Friday, May 17, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye

Welcome to my stop on the Stripped blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot.
“Don’t... waste those words on me.”
He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”
“No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

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About the Author
Brooklyn Skye is just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She grew up in a small California town where she quickly realized writing was an easy escape from small town life.

My Thoughts:

Mom hadn't told me losing my only sister would be like losing a part of me, the part which made me feel like everything in life would be okay.

When I first started reading Stripped, I thought that I was going to have a really hard time connecting to and liking Quinn. To be completely honest, she doesn't give off a whole lot of happy vibes. There's not a lot about her personality that she shows to anybody that you can grab a hold of and feel all warm and fuzzy over. But like her I did. Very much in fact. It's all the stuff that she keeps to herself and all the grief that she is dealing with that had her worming her way into my heart. She's dealing with her pain and her hurt and her grief in the only way that she knows how. She figures if she doesn't fall in love then she can't be hurt by a guy and go down the same path as her sister. But what she doesn't count on is Torrin and the feelings that he brings to the surface. The very same feelings that she has managed for so long to never feel.

Heartless. I like it. Can't fall into the trap of love if you have no heart.

Don't get me wrong, despite how much I really liked her, she was stubborn and frustrating and made me crazy with some of the things that she said and did. But then on the very next page I would be over all that crazy and be wanting to comfort her. Despite her being so strong, she was also incredibly vulnerable.

He pulls me into his lap. The movement feels so natural, to curl up against his warm chest, and I have to push away the abrupt thought that he's wasting this niceness on me.

As for Torrin, he was so sweet and yummy. And while Quinn does everything to push him away he is persistant, but at the same time he didn't let her walk all over him. He was honest with his feelings. And despite working out what the connection was between his family and Quinn's pretty early on in the piece, I was really looking forward to how they would both deal with it once they became clued in.

I loved the slow revealing of Quinn's sisters story throughout the book which we learn through Quinn's memories. And it's through these memories that I felt Quinn really grew as a character. Those memories help us as the reader to understand a lot of Quinn's pain and why she makes the choices that she does.

The romance between Quinn and Torrin was a slow ride and there were definitely bumps along the way. But when things were going smoothly they were so perfect together.

Sitting, my eyes now level with his, he takes my face in his hands and runs his tongue along my lower lip then sucks it into his mouth.

Mother of god where did he learn how to kiss?

Stripped deals with a pretty hard hitting subject in suicide. It's been in the media quite a bit lately and it saddens me so much that so many young people take their lives because they really can't see any other way. I found that part of the book heartbreaking, but kudos to Brooklyn Skye for tackling it.

All in all I found stripped to be a wonderfully written, multi layered read that I enjoyed immensely. I loved the development of the story and the growth of the characters. I can't say it enough but I am LOVING these New Adult books and I will definitely be reading the next release from Brooklyn Skye.

4.5/5 Stars!!

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