Monday, August 18, 2014

Somewhere Only We Know Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the Somewhere Only We Know book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $20 gift card, a copy of Somewhere Only We Know, and a ring. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Release date: June 15, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

"What if we could go there? Somewhere that makes us normal? I mean, hypothetically of course. If that place existed, would you want to spend eternity there with me?"

Sadie Bradford’s life is one anxiety attack after another. Being forced to spend a week without her best friend Aaron almost broke her but now he’s back and all she wants is for life to go back to its normal status of being screwed up. That changes when her grandmother makes other plans for her: this summer Sadie will get a job and meet new friends. Friends without brain injuries that make them forget everything. Friends that aren’t Aaron.

While Sadie struggles to survive her anxiety with all these new changes, she and Aaron find the portal to an alternate world. Isola Fiona isn’t just a fun escape—it’s a place that cures memory loss and anxiety. It’s a place where they can fall in love. But no one stays in that world for long and every time they return home, Sadie’s anxiety is a little better but Aaron’s memory is still gone. Frustrated that he doesn’t remember their time together, Aaron makes a rash decision that might ruin everything.




My Rating: 3 Roses

A sweet, emotional YA romance that I quite enjoyed, Somewhere Only We Know was a great read. It dealt with an anxiety-stricken girl and a memory-troubled boy and how they helped each other and discovered a world where they could be cured. I thought it was a well done, nice read.

Both characters were good. Sadie's anxiety was well portrayed at first, though after they went into Isola Fiona, it seemed like the issue dropped. Aaron was a self-conscious boy, often treated like a child because of his memory issues, but he was very sweet and smarter than he was given credit for. I thought both were likable characters.

The romance was sweet, though light. It only existed in the alternate world, both Sadie and Aaron being too shy to address it in the real world. That struck me as odd, but I went with it. They were very loyal to each other and truly had each other's best interest at heart. I thought they were a sweet couple.

The plot moved quickly and I was kept interested the entire way through. I wish there had been more of an explanation about what exactly Isola Fiona was. It mentioned that it had something to do with medieval alchemy, but I didn't quite get it. I enjoyed the story and the ending was...good. It was bittersweet and I'm still not sure what to make of it. A part of me wishes it ended differently, but I also see that the story couldn't have ended any other way.

Somewhere Only We Know was a lovely YA read. It was a sweet romance, with some fantastical elements, and I enjoyed reading it. YA lovers, this might be a book you'll want to check out.

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

I’m a failure at overcoming my anxiety. I guess I couldn’t expect to get all better in one day—my anxiety didn’t happen overnight. It started back further than I can remember. It’s always been a part of me, a character trait. More than that, really. Anxiety is a component of Sadie. You can’t have a Sadie without it.

And now I’m talking in third person. What the hell is wrong with me?

Sadie doesn’t feel well.

I sink lower in bed, curling my toes in the crease where my sheet tucks under the mattress. My fingers dig into the comforter, pull it up to my chin. The gorgeous ring Aaron gave me watches me from my index finger. The gemstone is cut with so many tiny facets and they pick up the smallest bits of moonlight from my window, making the most beautiful iridescent light.

I will not think about the job interview.

I will not think about the anxiety.

My heart thumps at a steady pace inside my ribcage. Not too fast, not too slow, but violent nonetheless. Rude and vicious. In moments like these, my heart threatens my very existence. It knows I can’t control the beating and it relishes in that. I breathe in and I breathe out. I think about how there’s fifteen hours until two o’clock tomorrow, which is nine hundred minutes and if my heart beats a hundred times a minute, then in nine thousand beats I will be standing inside Magic Mark’s Pizza awaiting my very first job interview.

As I close my eyes, I think of nothing and everything at the same time. Nine thousand isn’t very much. I’m so not ready for this.

Aaron answers on the fifth ring. “Hey,” I say, all light and happy so he doesn’t think it’s an emergency. Because it’s not. It’s just another Sadie Problem. “Will you come watch TV with me?”

“It’s almost midnight.”

“That is a great answer, but not the answer to the question I asked.”

“Can’t sleep?” His groggy sleep voice is gone now. There’s some shuffling on the other end of the line as he gets out of bed.

“Yeah,” I say, after a long pause.

“Okay,” he says, and hangs up.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $20 gift card, a signed copy of Somewhere Only We Know, and a pink ring featured in the book, pictured below.
Good luck!


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About the Author:
Cheyanne Young
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.

She also writes under the pen name Amy Sparling.


8 comments:

  1. Thankyou for this!

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  2. Somewhere only we know sounds like a sweet love story. I would like to read it. Thank you

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  3. Nurmawati DjuhawanAugust 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    thx u for the chance :)

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  4. awesome giveaway! :)

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  5. Awesome giveaway :3

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  6. Sounds good!
    Thanks for the great excerpt and giveaway :)

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  7. Thanks again for hosting such a generous giveaway! ^_^

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  8. What a great giveaway! :)

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