Friday, August 16, 2013

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} All My Life (First Things #1) by Rucy Ban

All My Life (First Things, #1)
All My Life (First Things #1) by Rucy Ban
Publication Date: May 2nd 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Pages: 155
Format: PDF
Source: Xpresso Book Tours/ Author
Seventeen-year-old Kari meets Neil Mars. “Neil as in Armstrong and Mars…as in Bruno.” A boy who beats every vampire, werewolf, highlander fantasy Kari has ever had. But she knows she can’t get close to him. Not ever. Because that would mean telling him everything. Coming clean. And Kari can’t bear the idea of changing the way Neil looks at her. Like she’s the only girl in the world. His reverence is something too precious to lose. Perhaps even at the cost of losing him.

But Kari doesn't know why Neil calls her his ‘Angel’ and when she finds out, she realizes what love is all about. Boundless joy, unending longing and a fuckload of heartache.

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~My Thoughts~

*Was provided with a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Honestly I felt like the main girl should have been nineteen, not seventeen. Then this story to me would have been more believable. Actually throughout the time I was reading it I forgot what her real age was and felt like I was seeing behind a nineteen year old, with her incident happening two years ago when she was seventeen. I think that would have helped out the plot a whole lot better because the guy she falls for is twenty-three. Yeah a big difference, especially since she's still technically a minor. Yeah, I'm fine with them being six years apart I just wish she was a bit more older to make all this more believable.
Now I'm not saying I disliked the book, I actually enjoyed it for the most part. I liked it quite much, not loved but it was a story I could get into.
What I liked:
The plot: It's completely different and it's dealing with a subject that I'm sure is growing more now with all the technology we have. Kari falls head over heels for a guy during her last years of high school. She falls hard and fast, too fast, and a week later she gives it up to him and he video tapes it, ending in him blackmailing her. Ever since she has sworn off guys and have been giving this creep money for a year to keep him quiet.
I loved how this all went down and I believe the author wrote it well. This part was very believable and I can totally see it happening. I felt bad for Kari as this was also her first time.
Her job: A tattoo parlor shop opens up across her street, right in front of her house. At first she was kind of afraid of it, a great example of don't judge a book by its cover, because she finds wonderful friends within its walls. I loved these guys. Nalini was my favorite, if you guys ever watched Hart of Dixie well this character reminded me of the waitress in the bar. Kooky, crazy dressed, sex talk, funny gall. I loved her, she definitely stood out the most for me and she helps Kari in more ways than one.
Neil: I do absolutely love him and I can see many girls falling for him. He's charming, funny, considerate of others, and he is a "pantie melter" as Nalini would say haha. He was exactly what Kari needed, in my eyes he was showing her that not all hot guys are complete douche bags. Cause they're not, they can be complete sweethearts, I should know haha.
What I disliked:
How quickly Kari fell for Neil: If a guy was blackmailing me with a sex tape then I believe I would have complete trust issues when it comes to guys. Not Kari, pretty much the first hot guy that walks into the store she falls for him. I mean after like five hours of knowing him he was already breaking down the walls around her heart, all because he's a charmer. Yes he's sweet but so was the last guy, y'all know what happened with him. Though yes, we as a reader know from the summary this guy is going to be different but she doesn't, yet she's already falling for him in just a few hours of knowing him. WTF?!?! Girly, you don't love him you're just horny cause you just watched him being an amazing kisser.
How much coffee these guys drink: Okay, maybe lame to you guys but like almost every other page someone was going to get coffee in the back room. Like a lot! To the point where I just started to roll my eyes.
Overall, I wished it was longer so her feelings could truly develop the right way. The way one should fall and not in just a few hours. I think that would have helped me enjoy this a whole lot more. In the end I did enjoy their relationship, especially when they got steamy because you could tell he really did care for her. I'm not totally satisfied but I do want to continue this series, I want to see where the author is planning to take this as I feel like this could have been a standalone. But forewarning, the author makes the characters talk about sex a lot and if you’re not comfortable with it, it might get tiring after a while. Actually, it was tiring for me and I’m completely comfortable with it.


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~About The Author~

Rucy Ban

Rucy Ban was born in 1978 and still continues to thrive. Ever since she first met Francine (the protagonist of her favorite novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), Rucy fell in love with the written word. Rucy has a B-school degree in Marketing which she now puts to good use teaching lovable rowdy rogues and negotiating with her equally belligerent adolescent. In her previous avatar, she handled corporate communications for companies. At present, Rucy lives in Sao Paulo, travels often, speaks decent, if not quite fluent, Portuguese and really hates talking about herself in third person.

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