Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blog Tour: Twisted by Emma Chase. Excerpt and Review.

 
 
Summary

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard. In this heart-pounding follow-up to Tangled by New York Times bestseller Emma Chase, Kate reveals that there is trouble in paradise, when unexpected circumstances force her and Drew to "renegotiate" their relationship.

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself—and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice; the most important of my life. Drew already made hisin fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville, Ohio, alone. Well, sort of alone...

What I've come to realize is that old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead.



Excerpt:


She stomps forward.  Billy moves behind my chair, using me like a human shield.

“Or better yet - would anyone like to explain why my best friend took off from New York like a bat out of hell, leaving behind a shit storm that makes Katrina look like an April fucking shower - and I have no idea why?!”

She takes another step forward and drops her bags to the floor.  Then she snaps her head to the right - in the direction of the perky blond teenager standing next to the lockers.

That’s Kimberly. She’s a waitress here. Works after school. She’s seems nice. 

 

And at the moment - terrified.

“Hey Gidget,  how about you make yourself useful and get me a diet coke? Don’t scrimp on the ice.”  Kimberly flees the room. 

 

Lucky girl. 

 

Delores points at me and yells, like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, “Well?! You can’t keep me out of the loop, Kate.  I am the loop!”


My thoughts:

I'm calling in on life for the next few days. Is emotional whiplash considered a sickness?? I hope so because I need some personal days to deal with all these feelings.

I am so happy that I didn't read the synopsis before I started Twisted. I knew it was from Kate's POV, but that's it. Because of how funny and lighthearted Tangled was, I just assumed Twisted was too. I couldn't have been more wrong!! But, whatever you do, don't let the difference stop you from reading this. I am more in love with this series now than I was before, my heart just took a severe beating along the way.

We all know Kate and Drew from Tangled, or at least I hope you do. (I wouldn't recommend reading these out of order. At all.) Drew is his normal jumping to conclusions, kinda ass-y at times self. But I still love him. Flaws and all. This time though, we see that Kate isn't as strong as she came across before. We get to see that she's vulnerable, and at times, just as stubborn as Drew. I have never wanted to scream at two charters as much as I did these two. In fact, I had to put my Kindle on a time-out while I calmed down.

I'm not going to go into much of the story line, but only because I can't without spilling some major spoilers. I'm just going to sum it up by saying number one, don't read this in public. I was in Denny's for the first 40%, and made a scene by rocking back and forth saying, "No. No. No. Nooooooooo!!." And number two, just when you think things are going good, be prepared. Have a box of Kleenex. The author gives you some relief so you think everything is okay, only to steal that very same relief that you are cherishing and holding on to right out from under you. Then you accept that, and *BAM* she smacks you upside the head with another twist. The title Twisted is very apropos. Be prepared.

A few things I loved that I haven't already mentioned:

We get to see more Mackenzie!! I swear she is my favorite little detail of this series. The dynamic between her and Drew could not have been written any more perfect.

Their family dinners. They are priceless.

If I didn't already love the author for this series, the words Kate used to describe Drew when she was pissed would have won me over big time. "Herniated Intestine", "Orca Fingerer", and my absolute favorite..."Molester of Llamas". Whereas five minutes before I was ugly crying, after reading those, I was snot-laughing. These are priceless.

By the end, I actually liked Billy. Normally, once I dislike a character, that's it, I wont ever like them, but Billy gets my respect. Some of it came after it's revealed that as teenager he crazy-glued someone's Lhasa Apsos together, but most of it's his backstory.

To sum it all up, just go get this book. Now!!

5 Stars




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Author Bio:
By day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother of two who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she is a keyboard crusader, toiling away the hours to bring her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.



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