, taking Tank for a 3 mile walk, working out or sitting on the couch all day catching up on my DVR recordings. I love to dress up and wear make up and accessories (I have a ring addiction, that I think I might need some counseling for) and heels, but I can get dirty on a camping trip or hang out in my sweats and a tee all day, I will even walk Tank in Pj’s with no make -up on(yep, you heard me, Pj’s, no make up- outside in public) I come from a big crazy Italian family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And just because I want to give her props, I think Marilyn Monroe is the sexiest, hottest, bad-ass bitch in the history of bitches ( bitches meaning all us girls.)

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