Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - Escape the Doubt by Andrea Michelle

Title: Escape the Doubt (Shifting #1)
Series: Shifting
Author: Andrea Michelle
Genre: Young Adult
Publish Date: November 19, 2013
Review Source: ARC

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After the unexpected death of her Dad and the haunting manner in which he died, Riley Shaw built invisible walls around her heart. Barriers she created to protect her from splintering into broken pieces that couldn’t be repaired. She was unable to move forward from her past, letting the guilt of her parent’s mistakes dictate her own choices. 

Dean Warren was safe. Being with him was innocent and peaceful because she didn’t truly love him. His words held her captive in a false sense of security. His eyes were deceptive, and his promises of never pushing her beyond what she was willing to give were broken, leaving Riley Shaw in a state of regret and doubt. 

Joshua Parker had the power to take what was left of Riley’s splintered pieces, and ruin her completely or make her whole again. He was her best friend, her next-door neighbor - everything she wanted and settled on never having. Loving him was as easy as breathing air. The fear of losing him forever was more real to her than the feelings she couldn’t escape. 

When faced with the very thing she feared the most and in the arms she thought were safe, Riley finds herself questioning every decision she has made over the past two years. When she finally escapes the doubt in her head and accepts the truth in her heart is it too late? 

Is taking a chance with your heart worth the escape or was it better to have never loved at all? Can forgiveness really set you free? 

When I got ready to read this book, I was curious as to what it was about.  I went on to Amazon to see what it was about and decided to check out a few of the reviews.  One of the reviews said that this was one of those books that will have you reading late into the night.  Well, I have to agree... Once I started it, I did not want to put it down.  I fell in love with Riley and Josh, and felt the heart ache that they suffered at the hands of others.

This story is one that will tug at your heart strings for not only the lose that these two young adults have dealt with, but also the drama that comes with typical high school students.  I could understand the deep friendship that Riley and Josh had, because I myself have a best friend who I grew up with and done just about everything with.  There were parts in this book where I wanted to reach in it and just slap Preslee and Dean.  These two deserve each other in so many ways, they are so much alike it is scary.  The family support and love that Josh and Riley get is amazing, and is part of what makes this book so wonderful.  There are a few other parts that I really liked, for instance, how the author placed the focus on waiting to have sex until you are with that one special person, not giving into peer pressure, and dealing with loss, grief, relationships and so many other issues that young people today face.

Would I recommend this book, yes most definitely.  Is it a good read, yes, and for once it is a book that is not solely based on teen sex.  Don't get me wrong I love a hot and sexy read, but this is a book that will reel you in and hold you captive with just the romantic story itself.

My favorite quote of the book:  We can have the happy ever after.  Write our own story.  I want all of it with you. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the tears, the smiles.  All of it. I want to hold you when you're scared and make sure you know it's okay but that I'm here.  And I know that it's not going to be perfect.  I know there will be times you are going to try and push me away but know this Riley... I'm done letting you.  I need you.  You need me. I'm giving you all I have to give and I hope you take it.

Andrea Michelle was born and raised in Louisiana. She spent years in Tennessee, and in Texas, and has made it full circle back to the boot she loves so much. She currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a mother to three beautiful daughters, and married her best friend at the young age of nineteen. She is a Coming-of-age, YA/NA Romance author with a debut, Escape the Doubt, available now. She is a dreamer, a true Gemini at heart and has a fascination with love stories. She finds inspirations in all things (friends beware) and loves poetry and music. Her writing journey began as a young teen where she used to escape into a world of fiction and poetry just to cope with emotions she didn't understand. Shhh... she has a secret. > She wasn't an avid reader until her adult years. Once she realized she loved this escape, her addiction to the one clicker became an obsession that cannot be tamed. It's an issue... she is a one-click-aholic and has no intention of kicking this habit. She is not genre specific as a reader and will read anything and everything. She will not be genre specific as a writer, either. So expect to see her outside the box, too. She is excited yet nervous to share her passion with you, but looks forward to the journey ahead. She loves to hear from her readers and encourages those connections. Links below so you can friend her, like her, follow and support her.


3 Door Down- Let Me Go
Kings of Leon- Closer
Incubus- Wish You Were Here
The Neighbourhood- Sweater Weather
Taylor Swift- You Belong With Me
Seether (featuring Amy Lee)- Broken
Phaleh- Afterglow
Luke Bryan- Crash my Party
Cassadee Pope- Wasting All These Tears
Andrew Belle- In my Veins
Brantley Gilbert- You Don’t Know Her Like I Do

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