Swept Away by Michelle Dalton Blog Tour!

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SWEPT AWAY 2

Title & Author: Swept Away (Sixteenth Summer) by Michelle Dalton

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Genres: YA Romance, YA Contemporary

Other Books by Michelle Dalton: Fifteenth Summer, Sixteenth Summer, Pulled Under (A Sixteenth Summer novel)

 My Rating: 4hearts

SYNOPSIS

Beachfront love blossoms in this refreshing summer romance, in the tradition of Sixteenth Summer and Seventeenth Summer.

 

Mandy Sullivan isn’t exactly looking forward to the summer months as tourists invade her seaside hometown on the coast of Maine. Her best friend, Cynthia, has abandoned her for camp and her older brother just announced he’ll be staying at college taking classes for the summer, leaving Mandy with nothing to do and no one to hang out with. Hoping to keep herself busy, Mandy takes a volunteer job at the Rocky Pointe Lighthouse. On her very first day, Oliver Farmingham asks for a private tour. A new—and incredibly cute—face in Rocky Pointe, Oliver seems more interested in Mandy than the lighthouse and its history.

 

Without her best friend at her side, Mandy is scrambling to act the right way and say the right things when Oliver is around. Cynthia—not Mandy—has always been the confident, flirtatious girl that everyone wanted to be around. As Mandy and Oliver spend more time together exploring the coast, biking through the woods, and attending the local summer festivals, their budding friendship becomes much more. But with Mandy’s insecurities creeping to the surface, can she open her heart to someone who will only be in town for three months?

BOOK LINKS:

Goodreads l Amazon paperback l Barnes & Noble (B&N)

Bookdepository l iTunes l Kobo

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Sixteenth Summer (Book 1): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9091814-sixteenth-summer

Pulled Under (Book 2): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18248933-pulled-under

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Dalton is one of the many names Carla Jablonski uses when writing. Her two YAs written as Carla Jablonski (published by Razorbill/Penguin), Thicker than Water and Silent Echoes, were included on the NYPL Books for the Teen Age list, and her graphic novel trilogy Resistance (illustrated by Leland Purvis, published by :01 Books) has won several awards, including the Sydney Taylor Silver Medal. In addition to writing novels she is an actor, playwright, and former trapeze artist. A native New Yorker, she is eternally grateful to her friends who invite her to their beach houses.

MY REVIEW

I have been a fan of Michelle Dalton since I first read Sixteenth Summer. I instantly loved the clichéd teen summer love story and continued to fall in love with each of her books after that. I love that when I read her books I am suddenly transported to a beach town that I have never been to yet am now so eager to visit. I love how you just fall in love with the storyline, the characters and the setting from the very first chapter. It is such a fun, light, enjoyable read that I could reread over and over again.

I loved the small beach town of Rocky Point and the way it was portrayed to the reader. It was so easy to make a mental picture of the quaint little town and made me want to hop into my car and take a roadtrip up the coast to Maine as soon as I finished reading. I also really loved the characters as I do with all of Michelle Dalton’s novels. They are easily likeable and you are rooting for them most of the book even though you know that their summer romance will likely come to an end. Mandy was so easy to relate to and I think any young girl would be able to see some of their own qualities in Mandy. Oliver was different than your usual summer love interest. He wasn’t the hunky jock out surfboarding on the beach. He was an artist and took the time to stop and admire things most other people don’t. He actually had some depth to him and that made me love him so much more. While some reader’s might not be into the insta-love, I was totally and completely into it and was hoping for the best between the two of them from the beginning to end.

I will definitely be rereading Swept Under (along with the rest of the Sixteenth Summer novels) while I lounge out on the beach this year. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a cute summer book, that also makes for a great beach read. It’s suitable in my opinion for tween and teen girls of any ages and I guarantee once you read Swept Away you’ll want to pick her other young adult books up as well.

MY DREAM CAST

These are some of the actors and actresses that I would match up to the characters in the book if it were being made into a movie.

Mandy Sullivan – Played by: Hailee Steinfield

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Mrs. Sullivan – Played by: Diane Lane

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Justin Sullivan – Played by: Taylor Lautner or Penn Badgley (it was a tie)

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Cynthia – Played By : Lucy Fry

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Joanna – Played By: Elizabeth Olsen

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Patti – Played By: Sabrina Carpenter

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 Celeste – Played By: Jessica Green

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Oliver – Played By: Nick Robinson

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Alice (Oliver’s Mother) – Played By: Rachel Weisz

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Freaky Farmington – Played By: Tommy Lee Jones

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So those are my top picks. I feel like they fit the characters really well in my mind. I really liked Penn Badgley for Justin but felt he might be too old looking for a college freshman/sophomore. Elizabeth Olsen to me looks like she could have an edgy New Yorker look/vibe.

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Cover Reveal: The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly

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The Foxglove Killings-500x750Title: The Foxglove Killings

Author: Tara Kelly

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: 09/01/2015

Genres: Young Adult, YA Mystery

Anticipation of Reading: Highly Anticipating!

Summary from Goodreads:

Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet, something bad was coming. And the crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started with the murdered deer in the playground with the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in the dying boondock town of Emerald Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich kids who vacation here―make our lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person who gets me. Only Alex has changed. He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out…or why I’m having distinctly more-than-friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a rumor goes around that Alex was the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes it. Well, everyone except my worst enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself — and Alex.

