Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Blog Tour: The Damned by Jennifer Snyder

Mature Young Adult

Release: December 2, 2014

Cole Porter knows his home life isn’t ideal, but when a situation arises and he’s forced to pack up and move on, he realizes it’s better to be in a position where you understand the ins and outs rather than to be tossed into the unknown.

Emory Montgomery is as close to perfect as she can possibly be—good grades, beautiful, poised, popular—but having it all isn’t always enough. Perfect has its drawbacks, and even the most flawless people crack under its pressure.

There are people who come into our lives for a reason, when everything else is shattered, burned, and bruised. Sometimes their purpose is clear, but often the smoke and the brokenness conceal the light. 

THE DAMNED can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Before and after.

Perfect and then not.
All right until it wasn't

The Damned was a book about to people each lost and tortured in there own way trying to find there way away from the dark that consumes them.  I would give this book a 3.5 star and recommend to others.  This story is a little to YA for me but it did have a decent story line even though the story line will not be for everyone.  It does touch on some major issues that young adults/teens go through and Jennifer did an amazing job at portraying what it would be like to struggle through that battles these 2 characters have to deal with.  

Emory on the outside is perfect but on the inside she feels dark and lonely.  She has to live by her parents rules and regulations.  Her mother is very strict and she has a reason too, but Emory is tired of living in her past mistakes and remembering choices that were taken from her.  Before she falls off completely she will meet Cole.  Cole has just moved in next door and he has major demons he is dealing with but together these 2 are damned in there own way.  Can the bad boy next door and the perfect gymnast find a way to heal there hearts or will too many situations out of there control bring them down?

"We're the damned, Emory,"  Cole whispered.  I shifted my eyes to his, wondering what he meant.  "We're damned if we do talk about the things we've been through, the things we've done to ourselves, and damned if we don't.  There is no in between, no right or wrong. It just is." 

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The Damned by Jennifer Snyder is a story of finding your true self in the face of adversity and realizing that being perfect isn't about what makes everyone else happy to be around you but being happy with yourself. Jennifer Snyder weaves a story of finding comfort and love in the most likely of places, the tattooed bad boy from next door. This book was a 3.5 star read for me and I would recommend it to others.

Cole Porter lived a life that he hated, struggling to find his place in a mother who turned to alcohol, drugs and men and siblings who left their horrible home life and him never looking back. A unexpected visit from the local police tears him from the only home and life he knew, forcing him to relay on a sister whom he hadn't spoken to in years. Believing that he only had ten months left until he was 18 and on his own, he moved to a small beach town that was nothing like the one he left, it especially lacked the beautiful girl next door Emory. Little did Cole know that a glance across the driveway would change his life forever, forcing him to look into himself to realize that he was worthy of all the things he wanted but never had.

Emory Montgomery was the perfect daughter or she appeared that way. Trying to make up for an older sister who drank and partied too much being a disappointment to their parents, Emory struggled to be everything her sister wasn't, often putting on a facade that few people ever looked beyond until Cole skateboarded into her life.

As Cole and Emory become closer, both of their realities begin to change in such different ways. Cole struggled to accept the love and support this his sister and her husband are trying to provide him believing that he is unworthy of it, going as far as to cut himself to alleviate feeling any emotions at all. Emory struggles to become even more perfect and pleasing to all of the people in her life, her parents and her gymnastics coach by focusing on achieving her ideal weight which isn't so ideal at all making her sick in more ways then one.

Although Cole is forbidden to her by her parents Emory disobeys them because he is the only one who sees her for who she really is and cares about her in spite of it all and she cares about Cole without the judgement that he has grown accustomed to. Can Cole and Emory save each other before it is too late? You need to read to find out!

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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