Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blog Tour: Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy Review and Giveaway

Today I am happy to be part of the Derailed Blog Tour, hosted by AToMR Tours. I have my review and the tour wide giveaway for my stop. To see the rest of the tour schedule click on the banner above.

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 9/23/2012
  • Source: eBook provided for review/blog tour
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.

Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.
 My Thoughts

When I first saw the cover for this and then read the synopsis, I just knew it was a book for me. I am really loving contemporary books lately and can't seem to get enough. I loved the characters, the romance, and even the heartache. This was a quick read that touched my heart. The story was a bit sad, but it left me smiling in the end. I love a good book where a character really grows and is able to find themselves and Derailed does a fabulous job at that.

Molly is a strong character, but it takes a while to really see that. She is suffering from recent tragedy and is just feeling broken and lost. Her idea of escape is dropping out of school and going back home. Only going back home brings back other painful memories and makes things even more complicated. When faced with her ex, Ben again she starts to realize that she never stopped caring about him, but she is afraid to be with him. She thinks of herself as poison, she doesn't want to hurt Ben again like she did before, like she feels she has done to others. She really has to struggle and with the help of Ben, finds herself again and starts to move past the things that are keeping her from giving in to what she wants and needs.

Ben is amazing! He is a little bit on the possessive side, even though he and Molly aren't together, but it's kind of sweet. He is determined to get her back, and refused to let her go again. She destroyed him when she left him and he isn't about to let that happen again. He has only ever wanted her and in his heart he knows that they are meant to be together. He is there for her and won't let her down like he once did. I don't usually do quotes in my reviews, but I thought this one was necessary to give you a peek at how sweet and awesome Ben is even when Molly is trying to keep him at a distance.

"I never believed there was anyone else out there. I knew completely that no one else would ever make me feel the way you did. You were the best thing that ever happened to me, and from the day I realized I loved you, I never even considered a future without you."
 Guys!! How much does that melt your heart. He is full of sweet things to say too, and it's not just the cheesy trying to get some stuff. He is truly in love with her no matter what.

So there is another guy in this book, but it's in no way a love triangle. I never thought for a minute that Molly would want to be with him. That is Gavin. I personally didn't like him. I thought he was too forward, too pushy, too arrogant... I will stop. He best friends soon to be husband keeps trying to set her up with Gavin, but she wants nothing to do with it, and he is convinced that she is going to want to be with him eventually. Confidence is one thing, but he was just too much. He was better towards the end, and I know that the next book is about him and I would like to get to know him better.

This book is about Molly trying to find herself again. The only thing is she keeps trying to fight it. She won't really let anyone in and it's sad that she is trying to deal with all of the grief and guilt by herself. I loved that she was able to open up and realize that she doesn't have to be alone. It was a touching journey to read. She rediscovers who she wants to be and realizes that she had left  lot of herself at home when she had moved away to start new. This was a fantastic book that left me smiling.





 About the author

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
 




There is also a fantastic tour wide giveaway

(1) Print Set of DERAILED and VEER - Open International
(5) eBook copies of DERAILED - Open International


a Rafflecopter giveaway

23 comments:

  1. Great review Amy! I haven't heard of this one before but adding it to my list. I'm on such a contemporary kick too lately. I feel like I haven't read much else. This sounds really good though and love that quote!

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    1. This was really great!! I am glad that I was part of the tour.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway. Not only is the cover nice, but it sounds like a good story as well.

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    1. This was a very good story. Good luck on the giveaway!!

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  3. Oh yay I'm so happy that tyou liked it! It sounds like one I would like too --tragedies and dealing with the aftermath is always stories I enjoy. And happy about the lack of a triangle! SO rare lately! Great review, chickidee! I'll have to check this one out when I'm up for a sad and hopeful book! :)

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    1. I think you would like this one too. The MC is very real too. Not whiny or wanting people to feel bad for her. She's very tough. I am so excited to read Veer for the tour in January!!

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  4. And we're book twins today! I did love Ben - what a sweetie. It wasn't my favorite read but it was okay.

    Valerie

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    1. Ben was awesome!! I am looking forward to Gavin's story even though I didn't like him very much.

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  5. Yay! I just got this for review and am so excited! I loved the quote you included. Sounds like I'm really going to love Ben. Great review, doll!

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    1. I think you are going to really like this one. I liked Molly a lot.

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  6. I'm glad you like this book. I had a little trouble with it. While I enjoyed the overall plot of the book, I really dislike how the love interest went. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I thought it was sweet that they had been high school sweethearts and he never gave up on her. I do wish she had been able to let him back in and be honest with him sooner though.

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  7. EEEEP! This sounds SO GOOD! I'm really excited for it! I'm on a tour for it too but I don't think it's until next year (that's not that far away!!!) So happy to hear that it's not a love triangle and love the quote, my heart melted!

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    1. I am on the tour next year too, but I am just reviewing Veer for that since I did this tour for the first book.

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  8. Lovely review, Amy! I'm excited to read this book soon. Ben sounds like such a sweetie! :)
    I'm glad to hear that you loved it so much!

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    1. The characters were great!! I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. I am so excited you enjoyed Derailed! I'm glad you loved Ben. :) Thank you for reading and reviewing it!

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  10. I'm not into the possessive kinds of guys because I'm all for girl power, lol, but Ben did it in a cute, funny, sweet way; not too pushy! Just the way I like it! :)

    And I totally felt the same way about Gavin, he came on a little TOO STRONG for me, especially after he barely knew her! BUT I'm intrigued for his & Becca's story!

    Great review Amy!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. Yes!! I loved Ben even though I don't tend to like possessive guys. I totally got why he was like that, and he was sincere. Gavin was way too much for me, but like you I am looking forward to his story with Becca. I want to know how they end up getting together. :)

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  11. I really liked this one too babe. I was really happy with the ending. I bought Veer on release day. Can't wait to read it. I liked Gavin and Becca seems likable. Should be good!

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    1. I have Veer for a blog tour in Jan and I can't wait to get to it!!

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  12. I say it again: Alyssa is an amazing writer and I love her<3 Her book, Derailed is the best NA I have ever read. Now I am reading Veer and I totally love it<3
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. I loved this and everything by Alyssa Rose Ivy! I actually liked Gavin! He seemed like a good guy but yeah he was a bit pushy. I think I like that though. LOL In my own life I seriously would have never dated anyone because the only guys I date are ones that pursue me hard. I just like to know I'm worth some major effort! Ben put in great effort too! I did like that about him. Molly had a lot to get through before she could trust people again. It was so sad what happened with her dad and Adam.

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