Book Review and Giveaway: Easy by Tamara Webber

16056408 Book Review and Giveaway: Easy by Tamara WebberTitle and Author: Easy by Tammara Webber

Publisher: Berkley Trade

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: November 6, 2012

Pages: 310

Source: Goodreads First Reads Giveaway

Kid-rating: Mature themes, not suitable for younger teens.

Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis

(from Goodreads)
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

My review

I have only read some contemporary YA, science fiction/fantasy appeals to me more. Also, I work at a high school, so reading about teenagers in all their angst is not entirely appealing to me.

This, though, skews a little older (characters are in college, rather than high school), and it is such a beautifully written book: it grabbed me right from the start.

The heroine was awesome (she plays the upright bass, for pete’s sake!), and the hero is very crush-worthy. The book deals with a very difficult topic, but I thought it was done well, and appreciated the humor included throughout.

I don’t think the official synopsis entirely does the book justice: it makes the hero sound kind of stalker-ish, and it really isn’t that creepy!

My only quibble is the rampant underage drinking and promiscuity. I know I’m old and that all of this is probably entirely accurate, this reaction is probably more on the lines of wishing the world weren’t this way, rather than a gripe about the book itself.

I also liked that it wasn’t just a happily-ever-after kind of an ending: it ended happily, but acknowledges that the end of this story is really the beginning of the rest of the characters’ lives.

 

Giveaway

I won this book myself, and thought I’d share the wealth. The Rafflecopter giveaway is open to US addresses only.

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Books: looking backwards and forwards, and giving things away

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Just for fun, I decided to participate in a giveaway blog hop, the theme of which is 2012 favorite reads, as well as books we are anticipating in 2013. The hop is hosted by Cuddlebuggery, one of my new favorite book blogs.

This year’s books

I’ve posted a bit already about my top 10 favorites from 2012, my top ten favorite new authors, and the top ten books I wouldn’t have minded having Santa bring me. Spoiler alert: Santa didn’t bring me ANY gifts. In fact, no one in our house got books this year, which was kind of weird. I did get an iTunes card, though, which has already magically turned in to 5 books and a couple of songs….

Of course, if I were to write any of those top 10 lists today, even just a few days/weeks later, they’d be completely different. I hadn’t read Code Name Verity yet — which is both a new favorite book, as well as a new favorite author.

And heck, the year isn’t even actually over it! There’s two whole days of reading left to go! So far, my list of books finished in 2012 numbers 116. If I had to pick my absolute favorite of the whole year, I don’t think I could do it. There were too many good books this year! And I need to be careful about how much time I spend reading book blogs, because my to-read shelf is now pretty epic, and growing more so every day.

Next year’s books

As I look forward to 2013, and the books I want to read, and the other things I want to do (like finish some quilts, finally…), I have to be realistic: I have a full time job (um, plus another job that requires me to go to about a bazillion basketball games every stinking week. At least I can read books on my iPad on the bus…).

I’ve already made some pronouncements about books I’m looking forward to in 2013, but I think my most anticipated book for the year is Splintered, and luckily I don’t have to wait long for that one, since it comes out on January 1! I’ve also got that list of classics I want to try to read this year. Plus, I made a list of debut authors to read as well.

So wait, why I am sitting here writing this blog? I need to get reading, and so do you, my blog reader.

Giveaway information

Because I know you don’t already have enough to read, I’m going to make you scroll past everything I’ve read in 2012 (click on the cover to view the book on Goodreads…), and then you can enter in my giveaway. I thought about giving away a book I already have, or maybe picking one of my favorites to give away, but then I decided that I would make this more about what YOU the reader want, so the prize is a physical book of your choice (um, with caveats: less than $15, ships from Amazon.com, US Addresses only…). Maybe you’ll see something in my list you can’t live without? Or maybe Santa forgot to bring you something you really wanted to read?

Thanks

Thanks for visiting my blog. I know that the book portion of it is still pretty new, but I’m building on that. I have a lot of interests, so this blog will never be just about books, but there are very few of us whose lives are just about one thing all the time, anyway, right?

Suzanne

Suzanne’s 2012 book montage

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Giveaway

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Giveaway Hop Links

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