30 November 2013

The Weight of Words by Georgina Guthrie - Book Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record, keeps them apart.

Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and classmates.

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The beautiful cover speaks for itself. The Weight of Words is a beautifully crafted novel that will not only make you fall in love, but also tickle your literary minds as the writer infuses Shakespeare’s quotes and writings in this novel.

The weight of this novel is pretty much moderate to heavy. I like this novel because of the fact that it is just not romantic, but I found it highly intelligent. With two smart people bantering, and exchanging literary quotes out of their memories and making it a part of their every day conversation.

Aubrey Price (lover her name, by the way) – she is on her senior year of her undergraduate studies in the University of Toronto. I like her character because she’s smart, pretty, and independent. Between juggling her subjects on her final year, she also works as an assistant to the College Dean. She is focused on finally finishing up her studies and graduating with distinction. But it seems all these will be put in vain as the new TA strutted inside her Shakespearean course that left her mind totally blank and occupied by ways on how to have him.

The attraction wasn’t one sided because apparently, Daniel couldn’t resist this charming, brainy and sexy student from class. Unluckily, a strict anti-fraternizing policy is implemented in the university, not to mention Daniel’s record has already been blemished previously.

We also meet the secondary characters who are equally charming as our main, Matt, Julie, Penny, Brad and Jeremy. I love Matt the most – he’s an awesome friend. At first, I wanted him and Aubrey to be together. It was less complicated that way. The affection was obvious – but I guess it was all there is, just friendly affection, no real fireworks between them.

As I read, I was wondering, how these two smart people would pull of this stint. It’s a dangerous game they are playing, and they are not only risking themselves – but other people can also be involved once they will be out in the open. The both of them are totally in love, that it somehow impedes both their judgment, not enabling them to think clearly of their actions. There are times when they were almost caught, and I can feel my heartbeat racing and leaps out of my chest. Indeed forbidden romance allows adrenaline to seep through the blood making it more desirable.

Nevertheless, Georgina Guthrie treated us to an intelligent story, thrilled us with an irresistible prohibited romance between two amazing people and gave us something to look forward to for the next two novels.

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

Georgina Guthrie has been a self-professed book hugger for as long as she can remember. An avid reader and compulsive diarist, she is thrilled to be taking the leap into the world of publishing. GG resides in Toronto, Canada, but she still considers herself a Brit through and through and can often be found roaming the aisles of her favourite British import shop.

A graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied English literature, GG is happy to fill her hours reading and writing, but she’s just as likely to be found enjoying a good film with her husband, dancing around the kitchen with her daughter, or hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine in one hand a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.

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