Wednesday, July 1, 2015

STOP! by Alison G. Bailey: Release Event w/ Review & Giveaway


Every life has a different path full of sharp turns, smooth curves, and steep drop offs.

Hollis Murphy has a plan—college, career, boyfriend, love, marriage, family. A predictable, normal life. She’s on track until an outside force causes her to crash and burn. They call it an accident, because that’s the only word they know to explain what happens to her. It helps everyone move on with their lives, except for Hollis. She holds on to the belief that she’s been targeted for a reason.

Risher Stevenson is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the hottest boy Hollis has ever laid eyes on. He fits perfectly into her original plan for a normal life. Everyone loves him.

Benton Daniels is intelligent, caring, sweet, and the bravest boy Hollis has ever met. He doesn’t fit into her life but gives it purpose and makes it extraordinary. Everyone hates him.

One is bullied. One is tormented. All are judged. How will it STOP?


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About the author:

Alison was born and raised in Charleston, SC. As a child she used her imagination to write additional scenes to TV shows and movies that she watched. She attended Winthrop University and graduating with a BA in Theater. While at Winthrop she began writing one act plays which she later produced. Throughout the years she continued writing and producing several one act plays, but then life got in the way and she hung up her pen for a while. On the advice of a friend, she started writing again. In January 2013, Alison sat down at her computer and began writing her first novel, Present Perfect.

Alison lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jef, and their two furry children (dogs). She’s addicted to Diet Pepsi and anything with sugar.

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Review by Yvette:

I know a lot of readers toss around the term "book hangover" with regularity, but to me it refers to a book that stays with you long after "The End" and makes you want to reflect on what you just read instead of jumping right into the next book on your TBR. After finishing STOP! by Alison G. Bailey, I sat in stunned silence, my mind whirring over the gasp-worthy final chapters, shocked by the unexpected turn the narrative had taken. For a second, I actually thought protagonist Hollis Murphy would have a relatively smooth road to happily ever after, minor drama aside. Then I remembered that this was the author of my ultimate ugly cry, Present Perfect, and realized she wouldn’t make it that easy. I’ll say one thing for certain about Alison G. Bailey – she knows how to write a page turner.

STOP! was refreshingly different from other New Adult novels, broaching a subject not typically explored in the romance genre. While the narrative followed Hollis in her first year of college as she began the process of acclimating to a new situation, making friends, and even finding love, it was so much more emotionally complex than I could have initially imagined, especially considering the depth of each of the characters' backstories. Each character brings their own energy and purpose to the story and without any one of those elements, the impact wouldn’t have been quite as powerful. There's a point in the narrative (which you won't recognize until after it passes) during which STOP! shifts from a run-of-the-mill New Adult romance to one that will leave an indefinable mark on you.

STOP! is many things, but above all, it’s a beautiful story about regaining hope when it seemed all was lost and finding happiness in the darkest of times. The writing is beautifully detailed, descriptive in a way that made me feel as though the emotions experienced by the characters had a direct line to my heartstrings. The narrative is deceptively lulling, masquerading as a sweet romance (have I mentioned Risher yet?) until suddenly you’re smacked in the face with a plot twist. What I loved about this book is that, every time I thought I could predict what would happen next, I would be completely blindsided. This is the type of book that, the less you know about it before you start, the better your overall experience will be.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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