Tuesday, August 6, 2013

First Kiss by Ann Marie Frohoff - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway




About an up and coming teenage rocker on the verge of stardom, when the girl next door becomes something more; they're forced to face the harsh realities on his road to fame and the expectations of their friends and family. Sacrifices are made as everything changes as they know it.

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First Kiss is not exactly what I expected, there was a time where I think the characters are way too young, or the story dragged. But the ending was pretty unexpected.

Nevertheless, I love these kids! Yes! They were young, especially Alyssa. Jake and she grew up together and have been friends and neighbors since they were young. Their lives drifted apart somewhere along the way, Jake was busy with forming a band and becoming famous, while Alyssa was focused on her friends and her sports, volleyball. Their paths once again crossed when Summer began, and unexpectedly – chemistry sparked.

Since she was young, and they both knew Alyssa’s parents would most likely not allow their daughter to get involve with him, they kept their relationship a secret. Most often, she would sneak up to his room and spend some time there. It was weird and I totally understand Alyssa’s older sister why she was opposed to the two – her sister was very young, na├»ve and doesn’t have any experience with boys, while Jake who’s 18 has been with girls, have done drugs and booze. How can they carry on a relationship? Will Alyssa get out of it unscathed when Jake no longer wanted her?

The dual-POV was a blessing. I always loved getting into the brains of the characters, and not second-guessing them. I liked Jake – he was a gentleman, and did not force Alyssa to do anything that she wasn’t ready for. You may wonder why of all people, he fell for someone way younger. There were a lot of girls, but why Alyssa? Well, she’s the only remaining NORMAL in his life. She makes him feel loved and everything about the two of them just feels real.  BUT of course, I would have preferred if he waited for her to grow up a little more.  

I never expected the novel to be that long. It was more than what I expected. Nevertheless, it was amazing how the author was able to manage to compress almost ALL teenage issues into one book. And what I love more about this novel are the songs!!! It wasn’t just the tunes or the melody, but the lyrics were pretty great as well!

Now, all we have to do is be patient, sit back and wait for the sequel.

RATING:


I could still feel the warmth from her body on the sheets when I reached over, searching for her, and for a moment I wondered…had it been real? Bleary eyed I stared at the clock. It was only 7 in the morning. The sound that woke me must have been the door shutting – Aly sneaking away. We must have fallen asleep sometime after midnight.

She shouldn’t have stayed over. She’d kept trying to leave, but I’d keep pulling her back into the bed. Not that anything had happened. We’d just talked and hung all over each other, horsing around. Kid shit. I sighed, rubbing my eyes as I sat back down on the edge of the bed. What did I expect? She was a kid. Alyssa Montgomery. What the hell was I doing, hanging with a girl her age? If her parents caught her sneaking back in this morning…

I swore and tripped on the sheet tangled around my leg as I climb out of bed. I opened the door to the back yard to see if she was still visible, but I was too late. It was quiet and cool. I shivered, standing there, wondering when I’d see her again. I went back inside and reached for my phone as I climbed back into bed and saw that three texts had come through. They were all from Rachel Schaffer.

I didn’t read them – I just tossed my phone to the foot of my bed. I seriously didn’t even wanna deal with that shit right now. One drunken hook-up and what, she thought she had dibs on me? Yeah, she was an old friend, and she helped out with our band stuff…but I’ve seen how she plays hot and cold with other guys, she should know what’s up. And it’s not like I’ve ever shown even the slightest interest in her. But still, I just knew that it was gonna rain shit-balls once she realized that I was into Aly. I pushed the looming issue from my mind and tried to go back to sleep. This was my last summer vacation and I wanted to go into my senior year with my future in music secure.


Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beach-side city up and down the coast. Annie's debut novel and first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, just released June 11, 2013 — the series is a story about young, reckless love between a rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship.

Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books.
Annie is now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles with her family.





2 comments:

  1. Thank you so so much! I'm stoked you enjoyed it! I know this could have been two books - and it actually was (I added the prequel bc I wanted ppl to get the full story), maybe this could have been three! haha. - the next book, Broken Notes, they are grown & the saga gets even more interesting, dramatic and moving. Thanks again. xo. Annie

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  2. This is awesome! I'm stoked you enjoyed book one. Totally can't wait for you to read book 2, BROKEN NOTES!

    Amy xx

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