Friday, July 21, 2017

Trust by Kylie Scott: Blog Tour Review & Excerpt


Blurb:

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen year old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers. While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.



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Excerpt:

“You were going to give it up to Duncan Dickerson?” he sneered. “Are you serious?”

I halted, staring at him. This was not good. “How do you know about that?”

“Anders overheard you and Hang talking.”

“Bastard.”

“Well?” he demanded, acting all authoritarian. Idiot.

“To be fair, I didn’t know his last name was Dickerson,” I said. “That’s unfortunate. Though, I wasn’t actually planning on marrying him, so . . .”

“Not funny.”

I shrugged.

“You barely know the guy.”

“Um, yeah. None of your concern. We’re not talking about this.” How mortifying! My face burned bright. People should just gather around and cook s’mores. “I appreciate that we’re friends. You mean a lot to me. But this is going to have to fall under definitely none of your damn business, so go away please.”

“We’re talking about it.” He advanced a step.

“No we are not.” And I retreated.

“You were going to let a complete stranger touch you.” Advance.

Retreat. “People do it all the time. You do it all the time.”

“But you don’t,” he said, taking the final step, backing me up against the side of his car and getting all in my face. “Edie, this is your first time we’re talking about. Isn’t it?”

“Yes, and it’s going to be messy and painful and probably horribly embarrassing and I just want it over and done with.” I tried to meet his eyes but failed, settling for a spot on his right shoulder. “You’re not a girl; you wouldn’t understand. Also, last time I checked, you’re not the gatekeeper of my hymen, John Cole. So back the fuck off.”

He said nothing.

Deep, calming breaths. “Look, someday I’ll meet someone I really like and we’ll have a deep and meaningful relationship and go at it like bunnies. But I don’t want to be the dumb virgin in that scenario.”

He slowly shook his head.

“Also, I do not want to die a virgin.”

“What? What the hell are you talking about?”

“Hey, you and I both know death can occur at any time.”

“This is crazy.”

“I’m seeing a therapist!” I told his shoulder. “I don’t know if you noticed, but I’m a little bit messed up these days. It’s hard for me to trust people. That’s not going to change anytime soon.”

He screwed up his face at me. “Wha—”

“I’m just trying to be practical.”

“Well, you’re being ridiculous. None of this makes sense.”

“It does to me.”

Again, he said nothing.

In fact, he said nothing for so long that I finally looked him in the eye. The anger had left him, replaced by an emotion I didn’t recognize. Worst of all, he still smelled like summer. A little sweat and the open night air, everything I loved. Liked. I meant liked.

“What?” I said, finally.

He let loose a breath. “I’ll do it.”


 

About the Author:

Kylie is a long time fan of love stories, rock n roll and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.


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Review by Michelle:

Although when I think of young adult, Kylie Scott's name does not always come to mind, with plenty of contemporary romance and even a horror series under her belt, when I heard about the upcoming release of Trust, YA seemed fitting and totally doable. Trust, as it turns out, is so much better than doable, so much better than simply enjoyable, so much better than good. Trust is a shining success, indescribably gripping, and, to put it simply, pretty amazing.

At its most basic, Trust is packed with all the teenage insecurity, drama, and heartache we have all experienced at one point or another in our adolescence. At the same time, Edie and John have been through something truly unimaginable and insanely traumatic. Combine all this fear, vulnerability, uncertainly, anger, angst, and doubt with some teenage hormones and you have the flawless execution of a powerfully potent story of coping, growing up, first love, and empowerment.

With a pulse-racing, anxiety-inducing, whirlwind of a beginning, I was in no way expecting to be hurled head first directly into such an extremely tense and tragic situation, but to say I couldn't put this book down from the get go would be a huge understatement. Not only do we begin with the robbery that sets the rest of the story in motion, but we truly live and breathe the event as every thought, every feeling, every moment of this brutally agonizing experience is expressed so compellingly and so viscerally you can't help but feel as though you are right there hiding in the aisles of the Drop Stop.

Where do you go from something so harrowing? Through a lot soul searching, a whole lot of perspective changing, a bit of rebellion, and straight on to an unlikely romance. The perfect YA, friends to lovers story in which the undeniable and unbreakable bond is there, the feelings are stirring, the tension is high, but although these teens have been through suffering that is far from typical, they are still your typical teens in that they are slow to embrace the truth after second, third, and fourth guessing things, insecurities reign, and outside influences are often a very large factor. Not necessarily a slow burn, but there is definitely plenty of pining, longing, and ambiguity to keep an angst lover on their toes.

More than just a story about growing up or finding oneself, more than a story of moving past a life changing incident, more than a heartwarming first love story, the way in which Edie chooses to use something so horrendous as a lesson in living life to the fullest instead of crumbling beneath its immense weight and the strength that she finds in the end is both moving and truly inspiring. Dealing with more than one serious theme, Trust is both an absorbing and enthralling read as well as a meaningful and significant story and an absolute must read.

*complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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