Monday, August 05, 2013

Blog Tour: These Things About Us by Laura Beege

Author: Laura Beege
Expected Release Date: August, 04, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult

Antonia is leaving the last shards of her life in Tucson behind to find her mother and start
over. Turns out that's easier said than done. London is a pretty big city, a hundred bucks
don't get you far and you can't just make your past disappear.

When sweet and caring uni student Wesley gets her a job and a room in his father's pub,
Tony is unprepared for his older brother Trace who despises her at first sight. She's
unprepared for someone whose secrets might be darker than her own.

Following a path of breadcrumbs and tangling up in Trace's past, Tony slips back into a
world she thought she'd escaped the day her father went to prison.

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Laura likes to call herself an international girl. She grew up in an Asian/European family in
Germany, spent some time as an exchange student in France, moved to England after graduation
and eventually landed back in Germany, where she’s currently working on her degree in Theater &
Film. No matter where she will be next year (Manhattan?) or the years after that (Italy?), she
intends to keep on writing.
She loves hearing from readers!

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MY REVIEW: 3.5 of 5 stars

Characters: Antonia "Tony" is very admirable and brave for trying to find her mother, go to a city completely unknown to her, and find a job and housing with complete strangers.  I don't necessarily agree with all of the ways she goes about finding her mom, but I wonder how far any of us would go for love.  She has justification for what she does,and in fact I feel sorry for her.  Yet, she's nothing but selfless.  Thank god Trace and Wes are there to make her feel better!  Okay, so when I read that Trace has tattoos, I instantly thought of Trace Cyrus.  I know, absolutely gross!  My image of fictional Trace was pretty much shattered so I'm giving you a new image to make you completely forget about that yucky one.  Voila...

Mike Vogel, the only reason you are still watching Under the Dome
Yeah, just imagine him with tattoos:)  This was actually the photo that Laura sent me when I asked her who she pictured as Trace.  Trace's personality is so much like a girl PMSing.  Sometimes he is sweet.  Sometimes he is kinda short with Tony.  It took me awhile to like Trace, and I was as confused about his behavior as Tony is throughout.  After learning his unfortunate history, I did develop a crush on the guy!
Wes is my favorite character of the book.  He's super fun and kind to Tony.  Even after the turn of events, I still loved this guy.  I hope he shows up in Laura's books again.

Plot: I liked the pacing and building of character relationships in this book, but I hated the ending!  I'm such a sucker for cute, perfect endings and I wasn't satisfied!!!!!  I hope that there is a sequel because it can't end like that! Where's the sweet, cheesy line that romantics live for?

Would I recommend it to a friend? Nes.  There is drama, tension, romance, and a little bit of action, but it lacks the ending that I seek for in books.  It's not the best New Adult, but it has originality so try it if you don't mind bittersweet.    

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