Monday, August 11, 2014

Six Strings Book Tour! Review+Playlist+Giveaway



Hi everyone! I am super excited to be a part of the Six Strings tour! I really enjoyed this book, and I can't wait for the second one! :) 

There's more information about the book below, as well as my playlist and review. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Release date: June 18th 2014
Publisher: Booktrope
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Riley Witt is running out of time.

Battling Alzheimer’s disease, Riley’s grandmother Mary suffers from memory loss, mood swings, and a tendency to wander off.

As senior year approaches, Riley has to face the reality that the one person she depends on most is slowly fading. Making matters worse, when Mary does remember the past, she tells tales of time travel and visions. As Mary’s version of the past gets more confused, Riley knows they are running out of time together.

But when Riley discovers a guitar belonging to a famous rock star at Mary’s house, the truth behind the crazy tales finally comes out.

SIX STRINGS tells the story of Riley’s journey back to 1973 where she enters a world of music, long-lost family, and first love. Her adventure is all about discovering her past, understanding her present, and figuring out how to step into her future.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jen Sanya Williamson is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she received a BA in creative writing. She spends most of her time with her junior high students, teaching and talking books. When not in a classroom, Jen is writing, watching TV shows from the ‘90s, or cheering on the Wildcats with her husband and children in her adopted hometown of Tucson, Arizona.
This book surprised me- in a really good way.  Based on the blurb, I didn’t think this was a time-traveling novel, and I still didn’t believe it until she, well, actually time-traveled. LOL. I really liked how that time traveling aspect was played out. Time-traveling in this book wasn't for some mission to save human-kind, but rather time-traveling is very personal for the traveler.  I’m still not sure as to why she leaps back (there are a few hints), but I’m assuming that will be cleared up in future books (which I am ANXIOUSLY waiting for!!). The book started off kind of slow, but it picked up its pace as it went on, and in fact, towards the end, I began nervously counting down the pages I had left.  This book ended too soon!! 
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I was a bit indifferent towards the main characters in the beginning because there was a lot of telling, rather than showing, but as the book progressed, they all grew on me.  Riley was an interesting character because she does grow throughout the novel, but I feel her real growth is still to come in the future books.  This is just the beginning- and I'm so excited for that future awesome character development!! :) (In fact, I felt this book in general was really just to set up the series and to help set up the future books and the characters. Not a bad thing- except for the fact that I need more D':) 

I sort of sense a love triangle between Nathan and Lucas- and I have really complicated feelings about this (LOL). For one thing, Lucas is in the past, so I don’t know how that’s going to work?? But they actually had a great chemistry, and it wasn't insta-love (YAY!).  I liked their relationship, and while they’ve only known each for a few days, there was like this connection between them.  This couple had this feeling of those first few days when you first fall in love. :) With Nathan, he and Riley had been friends since they were young, and I felt his development was a little lacking.  I think this had to do with the fact that there was a lot of telling and not so much showing in the beginning of the novel; also, because they were childhood friends, we were supposed to just assume that they were close. I REALLY hope we do get to see more of Nathan’s and Riley’s relationship in future books.  As for the love triangle in general, I am not a big fan of them because they are tricky. BUT I have seen some great love triangles (even though I thought that that was NEVER possible), and I’m just assuming that there might be one here; I won’t know for sure until I get my hands on that second book… D:   
Final thoughts: This book has a warm feeling to it. I didn't really address this in the review because this warm feeling was more towards the end (even though it did sort of permeate throughout the book I guess?).  It's kind of hard to explain, but I think this warm feeling comes from the fact that this book is a lot about relationships and possibilities- and there’s always something about those two things that gives me a sense of hope. ;)

Thanks for reading! :)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Playlist:
One of the things I loved about this book is that it introduced me to so many new (well old new LOL) music. I liked a lot of them, but I only picked two from the book because I felt these were the ones that really fit with the mood of the novel.   

I’ve never done a playlist for a book before, so I’m not exactly sure if there was a certain way to do this or something LOL.  I picked the first two songs from the book, and the rest I sort of picked to suit the mood of the book I guess? :D. Click on the title to go to the Youtube video. :)

Desperado by the Eagles (I imagined this song was what Cordelia sounded like.)

A Whiter Shade of Pale  by Procol Harum (That scene where they’re just holding each other and talking... not heavily making out or anything... just enjoying each others' presence... I wish there were more scenes like this in books... )

Miracles in December by Exo (So I'm not really a fan of Exo, but I actually liked this song.  That title doesn't fit the book LOL, but I felt this song, along with Cordelia, would be something that Lucas would have sang for Riley-ya know, if he could speak Korean LOL :D And also this song is kind of dramatic, but the lyrics fit perfectly. ;) )

Yuugure no Yakusoku- Toradora Ost (Pretty piano song that I can imagine Riley playing.)

Yasashisa no Asioto- Toradora Ost (Nice guitar song I can imagine Lucas playing.)



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Thank you so much to IFB Tours and the author for letting me participate in this book tour!! :)

2 comments:

Shane Morgan said...

Thanks for participating. Nice playlist :)

Kyendwarrior said...

Thank you! :)