Friday, September 18, 2015

Blog Tour: A Story of Now


Title A Story of Now

Series A Story of Now, book 1

Author Emily O'Beirne

Release Date July 10, 2015

Tour Host Sage's Blog Tours

Nineteen-year-old Claire Pearson knows she needs a life. And some new friends. But brittle, beautiful, and just a little bit too sassy for her own good sometimes, she no longer makes friends easily. And she has no clue where to start on the whole finding a life front, either. Not after a confidence-shattering year dogged by bad break-ups, friends who have become strangers, and her constant failure to meet her parents sky-high expectations.

When Robbie and Mia walk into Claire’s work they seem the least likely people to help her find a life. But despite Claire’s initial attempts to alienate them, an unexpected new friendship develops.

And it’s the warm, brilliant Mia who seems to get Claire like no one has before. Soon, Claire begins to question her feelings for her new friend.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25019692-a-story-of-now
Review

First things first, I'd gladly take the second book now. Please.

Big points for girls that like girls! There's a definite need for more diversity in YA/NA (I would say that A Story of Now falls under the NA category), so it's always lovely to see a book like this.

The pacing was a bit slow for me. I enjoy build up to romance as much as the next person, but goodness. Then, when things started to happen... they didn't. What? I was a bit frustrated with Mia (and even a bit with Claire). Get it together, ladies! And when they finally seem to be on the same page, we're at the end of the book.

Another thing that kind of irked me was the writing style. It felt very disjointed in some places. The time skips didn't feel natural. Big events would happen during the passing time and we'd have to go back and recount those events. It felt odd and confusing.

Those things being said, I actually enjoyed the book. It was an interesting coming of age story about a girl who happens to fall for another girl. I'm looking forward to the second book to see how Mia and Claire's relationship evolves.

Rating

4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

About the Author

Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey bottles rolling across tables.  Needless to say, that singular literary accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.

From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible and tends to harbour crushes.

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