Monday, June 10, 2013

Blog Tour: First Kiss (Heavy Influence Trilogy #1) by Ann Marie Frohoff Review and Giveaway


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  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: 6/11/13
  • Source: eARC provided by Lady Reader's Bookstuff for blog tour/review

It was all about the band, until the girl next door.

Her innocence is tempting.

A sexually charged coming of age story set in the throes of stardom.

About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more, they are forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family.

Sacrifices are made as everything changes, as they know it.


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My Thoughts

After reading Skid Out a few months back, I was really excited for First Kiss! We get introduced to some of the characters, and I couldn't wait to know more about Alysa. Something to note, Skid Out is actually Part 1 of this book, so if you have read it, you can skip it, or use it as a good refresher. I thought this was a little on the long side, and I was a bit put off by some of the derogatory terms and words used, but I did really enjoy the story! It's written in multi POV, thought I thought of it as more of Dual POV since we only get Rachel's a few times.

Alyssa is young at only fourteen years old, and when Jake starts to notice her, she starts to realize that she likes him. Being so young, she's not allowed to date and so she has to sneak around to hang out with him. I loved how honest she was about most things. If she had a question or if she was feeling something, she didn't hold back. On the other hand, she was so hypocritical about things. Like she didn't know how it could work if his mom didn't like her, yet she's not even allowed to date and has to hide it from her parents. Or she gets mad when girls are hanging around him, especially Rachel, but she hangs out with Mike and hides it when she knows that Jake hates him. I had to constantly remind myself that she was only fourteen though, and we all are immature and make stupid decisions and mistakes at that age.

Jake was really sweet and awesome to Alyssa. It seemed that everyone was constantly judging him as a player since he's in a band. He is different around Alyssa though. He doesn't know what it is about her, but she makes him feel like his life if somewhat normal. She's open and honest with him and he feels at ease. He doesn't have to pretend to be the "cool guy" around her. He's got a lot going on with the band, and his family, and then add Alyssa to things and he's kind of a mess. I really liked him for most of the book, but honestly towards the end I started to dislike him. It was like he decided to be the stereotype that everyone has set him as. I did really love how protective and passionate he was about Alyssa, but his own personal demons just pull him down.

The romance was believable to me. I liked that he and Alyssa had a history. Yes, it seemed like they fell for each other quick, but they took things slow. He just really wanted to make sure she was happy and never would push her to do anything she didn't want. I loved that they were so at ease around each other, but I hated that they had to sneak around. Then when things get bad and their parents are involved that's when things really got intense. I really think that if the parents had not been so harsh about keeping them apart and let them be (to an extent) that things would not have spiraled so out of control. I really wanted them to work out so badly. I wasn't fully invested in their relationship mostly due to Aly being a little too friendly with Mike, and Jake messing up a few times, but by the end of the book I started to feel the emotions that I wanted to feel throughout the book for them.

This was really great! With the exception on some of the characters gay bashing, people calling each other the "R" word, and some slut shaming, I really liked the story and characters. I understand that teenagers, especially when drinking and stuff, will be mean and that they do say things like that, but it makes me really sad and angry. As I mentioned before, it was a little on the long side too, but I really felt like I got to know all of the characters well. I am really curious to where things are going to go now since things still are a little messy and unresolved. Overall, I enjoyed this and am looking forward to more from this author!








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21 comments:

  1. I've been seeing this tour around! Great Review Amy. I glad that for the most part you enjoyed the book. Hopefully the next book in the series will be shorter, and the characters will mature and make some growth.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. I am interested to see where the story goes,and hopefully the characters will be a little more mature and not be so insulting to others all the time.

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  2. I've never heard of this book before but it sounds like a cute romance book. I get very easily put off by an overload of derogatory words, so I can understand how that might have bothered you a little. Despite this sounding like a cute read, I don't think I could handle all the gay bashing and the slut shaming!
    Lovely review, Amy!

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    1. This had a lot of derogatory terms and it really made me cringe. The gay bashing was the worst for me. There are gay characters in the story and there was a level of acceptance, but what bothered me was when someone used faggot (which I hate that word anyways no matter how it's used) or gay as an insult. Also the girls getting mad and calling girls they don't even know whores or something.

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  3. Hmm... sounds quite promising! Haven't seen this one around before but I like that the romance was a strong point. I'm relieved to hear that the guy was actually not a jerk to his crush! Bummer that he got a little worse at the end.

    Lovely review, Amy! Thanks for sharing ;)

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    1. The romance was good. I enjoyed how their relationship formed. There was a lot of drama in this though. I don't mind drama in a book, but sometimes it's too much and this one bordered on extreme for me.

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  4. huh not too sure this one would be for me. It sounds like the girl is pretty darn childish in the relationship and that would drive me crazy. I get that she is only 14 and all but still, how old is he? I am definitely curious about this one now.

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    1. I think that Aly was actually quite mature for her age. Some of the things she did were childish, but I think some of the older characters were much worse than she was. Also Jake is 18.

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  5. Oh yikes, gay-bashing, slut-shaming and calling people the R word. Yeah, no. This would definitely not work for me, unless the people who did that were obviously the villains of the piece and I sort of doubt it from what you said. That would make me uncomfortable, even if it is realistic.

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    1. That's exactly how I felt. It's like, I know that teenagers can be jerks and say mean things, but I still didn't like it. I find that in books there are better ways to go about the characters picking on other ones. The gay bashing really made me mad. I know that it fit with some situations in the story, but I hated when it was used as an insult. I think I would have liked this more had there not been so many derogatory terms used so often.

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  6. I've been wondering about this book. I'm not sure after reading your review if I want to read it or not.

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    1. I was so excited for this one so it was a bit sad that so many things in it put me off. I did still enjoy it, but not as much as I had hoped.

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  7. I had really high expectations of this one and I did like it in the end. The ending made the book for me. I'll definitely read the next book.

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    1. Yeah. It started off god for me, then started to go downhill, but then I liked the end. I will definitely continue the series, but I'm hoping that the characters mature slightly.

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  8. I think it might be a little hard reading about a 14 year old in YA book just cause they tend to be immature and that grates on my nerves, even though that's realistic. I think the issues you mentioned would bother me too but I'm glad you were still able to enjoy the story!

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    1. The funny thing is, her and her friends seemed more mature than the older characters lol!!

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  9. Love this review and thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Great review! I haven't heard of this one yet but sounds interesting. I thought 14 was a little young too but after reading some previous comments it's good that she acts more mature.

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  11. Eek I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Amy! I'm glad that the love interest and the romance was really fantastic, even if the love interest kind of became really stereotypical near the end, I hate when books just decide to make their characters fit into this random mold that is made for them at the end instead of having a unique and different character! Ahh I've only read one other YA book with a 14-year-old as the main character, and I can see where you might've found her annoying lol :) (Come to think of it I'm probably like fifteen bajillion times more annoying too!)

    Fantastic review, Amy! :D

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  12. At least you liked the love interest:) I feel like one should always look things from different POVs and be critical towards your own behaviour etc. At the age of fourteen I think I couldn't have realized that so I guess it's understandable that the actions we take at fourteen sound and seem silly when we're older. That's the reason I don't read MG books or younger YA ones. I do think it sounds like an adorable read, but I doubt it's for me this time. Thanks for your thoughts sweetie!

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  13. It's good that you pointed out the derogatory terms. I forgot to mention that. I know that people talk this way, but a lot don't want to read it, nonetheless. I did like this a lot, and felt the relationships and teens were written very realistically. Great review, Amy!

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