Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Magnolia Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Magnolia book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a set of the Winterhaven series. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

In Magnolia Branch, Mississippi, the Cafferty and Marsden families are southern royalty. Neighbors since the Civil War, the families have shared vacations, holidays, backyard barbecues, and the overwhelming desire to unite their two clans by marriage. So when a baby boy and girl were born to the families at the same time, the perfect opportunity seemed to have finally arrived.

Jemma Cafferty and Ryder Marsden have no intention of giving in to their parents’ wishes. They’re only seventeen, for goodness’ sake, not to mention that one little problem: They hate each other! Jemma can’t stand Ryder’s nauseating golden-boy persona, and Ryder would like nothing better than to pretend stubborn Jemma doesn’t exist.

But when a violent storm ravages Magnolia Branch, it unearths Jemma’s and Ryder’s true feelings for each other as the two discover that the line between love and hate may be thin enough to risk crossing over.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A sweet YA romance about a boy and a girl who were in denial about about wanting to be together, Magnolia was a lovely read. From the coming of age of the two characters who realized they needed to follow their own dreams, to the thrilling danger of tornadoes and hurricanes, and the adorable romance, this book had it all.

Jemma and Ryder were both great characters. Jemma was easy to relate to, though I didn't get why she held something that Ryder did when he was in eighth grade against him, rather than just confronting him about it. But, overall, I thought she was a likable heroine. Ryder was very sweet and a total gentleman, complete with all those southern manner. He was wonderful and utterly adorable and I just loved him.

The romance was great. I liked how it was done, with the whole reverse Romeo and Juliet thing. Ryder and Jemma's parents wanted nothing more than their children to be together, but Ryder and Jemma were determined to do the opposite. In Jemma's case, it was because of something that happened years ago that she held against Ryder, constantly exacerbated by her parents to force them together. With Ryder, it was more than he was unwilling to let his parents control yet another aspect of his life. From that place of shared animosity, they slowly came to like each other again, then realize that they both felt so much more for each other, all in the midst of a massive storm. I thought it was very sweet and that Jemma and Ryder were a perfect couple.

The plot was well paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The danger from the hurricane and tornadoes added a thrilling element to the story and the atmosphere of a small southern town was impeccably done. One thing I wanted, though, was to see everyone's (especially Ryder and Jemma's parents') reaction to the two of them finally being together. It would have been an interesting scene. But, it was fine as it was. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Magnolia was a wonderful YA romance that I really liked. It was sweet and a truly enjoyable read. YA lovers, this is a book you'll definitely want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card and a paperback set of the Winterhaven series (Haven, Mirage, and Eternal). Open INT.
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About the Author:
As a child, Kristi Cook took her nose out of a book only long enough to take a ballet class (or five) each week. Not much has changed since then, except she’s added motherhood to the mix and enjoys penning her own novels as much as reading everybody else’s. A transplanted southern gal, Kristi lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.

That’s the official version–here are some other fun facts:

~ As an undergrad, I majored in History and minored in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. While at Southern Miss, I was a member of Phi Mu sorority, and I was a Dixie Darling. And yep, Brett Favre was our quarterback at the time!

~ I studied American History in grad school at Columbia University. I *love* history, especially the Civil War era (U.S.) and Regency- and Edwardian-era British history.

~ My all-time favorite book *and* movie is GONE WITH THE WIND. My favorite literary characters are Rhett Butler, Atticus Finch, and Mr. Darcy. I kind of want to add Peeta Mellark to that list!

~Weirdly enough (or maybe not so weirdly?) I’m also a big fan of STAR TREK (the original series). I never can remember if I’m supposed to call myself a “Trekkie” or a “Trekker,” though!


  1. I would if i was single, and i liked the person. No reason not too. thanks for the giveaway

  2. I dont think my parents would pick someone I would be interested in