Sunday, December 8, 2013

Over It Blog Tour: Review of Over It (The Kiss Off #2) by Sarah Billington + GIVEAWAY!

I'm ecstatic to be a part of this blog tour! I loved the first book and was so excited that I got to be a part of something special for the second one. Check out the rest of the tour HERE!

Goodreads rating: 3.94
ebook, 270 pages
Published November 18th 2013 by Indie Inked

Teen Youtube song writing sensation Poppy Douglas's lead singer boyfriend Ty's been criss-crossing the country and living it up on tour for months while Poppy has been stuck in the boring suburbs, finishing out the school year.

But it's Summer now, and the best thing just happened: Poppy's royalties for writing the hit song The Kiss Off just came in. She's minted, and she knows just what she's going to blow it on.

Ty's band Academy of Lies are headlining a summer music festival, and Poppy is taking her girlfriends along for the best weekend of their lives. It's all organized: the weekend is going to be full of camping under the stars, backstage passes, VIP rooms and partying like rock stars, not to mention some long awaited one-on-one time with America's favorite front man.

Except, when someone drops out of the trip and Poppy takes the opportunity to mend a broken friendship, it doesn't quite go according to plan. And when she meets her boyfriend's BFF from another band, the paparazzi form their own totally wrong conclusions. There's also the matter of Ty's 'super fan' stalker, but the less said about her the better.

The biggest test of all comes in the form of an opportunity too good to pass up. But will insecurities and jealousy stand in Poppy's way? Can Poppy and Ty's relationship even survive it?

Life is about to get much more complicated for Poppy Douglas, but what can you expect when your boyfriend is a rock star?
Spoilers from book 1!
Sexual References, occasional coarse language.
The weird thing about this one is that I really wanted it to be better than it was, but I can't see it going any other way. You'll see what I mean, possibly in this review, but definitely when you read the book. This review will be a little short since I have finals coming up this week, but hopefully you'll get the gist of what I'm trying to say. We jump in a few months after Poppy and Ty have been officially labeled boyfriend and girlfriend, and the whole long distance thing between them is way harder than most. Imagine being in a long-distance relationship with someone. Now, imagine they're a rock star with groupies, stalkers and paparazzi following them everywhere and making up stories that you don't know are true or false. This takes complicated to a whole new level! But Poppy soon figures out a way to see Ty, and it's at a festival. So, with her used-to-be-a-geek-now-turned-frat-guy cousin Hamish, and Nikki and Mads who totally hate each other, she sets off to see Ty and check out some other awesome music. Needless to say, it does not go as planned.

One thing I love about this series is that, while certain things get out of hand and are a bit unbelievable, the author accurately describes what the tabloids would be saying about everything they see going on with Poppy and Ty and some other new characters. The addition of the Gordo character was interesting, mostly because I just kept seeing him as Gordo from Lizzie Maguire (AKA, definitely not in a band and a total yet lovable dork!). I've read some reviews where people wanted Poppy to be with him, but I definitely couldn't see it. There was never anything there. Sadly, things with Ty start to go a bit south too. If they were just two normal teenagers (something Poppy does think about), they'd probably be going on normal dates and meeting the parents and seeing each other all the time. But they're both kind of living this life where neither of them can take a misstep. But, boy, does Poppy take some big missteps. So much drama, but such is the life of a famed teenage songwriter that also happens to be a total spazz. I can relate, with the spazz part anyway. I felt myself getting bored at times, but the ending was so awesome and explosive that it made up for it, and besides, I really can't have seen it go down any other way. The author could have totally messed this up, but with the new setting and a much bigger audience, Ms. Billington truly shined in her ability to write a sequel to such an amazing first novel. There were parts that I wish had been better, but overall it was wonderful (though I can't say I agree with that ending. Luckily, there's going to be a third book!).

Readers of the first book, lovers of contemporary YA and kick-ass characters!

About the Author:
Sarah Billington is an Australian writer and editor who likes to write stories with love, laughs, suspense and zombies. Sometimes all in the same story. Her favouritest thing to write about are those horrendously awkward moments that come with being a teenager. Or a human being. Sarah was extremely accident-prone and klutzy as a kid and teen, so her cup runneth over with experiences of horrendously awkward moments to draw from in her writing. Thankfully, she has grown out of her klutziness. Mostly. She is, however, still an embarrassment.
She loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Fly ball and she is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!.
Sarah Billington has experience in both editorial and writing, having been on editorial committees and section managed for Cursive Scripts literary journal, Darebin City Council's INSCRIBE Literary Newspaper and The Box Magazine. 
She holds a Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing & Editing) and Bachelor of Writing & Publishing, so she is chock-full of writing and editing goodness.  She has completed editorial for companies such as Open Humanities Press and Fast Profits as well as query letter and manuscript appraisals for authors, mostly of Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction.
Currently she works as a Digital Editor at Lonely Planet and as a freelance editor for Month9Books.
But wait, there's more! She has written and had published fiction, feature articles, reviews and interviews, and had her international adventures documented in a local newspaper. Currently, she writes movie reviews for Blockbuster Magazine and Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.

1 winner of The Kiss Off & Over It paperbacks

1 winner of $10 itunes voucher
10 winners of signed postcard + magnet
10 winners of signed postcard
U.S. only.

1 comment:

  1. I've definitely been meaning to read this series. Thanks for reminding me.


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