Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles



Twelve Steps
by Veronica Bartles
Release Date: 03/25/14

Book Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.

When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.

Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK, maybe that's two steps in one.

Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three good qualities, right?

Step 7: Demand attention for more than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done, but worth the effort in the long-run. 

When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!

As cracks in Laina’s flawless façade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.

I know Veronica Bartles through Rachel Harris' Flirt Squad. When I heard about her debut release I knew that I had to get it on it comehow! I'm so glad that I made it on the blog tour!

The word that comes to mind when I think of this book is: adorable. So much of this book, in my opinion, was adorable. If you are looking for a read like that then I definitely suggest that you pick this up. 

On to characters. I really enjoyed both Andi and Laina as characters. Andi's fearless exterior seems very relatable to me. I enjoyed seeing her more vulnerable side as well. She was also just a really fun character to read. Honestly, I also liked Laina. I feel as though many people would probably feel the same annoyance toard her as Andi did. But you know what? If I'm comapring myself to both of the characters, I actually have more in common with Laina. By no means do I look perfect all the time or was a straight A student. But forthe most part I did very well in school and was very concious of it. Plus, I kept (and still keep) an avid journal just like Laina does in the book. So I could relate to her, as well. The other thing that I liked about Laina was that she was naive and disorganized. It was good to see that even she had 'flaws'. Jared, of course, was a great character as well. I enjoyed reading about him. I especially enjoyed reading about him when he and Andi were in the same scene. 

The story was vey good as well. I like the idea of Andi coming up with a twelve step program. To me, this is part of the "adorable-ness" of the book. Seeing Andi adapt was great, too. And some of my favorite moments remain seeing Andi and Laina have that sisterly bond. That was really beautiful. Even when Laina drove Andi crazy, she still felt that love towards her and even an innate need to protect her. 

I would certainly recommend this book. Especially to anyone who enjoys YA contemporary. 4 stars! 

About the Author:

As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy.   When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.  TWELVE STEPS is Veronica Bartles's first novel.

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Follow the Tour!
March 25:

Valerie's Thoughts - http://girls-in-white-dresses.blogspot.com/?m=1 - Review
Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details - http://www.michelle4laughs.blogspot.com/ - Review
A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books - http://bibliophilesthoughtsonbooks.blogspot.com – Review
Dark Novella - http://jenniferweiser.blogspot.com – Promo Post

March 26:
Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous - http://ashleythebookjunkie.blogspot.com - Review
Crystal in Bookland - Http://crystalinbookland.blogspot.com – Review
Geeky Chiquitas - Http://www.geekychiquitas.blogspot.com - Review

March 27:
Whimsically Yours – www.whimsicallyours.com - Review
Desert Rose Reviews - http://desertrosereviews.blogspot.com - Review
Always Lost in Books - http://alwayslostinbooks.wordpress.com – Review
Reader Girls - http://www.readergirlsblog.com – Promo Post

March 28:
Ramblings from the Mind of the Dragon Writer - http://www.melissapetreshock.com/dragon-blog.html - Review
Living in a Bookworld - http://livinginabookworld.blogspot.gr - Review
Dazzled by Books - http://www.dazzledbybooks.blogspot.com – Review
Books Eater - http://www.mineofbooks.blogspot.com – Review
Books and Bindings - http://booksandbindings.com/ - Review

March 31:
23 Review Street – www.23reviewstreet@blogspot.co.uk - Review
Pieces of Whimsy - http://piecesofwhimsy.blogspot.com.au/ - Review
Bookish Things & More - www.bookishthingsandmore.com – Review
Fic Central - http://www.ficcentral.com - Review

The Girl Bookaholic – www.Thegirlbookaholic.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Part of that World  - http://skizzles22hu.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post

April 1:
We All Make Mistakes In Books - http://weallmakrmistakesinbooks.blogspot.com - Review
Girl With a Pen and a Dream - http://www.girlwithapenandadream.blogspot.com/ - Review
The NerdHerd Reads - http://thenerdherdreads.blogspot.com – Review
Susan Bishop Crispell - www.susanbishopcrispell.wordpress.com - Review

April 2:
Jany's Book Blog - http://janysbookblog.wordpress.com/ - Review
Tall Thoughts From a Short Girl - http://angiblacktallthoughts.blogspot.com/ - Review
Bumbles and Fairy-Tales - Http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com – Review
Turner's Antics - http://turnersantics.wordpress.com - Review
kimberlyfaye reads - http://kimberlyfayereads.wordpress.com – Review
My Full Bookshelf Reviews - http://myfullbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com – Review
Just a Booklover - http://justabooklover.blogspot.com – Review
Lost in Ever After - http://lostineverafter.blogspot.ca – Promo Post
Andi's Young Adult Books - http://andisyoungadult.blogspot.com - Review

Donnie Darko Girl - http://donniedarkogirl.blogspot.com – Review

April 3:
What Would Your Heroine Do? - http://jkrockwriters.tumblr.com/ - Review
Musings In Fiction Alley - http://musingsinficitonalley.blogspot.com/ - Review
Books and Their Worldly Realm - http://booksandtheirworldlyrealm.blogspot.com/ - Review
Annaberry Reads - http://annaberryreads.blogspot.com/ - Review
Mind Reading? - http://monaliz-mindreading.blogspot.com – Review
Country Book Bumpkin - http://www.countrybookbumpkin.net – Review
Hot Guys in Books  - www.hotguysinbooks.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Lola's Reviews - http://lolasreviews.com - Promo Post

April 4:
 YaReads - http://www.yareads.com – Review 
NaomiMilliner – www.NaomiMilliner.WordPress.com - Review
Cassandra Page - www.cassandrapage.com - Review
Swoony Boys Podcast - http://www.swoonyboyspodcast.com - Review
Girl meets Books - http://thegirlmeetsbooks.wordpress.com – Review
Paulette's Papers - http://paulettespapers.com/ - Promo Post
The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club - http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com – Review
Book Publicity Services - http://bookpublicityservices.com/blog - Review

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