Monday, April 6, 2015

Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Fall Out Girl by L. Duarte

Fall Out Girl
by L. Duarte
Publication Date: March 21, 2015

Cover Design: Okay Creations

Genre: New Adult Romance

Imagine a social outcast: Me. (Luna)

Imagine a popular boy: Him. (Caleb)

Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide.

But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk. Since it’s a snippet of my life, I’m one of the main characters. And to put it lightly, I’m not the most likable person in the world, cue the earned label. Also, unlike fairy tales, my story is real with a dash of sorrow and loss.

How do I start? Once upon a time…? Shoot me now, please.

The beginning? No, too boring.

Well, let’s start with the catalytic moment that set in motion a chain of events that changed my life, yet again.

As for a happily ever after? Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. After you read my tale, it becomes yours, and as such, you’re entitled to your interpretation.

So, off we go!

Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Fall Out Girl is a standalone novel and the first book I have read by L. Duarte.  I would give this book a solid 4 stars and would recommend to others.  This book is about an Outcast and the Popular Rich kid and how they intertwine the poor world and the rich world together.  This is based in a highschool setting but it definitely has some steamy factors as well.  This author has a unique writing style that I have come to enjoy immensely.  There will be heartbreak, drugs, sex, you name it this book has it.. so if you are not of fan of what real life these days can be then I wouldn't recommend this book for you.. but if you want a little taste of what teenagers go through even though this is fiction I think L. Duarte did a fantastic job of portraying that.  

Luna grew up with parents that worshiped her like a princess but when tragedy strikes more than once in her young life she if forced to move in with her aunt and cousin.  Her aunt is bad news she is a drug head and an alcoholic, but her cousin and her click instantly and become more like brother and sister.  She makes a decision to help out her cousin and aunt by doing things that aren't on the up and up as a means to survive.  She only has 1 year left of highschool and months left until she will get the money her dad left her for college... can she make it till then?  When one of her "dates" goes bad she will come face to face with the new kid Caleb and she will find her path in life will change drastically... he is the popular boy.. the son of a judge... she is the outcast .. the daughter of a dead parents and niece to a drug head... how can they have anything in common???

Caleb finds something in Luna he never thought he would be attracted too.. but when he moves to this new town he finds himself drawn to her even though she isn't what his peers would associate him with.  Image means nothing to him but everything to his father, so when he starts to pursue Luna his dad is livid.  Can Caleb get from under his dad long enough and look past all of Luna's baggage and truly find a love of a lifetime with her??

When Luna feels like she can finally let go and be with Caleb her cousin is arrested for drugs and her life will start to spiral from there.. Will Caleb be along for the long haul or was he just a highschool fling?  Will Caleb let his father control his actions in order to save the day??.. Or will all be done for nothing because tragedy strikes again and brings Luna to her knees...

Go get this book and find out what happens with this bumpy road full of twists and turns.  Thanks L. Duarte for a great ride and I look forward to so much more in the future.

I loved this book from the first page. A girl who lives her life in the shadows, wears a mask. Luna has a plan mapped out keep her head down and make it through and get the hell out. She is waiting for the day she turns 18.

Enter Caleb who throws everything out of whack. He is the opposite of what she needs. Luna is afraid to feel, to lose sight of her goals. But quite the opposite happens and she starts to live again, feel again. Her mask crumbles for Caleb.

But things change. People change.

This story flowed effortlessly. It was though a teenage girl was telling this story with the wisdom of an adult. It showed how life can be messy and how to play the hand you are dealt. If you one click any book this year.. Make it this one!

I have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I’m always torn between the two. I’m also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically don’t like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children. Drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you.

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