Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook - Review and Giveaway


Hi guys! Today is my stop on the Nobody But Us tour hosted by Itching For Books Blog Tours. I have my review and the tour giveaway!


  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Source: eARC from publisher via Edelweiss
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Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book I was really excited to read it, then as early reviews started appearing I started to get a bit nervous. I know we all have different tastes when it comes to books though, and I was still interested in this. I am glad that I decided to still give it a try, and then signed up for the blog tour. It's not a book that I would say I loved, but I did like it. It took a bit for it to all settle in after I was done. Had I written my review right away it may have been totally different from how it is now. Upon finishing the book I didn't think that I really liked it, but as days passed and I thought about it there really was a good story underneath.

I will start with my feelings on Zoe. She's fifteen, but has had a pretty rough life. Her father is an  abusive drunk, and she basically has to try to take care of the household while living in fear of being beat or worse. Her mother died when she was younger so she has been suffering her fathers abuse with no one to protect her or stand up for her. She's obviously very broken and just wants someone to care about her. She finds that in Will. He makes her feel special and when he asks her to run away with him of course she is going to say yes. She starts off very weak and easy to walk all over, but she does start to come out of her shell and she is a smart and nice girl who just wants to do what is right. Unfortunately I never connected with her character, but I did sort of come to understand her.

Now onto Will. I have a hard time with bad boys who are actually bad. It's one thing to be broken and act like a tool, but the whole flying off in a rage and mentally abusing is not okay with me. I did not like Will. I don't care what he has been through in his life, I can't make myself like a character like him. I could tell that he really, truly cared about Zoe, but when she would say or do something he wouldn't like he would insult her and make her feel bad, and even things to the point of pulling the car over and yanking her out of it because she said something he didn't like. Not okay. He is like a ticking time bomb waiting to go off and he actually scares her at times because she has become so used to abuse. I am sure he does have some redeemable traits, but really, I was totally over trying to get to know him within a chapter or two.

You would think that this would involve a lot of stealing and running from the cops, but it didn't. It was mostly all just Will constantly being paranoid and thinking they are being followed. For someone who is afraid to be caught he really does some stupid things too. Once again, having to do with his ridiculous temper. There was really not much action or suspense in this book. In fact it was pretty boring for most of it. Mostly, I think it's supposed to focus on the characters and not on plot at all, but with characters that you don't care much for it doesn't make for a very interesting read. If I had been invested in the characters I think that this book would have been suspenseful and emotional, but it was just okay to me. Underneath all of the seemingly boring stuff, there is a depth to the characters that I think some people will really like. This may not have been a favorite of mine, but I do think that a lot of people will really like it.





About the author
Kristin Halbrook is a Seattleite who loves good coffee, good food, good music, good sports, good causes, and good reads. She’s both intense and a goofball, introverted and gregarious. Nobody But Us is her debut novel.








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18 comments:

  1. I really like that you found yourself appreciating the "big picture" in Nobody But Us. It's really tough when you don't even like the characters. I still think I might like this one.
    Nice review, chickadee!

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    1. The story was good, I just was expecting a bit of a faster paced tragic love story and it wasn't that. I mean yes, there is a love story to it, but it was underwhelming.

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  2. Sometimes it does take a bit of time to actually think about how you feel about a certain book. For me, I didnt really enjoy reading this, but im glad you liked it! for me, I didnt get to connect with either of the character as well. Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. It's really hard when you don't connect with the characters. If I had reviewed this right away it would have been totally different, but thinking about it made me realize that I did like the story and appreciated what she was trying to do with the characters.

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  3. Thanks for the honest review, Amy. I have a hard time finishing books that I can't get in to, so props to you for being able to finish it. I've heard mixed reviews or this one, but I think I'll pass on reading it.

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    1. I have been giving up on books pretty easy too, but this one even while not enjoying it still made me want to know how it all ended. Well, how they ended up there anyways. It was so predictable that of course I knew how it would end.

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  4. Yep, this is exactly how I feel and I was waiting to see your review and thoughts on it. Definitely didn't care for Zoe at all, she annoyed me most of the time, lol. I'm on the fence w/Will though because even though I have a zero tolerance for violence and abuse, I could see how damaged he was and at least he never hurt Zoe, I'll give him that. I was disappointed w/how calm it was too. Great review sweetie!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. Yeah, Will was a hard character for me. I get that he went through a lot, but I am always put off by guys like that. He didn't hurt her no, but sometimes he did make her fear him a little which made me sad.

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  5. Yeah, I'm glad you liked it but it doesn't sound like it's for me. Thanks for sharing.

    Valerie

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    1. Thanks babe! If I hadn't been on the tour I might have given up on this, but I'm glad that I finished it and actually didn't hate it.

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  6. Oh, I'm glad you ended up liking this one, Amy! I like how you said that over time, you came to realize that there was a good plot underneath your initial thoughts. I usually review minutes after finishing a novel, because I have an awful, AWFUL memory, therefore most of the feelings are super fresh. That could either be a really good thing or a really, really bad thing. That's why my negative reviews tend to be pretty scathing. And UGH, at Will's characterization. I can't believe that an author would write a character who pulled a car over and yanked his girlfriend out of the car because she said something he didn't like, and actually expect people to swoon over him. This has been touted everywhere as an incredible love story, but from your review, and many others, this romance just disgusts me. Still, I'm glad you ended up liking this one, hon! I definitely don't think it'll be for me, so I think it's best I actively stay out of this one's way.

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    1. In his defense, he never actually hurt her physically, but I still can't condone that behavior. I used to write my reviews right away, but found I would change my mind about them sometimes so I take basic notes now and wait a few days unless it's a tour book I read at last minute lol!! I would stay away from this if I were you. I don't think you would enjoy it at all.

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  7. I am so sad about all of this middle/bad reviews for this one because I was so excited for it. I think this is one where I will have to read it to see for myself.

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    1. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting from what I had heard. If it had been I wouldn't have finished it. I did like it though and I was glad I did after so many negative reviews.

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  8. I'm a little discouraged, but it still looks like something I might like. I entered the giveaway. If I win, I'll try it out.

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  9. DUDE! I was also expecting more stealing and running from cops! It is compared to Bonnie and Clyde so where was all my action? I agree, Will was just paranoid the entire time!

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  10. Oh ick. Mental abuse and shit is not ok. I love bad boys but not when they're controlling jerks. That's so not the same! I have hear d alot of bad reviews for that one everyone hates Zoe it seems O_O I'm not sure it would be for me this one.

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  11. Honestly I’m pretty bummed this one hasn’t been getting better reviews. I was REALLY looking forward to it but based on the reviews I don’t think I will like it.
    Then again Uses For Boys has also been getting bad reviews and I liked that one.
    It’s a short book so I might still give it a try…

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