Thursday, June 25, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt + Giveaway + Review: Rarity by D.A. Roach

Title: Rarity
Author: D.A. Roach
Genre: YA Romance
Publish Date: June 16, 2015
Review Source: Enticing Journey Book Promotions

Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama...

As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy.

Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him...

A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl...Brogen.

Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval.

“Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name...

Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own.

Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis...

When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for.

As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels,  Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake... But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

If I were to fill this entire review with WOW ... would you like it?
Rarity pulled on my heart strings like you can not even imagine. I laughed, I cried, I awwwed and I cried some more. There are so many emotions in this book that are truly hard to evoke from a reader, knowing that it is a story. However, Rarity is much more than a story. It is reality. There are way too many sufferers of the rare disease, named vEDS.
Brogen ... a sweet and simple girl who doesn't know where she quite fits in. She knows that she does NOT like drama. It causes her too much turmoil. It's a good thing that she has her best friend Meg by her side. Meg is a cute and funny best friend that Brogen simply can't live without. She is the yin to Brogen's yang. Where you find one, you will fid the other.
On the first day of school, they are introduced to two newbie's .. Jay and Becca. Jay is the cousin of a popular guy named Soren, who is actually a pretty big character as well. Jay is tall, lean, big eyed and gorgeous. Brogen catches his eye and is immediately attracted to him, but she would never tell you that! Becca fit right in with the blonde, popular crowd and had her sights set on Jay from the word jump.
Jogging one night, Brogen ran into a vicious dog and was saved by her knight in shining armor and felt an actual spark from that night on whenever she would come across Jay. The two started getting closer, until Becca decided to come between them. Becca was determined to make Jay hers if it killed her. Because Brogen doesn't do drama, she backed off. Jay convinces her to not give up, for Brogen to only be brushed off by him. Something was happening with Jay, but he won't open up. She can't even begin to imagine what Jay was facing.
Will Jay open up and let her in on his secret? Has he lost interest because Becca sank her ugly nails into him? Does love conquer all??
PLEASE .. whatever you do ... drop what you are doing and purchase this book. The story is amazing. The characters are loveable and D.A.'s writing is impeccable. Rarity is a story that will stick with me for a very long time. Hands down ... the BEST YA book of 2015!!!

Things always looked different the next day. Skies seemed bluer, the grass was greener. The worries of yesterday were magically reduced to a manageable size, and brand new ideas and thoughts were born. Oddly enough, Mom’s words were like seeds planted in the night, now growing and blossoming inside me. Jay was very much alive. He was healthy, a bit fragile, but more alive than many kids my age who lived life mindlessly. If anything, this stupid disorder made him more alive. Made me more alive. I wanted to make memories with Jay— live each day to the fullest, laugh until my belly hurt, cry at sad movies with him, and watch the sunrise and the sunset whenever I could. Life was a gift, not to be taken for granted. It could be here one day and gone the next, or it could go on for a very long time.

D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago.  In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating.  They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli.  D.A. did not find a love for books until after college.  Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found TV and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it.  But once she finished college  and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.  

D.A. is a full time mom and wife.  When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids' school landscape.  Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music.  Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day.  Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories.  She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

1 comment:

  1. I am so grateful for you participating in my blog tour and especially thankful for the time you took to read & review Rarity. You took a chance, found you enjoyed it, & shared that with grateful for this gift.