Bounce by Noelle August | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

August 28, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 6 Comments

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Bounce by Noelle August | Blog Tour Review + GiveawayBounce
by Noelle August
Series: Boomerang #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: August 25, 2015 by HarperCollins, William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: eARC
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

This final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other.

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

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.

Skyler wants more than being a cellist so when her best friend Beth takes her to an audition, Sky agrees, not expecting the turn around of events that happen. Grey is a lost soul, not knowing where to go, what to do, his real purpose in life. Both meet at the audition and sparks fly as soon as they practice for a movie scene.

What I liked:

  • Our main character has pink hair! Skyler wanted a change and she ended up with pink hair, which I totally loved because… Well, I don’t really have a reason. I just love pink hair haha It also felt like Sky could take on the world, like she was a bad-ass. She’s not, by the way, but I really liked it on her. Skyler was a character that I quite liked. I related to her because at times, she thinks low of herself and I do that more times than I can count. Also, Sky has friends that love her, have her back and are there to cheer her up when she needs it.
  • Grey’s character major development was lovely to read about. Grey starts off by pushing everyone away, including his brother Adam, whom we read about in Rebound. Grey has a couple of demons to deal with and he also hasn’t really found himself. Throughout the book, Grey starts to slowly find himself through the help of his band mates/friends and Sky. By the end of the story, Grey has grown so much and I feel he has become more mature. Slowly, without realizing, I started seeing him in a new light.
  • The importance of family is every-present. Right from the start, Adam is trying to get Grey on the right path and also wants him to reconcile with their mom. Grey doesn’t like this so he moves to another place so he doesn’t have to face his mom. The thing is Adam and Grey’s mom never give up on him. They are always there, trying to bring him back, trying to fix what has happened between them. But then we read about Sky’s family and it is kind of the complete opposite. Sky’s mom is struggling to pay the bills while Sky’s dad is on tour with his band, never looking back to help his family. But family isn’t only blood and that’s where Sky’s friends come in.
  • The friendship is great. Beth and Mia are always there for Sky to cheer her up and boost her self-esteem. They are great friends that I would love to have in my life because they are also very fun! Then there is Garrett, Skyler’s co-star in the movie and oh my gosh, I love him! He was so much fun to read about. He was always hyper and he would act like a little kid at times but wow. I totally wouldn’t mind to read a novella on him. He made the story very light and fun. He was a good friend to Sky and an amazing friend to Grey. We also have Grey’s band mates who really care about Grey and they are all very tight.

What I didn’t like:

  • The romance. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the relationship Skyler and Grey had but the thing is, most of the time Skyler was with Brooks. Although, Brooks is close to never being mentioned with Sky, the reader knows they are kind of dating so Sky tries to keep what she has with Grey very platonic and she succeeds but she still has feelings for Grey. I wish the author had explored more their relationship because they didn’t really got to spend time together as much as I would have liked.

As you can see, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I recommend others to read it as well. It was a fun and good read, very light at times, too. If you are looking for a New Adult read about self-discovery, great character growth and characters that are fun, I totally recommend Bounce 🙂

You can read my review for Boomerang.

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6 responses to “Bounce by Noelle August | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

  1. I love that one of your reasons for liking this book is the pink hair! Haha! I agree though, pink hair looks badass on so many people.
    I 100% agree with you on the friendship. I loved it so much and I wish more NA/YA books would feature positive friendships.
    And yes, I did hope that the romance would have been explored more. I thought the pseudo-love triangle was lame and could have been avoided. At the same time I felt like they both had maturing to do before they could be in a relationship.
    Anyways, great review, Genesis! I’m happy you liked it! 🙂

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  2. YESSSS to Skyler’s pink hair!!! <3 Though I think I may have liked this one a bit more than you did, I can definitely see where you're coming from. Especially with the romance. It was a tough one to really buy when they spent such little time together. It was more of an instant attraction type romance, which is tougher to really FEEL. Great review, Gen! 🙂

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