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Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author, one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.
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Moments Like This Are Amazing

So it is 1:22am where I live and while I type and schedule future book reviews, I am also binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Netflix. I’ve weirdly been on a kick of older TV shows like the above mentioned, Charmed, and Gilmore Girls. Not sure why but thank goodness for Netflix. This is also around the time when I get really bored and use up way too much of my phone’s battery on social media. Tonight though I decided to randomly search my blog’s name in Twitter. What I saw though shocked me in such a good way that I have to admit I shed a happy tear or two. Moments like tonight where I see posts that are quoting and sharing my book reviews really make such a difference on how I see things from a blogger’s perspective. It really shows me how much my posts mean to some people, especially the authors who take the time to read my reviews on their books and then share the review on social media. Here are some of the screenshots I took…

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I couldn’t believe what I saw. I never ever thought that any authors would read my reviews and it means more to me than I could ever put into words. I absolutely love reading and I always have and by reviewing their books I am able to share books that I fell in love with. Seriously everyone who has shared one of my link’s an/or quoted one of my reviews, thank you a million, billion, trillion times. You guys are amazing! And thank you to the readers and followers who have shared this journey with me the past year. If it weren’t for all of you I would have given up on this blog a long, long time ago. Every page view, favorite, comment, follow honestly means so much to me.

Remembering 9/11

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Today, September 11, 2014, marks 13 years since the attack on the World Trade Center buildings in New York City (both top pictures), the Pentagon in Washington DC (bottom left) and the crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (bottom right).

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Personally it doesn’t feel like 13 years has passed since that devastating day. I was pretty young on September 11, 2001, but I can remember the day like it was yesterday. I was 8 years old and in the third grade. Even though my classmates and myself were young we all knew something terrible had happened after that first plane hit. I remember sitting in class and actually listening to the radio reports of what was happening. The teachers were frantic which only caused us to be more nervous. Some parents came to pick up their kids from school early. I remember one specific moment the most. A classmate of mine had two aunts, one working in each tower that day. His mother called later to let him know they were both able to get out safely. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for almost 3,000 other people. People who were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, police officers, firemen, and so much more. Among the casualties there were 8 children and 11 unborn babies who died that day.

At the time I was young enough to know how devastating that day was, but too young to really have any emotional feelings towards what was going on. Now at 21, looking online at these facts as I type this, I feel sick to my stomach and like I will burst out crying any second. It’s hard not to feel that way when you think of it. How scared those people must have been, the moms and dads who knew they wouldn’t get to go home to their families that night. The law enforcement and firemen who risked and lost their lives saving others.

Back in 2009 I was part of an extracurricular activity at school that focused on history and current issues going on in the world. We often took trips to places like Philadelphia and Washington DC. In the fall of 2009, one of our trips was to Ground Zero and the memorial museum. In a way I was excited to see Ground Zero. Saying it sounds wrong and disrespectful, but I will explain. I had never seen the Twin Towers when they were still standing and I was now getting a chance to see where they once stood, where almost 3,000 people lost their lives, and I could physically pay my respects to all the lives lost. What I hadn’t been expecting was the effect it would have on me. I knew it was going to be a depressing day. While viewing Ground Zero, which would have looked like a typical construction area to anyone walking by, just left me speechless. I had no idea what to think or what to say. It really hit me how big of an area these buildings occupied and I could only imagine what the area looked like after the towers collapsed. When we went into the memorial museum, it was sad but also interesting (as goes for any museum). They had a lot of artifacts from the towers and the plane, as well as short educational videos. I learned more from that museum on what happened that day than any textbook could ever explain or cover. When we reached what I believe was one of the final rooms (it was 4.5 years ago so I’m not 100% positive if it was the final room/area), I completely lost it. The walls were covered in the names of everyone who had lost their life on 9/11. There were pictures of some people, little knick knacks their families donated, and another wall was pictures drawn by children all over the world. They all drew what they saw on the news that day and what they were thinking. I’m a pretty emotional person, but I usually never cry in front of anyone. On that day in 2009 I cried harder than I had in a very long time. Call me naïve, but staring at these walls covered in names, I couldn’t believe that someone or a group of people could hate our country so much that they would want to cause this much pain. My heart broke for all of the families who lost someone on September 9, 2001. I couldn’t imagine going through what any of them did and if I could personally hug every single person who lost a mother, father, son, daughter, or anyone on that day I would, along with all of the law enforcement, firemen and civilians who went into the towers and Pentagon to help save people. Because of brave people like them, surviving or not, the casualty number was smaller than what it may have been. Not nearly as small as it should be because in my opinion the only people who my heart doesn’t break for is the 19 terrorists who boarded those planes and committed murder. They made that decision that day and they wanted to hurt and kill so many innocent people.

Today, take a simple minute or two out of your day to remember all of the lives lost that day, or lives lost caused by that day. When remembering the fallen today, remember the ones from all the attacks, American Airlines Flight 11 and the attack on the North Tower, United Airlines Flight 175 and the attack on the South Tower, American Airlines and the attack on the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 and the attempted attack which lead to the crashing on the plane in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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Top left: Ground Zero memorial, Top right: Ground Zero memorial

Bottom left: Pentagon memorial, Bottom right: Shanksville, PA memorial

If you ever get a chance to visit the Ground Zero memorial, I highly recommend you do so and that you visit the memorial museum there as well. It’s an experience you will remember for the rest of your life and it will make your heart ache.