Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blog Tour: 3 Sides to a Circle by Jolene Perry and Janna Watts - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the New Adult Contemporary Romance, 3 Sides to a Circle by Jolene Perry and Janna Watts.  The tour is hosted by YA Bound Tours.  You can check out all the other great stops on the tour here.  There is also a great giveaway going on in association with the tour, so be sure to check that out below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

3 Sides to a Circle
Release Date: 02/25/13
205 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Love is the ultimate rush.
Freshman year of college isn't easy. But with a friend like Libby Patterson, it is unforgettable.
Libby is honest and fearless and adorable. She's the girl on campus that everyone knows. The life of every party. Infectious and addictive, Libby captivates all those around her. Particularly her roommate Honor and their boy bestie Toby.
But three isn't always a magic number. And there's more to this trio than what everyone sees.
When Honor finds herself falling for an artist, and Libby doesn’t approve, and Toby finds himself watching Libby more than he should...the sides of their circle become strained.
The three are suddenly stretched between friendship, love and taking sides. They must fight to hold on to each other. But the tighter the hold, the harder it gets. Especially when Libby's unpredictability turns dangerous. Now it's up to Honor and Toby to save her from the downward spiral that could break their circle for good.

My Thoughts:  When Honor walks into her dorm room in her freshman year in college the last thing she expects to see is her roommate balancing on the furniture while painting the ceiling.  The room is chaotic, and Honor, who is reserved and quiet, wonders what in the world have she has gotten herself into.  Libby Patterson is one of a kind with her purple hair and outgoing personality.  She's not afraid of anything or anyone, says what she thinks, does what she wants, and manages to make everyone around her fall in love with her.  Little does Honor know, Libby is just what she needs to help her break out of her shell.  Honor is beautiful, even does modeling, but she is also very shy, sometimes coming across as snobby because of it.  When Libby and Honor run into Toby outside of their dorm room one day, an immediate friendship is formed.  Toby is looking to move out of his dorm room because his roommate "stinks," literally, as in "does not bathe."  Libby takes it upon herself to "help" him with his problem, and she, Honor, and Toby proceed to his old room and Libby tells Toby's rommate exactly what the problem is, nothing withheld, in only the way that she can get away with.  Toby is very quiet, has a nerdy quality but pulls it off in a good way, rather attractive, and wonders how in the world he got in the middle of this 3-sided circle with these two beautiful and totally hot girls, yet wouldn't want to be any other place.

These three form a friendship that is unique and sometimes a little strange, especially to outsiders, with Libby being the center of it and the glue that holds it together.  When Toby gets hurt really bad, Libby even moves him into their dorm room to take care of him.  It kind of reminds me of that old show "Three's Company."  Honor meets this really hot, sweet, and almost to good to be true painter, Sawyer, and ends up falling for him hard.  Sawyer is crazy about Honor two, but her friendship with Libby and Toby bothers him, a lot, and soon Honor finds herself having to decide how much Sawyer means to her and what place he holds in her life, or risk losing him.  Meanwhile, Libby's behavior is getting more erratic, Toby must face the fact that his feelings for Libby go further than friendship, and Honor has to deal with the fact that her friends have found out she is a model, with a possible job that could mean big changes for her, them, and their circle.  When things with Libby get totally out of hand and the truth behind what is really going on with her is revealed, will these friends be brought closer together or torn apart forever as a result of it.

I enjoyed 3 Sides to a Circle.  Jolene Perry and Jana Watts did a great job of addressing the issue of mental illness, how it affects not only the person who has it, but how it affects those around them.  Too many times, unless you have a friend or loved one who suffers from some type of mental illness, I thinks many people see the illness and not the person, at least not as a real person, separate from their illness.  It is obvious that Libby has something going on from the beginning, or at least it was to me, but you really got to know her, love her, and connect with her as a person, separate from her illness, and it gives you a whole different perspective on the whole issue.  The friendship between these there was endearing, and a little weird at times, but that is the way it was meant to come across.  I enjoyed seeing what these three got themselves into and what they had to get themselves out of, as they discover things about themselves, each other, and what they really want for their lives and their futures.  I enjoyed the romantic aspect of the book also, and it ends really with, with an epilogue, which is something I really like, and which brings everything together.  If you are a contemporary romance fan then 3 Sides to a Circle is something you may want to check out.

Where to buy 3 Sides of a Circle:

Author Bios:

Jolene wears juvenile T-shirts, worn-out Chucks, and eats too much chocolate. She makes up words, drinks Shirley Temples, and suffocates a little without her iPod. 

Janna wears juvenile pajama pants, worn-out Chucks, and wakes up ridiculously early. Pen name abuser. Rule Breaker. Trouble maker. Corrupter of youth. In books.

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  1. I didn't realize that the story dealt w/mental health. That is very cool. I think the friendship dynamic must be fun to read. Great review, Ellen!

    1. It doesn't come into play until later in the book, but it dramatically effects everything about their friendship. It was interesting.

  2. I think this sounds really good. I can't wait to read this. Lovely review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I had no idea this was about mental illness! I missed that somehow along that way.

    I am sl glad you enjoyed this one. I really want to read it!

    1. I was telling Andrea above, it doesn't really come into play into later in the book, though it is obvious something is going on, but to me, it seemed to be at the core of the story. It was really interesting

  4. Cool review. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. This book has been everywhere and I am very curious now. I didn't know that it featured mental illness that is a topic that is always fascinating for me. I really like Jolene Perry as well. I appreciate your thoughtful review, Ellen!

    1. It doesn't come out and say anything about it until towards the end, but you can tell as you read the book that something isn't right, and to me it just seemed to play a really big part in the story.,

  6. After reading your review I am so curious, this book has a lot more depth then I originally thought it would. Wonderful, informative review Ellen!

    1. It really is, and I think it is good to know that going into so that you can look at it differently.

  7. Awesome review, Ellen! I love that the story has a "Three's Company" kind of feel to it. What an important and difficult issue to tackle, too - mental illness is heartbreaking! I definitely want to read this one. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. I am so happy that you know what "Three's Company" is. I felt so old after I wrote that - LOL.


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