Friday, October 5, 2012

Blog Tour: Crash by Nicole Williams Review and Giveaway


Hi guys!! On my stop for the Crash Blog tour I have my review and the tour wide giveaway. This tour was organized by Momo @ Books Over Boys. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above.

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  • Publisher: Nicole Williams
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Source: ebook provided by the author for review/tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Overview

Southpointe High is the last place Lucy wanted to wind up her senior year of school. Right up until she stumbles into Jude Ryder, a guy whose name has become its own verb, and synonymous with trouble. He's got a rap sheet that runs longer than a senior thesis, has had his name sighed, shouted, and cursed by more women than Lucy dares to ask, and lives at the local boys home where disturbed seems to be the status quo for the residents. Lucy had a stable at best, quirky at worst, upbringing. She lives for wearing the satin down on her ballet shoes, has her sights set on Juilliard, and has been careful to keep trouble out of her life. Up until now.

Jude's everything she needs to stay away from if she wants to separate her past from her future. Staying away, she's about to find out, is the only thing she's incapable of.

For Lucy Larson and Jude Ryder, love's about to become the thing that tears them apart.


My Thoughts

This is one of those reviews that is really hard to write. I will start by saying that I did really like the book, but I need to get some of the more negative sounding things out of the way. I had a really hard time liking Jude. I really did. It took a very long time for me to think he might be okay. I don't see anything swoon-worthy about a possessive territorial guy. I think it's wrong that a girl will let a guy treat her that way and still stay with him. I know that he has had a pretty rough life, but it's no excuse for some of his behavior at all. I will get into that more in a little bit. Besides that, I think that the story was very emotional and a great read. I had a hard time putting it down even when I wasn't enjoying certain things about it. 

Lucy is a girl who is absolutely dedicated to her dancing. She has done it since she was a toddler, and her dream is to go to Julliard. She is incredible. She is also broken. Her whole family is. She is starting at Southpointe because her family had to give up their second home which we find out early on, so I'm not spoiling anything. She meets Jude and instantly she can't seem to shake him from her mind. He is nothing but an arrogant prick when she meets him, so I totally don't get it. I wouldn't have given a guy like that a second thought. She falls for him as he tries to win her over despite his flaring temper and bad attitude. I liked Lucy, but I thought she made really stupid decisions. The back and forth that she played was especially irritating. I understand that her family has pretty much fallen apart so she is looking for the love and affection she isn't getting anymore, but I think that she went about it all wrong.

Jude is the hot bad boy. Like seriously bad, not just one of those acts bad, but isn't guys. He has been arrested numerous times and is quick to lose his temper at pretty much nothing. He is possessive and tells Lucy who she should hang out with and talk to. He flips out if people look at her the wrong way or say something he doesn't like. I couldn't get past that behavior. As much as I wanted to like him I found it hard. Yes, at times I thought he was sweet and thoughtful, and I even felt bad for him and wanted to forgive him for doubting him. Most of the time I went back to not knowing how she could let someone like that be a part of her life. By the end, I did like Jude but he still didn't really prove himself. I do believe people can change, and I want to think the best of him, but as of now I still don't trust it. I may be one of the only people who doesn't really like Jude. I like a bad boy for sure, but not possessive controlling ones. 

So I know this review is sounding really negative, but I really did enjoy this book. My emotions were all over the place. I found myself with a dumb grin on my face many times and a few chapters toward the end of the book had my mascara running down my face in pretty black streaks. This book had so much going on. Love, loss, second (third and fourth) chances, steamy romance, and broken hearts. It covers some pretty serious topics too. Even when I didn't like the characters, I really felt them. I was very invested in the outcome of their situations. For a book that had a number of things that bothered me, I came out really liking it. I will definitely be reading Clash to see if my feelings for Jude will change. I want to like him and believe he has changed. 3.5 out of 5 stars.



About the Author:

I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?

Find Nicole Williams Online:  
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Now onto the giveaway!

-ONE entry per household.
- Must be 13 years or older to enter.
- Winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.
- Open to ALL.
- Giveaway ends Friday, October 19th, 2012 at 12:01am EST.
- Good luck!

Note: If the winner is from the United States, they could choose from a paperback or e-book set of Crash and Clash. If the winner is international, they will receive an e-book set of Crash and Clash.

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24 comments:

  1. Gah! I think this book sounds so great. But I have to admit, I would most likely have issues w/Jude as well. I can handle flawed characters in my books, I just want them to grow. Great review, Amy. It's so tough when you are conflicted about the story.

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    1. Jude does have some major growth. I still just couldn't stand his controlling nature and possessiveness. I think I am in the minority with not really liking Jude all that much. The story was sweet and emotional, but it didn't change my feelings for him much.

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  2. Great review. I recently bought both of these books, but haven't had a chance to read them yet. Thanks for sharing and for the honest review.

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    1. I fell like I am in the minority of people who didn't absolutely love this, but I still did really like it. I will definitely read Clash at some point.

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  3. Now see, I did love Jude. Lucy drove me nuts though. LOL I think you should still read CLASH. You see a bit of a softer side of Jude. You may like him better in that. Great review!

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    1. Lucy drove me nuts too, but I just really had a hard time getting past Jude's behavior. I understand he's been through a lot, but the dude needs some therapy or something to get himself under control.

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  4. Thanks for taking the time to read and give your honest review!

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  5. Awesome review Amy! I've been seeing quite a few mixed reviews on this book. Some people really love it and others just liked it. I think I will read it because it does seem like a good book. :)

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    1. It was a very good book, I just had a bit of a problem with some of the characters.

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  6. Awesome review thank you. I think with the mixture of reviews out there yours helped shine some light on whether the book is read worthy for anyone in question.

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    1. I know that a lot of people really love the broken bad boy characters, and I do to an extent. I can only handle so much though. I think that I will like Jude better in the second book.

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  7. Ooh I just bought this one for my Kindle a while back. I read Beautiful Disaster and really enjoyed it so I'm hoping that broke me in a little bit and that I can handle Jude. I'm with you though that when you step back and look at the situation the allure of the bad boy is hard to understand, but it's there. Great review!

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    1. I haven't read Beautiful Disaster. I heard that the guy in that is really bad though. Jude isn't bad most of the time. I think you will like this.

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  8. Says something about a book when you don't like the character but still care about what happens to them. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie

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    1. Yes, that is why I still really liked this book. Even though I didn't like the characters so much, I was still invested in the story and wanted to know where it would go.

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  9. Aww sorry that you didn't really like Jude :( He sounds super possessive and eek O_O a REAL bad boy? This is bad I like those bad boys who aren't REALLY bad lol. And I'm sorry the main character made stupid decisions :( Great review Amy I'm glad you still liked it in the end!

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    1. Even with the character issues I had, it really was a great story though. I did enjoy it.

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  10. Great Review, although I hadn't heard of this one before. I also want to say that I love, love, love your new look!!! Giselle did an
    AMAZI-FAB job!!!

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    1. Thanks babe!! Giselle totally rocks!!

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  11. Great review! I loved these books

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  12. Hi Amy, I like the challenge of reading a book with unlikeable characters. In an way I think that it is the mark of a good writer if they can write a good novel with imperfect characters. Ceri x

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    1. I totally agree. Although I didn't care for the characters that much I really enjoyed the story. A lot of the time if I don't like characters I just give up, but I was very into the story with this and had to keep reading.

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  13. I felt kinda iffy about Crash. It was an okay read but I felt like the characters were too wishy washy and not at all consistent.

    Not sure if I'll read this one of not. Nice review though!

    Marlene Detierro (Air Ambulance)

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