Friday, May 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye - Review and Tour Giveaway

Hello my lovelies!! Welcome to my stop on the Stripped Blog Tour! I have my review for you today! For the full tour schedule, click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page.

  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: May 14th, 2013
  • Source: eARC provided by YA Bound Blog Tours for review
College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

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My Thoughts

I have been on a contemporary NA kick lately so it was a given that I would want to read this. That tagline totally had me. This book was great and had just what I like in NA novels, which is a broken character who is trying to manage without breaking, is lost, but is able to find the person inside that they didn't know existed. Unlike so many other books in this genre, the love interest is super sweet and awesome, not the douche bad boy. (Though there is one of those too!)

Brooklyn was one of those characters who is not likeable, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy her. I felt for her, I sympathized with her to a point, I even cared what happened to her. She is an unlikable character, but she's intended to be that way. It's her armor, her shell. She needs her bitchy attitude, and don't give a shit personality to get through each day. Sometimes I really wanted to jump into the book and tell her to just stop being such a bitch to everyone around her, but that is how she copes with her issues.

Torrin was fabulous! Unfortunately, besides being nice, funny, athletic, artsy, and persistent, we didn't get to know a whole lot about him. I really liked him, so I wish we would have gotten to know him a little bit better. He really was great with Quinn though. He made her see that it's okay to trust people, to break down her walls, let people in who really care. Sadly, he keeps a secret from her (in defense, she's keeping a secret from him too) that is pretty big. I liked the way that he handled it though and it made me like him even more.

This was very predictable to me, but I still was able to really enjoy it. That's a good book when even with an unlikable MC and a predictable storyline, it can still win me over. I just took it for what it was, and let myself enjoy the journey of Quinn discovering herself and not being afraid. It wasn't intensely emotional for me, but I did feel the buzz of them at certain points. Overall I thought this was a great read, and loved that it didn't stick to the normal standard of the virgin girl or the bad boy. I also liked the realness of how the characters are. They are just typical college kids doing what they do. And total bonus points for no insta-love!! I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

About the Author

Brooklyn Skye is just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She grew up in a small California town where she quickly realized writing was an easy escape from small town life.

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  1. I always felt that the story didn't contain much depth or meaning. But it still certainly was enjoyable! I agree, Quinn was such a protective bitch.

    Wonderful review, Amy! <33

  2. I agree with you about Quinn! I really enjoyed this story even though it was kinda predictable. You're right about Torrin too. I could have used more info on that boy. Great review.

  3. I really liked Torri, too, and wouldve liked to know him better. You make a great point about Quinn not being very likeable, and that it's completely okay.
    Great review, Amy!

  4. I'm glad you had fun, Amy! If you meet me in real life, you'll probably want to tell me to stop being such a bitch too. Haha. Oh, also, predictable isn't necessarily a bad thing depending on the genre. There can be something comforting about a predictable arc, as long as the story is entertaining and the characters well-developed.

  5. OMG! You and me both dude!!! I've been KILLING it with the New Adult Contemps lately!! I just can't seem to get enough!!!

  6. I'm glad you enjoyed this even though you had some issues. Its too bad that the guy wasn't more fleshed out cause it would have elevated the book a bit more. Wonderful review!

  7. I started this one, but had trouble getting into it.However, I plan to give it another go at a later date. I'm seeing good reviews, so maybe I just wasn't in the right mood.

  8. Woah! This sounds like a deep and intense book. With already a hard backround, I think I might like this book.

  9. You and I pretty much had the same reaction to this book. I completely agree with you on the MC. She's one of those girls you can't really like, but she is enjoyable. Torrin definitely needed more layers to his character and I really wished we knew more about him!
    Lovely honest review, Amy!

  10. I totally agree - major points for the lack of insta-love!! :)

  11. Hmm douche boys are awesome to some extent but I find lately I prefer the sweeter guys--maybe I' just getting fed up with all the asshololism haha. But yeah I think a lot of us are on contemporary kicks! Brooklyn sounds awesome I like stories where the MC is a snot buy you really get to understand and kind of feel bad for her. And no insta-love is SO AWESOME!!!

  12. This doesn't sound like a remarkable read but it sounds cute. I can deal with a bitchy MC as long as there's a reason. Yay for no insta-love!


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