Blog Tour: Beastia by Zoe Cruz

So I’m part of the blogging tour for Beastua written by Zoe Cruz! Shout out to Andrea Thatcher who organized this Blog Tour. 

 

First off, the intell on the book:

Beastia by Zoe Cruz

Synopsis:

The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her Chicago school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of making even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class feel like dirt. But underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive…beastly.

When Rebekah falls prey to a madman, the bully becomes the bullied. Scarred and tormented, she abandons her previous life and adopts a new identity, but her ghastly appearance haunts her everywhere she goes. Only with the help of determined friends can she move past her horrifying experience—and maybe even let herself be loved.

And if the madman returns to finish what he started, will she be ready, or will she give up hope?

Secondly, some info on the author, Zoe Cruz:

I love traveling, writing, reading, and binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix.

I’m a geek too. Anything from classic Tortallan and Hobbit lore to a DS9 Trekkie and a Browncoat. I love any good sci-fi and fantasy book, show or movie.

I’ve lived in Spain for almost four years, so adapting back to U.S. life for now.

Thirdly, my thoughts on the book:

The premise is a lot of fun. A twist on Beauty and the Beast, this time with a girl in the “beast”-role. I found this very interesting, definitely because there is a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way in today’s society. The book is written in a very fast paced way, it just really grabs you and pulls you along for the ride. I enjoyed this pacing in a way because of my massive reading slump and this really helped me get over that a bit by just making me want to read more and get to the ending sooner. But the speedy pacing really also left things a bit superficial. I feel like sometimes it dances around a bit (too) much to get a lot of depth to situations at times, sometimes you just seem to get some snippets from Bea’s life where there is a lot of telling instead of showing going on. It also left me feeling pretty detached from Bea herself, and I love feeling connected to the main character in a story. And I did miss that here. Especially because, like Beast in the original story, she is very defensive about a lot of things which make her seem very unlikable to people. We know it’s just a facade and her way of protecting herself, but when you add this to the high pace it leaves you at a certain distance from Bea. In a way it’s nice that everyone here seemed to have a bit of a complicated backstory, because people are complex and no one really has it easy, but at times it felt a bit much.

In the end it was a fun read and a quick one at that.

Sidenote:  this is great timing on the publisher’s part what with the new Beauty and the Beast movie coming out!

Blog tour: Over the edge–Suzanne carroll

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Over The edge

Suzanne Carroll
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House
Pub Date: May 9 2013

My rating:
5 star book

 

In six weeks Zoe Harper will marry Dan Costi in an over-the-top Sydney society wedding, complete with fire-eaters and belly dancers. But when she receives an unexpected gift from her future mother-in-law, Zoe realizes she’s making a huge mistake. In a blazing sidewalk argument, she breaks up with her fiancé, and his mother—who has joined the fight via conference call.

Following the advice of friends and co-workers, along with some inspiration from late-night-television self-help guru Dr. Pam, Zoe sets out to find the life she thinks she should be living. Always a planner, she makes a list of goals: travel, career, tattoos, and no romantic entanglements. It’s all carefully laid out, until she meets Angus Creed.

Angus is supposed to lead the opening waltz at a charity ball in New York City. Only problem is the handsome billionaire construction magnate with the tabloid past can’t dance. Not one step.

Tainted by gossip and with a well-publicized failed engagement behind him, Angus has become a master at keeping an emotional distance. Until he meets Zoe.

What starts as dancing lessons, slowly becomes something more. Angus begins to let down his guard and open his heart, even when his past makes an unexpected and unwelcome return. As Zoe discovers the real man behind the headlines, she questions where her new choices are taking her. Her goals look good on paper, but are they what she really wants? And by the time she realizes where her heart lies, will it be too late?

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I really liked this book which you probably have already deducted from my rating. It wasn’t the usual light-hearted romance, there was some real substance in this book. There are just so many things in this book that makes it so great that it’s hard for me to single things out. Let’s just say I like everything about this book and this is what romance novels should be like. So if you were aspiring to become an author in this genre, pick up this book and take note.

 

Zoe was a great main character, Dan Costi is a douche if there ever was one and Angus is perfectly dreamy. But none of these characters were perfect, they were all very well rounded and weren’t over the top. Especially in romance novels this is something that can happen with the characters which makes it sort of boring at times. But not this time! And though they played a smaller part in the book, I really loved the mix of co-workers in the book. they each had their role to play in the story and did it well.

 

The main thing that just hooked me on this novel is that it’s not about a girl/woman who drops everything for a guy. It’s a story about her finding out who she is after getting out of a relationship. Yes there’s a guy involved, but I think she goes about it pretty smart, or at least as smart as you can be when there are loving feelings involved. Another thing that made me happy is that she breaks up with her fiancé without having met Angus.

 

In Short: A refreshing romance that is centred more about finding your own centre before you focus on love. It was a great story precisely because of that. It was nice to read about a girl who didn’t just upturn her world because of a guy. She made the smart move and gave herself enough time to find out what she really wanted from life. And we all know it’s easier to do that when you are not deciding how you feel about a certain someone.

 

 

Let me tell you a bit more about the author:

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Suzanne lives in Sydney with her husband and children.
By day she works in an office where she sneakily scribbles
plot ideas on yellow sticky notes and hopes they don’t
accidentally end up on the departmental monthly report.

One such sticky note has turned into her first novel, Over the Edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested in buying this book? You can do that here !