Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Played Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Played book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a signed copy of Played. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Hooked #2

This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can't get over, I'll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.

"The book stands out in its nicely realistic portraits of the teens." (Kirkus)

"The plot is the perfect mix of real-life scenarios and swoon-worthy romance, while the issues of race and class that Fichera interweaves into the story add substance. In an alternating first-person narration style similar to Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park, readers are given insight into the characters' thoughts and feelings. The tale sticks to the formula but the captivating ways in which the sequence of events plays out keep this take fresh and exciting." (School Library Journal)

My Rating: 3 Roses

Since I read the previous book in this series, Hooked, and loved it, I was excited to read this book and I had high expectation. Unfortunately, it didn't quite meet them, and I had a couple of issues. But, overall, it was a light, fun, and generally enjoyable YA romance.

To be honest, Riley was a problem for me. She came off as spoiled and, at some points, a bit of a brat. I didn't understand how she could justify breaking up her brother's relationship, when it was obvious to one and all how happy he was. I know her stated reason, but I just don't get how she could actually do it. And, this is just one of several occurrences where she did really stupid things for no justifiable reason. And, it all made her seem rather shallow and petty. Towards the end, she got a reality check and did some growing up. But, I still wasn't a fan.

Sam, on the other hand, was all that was adorable. He was so sweet and the epitome of a gentleman. He was a bit awkward and shy and I found that to be totally endearing. He was wonderful and amazing and I completely and totally loved him. If I would say to read this book for anything, it would be for his total adorableness.

The romance was okay. I wasn't feeling it too much because I didn't like Riley. But, since I wanted Sam to be happy, I wanted them to end up together.

The plot was good. I wasn't totally hooked, but I was kept generally interested the entire way through. I enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was nice.

Played was a good YA romance. Light and sweet, it was an enjoyable read. I didn't love it, but I liked it fine. At the very least, its worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Previous Book in the Series:
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About the Author:
I'm an American author living in the American Southwest by way of Chicago. 

Born and raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona, after college, never expecting to live more than one year among cactus and people who’d never seen snow. I was wrong. It certainly didn't hurt that I met my future husband in Phoenix too. 

Most of my stories are set in the American Southwest because I think the desert is a cool place. Living in Phoenix, I'm surrounded by Native American culture and influences, not to mention intriguing Hohokam petroglyphs and centuries-old canals. There are over 20 tribes in Arizona and I'm lucky to be neighbors to the Gila River and the Salt River Indian Communities. 

When I'm not busy writing my next novel, I like to travel, visit museums, support local theater productions, hike, and pretend that I'm training for a triathlon. I post a lot of photos from my desert and mountain hikes on my Facebook and Twitter pages. In no particular order, I've been chased by javalinas, rattlesnakes, coyotes, and even one curious black bear.

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