Saturday, June 15, 2013

Blog Tour, Book Review, Tour Wide Giveaway and Guest Post: Dragonfly by Leigh T. Moore




Title: Dragonfly
Author: Leigh T. Moore
Series: Book One in a planned Family Saga
Published: June 6, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.
Tour Hosted by Inkslinger

Book Description:

“Gossip Girl meets VC Andrews in this contemporary family saga. Love, lies, and betrayal become the new normal when Anna enters the world of Jack and Lucy Kyser.” –Magan Vernon, international bestselling author of The Only Exception

Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents. 
-That hot guy, the one who's totally into you, he might not be the one. 
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they're far away. 
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one. 
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

When her best friend moves at the start of senior year, Anna Sanders resolves to keep her head down and follow her plans through graduation. Until Lucy, a beautiful, mysterious girl, and Jack, her gorgeous twin brother, transfer to Anna's school. 

The two draw Anna into their rich, extravagant life on the Gulf Coast with their distant, single father. Anna can't resist falling for Jack, even after he pushes her away. 

Just when she's finally learning to be strong, Anna uncovers their father's closely guarded secret and is pulled back--this time even closer. His secret could change all their lives.




About The Author:
Leigh Talbert Moore is the author of the popular young adult romantic comedy The Truth About Faking, its companion The Truth About Letting Go, and the mature YA/new adult romantic suspense novel Rouge, a Quarter Finalist in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

 She is an award-winning journalist and editor, who has also worked in marketing and public relations for many years. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines across the southeast and Midwest U.S., and she runs the popular writing-craft blog That’s Write.

 A southern ex-pat and beach bum, she currently lives with her husband, two young children, and one grumpy cat in the Midwest 





Excerpt:
Falling in Love Changes Everything…



“C’mon,” Julian said, helping me stand. “Let’s blow off this party and catch a movie or go to Scoops. This isn’t our scene.”


I shook my head. “I just really want to go home.” The tears were trying to start again. “Can I just go home now?”


“Sure,” he said, holding my cheek. I took a limping step, and he stopped. “Does it hurt to walk?” 


My leg was throbbing. I nodded, looking down, and before I realized what was happening, he was lifting me in his arms. 


“Julian, wait,” I held his shoulders. “I’m too heavy!” 


“It’s okay,” he said, walking on. I sighed and leaned my head against his shoulder. I didn’t feel like fighting. Gentle pressure against my temple, and he’d kissed me. “You’ll get over this,” I heard him say under his breath.



My Thoughts and Review:
I always enjoy Leigh's novels. They are always so much fun to read and are a  breath of fresh air. I was super excited when I was asked to be a part of her blog tour and eager to read her new series. I just knew it was going to be a great read and was pretty sure that after reading the first book I would be eagerly awaiting the release of the next installment. Turns out, I wasn't wrong in the least. 

I have loved all of Leigh's books in the past and have always admired how original and even emotional they can be. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one since it says that fans of Gossip Girl would love it, I never having watched Gossip Girl (gasp, I know!) knew that this was more than likely going to read like a drama and I was up for the challenge.

I love this genre, I really do and I love that even though a lot has already been done in it, it is still super easy to find original story lines and characters and Leigh's latest book gave me just that. 

I have to confess, while I liked Jack, I loved Julian for the very beginning and I was rooting for him the whole entire way. 

I never did fall in love with Anna, she bothered me at times and I couldn't understand why she refused to see what was right in front of her and choose instead to go back to a person that repeatedly pulled her in and then pushed her away. Why torment yourself that way and put up with being treated like that? I just didn't understand it and while I loved the story, it did get old over time. I know there was a reason for it all but I couldn't help it, I just wanted more for Anna and that more was starting her right in the face in an adorable little package just waiting for her to say yes.

Leigh did a great job with this even if Anna annoyed me at times because, let's face it, when you are young and in love you don't always make the very best choices and we aren't always wise to what hurts us and what it best for us. 

I want to see where Anna, Jack and Julian's story goes from here because I really do want them all to find their HEA, I am so glad I won't have to wait long for the next book to be out. 






*All Opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for my review*



Giveaway:
This giveaway is a tour wide giveaway offered by the author and the tour host.
Enter to #WIN a Kindle Touch loaded with all FOUR of Leigh's books AND an exclusive eARC of Undertow; A signed, print set of Dragonfly and Undertow, or ebook sets of both!



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9 comments:

  1. Great review. I have this one to and hope to get to it soon. It sounds good.

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  2. I hope you enjoy it too Ellen!

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  3. Great review Ali, not sure about the heroine in this and the triangle made my stomach flip-flop..LOL

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  4. Anywhere there's a beach, warm water and a great book.

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  5. I hope that Anna isn't as annoying as Teeny was in Rouge, I am glad it was a good read. I wanted to try this but I am too booked.

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  6. Just relaxing and enjoy the not to hot weather and when it is too hot, I enjoy my recliner and central air.

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  7. My favorite vacation is relaxing with bags full of books. No interruptions, no telephones. Just my books and me. Getting lost in the characters and their stories.

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  8. I've heard great things about Leigh T. Moore's books. I often get annoyed with the main female protagonist in romances especially when they do the back and forth. Either they keep going back to a boy that is bad for them or they fight their feelings for a boy that is good for them. So annoying.

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