Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


Blurb:

When two unlikely allies become two unwitting outlaws, will two unforgettable lovers defy unbeatable odds?

Bonnie Rae Shelby is a superstar. She’s rich. She’s beautiful. She’s impossibly famous. And Bonnie Rae Shelby wants to die.
Finn Clyde is a nobody. He’s broken. He’s brilliant. He’s impossibly cynical. And all he wants is a chance at life.

One girl. One boy. An act of compassion. A bizarre set of circumstances. And a choice – turn your head and walk away, or reach out your hand and risk it all?

With that choice, the clock starts ticking on a man with a past and a girl who can’t face the future, counting down the seconds in an adventure riddled with heartbreak and humor, misunderstanding and revelation. With the world against them, two very different people take a journey that will not only change their lives, but may cost them their lives as well.

Infinity + One is a tale of shooting stars and fame and fortune, of gilded cages and iron bars, of finding a friend behind a stranger’s face, and discovering love in the oddest of places.


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About the Author:

Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called "What I Know" - also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue and coming October 20, Making Faces.

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Review by Yvette:

I approached Amy Harmon's Infinity + One with equal parts excitement and trepidation; excitement because, having recently read Making Faces by this author, I knew the story would be captivating and beautifully written, and trepidation because, having read the blurb, I incorrectly assumed the narrative would be a retelling of the story of Bonnie and Clyde and had no desire to see the characters meet a similar fate as their predecessors. While the lives of protagonists Bonnie Rae Shelby and Finn Clyde do seem to parallel the lives of the infamous couple in a startling number of ways, theirs is a story of destiny - a story about numbers and music and unlikely matches that make sense against all odds. From her writing, I’ve gathered that Amy Harmon is a proponent of the concept of fate – believing that nothing is coincidence and everything happens for a reason – and what fascinated me while reading Infinity + One was pondering the intricacies of how each moment in the narrative is carefully orchestrated to lead to the next.

What would the story be without Bonnie and Clyde? From the moment they meet, Bonnie Rae Shelby and Finn Clyde are swept up in a whirlwind, cross-country adventure. The phrase “opposites attract” aptly describes the pairing of the bold and brass country singer with the quiet and contemplative math whiz. Bonnie is a walking contradiction - unhappy with her lot in life to the point where she contemplates drastic measures, yet she's practically bursting with liveliness, her energy barely contained by her diminutive body. Conversely, Finn is more reserved, overanalyzing his every word and action. As unlikely as their connection may seem, Bonnie and Finn complement each other, each drawing out the other’s best qualities, even if it means going outside their comfort zones.

I always appreciate when authors take the time to build their characters’ backstories and identities, which allows me to become more invested in their stories, but Amy Harmon takes this to another level, delving so deep inside the mindsets of her protagonists that they become living, breathing entities. Bonnie and Finn are thoroughly fleshed out, with glimpses of their past revealing the successes and hardships they each endured leading up to the present time. Amy Harmon is a powerfully effective storyteller, baring the souls of her characters by exposing their innermost thoughts, their hopes, and their fears. Every page is a testament to the sheer beauty of the written word, filled with sentences so profound and poetic, you need to read them twice to fully appreciate their meaning. It isn’t often that I come across a work of fiction where everything – plot, characters, writing, etc. – aligns to create perfection, but Infinity + One is one such book. 

Rating: 5 Stars

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