Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog Tour: The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom - Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Art of Letting Go (The Uni Files - Year One) by Anna Bloom.  The tour is hosted by CBB Book Promotions.  You can check out the rest of the stops on the tour here.  There is also a great giveaway going on in conjunction with the tour, so be sure to check that out below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Art of Letting Go 
(The Uni Files - Year One)
by Anna Bloom
Published:  September 25, 2013
Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing
Source:  eARC provided for tour.

One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it?

When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to #keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.  

With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?
Last night.
By the time there was a knock on my door, I was ready and completely geared up. I enhanced my normal minimal makeup routine with smoky eyes and lashings of eyeliner. The crazy fuzz cut was managing to look quite funky. I could not guarantee it would hold.
I am rewarded for my efforts by Meredith dropping her drink all over the floor and Beth announcing very loudly that she may fancy me after all. I cringe at her loud voice, shushing her with my hand, which they both think is hilarious.
“Don’t worry, Lil, he has already walked over with Jayne. You would have heard them leave had you not been so busy singing. “
“Bite me. “
“You look lovely, Lilah,” Meredith says, seeming very sincere, and I give her a big hug.
I should own up to the fact that I have had a few sneaky drinkies in my room whilst getting ready.
We head out of the door and run across to Digby. Well, I totter, but at a reasonable pace despite the stilettos.
As we push through the doors, I have the immense satisfaction of seeing Ben, who is sitting in the corner, choke on his beer. I give a little half-interested wave of my hand, acknowledging that I have seen him, and saunter over to the bar.
Trev gives a low whistle when he sees me, and proceeds to give me a drink on the house.
Blimey! Who would have thought that getting dressed up would have had this much effect? I should have done it ages ago. There is a DJ playing, but as yet there is no one on the dance floor, so we stand at the bar and make girly chitchat.
Jayne comes over from her table and high fives me. “Well done. Lilah! The whole football team wants to give you a shot. “
I blush furiously and swat her away. Shame for them, there is only one member of the team from which I would be open to offers.
After a while, Tristan arrives. He actually spends so much time on campus I don’t know why he does not enrol and just study here as well. He gives me a wink as he leans in to say hi.
“Going all out, Lil?”
“Better believe it,” I respond with a wink of my own.
I feel completely amazing. For the first time in my entire life, my confidence is at an all-time high. I grab a drink and start mingling around, greeting people I recognise. It takes them all a moment to register who I am, and then I get a lot of hugs. It's great, but then again it's a bit worrying. Do I walk around looking like scruffy moose the rest of the time? The only person who doesn’t come and speak to me is Ben. I maturely decide to ignore this. Out of the corner of my eye, I can see the blues flash as he watches me talk to a couple of the guys from History class. Ha! Stick that, sucker.
Five vodkas later and the Lilah dancing machine is out in full force. There are not that many people on the dance floor but I don’t care. I dance away quite merrily until I realise that the room is spinning rather a lot. I try to slow my pace but the room is still spinning which makes me realise that it must be my head and not the crazy dance I am performing.
“I am going out for a smoke,” I tell Meredith, who is doing something I would rather not witness with Tristan on the dance floor.
Outside, I lean against my tree (yes, it is mine) and merrily smoke away. As I smoke I start to sober up a little bit. What on earth am I doing? My whole reasoning for the day begins to make no sense to me at all.
I don’t want to get back together with Ben because I want him to go to the States and have his great career.
It was me who suggested being friends.
It is me who has enjoyed the last week of being friends and the casual flirting that has been simmering under the surface.
It is me who knows that eventually I am just going to have to let go of him being a part of my life.
So why the f**k am I dressed up to the nines attempting to get his attention?
By the time I am on my second cigarette, leaning against the tree with my eyes shut, I am feeling like a complete idiot and just want to go back home and get changed into my comfy jeans and a hoodie.
I feel a hand slide down my arm. I don’t have to open my eyes to know who it is. I would know that touch anywhere.
“What are you doing out here, Lilah? It is freezing. “
I don’t bother opening my eyes, but wave my cigarette in the general direction of his voice, hoping I don’t set his hair alight.
“Look at me,” he says, his voice soft and very close to my ear.
I open my eyes and meet his. “Hey,” I say.
“Hey,” he whispers back

Find the Book:  Goodreads  |  Amazon US  |  Amazon UK

About the Author:
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends# a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

Find the author: Website/Blog | Facebook 
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My Thoughts:  The Art of Letting Go is such a fun book and I did truly enjoy it.  It is written in diary format, with entries from the protagonist, Delilah "Lilah,", chronicling her life during her first year at University, telling the tale of how she found the love of her life, Ben, and all the drama surrounding it.  Lilah is quite the character.  She is funny, likes to hang out and do a bit of the typical college partying with her friends, but her fears and insecurities keep her from committing to Ben completely.  Ben is a total hottie, is in a band, and he is completely crazy about Lilah.  They have a lot of fun together and the chemistry between them is electric, so there is quite a bit of "snogging" going on.  There are some really steamy scenes, some funny times, and some serious ones.  As Ben prepares to leave for the United States with his band, Lilah's anxieties increase.  Lilah has a moment when the light bulb comes on and she truly realizes what letting go really means, and what it doesn't, and is determined to find Ben and tell him so, but she just may be too late.

The Art of Letting Go is a delightful novel that is filled with British humor, romance, great characters and secondary characters, and lots of fun.  I really enjoyed this novel and I am really looking forward to what happens next.

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  1. Cool excerpt. Nice review. This is new to me but it sounds good.

  2. I have heard some fun things about this one. Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us!

  3. This book is completely new to me. I liked the excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thank you Ellen for your review and taking part in my tour! II am so glad you enjoyed the book and the characters...I will make sure you know when Year Two: The Art of Keeping Faith comes out!

    1. YW. I enjoyed it. I"ll be looking forward to Year Two :)

  5. I'm so glad you enjoyed this! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

  6. That excerpt was perfectly cut. Heeyyy!!!

  7. Where do I even start?? There is so much I like about this! The cover is amazing, the excerpt is great, and your review definitely has me adding this one to the TBR! Diary format + British humor = sold. Thanks for sharing your awesome review and for the giveaway! Have a wonderful weekend <3


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