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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Giveaway and Blog Tour: The Art of Letting Go

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The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom 
(Uni Files #1) 
Publication date: September 25th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance

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For Lilah McCannon, life has taken a bit of a wrong turn. Engaged to a guy she is not in love with and stuck in a job with her tyrannical father as her boss, life has definitely not turned out the way she expected.

At twenty-five years old, Lilah knows that she has a simple choice: live the life she has created or change it.

Enrolling on a course at the local University, Lilah sets out with some clear rules to ensure her success at being a grown-up. No alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys, and no going home.  But the last thing she anticipates is meeting Ben Chambers, the lead singer of a local band. With Ben, it’s instant, it’s hot, and it’s deep, but when Ben is offered the opportunity of a lifetime and it looks like his future lies on a different path to hers, Lilah has some heart-rending decisions to make.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges. Will she ever make it up the library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? Most of all, will she be able to make the ultimate sacrifice and learn The Art of Letting Go?

I don’t think any review that I could write for this book could give it justice on just how amazing it was. UH-MAZ-ING.  I had a serious case of book hangover after reading this story!

I have never ever had a book make me laugh, cry, and get goose bumps! This one certainly made me!  I think the main reason that I enjoyed this story so much is that I felt like I was right there alongside Lilah the whole time. She seems so down to earth, crazy, silly, unsure, and in love. I want to be her best friend!

I think at some point in our life, we are in a cross road, do we go this way or that way? Lilah finds herself in that same exact spot. She is unhappy in her life, in her work (having to suffer working for her father), and in her relationship with a fiance she never wanted. She has never done anything for herself. She makes a life altering decision to stop working and go to university at twenty-five.

As she tries to settle in, she makes friends, and is enjoying her new life, and then she meets a boy. Ben. Ben. Ben. Ben. He is not your typical run of the mill character either and he stole my heart in an instant. Lilah and him hit it off, he has had a crush on her for the longest time, after glancing at her one night while he was performing in his band.  At a party, they meet again and her refuses to watch her leave without knowing who she was. This starts a whirlwind of a romance that feels normal, not rushed, not fake, but one that builds over time, has its problems and challenges to overcome.

I try not to be someone who writes so much about a story that it gives it away, but I could seriously spend hours talking about this book!  If you are looking for a new read, this is it! The Art of Letting Go is definitely a must read (go get it NOW). I cannot wait until I read the second installment in this series!!


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The Art of Keeping Faith by Anna Bloom
(Uni Files #2)
Publication date: April 9th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Lilah and Ben. They are meant to be a thing.

Well they were. The best thing ever. That was until Lilah decided to teach herself a lesson, and let go of Ben as she learnt The Art of Letting Go.

Now it’s a new academic year, and Lilah has it all to play for and it all too lose as she battles scary lecturers, evil PR girls and her own inability to make the right decision at the right time.

Life has moved on for Lilah and her friends, and life off campus is more complicated than any of them would have guessed.  As the reality of being second year students sets in and the study starts to build up, cracks begin to appear in the very fabric of their friendships. There is a chance that none of them are going to complete Year Two in one piece.

Facing down her worst enemy: herself. Lilah has to try and change her own past mistakes when she realises that the only way she is going to get the future she wants is if she manages to learn The Art of Keeping Faith in herself.

The Art of Keeping Faith is the second year in The Uni File Series and continues Lilah McCannon’s diary as she searches for love, tries to find and earn trust, and ultimately discovers who she is really meant to be.

Sometimes the only way to meet your future is to face your past.

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Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series. Anna’s main aim in life is to create the perfect book which makes a reader laugh and cry at the same time, hopefully causing a convulsive (impossible to ignore) donkey noise. It’s a work in progress!  Anna also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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