Friday, March 14, 2014

Black Box by Cassia Leo: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Blurb:

A stand-alone novel about a girl, a boy, and fate.

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Three fateful encounters....
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Two heart-breaking tragedies....
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One last chance to get it right.

From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny.

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on two separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki’s life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she’s tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he’s never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he’s never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn’t even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he’s never felt like his life had any purpose… until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.


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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she's not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she's not watching reruns, she's usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading--sometimes both.

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Review:

What just happened? That was the very first thought that ran through my mind the second after finishing Black Box by Cassia Leo. My second thought was that I needed to go back and re-read the words I had just gone over to be sure I wasn't missing anything. The time I spent reading Black Box was so consuming and thought- provoking that by the time I finished, I didn't know what to do with myself aside from returning to the narrative to further dissect its meaning. From the emotionally gripping (not to mention nerve-wracking) prologue to the somewhat ambiguous final words, Cassia Leo had me captivated with the dual perspectives of protagonists, Mikki and Crush.

Black Box is a romance but Mikki isn't the typical damsel in distress and Crush isn't the typical knight in shining armor. They're both flawed characters that are coping in the aftermath of traumatic events. Mikki and Crush are kindred spirits, brought together in what can only be described as fate. Their connection is instant and inexplicably complex, until we discover the extent of their shared history. The interweaving of flashbacks with the present narrative helped to show how everything that Mikki and Crush experienced in the past led up to this one intersecting point in their lives.

The relationship between Crush and Mikki is my favorite aspect of the story. The romance that blossoms between them is equal parts sweet and gut-wrenching and Cassia Leo handled their emotional and physical interactions in an appropriately delicate manner. What I loved about Crush was the way he expressed his feelings for Mikki. Her situation would likely send prospective love interests running in the opposite direction, but Crush accepts her as is, handling her issues with understanding and acceptance. In turn, Mikki learns to trust herself enough to reciprocate his affections.

Black Box reiterated the fact that Cassia Leo is a writer who makes every word count. Every sentence has meaning and each page is a new revelation about Crush and Mikki’s characters. It's hard to believe that the present narrative takes place over the course of a few days when it seems like a lifetime has passed between the beginning and the end. This is likely because the backstories of both characters are so thoroughly detailed that you truly get a sense of who they are and where they're coming from. Black Box is a story that is both hopeful and heartbreaking, that left me in a constant state of anguish, with the unsettling feeling of being so on edge that I physically couldn't put down my kindle until I knew how it ended.

Rating: 5 Stars


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