Friday, April 13, 2018

[Release Blitz + Review] Keep From Falling by Amy Vanessa Miller

Title: Keep From Falling
Series: Misfits Book 1
Author: Amy Vanessa Miller
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Release Date: April 13, 2018

At the beginning of her senior year, Bree Porter had everything figured out. She knew who she was, what she wanted, and where she was going.
The only thing she didn't know was how to tell the world that her childhood bestie, Skylar Hale, was also her secret girlfriend.

But only months before Bree and Skylar are set to start their lives together away from the narrowed minds of Markson Grove, Bree meets Evan Daniels and everything changes.
One glance. That’s all it takes for Bree to begin questioning everything she thought she knew about herself.

Skylar Hale has been running from her past for years. She won’t speak about it to Bree— she won’t acknowledge it at all— because it’s dark and scary and connected to a name that makes her tremble to her core.

Now the perfect life she created with Bree is on the verge of collapse, leaving her haunted by a past she’s desperate to forget and back to a world she never thought she’d see again.

*This book contains violence, coarse language, sexually explicit scenes, drug abuse, and illegal situations. Intended for mature reading audiences only.*

© Amy Vanessa Miller - all rights reserved
I look to the ground. “What are you doing, Evan?” I ask uneasily.
He sighs. “I don’t know,” he says. “I don’t know what you want. This is really weird for me. Because I know what I want, and I know that you know what it is.”
“What is it you want?” I ask, even though he’s right, I already know the answer.
“To be with you, to kiss you, to touch you. All the time.”
I stand there in silence for a long while, knowing what I want to say but knowing that if I say it, everything will change and I won’t be able to take it back.
“I think I want those things too,” I whisper softly, still looking to the ground.
He takes a deep breath. My words have surprised him and it seems like he’s trying to decide something now. I peer into his eyes, attempting to read him, and the moment that they make contact, his lips are on mine in a breathtaking kiss.
He lets go of my hand in order to place his hands on either side of my face. His lips are hot and moist, and so soft. The minute he opens them slightly, I begin to kiss him back, slowly at first, and then with an urgency I can’t begin to describe.
Evan’s body responds to this urgency right away, and he picks me up off of the ground and sits me on the hood of his car. I wrap my legs around him and I can feel him pressed up against me in a way that makes everything down there tingle. He begins to kiss my neck while caressing my breasts; I throw my head back and let out a gasp.
And then I think of Skylar.
“We can’t do this,” I say as I break the connection and I push him off of me gently.

He’s breathing heavily and his cheeks are red. “I know,” he says. “I’m so sorry.”

4 Stars from Tiffany!

Tons of Teenage Drama!

Well, not any kind of drama I experienced in my teenage years. At some points it was hard to believe these kids were still in high school. From the blurb, I expected a coming of age, figuring out who you are kind of a read, but nope, not even close.

Amy Vanessa Miller gives her readers four characters to follow from beginning to end. Bree, Skylar, Parker and Evan. Bree and Skylar are together in a secret lesbian relationship, Evan has been crushing on Bree from afar for years, while Parker and Skylar had a thing in the past that went horribly bad. Got all of that? Yeah, it's a lot. 

At first, the book felt like it was dragging, there are tons of details and back stories on each of these characters, however as I kept reading, I realized how necessary it all was. Each story is intertwined and getting to some sort of boiling point. Cue the angst.

As mentioned earlier, these are teenagers in a very adult world. If anything bothered me about this book, it was that fact. It was hard to imagine fifteen to eighteen year old kids caught up in the messes they seemed to be in. That said, it was interesting and I couldn't wait to see how it was all going to play out.

The book is well written and a bit slow out of the gate. I liked the various points of view, as well as the supporting characters in addition to the four main ones. The story felt complete to me, although I see it's first in the Misfits series. I will definitely be interested to see what these kids are up to next.

Amy Vanessa Miller is a Canadian independent author known for her shockingly edgy Misfits series.
She loves to push the boundaries with her writing and has always been a fan of angsty stories. 
She is happily married to a loving and supportive man whom she’d be lost without; they have one son, two cats, and a dog together. 
When she isn’t being mom and wife, or working at her day job, Amy can be found either curled up on the couch with a good book, writing imaginary characters for others to fall in love with, or binge watching TV shows on Netflix.


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