Sunday, June 21, 2015

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Date With a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon

Date with a Rockstar by Sarah Gagnon
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Monet isn't just another lust-struck teenager trying to win the heart of Rock God Jeremy Bane--she needs the prize money from his new reality show to cure her illness. Monet has Fluxem, a contagious disease that's spread through saliva. It's completely curable if you have enough money, which she and her single mother don't. Now that she's on the show, Monet has to work harder to keep her Fluxem hidden. She only has to keep the secret long enough to woo Jeremy Bane so he picks her as the winner. She doesn't even care about the love part; the prize alone will change her life. But the real Jeremy Bane is nothing like she imagined. Monet finds herself fighting against feelings that make her want to give in to her attraction and Jeremy's attempts for a kiss. The further she goes in the competition, the more impossible it becomes to resist him--and when the producers turn the tables and start digging up dirt on the contestants, Monet fears her secret will be revealed before she's ready and ruin everything. The only way to win Jeremy's heart is to tell him the truth, but confessing her disease could cost her the competition, the prize money, and him."

Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was, and wasn't, what I was expecting. This was sort of a Kiera Cass The Selection mingled with The Bachelor TV show and then mingled with that movie Win a Date With Tad Hamilton.  And then throw in the fact that it's a dystopian, and this book was very, very different.

I loved Monet as a character right off the bat. First, I love the name Monet for a girl.  And the fact that she's artistic just screamed irony.  Aside from that, I just loved her character.  She was sweet and innocent in a way, but then also strong and brave.  She's had to grow up brave.  Living in the poor neighborhood in a new world where being poor isn't supported by government, and no help is ever offered, is a tough scenario to live in.  Plus, she has Fluxem, a dreaded disease which you must buy a cure for.  So this reality show to date a rockstar seems like the answer she's looking for in order to win money for a cure.  The fact that she received this disease by being jumped by some people who had it made me feel so badly for her, and yet she's not a whiner.  She trained to protect herself.  I love this about her.  She was down to earth.

Jeremy wasn't what I expected either.  He wasn't the bad boy rockstar I expected but actually had a heart.  He was sweet, gentle, and soulful.  I love that his personality meshed so well with Monet's from the beginning and that they had a real connection.

This story was well told, with a fast paced rhythm and an inventive reality tv format surrounding it that was unique to anything that plays on today's television shows.  There were definitely some twists and turns in here that I didn't expect, and it made the story even more interesting.  It is a standalone, which I found so refreshing, and I just enjoyed reading it.  I pretty much finished it in one sitting. This world they live in is a sad thing to see, especially considering the fact that I can totally see our country going in this direction in the near future.  You could picture this type of world all too easily. The book was very entertaining.

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Sarah Gagnon grew up in the frigid woods of Maine amidst snow and animal skins and has now
moved back home. As a small child she wrote ship-wrecked romances all while being stared down by a taxidermied duck.

She has a BFA in photography and a minor in writing from the University of Southern Maine. She's the mother of two tiny, feral children and two ill-behaved dogs. For fun she’s taken up construction and interior design. Her first project: moving into a dilapidated farmhouse with her computer-genius husband.

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