Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Face the Music by Andrea K. Robbins (Review!)

Welcome to my stop on the Face the Music blog tour! To see the full schedule for this super fun tour, all you have to do is click HERE!

Face the MusicFace the Music by Andrea K. Robbins
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Description from Goodreads:
After losing her mother in a tragic accident, Allison Banks takes on the sole responsibility of caring for her little sister, her young niece, and her disabled grandmother. When her long-term boyfriend walks out, offering little in the way of explanation, Allison is left totally confused and utterly heartbroken. To cope, the 24-year-old closes herself off to any serious relationships and dives into her work as a graduate student.

Needing the extra income, Allison takes a job for the hot, new, reality TV show, Superstardom. Captivated by the competition’s front-runner, the mysterious and sexy singer, Chris Knots, Allison dismisses her attraction as nothing more than a silly, school-girl crush. But, when the hunky performer reveals an interest of his own, Allison must work through her reservations and decide if there’s room in her life for something more.
I've been really into new adult contemporary as of late. I don't know why, but I've been reading as many of those as I can get my hands on. So when this book landed in my inbox, the first thing I did was--OBVIOUSLY--read it, all the way through. I kid you not, I read this book in one day. Why? Because of a few reasons, actually:

- I love the celebrity romance thing, and though it wasn't as high profile as I've seen in other books, it was still completely fun.

- There was an attractive, rockstar boy.

- It was a music competition! I thought that was really cool.

- So much sweetness.

- The book begins with a break-up.

- Jake made me laugh.

- More reasons, but I don't want this list to get TOO long, plus I refuse to spoil anything for you kind people. ;)

Character Rundown:
Allie: I facepalmed at her numerous times. She was so clueless sometimes! Goodness gracious, girl. GOODNESS. FLIPPING GRACIOUS. She just frustrated me. But even though this is true, her character also grew throughout the story and that was nice to see. Almost worth the facepalms.

Chris: Mr. Rockstar! He was nice. I liked him. But I felt a little like sometimes he didn't seem the age he was supposed to be--his upper twenties. Don't get me wrong, sometimes he was completely mature, like when they went to the park with Molly, for example. But there were also a bunch of times where I thought he was just, like, 21 or something. Also, there wasn't all that much to set him apart from other guys in this genre. I know I don't complain about the guys in books much (because I love them), but with Chris...meh. I REALLY like him, but I'm not sure I'm up to specifically claming my boy here or anything.

The Plot. I felt like this was a little stretched out. Like, if Allie weren't to be so clueless, the story would have wrapped up quicker. A lot of the time, I felt like the story and the characters took one step forward, then two steps back. Which wasn't too great. BUT I had fun reading this book and I did enjoy it. I simply have a qualm or two.

Sweets. Sweet moments! Chris is a sweet guy. He really, really is. I was a happy camper with him as the love interest. And then there was Jake who I think I WOULD step up to claim as mine, actually. Yes, it's a love triangle, but Chris was so sweet and Jake made me laugh so much I didn't mind too much most of the time. The only times I had an issue with it was when the triangle helped with the two-steps-back thing I was telling y'all about.

The ending. I feel like this part of the review isn't necessary here. Why? Because it's a new adult contemporary romance. What do you THINK is going on at the end? I was not shocked. How we got there, though...THAT was a bumpy road...

Overall, Face the Music is a fun new adult contemporary that may not shock you, but it WILL pull you in. If you're having fun exploring this genre, I highly recommend you add this book to your list and give it a shot! :)
Born and raised in eastern Missouri, Andrea K. Robbins is a graduate of the University of Missouri-
Columbia and Idaho State University and hold degrees in Human Nutrition, Biological Sciences, and
Secondary Education. She currently resides in southern Idaho with her husband and two young
daughters and enjoys teaching Jr. and High School science and health classes at a local school district. Robbins is also working toward her Masters degree in Science Education through Montana State University. When not working, she can be found spending time with her family or getting lost in a sappy love story.
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