Monday, June 30, 2014

Beautiful Oblivion Blog Tour

Oh yes Beautiful Oblivion Blog Tour is here!!

The Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series.

Fiercely independent Camille "Cami" Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush of reading Beautiful Disaster for the first time, all over again.

***E-ARC provided by Atria in exchange for an honest review***

I just want to start with this. I love Jamie McGuire, like to the point of obsession. She was the first indie author I read. (obvs before she was picked up by Atria) Beautiful Disaster was the first book I read and I fell, I fell hard. When she announced she would be writing books for each of the Maddox brothers I was very excited. 

Where do I even start. While I really wanted to love this book the way I fell in love with Beautiful Disaster, sadly I can not say that happened. The book is great, written well and I enjoyed it. Travis is just a man that sadly I do not think can be upped even by his brother. I do however believe that if I had read this book first I would have abso-freaking-lutly loved Trent and held him in that #1 spot in my heart. 

I enjoyed Cami. I loved how she would not back down. She is a tough chick who will fight to get what she wants and needs. I see a lot of myself in her, and felt I connected with her. She comes from a protective bunch of brothers who would hurt others for her. They're a bit crazy but what can you expect when you have 3 brothers. Cami lives with her friend Ray and is trying to find her way in life. She is a girl that makes me say "yes" because she is not one to let small things knock her down. She is a fighter. Maybe her background has a lot to do with that, and probably why I connected with her character.

Trenton Maddox, wow this guy is just great. There were many things I had not expected about him. He is a true Maddox through and through. He loves fiercely, deeply, and very protectively. I loved that about him. The story runs along the same timeline as Abby and Trav or Trabby as I call them. I think that was genius. Funny and engaging but will fight for those he loves at the drop of a dime. Jamie knows how to write these men so well. He may be a Maddox but don't let that fool you, he is very caring and loyal, like Travis but, he has his own personality and it shined through the pages.

There are many things that I loved so much. Scenes that made me swoon and love Trent. Ray (Raegan) oh man that chick is something else. I loved her, she was refreshing and made me cringe with some of her decisions. She was a great addition as well as Hazel. Then there is a plot twist. This thing that made me sit back and think and think. I did guess it early on BUT its still great and made the story that much juicier.

There were a few things that still have me saying hmmmm. I tried piecing it together but, I can't. For the life of me I am trying but I can't see it. Maybe in another one of the Maddox's men's book I shall receive my answer. All I know is that I am dying for one Maddox brothers book in particular and I believe his story is going to be epic. Although, for me the story did not top Trabby's I still think it was a great read. Jamie is a great story teller and weaved the two stories into one another very well. If you love hot, tattooed men with huge hearts this story is definitely for you. 

3/5 hearts for me

Okay. I am a little stuck with this book, I can't figure out how I feel or how to rate it. I mean, I'm stuck on Beautiful Disaster. I expected this book to be on the same level as Travis, for Jamie to wow me just as much as she did with Travis. So that is what I was expecting. That is what I was hoping for. It was what I really thought would happen. I am going to be completely honest, I am on the fence. I'm not sure that is what I got. Let me explain before you track me  down and run me over.... Do you remember reading Beautiful Disaster? I do. To me, it will always be one of the best books I have ever read. I can still remember how I felt when I read the book. I can still remember that cried during the fire. I can still remember the feeling I got when Travis proclaimed how much he loved her.. remember this scene...
 I remember the lines, the feelings it pulled out of me, the desire I had to read it again as soon as I saw 'the end'..and that was a couple years ago. But with Beautiful Oblivion, I don't feel like I have that. Now don't get me wrong, it's still a really good book. The characters are great, and it's a good story line with a plot twist I didn't see coming. However, if you want me to tell you that it's the up to par with Travis, I will have to say no. It was just another romance novel to me.

I liked Trent. I liked seeing another Maddox brother. I love the way Jamie writes, so that isn't an issue either. You still get sucked in, you still want to see how it's going to turn out. Is it stay up all night kind of reading material, unfortunately no. I liked the other characters-I like Cami and Ray too. However there was still alot that I got irritated with, a lot like I felt was just a little overkill. The names, the secrets, the over-protectiveness, the brothers.

Now the plot twist, that was something I totally didn't see coming. That was a surprise that definitely threw me through a loop- so that was amazingly done. I know Sandie called it, but I didn't expect it. So that gets bonus points for me. And thus lies my internal battle, I just keep repeating in my head "I don't know." I'm just so stuck. I don't know how to rate this, because to me it was just a book- it wasn't exceptional like Travis and Abby. I am having the hardest time with rating this book. I don't know how to rate it, I don't know how to express how I feel or the issues I had without posting spoilers. 

At the end of the day I can tell you it was a good book. The writing is typical Jamie and is amazing, it just wasn't up to par with Trav and Abby. All in all I give this book somewhere between 3.5-4 hearts. 

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JAMIE McGUIRE is the New York Times bestselling author of A Beautiful WeddingRed HillWalking DisasterBeautiful Disaster, andThe Providence trilogy. She and her husband, Jeff, live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster.

Twitter: @JamieMcGuire
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