Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Ghost of You Blog Tour: Review of The Ghost of You (The Ghost of You #1) by Amanda Burckhard + Giveaway!

I'm so excited to be a part of the The Ghost of You blog tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! You can check out the rest of the tour HERE.

Goodreads rating: 4.62
Published February 24th 2015 by Swoon Romance
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Source: review copy for the tour

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

I definitely enjoyed this more than I thought I would. This is my first experience with the Swoon Reads publishers (I know, where have I been!), and I'm definitely going to have to try more of their books. This one was so intense; I couldn't put it down! Emmy, our main character, is a twin. And when she loses her twin brother in a car accident, along with his long-time girlfriend, Emmy is broken. She finds some painkillers in her twin's room, and from that moment on, she can see her brother again. What was interesting about her brother's ghost was that he was not just very similar to who he used to be, but also knows what's better for Emmy than she does. He doesn't want her to take the pills; he wants her to let him go. Especially when hottie Logan comes around. Logan understands her better than anyone has since the accident, and her brother realizes how good the new kid is for her.

Then there's her ex-boyfriend, who only became her ex because he cheated on her. He never understood how to comfort her, and she realized that, even before the accident, she didn't feel the same way about him that she thought she had. When she walked in on him making out with some other girl (and who knows what else they would've done if she hadn't caught them when she did), she was almost glad about it because it gave her an out with him. She also felt guilty because she was having sex with him at the exact time that her brother died. You could definitely tell this guy had a mean streak, though he never hit her (at least on purpose). On top of that, Emmy seems to lose track of her brother whenever she's with Logan, and she doesn't want to have to choose between them.

But Logan's hiding something. He doesn't seem to be putting his whole self into wanting to be with Emmy. There's a reason he came to Emmy's town, and it's connected to her brother's death. But Emmy doesn't know the whole story about the accident, and the truth might make her go past the point of no return. Needless to say, I really enjoyed this story. Everything just started piling up a year after the accident. Emmy is such an interesting character because she's like a functioning alcoholic. She puts on a mask for everyone, keeping up her popularity and spot on the softball team, and her parents are almost never there since her brother's death. But once Logan steps in, she can't keep up the charade anymore, and that's when she starts to crack. Seriously, this story was wonderful. It also carries a very important message about abusing painkillers when you're not physically in pain.

I definitely recommend this book!

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Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that. Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.

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