Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Art of Lainey Book Blast: Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Art of Lainey book blast! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for copies of The Art of Lainey and swag. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

The Art of Lainey
Release date: May 20, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is used to getting what she wants, and when her boyfriend Jason breaks up with her for no reason, what she wants is to win him back before the start of their senior year. Lainey and her friend Bianca check the interwebz for tips and tricks, but the online dating advice is all pretty lame.

Then the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. Didn't someone once say that love is a battlefield? Jason isn't going to stand a chance once Lainey and Bee go all Zhou Dynasty on him...

Old school strategy and subterfuge meet modern-day dramarama in the story of a girl who sets out to win at all costs and ends up discovering what's really worth fighting for.

My Rating: 5 Roses

So sweet and fun and utterly adorable! The Art of Lainey was a wonderful YA read. It was entertaining, enjoyable, and I totally loved it! It was a feel-good read that's guaranteed to make you smile.

Lainey was lovely heroine. At first, I didn't like her much. She was shallow and somewhat of a pushover. But, over the course of the book, she found herself apart from other people's expectations and became stronger. By the end, I really liked her. She really grew up and became a great character.

Jason was the ex, and I appreciate that the author didn't make him into a caricature of the awful boyfriend. He was a teenage guy who made a stupid decision, but wasn't a bad person. Though he was rather shallow and thoughtless, he wasn't terrible. He just wasn't right for Lainey.

Micah was a guy who had known Lainey for years and had also just been dumped. So, they decide to become allies and wage a war together. Of course, things don't go as planned...
Micah was a sweetie. I loved how sweet he was to his little sister. He might have the exterior of a bad boy, but he was a truly good guy. I totally adored him.

The romance in this book was sweet as sugar. It didn't go the way the characters planned, but that's what made it fun :)

I liked the secondary characters in this book. Many YA contemporary romances fall into the trap of being predictable, with cardboard characters. But, each character in this book played a role and was well drawn out. I already mentioned how Jason was more than just the mean ex, but also Bianca and Kendall (Lainey's friends) and Leo (Micah's friend). They were all dynamic and drew my attention. I thought that was brilliantly done.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. This book was such a light read, but it wasn't just fluff. It was a story about a girl growing up, figuring out who she wanted to be, and it had its serious moments, while still being fun. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was just lovely.

The Art of Lainey was a fun, sweet, truly enjoyable YA romance. I really liked this book. It was the kind of read that just makes you smile, while striking a cord. YA lovers, this is a book you have to read.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs for two winners are copies of The Art of Lainey and swag. Open INT.
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About the Author:

Paula Stokes is half writer, half RN, and totally thrilled to be part of the world of YA literature. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she graduated from Washington University and the Goldfarb School of Nursing. When she’s not writing, she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers! Find her online at www.authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

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