Sunday, December 8, 2013

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Over It (The Kiss Off #2) by Sarah Billington

Warning: Sexual References, occasional coarse language.

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?

My Thoughts:

I loved that feeling; the feeling of being with my besties who loved me for the crazy neurotic who-thinks-too-much that I am, and not having to hide it or reign it in, not having to pretend I'm mostly sane and normal, because it simply wouldn't be as much fun if I was. I loved that feeling so hard.

No. No. No!!! 2015 before the next book comes out? No way!!! I'm not the most patient person at the best of times, but when a book ends the way this one did.... Well, I'm just lost for words!!! But, the ending did set up things perfectly for the next book. I just wish the wait wasn't so long.

Poppy Douglas has not seen her rock star boyfriend Ty for weeks since he's been touring with his band Academy of Lies. The media attention that Poppy has been receiving has finally died down and her royalty check for The Kiss Off has finally come through. She has big plans to buy herself a car and take a road trip with her two best friends to finally catch up with Ty at the music festival that Academy of Lies are headlining. But her Mum and Dad have other ideas and the only way they will let poppy go is if her nerdy cousin goes along as a chaperone. Realising that this could be the only way that she gets to see Ty, Poppy very reluctantly agrees. But this road trip isn't going to go quite the way that Poppy had hoped. 

Poppy was her typical fun self in Over It. Boy, didn't she get herself into some situations. And most of the time it was under the ever watchful eyes of the paparazzi. And they were always ready with cameras in hand to capture Poppy's antics and subsequent mortification. I really loved Poppy's ease with Ty's band members and friends. But there were quite a few times that she came across as being so selfish. She seemed to quite often put her wants and feelings first. Not all the time, because she also had moments of being a great friend. But she definitely frustrated me at times. But I think she started to get a clear picture of how she was acting by the end of the book.

Before I could even get a word out, he had me pressed against the wall, and it seemed I wasn't the only one who had been looking forward to kissing someone's face off. I wrapped my arms around the back of his neck and pulled him closer to me as we kissed, long, deep and hard.

There were a few really sweet moments shared between Poppy and Ty, but I really would have liked a whole lot more. Ty was so sweet throughout the whole book. Really going out of his way to make things good and easy for Poppy. He was sweet, kind and loving. I just would have liked to have spent more time with him.

Never having been to a music festival before, I loved the picture that Sarah Billington painted. The camping and hanging out with friends, cookouts on the beach and going to all the different stages to see the different bands. I'm more keen than ever to experience something like that.

Overall, I found Over It to be a fun read that had me laughing at the characters antics on more than one occasion. For me, Ty was the standout whenever he was featured in a scene. Now the wait begins!!

3.5/5 Ty Stars.

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.

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