I am so happy to have this book be the last of the reviews for this month because
it was beyond amazing and I am happy to have something so spectacular to finish
this great event with!! Please give a warm welcome to Ann Marie Frohoff!!!!
Release Date: June 11, 2013Published By: AMF PublishingLength: 417 pages
Review Copy: pdf. for honest review in event
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This book was original, well written and will steal your heart. Frohoff, has designed a book with music and the beauty and tragedy of love at its center. It's hard to describe everything this book will make you feel or how it will capture your attention, because it does it so naturally you will never even notice that it has happened until you have to put it down. To top it all off, it is hard to put down. It has been almost two weeks since I read this book, and everything still sits as clear as day in my mind. The book still makes me think and flashes to scenes that I wish could be written in favor of the characters that had so much against them but know they also made the book what it is.
There is so much to say about this original plot. When I said that music and love are at the heart of it, I meant it literally. This talented and passionate author had lyrics to songs specifically written for her characters. Seeing I have the soundtrack, I can her the beauty and tragedy of what the love these two have for each other caused. However, you don't need the actual sound track to appreciate these songs because they are written right into the book!! Never have I seen this. Every author has an idea of a soundtrack for their book, but to have one written really brought everything to light. Then there is the wonderfully paced plot to add to it all. The progression of everything works beautifully and nothing happens too quickly or is inappropriate. The story, the pacing, the originality all made this read easy to enjoy.
Alyssa is a really sweet girl. She is the embodiment of the girl next door and yet she is more. At the age of fourteen she has yet to experience what a relationship really is, and is not the girl that drools over every boy. However, do not mistake her for naive, because she knows what boys and girls do and she knows what expectations can be held in a relationship. I liked that she was for the most part written as a teen though. Her parents expect a lot of her and the boys thing is out of the question, making it difficult to see Jake... difficult, not impossible. She makes the choice to use sleeping over at friends houses and sneaking out after everyone is asleep to go next door to visit Jake. You can't tell me that you never had a friend cover for you or snuck anywhere when you were a teen! So although she was sweet and inexperienced, she had a general idea of what others believed was the norm.
The relationship between Alyssa and Jake was really sweet but became intense quickly. This is not actually a bad thing though. It became intense but they for the first while remained intense friends. The biggest reason for this was the age difference. Alyssa is fourteen and Jake is seventeen. Now for whatever reason it may be the three year difference doesn't mean anything if it is an seventeen year old dating a twenty year old but everyone flips out the other way around. I would like to take this time to point out that Jake understood the experience difference and never really snuck anything more than kisses. He was a complete sweetheart with her and not once pushed her into something greater than would be acceptable. I really appreciated that this was done and even when Alyssa wanted more, Jake slowed it down because he didn't want her to have regrets. Their need for each other and the tragic outcome of everything, really gave me something to think about.
This book is original and thought provoking in so many ways. The lyrical addition to it just gives it such an edge, that I don't even know where to start with it. Then you bring on the NA that is more of a mature YA read. I guess it's kind of like a pathway book, you can consider it either of these categories. I am seriously anxious to read book two and see where this all goes because the ending just about tore me apart. For a 417 page book, this read still didn't feel like enough because I was just left wanting more of this unique story and phenomenal writing. Pick this one up if you are a fan of contemporary, or want something that can ease you into the NA world.
About the Author
Ann Marie ("Annie") Frohoff grew up in sunny Southern California. As a teen and young adult she spent her time frequenting and living in nearly every beachside city up and down the coast. She settled in Hollywood at 19 working in film and TV. Soon her itch to keep moving took over again, taking her to Hawaii for a time and then back to LA.
She’s now settled in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Her wanderlust and propensity to live life out loud has brought her many life experiences so many of us only dream about. Always the storyteller, it would be of no surprise to those who grew up with Annie, that she made the transition into a book and screenplay author. You could say that she woke up one day and had an epiphany, deciding to go to school for screenwriting. It’s with this inner fire she set out to write her first screenplay. Soon after, such work made it into the hands of an agency creative executive who challenged her to write a novel to support the complex ensemble cast of characters she’d created. Thus, after only a couple of years and many hours on the road immersing herself in her subject matter; her edgy modern day "Walk The Line meets John Hughes Classics” debut novella, SKID OUT, has been completed, along with the first installment in her Trilogy. SKID OUT is the prequel novella to the HEAVY INFLUENCE TRILOGY.
The first installment in her Heavy Influence Trilogy, FIRST KISS, is set to release June 11th 2013 — The series is a story about young, reckless love between a rising rock star and his younger muse, spanning 10 years of their tumultuous and passionate relationship. Each book in the Trilogy will come with a soundtrack of original music, of which the lyrics will appear in the pages of the books. (Alternative Rock Genre).
Annie has now also delved into the supernatural fantasy world with her writing partners Shaun Barger and songwriter/musician Matthew Reich. Taking inspiration directly from song lyrics and building an entire realm of vastly complex characters and plot lines; weaving history, fantasy and heavy doses of romance together. You will be kept turning the pages of “The Zodiac Wars: My Gemini” novellas and “Precious Metal: The Prince and the Gypsy” book series. Both series of books are currently in development.
So amazingly LUCKY PEOPLE, one of you will win a SIGNED copy
of First Kiss and... and the ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK!! Oh yes!!