Monday, 2 April 2018

Blog Tour: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope Book Review AND giveaway!

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About The Rules of Rebellion:
blog tour, romance books, contemporary books, young adult book recommendations, the rules of rebellion1. Skinny dip (her idea)
2. Prank someone (his idea)
3. Stargaze (her idea)
4. Kiss someone (his idea)

Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy best friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so When he discovers the girl with a flair for baking has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than a self-proclaimed rebel like himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?

Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “kiss a boy” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.

But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

About Amity Hope:

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Amity lives in beautiful northern Minnesota with her two sons, two cats and their Rottweiler.

She has a degree in elementary education and worked in that field for ten years before deciding to self-publish.

Her first self-published novel, Twisted, was listed by Amazon as a Top 100 Kids & Teens Kindle Book of 2012. It hit Amazon's Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance Best Sellers List in several countries. Truths and Dares held the #1 position on Amazon's Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance eBooks in the UK.

If she's not writing or spending time with her boys, she's most likely reading.
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This book was sent to me to review. However, all opinions are my own.

The Rules of Rebellion follows Kylie, a 17 year old introvert who loves to read. After her sister says that her life is boring, Kylie decides to make a list of rebellious things that she could do. Leo, one of her friends who happens to have a big crush on Kylie, finds the list and suggests helping her with the criteria.

blog tour, romance books, contemporary books, young adult book recommendations, the rules of rebellion, book quotes, new book releases,I really loved this book. It was short but sweet. It contained everything that I wanted out of the story. Amity has a great writing style for contemporary fiction and she is also wonderful at creating fleshed out characters who you can easily love. Kylie was an interesting protagonist and I was relieved to find that she wasn’t a stereotypical one. I could relate to wanting to spend time indoors reading but she also wanted to enjoy her last year of high school and Leo helps give her the courage to do just that. The relationship with her sister Allie was an intriguing one; to see the secrets kept between sisters and their different thoughts and emotions, as well as the growing bond with opinions being aired and realisations occurring. We get to see a lot of different relationships in this book; various familial relationships, as well as relationships from male and female point of views. This book is told from two perspectives; Kylie and Leo. It was easy to know which perspective was which, in both dialogue and chapters where you may have otherwise forgotten which perspective they were told from.

blog tour, romance books, contemporary books, young adult book recommendations, the rules of rebellion, book quotes, new releases,I also enjoyed reading about their hobbies and potential careers which I feel is something important but that it is not always talked about in young adult novels.

Kylie and Leo’s relationship was portrayed well. Leo has had a crush on Kylie for a long time but he was afraid to act on it. Kylie never saw him as more than a friend, until now. It is not instant love but the relationship grows organically as they spend more time together and find out how much they have in common. I found Leo to be a good love interest and I enjoyed reading about their growing relationship from their different perspectives.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It did not take me long to read but it instantly pulled me in and didn’t let me go even after the last page. I had to keep reading to see what happened and that is when I know that I have found a good book. I have nothing negative to say about this book, there is nothing that I thought could be improved upon. I actually want to read more of Amity’s books after this. I am sad that Kylie and Leo’s story is over and I would love to see a sequel. It would also be interesting to read about the relationships of Kylie’s friends and her sister too. There is so much more that Amity could do with these characters and that is a great compliment. If you like contemporary/romance novels or you are just looking to read a nice romance then I would definitely recommend this to you.

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Excerpt from The Rules of Rebellion:

Her dimples popped into place, her smile so bright it about knocked me senseless. She bounced a bit on her tiptoes, and for one hopeful second I thought she’d maybe hug me. Unfortunately, she reined in her enthusiasm.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me,” she said. “I’ve got to run. My sister is probably pacing in front of my car by now. See you later.”

She scurried off, and I was disappointed the conversation had ended so quickly. I didn’t mind watching her walk away, though. I loved how the girl filled out a pair of jeans. She had more bounce in her step than most of the cheerleaders. Kylie was just plain…perky. She always seemed to be happy and smiling. I’d suspected Kylie was one of those rare people who was always fun to be around. Spending time with her these past few months had proven I wasn’t wrong.

She finally rounded the corner, slipping from my view. As I twisted back around, something crinkled beneath my foot. On the floor, directly where we’d been talking, was a pink slip of paper. It looked suspiciously similar to the one that had been sticking out of Kylie’s notebook earlier today.
I swiped it off the floor as I cast another glance down the hallway. It was too late to call after her. I’d have to give it back to her later. I reflexively glanced at the page, assuming it was a recipe, but wanting to be sure it wasn’t something important. Something she might need immediately.
Senior Checklist.
I glanced down the hallway again, confirming that she was out of sight and that she hadn’t realized she dropped the paper and was coming back. The hallway was clearing out, most of us anxious to get out of here at the end of the day.
With no sign of Kylie, I leaned against my locker and glanced at the sheet in my hand again. I was expecting to see items like Choose date and time for graduation party. Or Tour college campus.
I did not expect to see the items that were actually listed.

Senior Checklist
  1. Skinny dip (sort of)
  2. Sneak out (but don’t get caught)
  3. Prank someone (nothing destructive)
  4. Go to a party (no drinking)
  5. Kiss a boy (finally!)
  6. Watch a sunset (so romantic)

If I’d had any idea her list was going to be so private, I wouldn’t have read it. But once I’d seen it, I couldn’t exactly un-see it.
So I read it again.

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