Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blog Tour and Book Review: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

I am so excited that I get to take part in this blog tour. Not only do I get to bring you my review of The Kiss Off today but tomorrow I also get to bring you a special interview by the author, Sarah Billington so make sure and check back tomorrow for the second part of the tour!

 Title: The Kiss Off
Author: Sarah Billington
Published: July 2012
Genre: YA  Contemporary
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When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.

A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped.

Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty laundry private, she learns that the truth can be hard to find when your life is in the headlines.

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.

She writes predominantly light Young Adult fiction under her name, Sarah Billington, but if you're interested in something a bit darker and scarier you could try out her other persona, Edwina Ray's writing. Edwina Ray is an Amazon best selling author. This makes Sarah Billington very jealous.

Sarah loves a variety of random things, which include Swing Dancing, Ice Hockey, Roller Derby and is a bit obsessive about paranormal investigation shows and channel E!. She has also become known as "the zombie girl" because of her fascination with all things zombie. She doesn't quite know how that happened, but she's going with it.

My Thoughts and Review on The Kiss Off:
This was one of those fun reads that is nice to get into when you have a couple of hours to spare and want something that will make you laugh at times but also has some more serious topics in it as well.

And I have to say, I like how it handled those more serious issues. Poppy wasn't perfect by any means, she made a lot of mistakes and some crazy bad choices but there were always consequences for those mistakes. Some good and some bad and I really liked that about this book. I liked that it felt real even if that meant getting a lot of teenage angst and all the chaos that comes with growing up along the way.

I did enjoy this read but I wish the characters would have been a little more fleshed out. Their personalities and even physical description were lacking. We only got small glimpses here and there about what they looked like and how they all knew each other. How long they had been friends. We get the idea that they had known each other forever but that was about it. We never even get to learn how old Poppy's brother and sister are in the story.

Even with the lack of description, this was still a good read and one that I am glad I read. I didn't foresee all the events that took place and I definitely didn't predict who Poppy would end up with in the end, which is always a good thing.

I would definitely check out the sequel when it is released.I give this one 3.5 Stars!

 News About the Sequel:

The money's in! Poppy's royalties for penning the accidental hit song
The Kiss Off that shot her boyfriend's band to super-stardom are in
and she knows EXACTLY what she's doing with it.

“See that?” I said, pointing at the feature band name on the flyer.
“Academy of Lies are headlining Bay Fest over in Tallulah Shores.”
“They’re headlining? Are you serious?” Mads said.
I grinned. “Pack your bags, baby.”
“Shut up.”
“Two words: road trip,” I said. “One word: camping.”
“Shut up.”
“Five wor — is it five? Yeah — five words: One week by the sea.”
“Shut up.”
“Four more words-”
“Enough with the words already.”
“I’m nearly done,” I said, “four final words: you, me and Van.”
She bit her bottom lip, staring at me when her hands started wringing
in front of her again. And she started bouncing.
“No,” I said, “no, no. You shut up. You start screaming again and
you’re not coming.”
Instead, Mads squeezed me in a bear hug and planted a kiss on my
cheek. “I’m going to Babe Fest. I’m going to Babe Fest!”
Bay Music Festival. Of all the nicknames in the world, it could have
been a lot worse.

THE KISS OFF 2 will include:

A road trip with an unexpected passenger.
The realization too late that they don't actually like camping.
Accidental topless swimming.
Paparazzi punch ups.
A news-worthy (yet totally false) love triangle.
Obsessed fan girls.
A stalker.
And an overwhelming request from someone super-famous.

THE KISS OFF 2: Coming 2013.


  1. I wanted to sign up for a tour for this book! I love books about music and also revenge. LOL Writing a song about your ex is an interesting idea! I should make one and see if I go viral! hehe Always great when a book can surprise you and you don't know who the character will end up with.

  2. I am becoming a big fan of Aussie books. They have such a different flair, and with all these gray days I could use a laugh!

  3. This sounds like a fun read, and I know a few music lovers, that would adore this book! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. I haven't had a chance to read this yet. I really enjoyed your review, and look forward to getting to it soon. It sounds like such a fun book.

  5. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by today!

  6. This one sounds good but its too bad about the characters. I'm a characters person so that worries me a bit.

  7. This does sound like it's a fun little red. I like the title and the name Poppy. :)