Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Today I'm participating in another blog tour organized by Xpresso Book Tours -run by the awesome Giselle-, please, help me welcome Heather Topham Wood and her book First Visions.
And to make things even more amazing there are two giveaways so remember to keep reading ;)


Things I Can't Forget

by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #3
Release date: 1st March, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 320 (eARC received for blog tour in exchange of an honest review)
Summary from Goodreads:

Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
One of the first things I noticed about this book was that it made me step out of my confort zone and that pleased me a lot. I consider myself a very openminded person that tries to keep the balance between her religious side and her liberal side, and I believe I have found my center and I love it.
But here I am with a book that deals with a lot of taboo subjects like abortion, sex before marriage and teen pregnancy which are very heavy and are, in fact, very important nowadays. Yet as important and real as they are society in general tries to hide them under the carpet and authors in general don's talk about them in YA books.

What I think about the conclusions of the book is not very important. Why? Because the fact that an author as known as Keneally has the courage to write about these things is amazing and it will have an impact on people if they are willing to read about them.
At the same time the reason I understood Kate -and I'm not saying that I liked or cared too much about her- is because during a few years I was surrounded by people like her, very judgmental and nagging at everyone who didn't see things the way they did. I couldn't care less for people like that but I respect them as long as they respect me and I'm used to them; that's why Kate's actions and behavior, although they bothered me A LOT, I focused my attention on the plot and what was going on around her and not in her.

Of course I can't forget about Matt, the love interest of the book and the sweetest guy I've had the pleasure to read about in the last few months. He had so much patience -and I mean, so much patience with Kate!- and respect for Kate's believes that it was impossible not to like him. When a guy doesn't try to change you but rather shows you another way to live that can work with the one you already have and that knowledge makes you evolve, it's amazing.

What I liked the most about Things I Can't Forget was Keneally's writing style. It's so clean, elegant and unique that I found myself completely engaged into the plot and fully captivated by the succession of events that made all the characters, but specially Kate, grow throughout the book.
I haven't read the first two companion books -in this book a few old characters appear but if this is also your first book don't worry about it, their appearances are not confusing at all- but now I'm ready to give them a try.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. PRobably my all time favourite book. Drama, humour and a bit of heartbreak - The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

    Great review :)

  2. Great review, doll! I'm so happy you liked it and, like you I came to understand Kate even though she's not the most likeable character. I thought this was so well written I loved all of Miranda's books you really have to read the others! :)

  3. I have so many favorites but at the top might be Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor or The Giver by Lois Lowry. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

  4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon would be the first.

  5. I loved this book! This series is growing to be one of my favorites

    Thanks for the review!

    My Review

    Eva @ All Books Considered

  6. I'd like to read Racing Savannah

  7. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead for first grab bag

    thanks for giveaway^^

  8. The Shining by Stephen King!
    Thanks for making it INT! :)

  9. I'd definitely have Trish Doller's Something Like Normal in my fav books bag.
    Great review, Alaiel! I can't wait to read Things I Can't Forget.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Oh I'd LOVE if The Fault in Our Stars was in there.


    raffle name: Nikki O

  11. What an excellent review! I heard that the main character is like the main character in Say Anything and I have been curious about the book because of that fact. I had no idea what the story was about until I read this review. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I'd probably put Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman :)


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