Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Review+Tour Goodies: Burning Down the House by Allie Gail

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Allison Goodson_Burning Down the House_final (1)-2Title: Burning Down the House

Author: Allie Gail

Release Date: March 10, 2014



2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist

Rob Kensington is just your typical high school senior. Athletic, intelligent, handsome. Sees a therapist once a week. Because his parents just died in a house fire of questionable origin. And he doesn’t seem to care.

Maybe he isn’t so typical.

Sara Marsh had no clue when she returned to live with her divorced father that the bedroom down the hall would be occupied by a stray with a major attitude problem. The last time she saw Rob, he was a brooding goth who could have passed as Marilyn Manson’s love child. But at some point during her three years away, Creepy Kensington managed to evolve into a sizzling hot star running back with smoldering hazel eyes.

The attraction is undeniable. The temptation is irresistible. And soon they’re sharing more than just an address. But with another life lost in a deliberately set blaze, Sara’s trust is faltering. Has she lost her heart to a serial arsonist? He’s already shown her the allure of playing with fire.

And someone’s about to get burned.

This book contains strong language and sexual content and is intended for ages 17+


Burning Down the HouseBurning Down the House by Allie Gail
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Find this Review at Taryn Lee's Book Blog

A gifted copy was provided by the author for an honest review.

This book felt a little too young adult for me. I don't look at high school setting as young adult. Just the way the characters behaved and acted. The high school romance was average for me. The suspense/mystery element lifted this book way higher than I expected it to do.

Sara Marsh decides to move back into her dad's house for her senior year of high school. Upon arrival, she realizes her childhood enemy is back... and living with her dad. Rob Kensignton doesn't give an eff about Sara or anything else in his life. He's lost his parents. Gone is the emo kid Sara once knew. And left in its wake is a hot guy with a whole lot of attitude. As their senior year commences they grow together to find love but not before they deal with their friends, secrets, and a murder or two.

Overall, I'm giving this book 4 STARS out of 5 STARS because I loved the mystery in this book. It was unexpected and it felt real. When you don't see what's coming, it makes the story evolve into a book.

Read by Taryn Lee on May 11, 2014
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When I was just thirteen, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that one day I’d become a published author. Unfortunately, scribbling cartoons and silly stories during class instead of devoting 100% attention to blahblah-isn’t-algebra-exciting-blahblah was basically frowned upon.

When I was fourteen, I made the decision to become the next Madonna. There was only one problem with that. Nobody wanted to listen to an off-key voice that sent the family dog running for cover.

At fifteen, I was positive that acting was my future. A case of slack-jawed stage fright erased that particular ambition from the list.

At sixteen, ballet became my new passion…until the revelation that truly dedicated ballerinas aren’t allowed to stuff their faces with pizza and cupcakes. Oh, and they also don’t typically possess a tendency to trip over their own feet. Graceful, I am not.

Now, some years later – never mind how many – I’ve come full circle only to rediscover a lost love in writing. But now I use a computer instead of college ruled notebook paper – and thankfully there’s no threat of detention!


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