Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino | Blog Tour + Giveaway

August 8, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 16 Comments

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Swear on this Life by Renee Carlino | Blog Tour + GiveawaySwear on this Life
by Renée Carlino
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: August 9th by Atria Books
Format: eARC
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4.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

From USA TODAY bestselling author Renée Carlino (Before We Were Strangers), a warm and witty novel about a struggling writer who must come to grips with her past, present, and future after she discovers that she’s the inspiration for a pseudonymously published bestselling novel.

When a bestselling debut novel from mysterious author J. Colby becomes the literary event of the year, Emiline reads it reluctantly. As an adjunct writing instructor at UC San Diego with her own stalled literary career and a bumpy long-term relationship, Emiline isn’t thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of a young and gifted writer.

Yet from the very first page, Emiline is entranced by the story of Emerson and Jackson, two childhood best friends who fall in love and dream of a better life beyond the long dirt road that winds through their impoverished town in rural Ohio.

That’s because the novel is patterned on Emiline’s own dark and desperate childhood, which means that “J. Colby” must be Jase: the best friend and first love she hasn’t seen in over a decade. Far from being flattered that he wrote the novel from her perspective, Emiline is furious that he co-opted her painful past and took some dramatic creative liberties with the ending.

The only way she can put her mind at ease is to find and confront “J. Colby,” but is she prepared to learn the truth behind the fiction?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Some of us will look back on our lives and recall events that were a bit too perfect, but until you know the whole story, it’s impossible to see the universe at work, or even admit that there is something bigger than us, making sure everything that should happen does happen.

Emiline has been wanting to publish a book for a while, but every story she’s written doesn’t get positive feedback. Her roommate, mentor, and boyfriend advice to write something from the heart, to write about her life, but Em doesn’t want to. One day, her roommate Cara gives Em a book that she just needs to read! As Emi reads, she realizes that she’s reading about her past and she’s the main character. Aside from her, there’s only one other person who knows her well enough to write a story in her perspective, and that’s someone she hasn’t talked to in years.

If you couldn’t tell by my rating, I’ll let you know now: I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I read 85% of this book in ONE sitting! I only put it down because it was very late and I needed to sleep. But as soon as I woke up, I picked it up and kept reading until I finished it. It was hard to put down when the story begged to be read.

“Our story is great. Maybe not all the other shit, but the story of us is perfect, Em.”

I had read the synopsis back when I requested the book, but when I started reading it, I had forgotten all what it was about. It’s safe to say I went in blind and I’m so happy I did! The first half of the first chapter was a tad off-putting. The other half had me full on submerged in the story and the rest is history.

Renée did a fantastic job in giving alternating past and present. She intertwined them so beautifully that it felt like they were one (that’s a major compliment). The present story-line is told from Em’s perspective, and the past story-line is told through Em’s perspective but from J. Colby, the author of the book about Em’s life. Yes, you read that right. You’ll be reading a book about a book, and let me tell you, it’s the best thing ever!

He was going to drag me all the way through my painful past, steal my story, and not even dedicate the damn book to me.

Em’s and Jase’s pasts were tragically beautiful. They found solace in each other—a safe haven—at a very young age, when they didn’t have anyone else. They became the best of friends until their friendship evolved into so much more. In their world, they were the only ones that existed and they made sure to show love, care and kindness to one another.

We didn’t know it at the time, but we were lovesick. Our innocence was beautiful, impossible to capture again, impossible to re-create.

Jase was so patient waiting for Em to read their story in the book. Em was so mad when he changed the ending, but both Jase and Cara kept telling her to reach the ending. Em took her sweet time doing that, but Jase persisted because his love for her never ceased. He was waiting for his first love to return to him.

“Just being near you is enough for me for now.”

Overall, Swear on this Life is an engrossing, heartfelt, and unique second-chance love story that’s so beautifully written.

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About Renée Carlino

Renée Carlino is the author of Sweet Thing, Nowhere But Here, After the Rain, and Before We Were Strangers. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog, June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next book, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate.

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  • I agree with you so much. This one was was hard to put down for sure!! I loved the book within a book to show the past. It was all done just so incredibly well. Great review!!

  • This is the second review I’m reading for this one this week and you all are some serious book pushers. I wasn’t a fan of the author’s writing in the previous book I read from her, but I’m so curious about this one. Jase sounds like a sweetheart with his willingness to want to wait for her.
    Lovely review!

  • Ugh, this book broke me, especially at the end. It’s been a week since I’ve read it and yet I still can’t stop thinking about it! Jase was definitely my fave characters. <3

  • I was SOOOOOOO close to putting quotes in my review, I so wanted to but I didn’t know how to do it. You totally nailed it, girl!! I love your review 🙂 *glove clap*

    Oh, and I agree with everything you said…

    • Hahaha awwww thank you! I had so many I wanted to add but then, it wouldn’t have been a review. It would have only been quotes haha

  • LostinLit Becca

    Love the quotes you chose Gen! I am so glad that you loved this one too!

  • I enjoyed this book so much. I’m new to this NA thing but I know I can always rely on Renee. 🙂

    • You’re new to NA? You’re going to regret those words since I love NA! Haha I need to give you recs! Let’s see. Anything by Lauren Layne, although her books are NA and Adult, but just read them all lol. Scoring Wilder, Settling the Score, and Out of Bounds, all by R.S. Grey. Undecided by Julianna Keyes, Off-Campus series by Elle Kennedy, When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer. Just to name a few 😀

  • Eva

    Great review! Sadly, I didn’t love this as much as you but totally agree re: Jase and his patience! He was swoony!

    my review