Saturday, August 3, 2013

My review of Sink or Swim

Sink or Swim Blog Tour

There are some things you just can't walk away from.

When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn't a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn't been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.

Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she's back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.

Now, Allie's drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will . . . Sink or Swim?

My Thoughts:

Jamie’s writing is exceptional. Her heroes are awesome, both the guy and the girl. Allie is one tough girl who puts love above her own safety. Impressive. And she has a lot of sass! She is caring for a sickly mother while enduring a sicko father.

Dean is awesome! Every girl should have a Dean in their life. Sexy, giving, self-sacrificing.

I hate spoilers, so I will try to be as general as possible here and still give my opinion

Allie's life is horrible. And it is getting worse as she is losing her struggle to, well, survive.  I hated the father and even the mother in his story. The father because he is a foul loathsome creature. And the mother because she is a spineless nit. Yes, she too has been through a lot, but seriously, Allie's YOUR KID!! Neither of them deserve Allie. Dean, on the other hand, definitely deserves her. (Insert swoon here)

Sink or Swim is the sequel to Fight or flight, another great book by Jamie, though both novels are stand-alone stories. Jamie is a wonderful and talented author and I have enjoyed ALL of her work.

*A note of caution: While other works by Jamie have few cuss words, such is not the case for Sink or Swim, and Jamie has noted this on her Amazon page! (Kudo's to you, Jamie!) There is profuse use of the F-bomb, along with other swearing. I have to say I found it excessive and distracting. I feel this novel falls best into the NA (New Adult) category over say Young Adult. While my job is not to decide if an F-bomb is necessary in a story, I do, however, feel the need to give the heads up since a lot of young readers follow this blog.

SINK or Swim is a touching, tear-jerking novel, by one of my favorite authors! Congrats Jamie!!

Amazon link for Sink or Swim

Author Bio:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Ravena, NY with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit.

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