Saturday, December 29, 2012

End of the World as We know It by Iva-Marie Palmer Review and Giveaway

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Today I Blog, You Read is an official stop on author Iva-Marie Palmer's blog tour. Read my review then enter to win one eBook copy of The End of the World as We Know It. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter and don’t forget you can enter once a day by tweeting about the giveaway. 

The main reason why I HAD to read this book was because readers were comparing it to one of my favorite movies, The Breakfast Club. John Hughes broke the mold with his epic group of misfits that will forever be embedded in our minds and often replicated. I love that people are still inspired to do stories about the never ending social high school status that envelopes the teen world. Iva-Marie Palmer’s story however adds an alien invasion, a Gussy Me Up van, and an ending with nail biting worthy action.

Leo, Sarabeth, Teena and Evan are all original characters that are believable until the end. Each has their moment to tell their story and Iva-Marie Palmer provides excellent backstories that bind you to each of her characters. The End of the World as We Know It was never boring and easy to follow. It was long but I honestly never had a moment when I sighed and said, “When is this book going to end?” I think readers will actually want more of all of Iva-Marie’s characters like I did. 



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Summary:

They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish….

Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:

Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.

Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.

Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.

Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.

When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world….


I loved each of these characters in my own special way. Each has a surprise to offer any reader. I can’t really say who was my favorite because they all were. One thing that this book proves is that nothing is never as it seems. Opposites do truly attract and thank goodness because it makes for excellent reading in this case. Even though Leo is seen as a slacker he is pretty intelligent. He does flirt a lot but I never hated him for it. Maybe because his character doesn’t pull any punches. He is who he is and doesn’t apologize for it. Sarabeth has a flare about her that casts a definite vibe for the entire book. She is written as a leader and not a damsel in distress. This may be why I enjoyed the dialogue between these two. Sarabeth doesn’t fall for Leo’s wit and doesn’t fall for his crap like other girls.

Teena is set up as someone who readers will want to hate but may not be able to. At least I couldn’t. She is brutally honest, yet she isn’t with herself. She thinks she knows what she wants but surprises herself in the end. Everyone will love Evan. He is a natural hero. Too bad he doesn’t realize it himself. He has family obligations that cast him out of the social gatherings that you’d expect someone like him to be the center of attention. It was fun to read how author Palmer was able to pull him out of his shell.

I feel the theme of this book was relationships. Not just romantic ones but friendships. Sarabeth and Teena used to be great friends but because of the importance of popularity, that friendship fizzled. This is a very common occurrence with friends and Palmer did a great job addressing this issue. Leo and Evan’s relationship was delivered in an honest way as well. Guys seem to handle the friendship fizzle differently and I think Palmer nailed the difference between how Leo and Evan interact in the beginning of the book.

You may wonder how teens could be thinking about love when aliens have invaded their small town. There is a special little excerpt in the book for those people that I found incredibly funny. It sets the tone and addresses the audience that may find the book unbelievable and enables them to believe every word. I found this book to have a lot of humor and page turning action. Even at 400 plus pages I never had a dull moment. The book does have bits of drug and alcohol use but in my opinion didn’t go overboard. It is the end of world after all, what do you expect? I seriously loved the entire book and have no complaints. I would love to read more about Iva-Marie Palmer’s characters but don’t think another invasion is likely. Or is it?

Today I Blog, You Read is an official stop on author Iva-Marie Palmer's blog tour. Read my review then enter to win one eBook copy of The End of the World as We Know It. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter and don’t forget you can enter once a day by tweeting about the giveaway. 

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