Monday, January 27, 2014

Addicted To You by Alix Wenmouth

Title: Addicted to You
Author: Alix Wenmouth
Received by: Author

I was completely blown away by this very real story from Alix Wenmouth. Her characters Frankie, Roxana, and Marcus are the most truthful group of people that I really hope readers will be able to get into the heads of. They all bring something to the table that's worth discussing because Addicted to You offers a look into the dark side of a relationship and what this side is capable of doing to the two people who are in it and the friendships that are effected. I am so glad that I received this book from Alix Wenmouth and consider it a great gift and an example of daring writing done well.
Alix put me as a reader in the story so that I was always aware of when a red flag went up for Frankie who is the young woman in a relationship with the charming Marcus. I give you fare warning that Addicted to You is about the toxic side of a relationship and what happens when love turns into more of an obsession. It's important to have books like this, relationships are not like the ones depicted often in books. I think it's important to have examples of what a bad relationship is so that society can identify warning signs and see a character in a situation that they themselves never want to be in. Alix Wenmouth does this with Frankie and Marcus. This book took me awhile to review because I had so many feelings afterwards I just couldn’t get them together. I had revelations about why Marcus turned out the way he did and why Frankie wanted to please him so much. After reading Addicted to You I was able to see two people who I do believe loved each other, but were not able to let go of things like regret, past relationships, self doubt, and fear. 

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Summary:

16-year-old Frankie Raven has just moved 250 miles away from her sleepy hometown to Bradford and she’s convinced her life is over. But then she meets two people who set her on an exhilarating new path and change her life forever.

Roxana King lives on Leather Lane and everyone knows what goes on there; well, everyone except Frankie. Roxana is enigmatic, fun and unlike anyone Frankie has ever known. 

Then there’s Marcus Ford, the gorgeous, brooding older boy who fuels Frankie's daydreams about meeting her very own Heathcliff on the wild Yorkshire Moors. There’s an instant attraction and Frankie falls hard and fast. 



Marcus and Frankie begin a passionate and turbulent affair but their relationship takes a sinister turn when Marcus becomes increasingly controlling and volatile. As Frankie is drawn away from Roxana into a world of darkness and isolation she finds herself impossibly torn between her head and her heart. Will Roxana still be there to save Frankie from herself and from Marcus? Of course, that’s what best friends are for. Isn’t it?


Frankie is a bright and fun girl who I want young adults like her to meet. She has the same doubts a lot of girls her age have, like self-image and worth. Her friendship with Roxana is amazing and it also shows Frankie's ability to see the good in people with the sincerity she has with Roxana. But once she meets Marcus, who is someone she doesn't believe is in her league; she's a pile of mush. He is amazingly charming but soon shows little signs that he may be bad news. Of course Frankie is oblivious at that point but Roxana being the good friend she is tries to help. Frankie goes down an epic spiral of obsession that leads to unfortunate consequences that effect her reputation and her well being in order to please Marcus. If you have ever had a friend in any kind of abusive relationship this book will definitely enable you to get in their head. The thoughts that go through Frankie's mind and heart are cringing, and her reasoning behind them made me sad for her and people like her. I just wanted to hold her at the end of it all. 


Marcus is portrayed as the charmer and the rock star that girls want to be involved with. He also becomes a bit obsessed with Frankie and wants her all to himself. Frankie sees this as a plus and loves him more for it. But as a reader and the talents of Wenmouth, I saw this as something dark. Marcus is an example of consumption in a relationship. He wants to be the center of Frankie's world but hasn't let go of his past and his idea of what he expected his life to look like to give the same to her. Marcus plays a game of tug of war with Frankie, either pulling her full force towards him or completely letting her go. I am in no way saying what he puts Frankie through is right, it isn't, but Wenmouth gave me a "Whoa!" moment when I realized after reading why Marcus, was Marcus. He is the perfect example of what happens when you cross that line of resentment and pin it all on someone else other than the person in the mirror. He is what happens when the darker version of him takes total control. 

Roxana is the reason why it's important to have great healthy friendships. Roxana identifies the dangerous characteristics her relationship with Marcus start to show. She asks the important questions and even though she risks her friendship with Frankie she starts to push. Roxana leads a group of friends that Marcus and Frankie both share, which also warn her beforehand and they also give the book a level of calm when things get too real. They offer humor and are very much needed to tell this important story. This is the group of characters that I hope audiences feel comforted by because they are them. The people who can make a difference for someone in a situation like Frankie's and Marcus', the person who can ask the right questions and be there when needed. They can see what the clouded ones can't. 


I can't say enough good things about Addicted to You. Alix Wenmouth did an amazing job in showing how a relationship can develop into something dark and dangerous. I hope from the bottom of my heart that both male and female audiences will be able to read and learn from this book. It teaches the importance of self worth, what not to take into a relationship, the dangers of obsession and the value of friendship; the list goes on and on. I warn readers that Addicted to You is written with real raw talent and involves abuse, sex, and drug use. But it's done with a high level of honesty in order to get the message of the book. Please read and share with others all books like this because they are important. 

Song Pick with and Extra Goody

After reading Addicted to You only one song entered my mind. Then I remembered the reason why, I'm a So You Think You Can Dance addict and I couldn't get this amazing dance out of my head. It is so Marcus and Frankie and it makes me so sad for people who are in a relationship like this. I also picked a different version of the song that my sister shared with me that suits the book too. So here is the brilliantly choreographed dance and the version of the song that I like for Addicted to You by Alix Wenmouth.






Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Song of the Week!

