8/22/2014

Book Review: Forever Kinda Love by Clara Stone + Giveaway (Blog Tour)

Forever Kinda Love
by Clara Stone
Genre: Mature YA Contemporary Romance
Published: August 15th 2014
Format Acquired: ebook from author (Thanks, P!)
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Life’s. Little. Surprises.

The last thing seven-year-old Carrigan "Ace" Casper foresaw was an eight-year-old Heath Lovelly walking into her life the day her mother died. From that moment on, Heath sticks by her side, slowly becoming her strength, her confidant, and her entire world. What she doesn’t know is, she's his saving grace, too.

Ten years later, Ace is handed another crippling challenge that threatens everything in her almost perfect life. Only, this time, she doesn't turn to Heath, hiding the truth instead. But Heath knows Ace too well and won't back down easily. He's ready to do whatever it takes and will stay by her side until she accepts that their love is the kinda love worth fighting for.

Will he be her forever triumph or her unexpected downfall?

Two lives.

One story.

And an unexpected journey to falling in love.
One of the first words in the blurb is surprise and let me tell you, this book is a surprise.. in a good way, of course. Let me begin by saying I had a rocky start with this book. There was a lot going on in Ace and Heath's individual lives and it was honestly hard to keep up with both of them. Add all of that to their very complicated "friendship" (in quotes because we all know there's something more to that) and we have a whirlwind love story. 

Through all of the endless drama, I found myself slowly drawn to Ace and Heath with every page, every chapter. Their story has this pull that got me to finish the entire book in less than half a day - that's how engrossed I was! At first it had me wondering when exactly Ace and Heath started falling for each other. I always look for the part where the protagonist finally admits how deep they've fallen for someone. Those parts either make or break a book for me. But I didn't get that single defining moment in Forever Kinda Love. However, I realize that I don't need that part to appreciate Ace and Heath's feelings for each other. Maybe this is as close as it can get to real life. I'd like to believe that for most people, there's not just one moment where you tell yourself you're in love. Love happens over time, and often times without warning. This is exactly how and why Ace and Heath's love story captivated me. I didn't need all the details, I just wanted their passionate acceptance of what was already right in front of them from the beginning. And booooy was it steamy *coughs* I meant passionate. It would've been better with a bit of background because I like getting a good grasp of what I'm reading, but all in all I appreciate how heartfelt this entire story was.

I guess my only thumb down (just one. Hehe) for this book is the conflict towards the end - it was a bit hurried, in my opinion. I think it should've been stretched out more to allow readers a little room to breathe. I know it wasn't meant to define the plot and lengthening it could've turned the story into a different direction, but I do think that it would've balanced the story nicely.

Given all that, I give Forever Kinda Love 4 stars! Any book that can make me go from :D to :( to :D to :(  to :D (and so on) is definitely worth checking out. I wouldn't recommend a book that had me poker faced most of the time. Trust me.


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About the author

Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID.  Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading YA and NA books, mostly romance, and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.

She also writes YA paranormal romance under the name Priya Kanaparti. She is published through Reuts Publications.






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