Friday, May 17, 2013

Blog Tour: Stripped by Brooklyn Skye - Review, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Stripped by Brooklyn Skye.  The tour is hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule! There is also a giveaway going on in conjunction with the tour, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by. 

by Brooklyn Skye
Release Date: 05/14/13

Summary from Goodreads:
“I like you.” His voice is low and soft, which I don’t deserve. I look away, down the rutted parking lot. “Don’t…waste those words on me.”  He touches my cheek. “You just need someone to show you.”  “No.” I ease back again. “I don’t. So please, Torrin, stop trying to swoop in and save me. I don’t need saving.”

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

My Thoughts:  It's been one year since Quinn Montgomery's sister Zoe killed herself.  Her sister was her best friend, she idolized her, they told each other everything, or so she thought.  Without leaving a note, Quinn has made her own assumptions regarding her sister's reasons for doing what she did, which boils down to having her heart crushed by a guy.  So what does Quinn do?  She vows to never fall in love, to never put herself in a position where a guy can break her yourself..........what she hears her sister tell her in her dreams, and what Quinn believes means save yourself from falling in love.  She is seeing Derek the douchebag who is a jerk and bully, someone she can't stand, her reason being that he reminds her that she doesn't want to fall in love and it keeps other guys from hitting on her.  On top of losing her sister, her father has faced a scandal that has caused him to walk away from his position as Dean of Pacific Rim University.  He hasn't found another job, money is short, Quinn has been having to come up with half of her tuition cost, and now finds out she is probably going to have to come up with the full amount if she wants to stay in school at Loyola.  The only job she can find where she can earn enough money to pay her tuition is modeling for a life drawing class at Pacific Rim......nude.  She figures that no one will really know her there, right.  What she doesn't count on is meeting Torrin.  Torrin is a complication...he makes her doubt everything she has convinced herself of.....he makes her feel things she doesn't want to feel.....he makes her question everything.....he makes her feel.......alive.  Torrin has a secret, Quinn has secrets, her family has been keeping even more secrets from her, especially regarding Zoe.  Just when things seem to be looking up in Quinn's life everything falls apart and she doesn't know if she is too broken to pick up the pieces and go on.

Stripped is a very well written story and the plot was interesting.  I loved Torrin.  I would have liked to have seen more details about his life.  He was hot, he was patient, he didn't take Quinn's cramp, and he wound up being really chivalrous in the end.  Quinn was another story.  I just couldn't bring myself to like her, despite feeling sorry for her.  She was really a bitch.  Part of it had to do with what she had been through, and part of it was just her personality.  I thought maybe I would grow to like her as the book progressed, but I didn't.  I am sure there are plenty of people that will like her, but I just couldn't.  That doesn't mean the story isn't good, because it is a good story.  I just didn't care for the main character.  The romance between Torrin and Quinn was....different.  In my opinion, Torrin was a saint to put up with the things he did, and he had plenty of baggage and hurts he was dealing with himself.  I was satisfied with the ending and how things worked out, and it would have been even better to have an epilogue that went into a little more detail about where their lives went, though not necessary.  It just would have been a bonus.  Overall, Stripped is a good story that is emotionally driven and at times intense.  It personally didn't blow me away, though I have read quite a few 5-star reviews, so don't let my opinion deter you at all from checking this book out.  You just may love it.  

What I did absolutely love was this quote which was on Quinn's sister Zoe's grave marker.
"Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while, so we can see life with a clearer view again."  
I thought that was beautiful.  


About the Author
Brooklyn Skye is just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She grew up in a small California town where she quickly realized writing was an easy escape from small town life.

One signed paperback copy of Stripped (US only) or one e-book copy with authorgraph (INT)

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  1. I never really connected w/this story, but I appreciated the message. I really liked Torrin too.
    Great review, Ellen.

  2. I just picked this one up! It sounds soooo good! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Great review!

    Have a wonderful weekend Ellen!

  3. Sounds like it would a pretty emotional read with dealing a suicide, but Quinn sounds like a wonderful girl. I might have to pick this one up. Lovely review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. I think this book sounds SO GOOD!! I am so looking forward to reading this one. It's definitely going on my TBR and my wish list!! I also LOVE the cover! Thank you so much for this great giveaway!!!


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