HAERTS
Here is the first song of the year post! I've racked up endless amounts of songs to post this year, some are new and some have turned out to be super popular since adding them to my song post list. Which is always a good thing because music is meant to be shared as I always say. It should never be a secret. 


On to this week's pick which is a song called 'Wings' by HAERTS. The tiny lead singer, Nini Fabi is amazing and very captivating. The entire band has an eclectic 80's feel and I can't help but want to see them perform in an airplane hanger with a fog machine like Berlin, all great talents! There latest EP is wonderful and can be played anywhere. I picked this performance of the song because it's my favorite. Be sure to take a listen below and click on Haerts album cover to watch more of their videos on there beautiful site! I encourage you to read there amazing story about how they became a band and why music is important to them because it is quite inspiring.  




       




UPCOMING POSTS:

 "Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going?" A personal post about me and things to come for I Blog, You Read.

Book Review: Addicted to You by Alix Wenmouth with Song Pick AND inspiring dance performance!

                                    

Friday, January 3, 2014

REWRITE REDEMPTION by J.H. Walker


Rewrite Redemption
J.H. Walker
Received by: Author

So I was finally able to finish Rewrite Redemption by J.H. Walker. Even though there were a couple of issues I had with it, readers may feel differently. But that’s why I do what I do, get the right book into the right readers hands so they may appreciate the work of the author and their ideas. Rewrite Redemption has gotten rave reviews for its original story and the characters within who have their own individual conflict that collide together to make good drama. Constantine and A.J. are solid characters whose lives have been tampered with due to their unique time traveling ability. It’s quite sad but will draw readers into each of their stories.

The story is fantastic and I commend J.H. Walker for creating an individual idea and providing the backbone detail to make it believable. The only thing I didn’t quite gravitate to was the dual point of view, which I usually LOVE. However in Rewrite Redemption I felt too much detail was given in the beginning of the book when the two characters are discovering each other. I read the same scenes from Constantine’s perspective and A.J. perspective and felt it may have influenced the pace of the book for me. This could be because of how much I read and may not be an issue for other readers. But sometime readers do want more details so authors come out with short stories detailing the other characters perspective after the original story has released. I think if you are a reader who loves extras, then Rewrite Redemption is a definite must add to your reading list.   

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Summary:

She’s sixteen. He’s seventeen. They don’t know each other…at least not yet.

She has a secret and her whole life revolves around keeping it. Every few months and with little warning, she simply disappears, pulled into the past for hours or even days. She’s terrified it will happen in front of someone, changing her life forever. So far, the only witnesses have been her parents, and that didn’t end well. She has no control over it and no idea why it happens to her.

She wants answers.

He has answers—at least he understands what’s going on. He has a secret, too. He’s part of an organization that goes back in time to rewrite reality. But he also has a problem. He broke the organization’s number-one rule by altering his own timeline. As punishment, he’s been blocked from time travel, which is most unfortunate. Because the changes he made to his timeline, accidentally resulted in disaster for his family. A disaster he’s now prevented from repairing. No one can travel beneath the organization’s radar except a Shadow. But they’re rare, so rare he’s never even met one.

Then he moves to her town.


I was attached to A.J. right away because of her sad backstory. Her heart is filled with a painful past and guilt of what she is. She has to stay under the radar at school but has great friends like Ipod, and Lex to help her. Readers may feel more drawn to her because she is living in unknown territory and has to learn about her ability as she goes. She’s very in the dark about it and has no idea of her possibilities. But A.J. is a very resourceful girl and she was most impressive during a scary leap into the past suddenly. I also liked the way J.H. Walker made her time trips necessary instead of leaping everywhere with no purpose, she meets a familiar face on one of her unexpected journeys and it was the best part of the book. It was a great surprise and raised the level of suspense for me instantly. I wasn’t expecting the amount of danger she gets herself in for a YA book but thought more of J.H. Walker as an author because of it. She doesn’t glamorize time travel as safe and fun. Instead she writes about what any person really might see when traveling through time. A guaranteed safe trip isn’t always going to happen.

Constantine is the definition of regret. He makes a terrible decision that shakes his personal life in a way he never expected. I did wonder how someone who could be trusted by an organization that time traveled could use his ability for something like Constantine did. But I had to remember he is a teenager with different choices in front him, it made sense after that and created great growth with his character. He stopped caring just about himself and for others like A.J. and her friends. Plus he has a spectacular moment when he actually gets to send a message to himself in the past and it’s worth the entire book. It’s so heartfelt and gives a new perspective on our conscience and when to listen to it. Makes you stop and think about what your heart wants and doing what it takes to get it.   

What I appreciated the most about this story was how well everything tied up without any confusion. It was fantastic how Walker was able to include a variety of her characters that I was attached to and involve them in the main plot. The ending is written in a fast pace that had me flipping through pages, excited to read the outcome of Constantine and A.J. I was pretty much speechless after the ride of events I was taken on, speechless. And a great romantic tid bit for the character Constantine. A great highlight for the book and the relationship between him and A.J. I just adore little big moments like this. They are the moments that readers attach to their favorite books and it’s great that this book has a few of those.

If you’re a time travel geek like myself then you will definitely appreciate the storytelling of J.H. Walker, a great writer who really thinks about the story. In Rewrite Redemption the topic of trees takes center stage beautifully and I personally felt this concept while reading. Walker really does lay her story out like a tree in terms of branches of a story and the many leaves of characters that inevitably must connect.

Song Pick

Okay so it was INDREDIBLY hard to find a song for this book. I have never been stumped, until now. But I think I have found something that captures A.J. and Constantine and their original story.