Monday, January 30, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tattered Gloves by JL Berg


Author: JL Berg
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 24, 2017
My Rating: 4 stars
Head down.
Don’t look up. 
Never make eye contact.
Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me. 
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever? 

My Thoughts 

As hinted by the blurb, Tattered Gloves is a heavy book with mature themes. Honestly, I prefer to read more light-hearted novels, but once in a while I pick up something more angst ridden. I was definitely intrigued when I saw JL Berg's latest novel. I loved Within These Walls, so I thought I jumped on the opportunity to read Tattered Gloves and I can happily say that it lived up to my expectations. 

What I Liked: 
Tattered Gloves revolves around the main character Willow, along with her eccentric aunt and newfound friends Sam and Allison. One of my favorite parts of the novel were the characters. It was refreshing to see the plot focus on such positive characters. I feel like in many books set in high school, the main character faces people who use her/him as gossip fodder or just treats her/him badly all around because of their differences. It was nice to see Willow surround herself by people who truly wanted the best for her. The characters helped build to the themes of trust, acceptance, and overcome found in the novel. 
The character development for Willow was crafted well too. In time, she finds the strength to battle her demons with a large help from her friends and aunt who show her unwavering love and support. I especially loved Allison and her optimistic personality, and Sam with his kindness and determination. 

Things I Disliked: 
While the overall plot of the novel was well paced, I felt like the ending was a bit too coincidental and rushed. 

But other than that, I enjoyed Tattered Gloves and recommend it for others looking for a touching story about strength, acceptance, and love. 
About JL Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she;s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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