Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mini Reviews: The Jamieson Collection by Angie Stanton - Rock and a Hard Place, Snapshot

I am trying to play catch-up over the holidays and do some mini reviews of books I have read over the past six months that I've never gotten around to writing reviews on.

Title: Rock and a Hard Place (The Jamieson Collection, #1) 
Author: Angie Stanton
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release date: September 24, 2013 (re-release with Harper Collins)
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult

Book Description:
Rock and a Hard Place
One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad's long awaited return, Libby's life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her perfect behavior and her life changes course.

Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family's growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.

Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter's desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?
 “Listen,” he said gently and stepped closer. “No one can predict the future, but right now you’re the most important thing to me. I would regret it for the rest of my life if we didn’t give this a chance.”
 ~Angie Stanton-Rock and a Hard Place
My Thoughts:  I found Rock and a Hard Place to be a very cute book.  I was intrigued by the synopsis and I usually love books with rock stars in them.  Libby has had a really rough time in life.  Peter is a rock star who wants out of the spotlight and wants to be normal.  There is an insta-love relationship, but I thought it was sweet and very emotional, thought kind of mushy and a little cheesy at times.  Overall, it did turn out well, though Libby does have to deal with some really difficult things in the process.  This is definitely more of a YA read and I would recommend it to that age group. 
3.5 Hearts

Snapshot (The Jamieson Collection, #2)
Marti Hunter hates rockers and anything remotely related to the rock-and-roll lifestyle. She thought she’d left that all behind, along with her drug-addicted mother and absent-minded rock legend father. Now she lives with her grandmother, and Marti’s life is finally normal. Just the way she likes it.

For Adam Jamieson, normal is not possible. He is the genius guitar player of the band Jamieson. He’s ecstatic to finally get a two-week break from his micromanaged life and a chance to hang with regular teens. Adam’s shaving off his trademark curls and going undercover.

But when Marti, the reluctant rock princess, and Adam, the undercover guitar wizard, meet, sparks fly in more ways than one. They spend their time alternating between making out and driving each other crazy. But their summer adventures of skinny dipping, storm watching, and stolen kisses are brought to a halt when tragedy strikes.

Suddenly, they’re on opposite sides of the country, just when they need each other the most. Can Marti survive life with her dad and his vicious girlfriend? Will Adam get so fed up with his over-managed life and controlling parents that he quits the band?

Snapshot. A moment in time that changes two people forever.

Adam called his brother. Peter picked up on the third ring. “What’s up? What’s lured you away from making candles in the sand? Don’t tell me. Since the girls don’t know who you are, they’ll have nothing to do with you?”“Not exactly. See, there’s this girl, and…”“Hey Libby, Adam’s got a girl!” Peter yelled, ignoring Adam.“Way to go Adam!” Libby called back. “Don’t break her heart.”Adam shook his head. Calling Peter was probably a mistake.“So what’s the problem?” Peter asked. “You finally get a girl alone and you don’t know what to do with her?”Adam rolled his eyes. “No, she has this huge issue with musicians. Let’s just say she hates us all. How do I get her to stop hating me?”“You know what they say,” Peter said. “There’s a fine line between love and hate.”
My Thoughts:  Snapshot is the second book in Angie Stanton’s "The Jamieson Collection."  Rock and a Hard Place was a really cute YA read that I enjoyed.   This book also deals with the “rock star” theme, which is what drew me to the series to begin with.  In this story, the female protagonist, Marti Hunter, wants nothing to do with rock and roll and in fact hates it because of how it has affected her family.  The male main lead, Adam Jamieson, is a guitar player ready for a break and is looking forward to leaving his identity behind to become normal for a few weeks.  When these two meet, instant love results, mixed with drama, but the relationship and the romance is really cute.  Despite all the drama, the story ends well, as did Rock and a Hard Place, but Snapshot has more humor than the first book.  This is another fun and sweet YA read and something that teens would enjoy. 
3.5 Hearts

About the Author
Angie Stanton never planned on writing books, she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in a rural setting with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head she began to write them down and the rest is history.

She loves dipping french fries in chocolate shakes, all natural disaster movies and Broadway Musicals. When not writing, Angie is concocting ways to make more dreams come true, whether it be tickets to a Broadway show or convincing her family they should rent an RV and travel the country. She's still working on that one.
Angie is a proud double finalist of the 2011 National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em, as well as a finalist for the Golden Quill Awards.


  1. I've read Rock and a Hard Place. It was okay, but I wasn't madly in love with it. I agree, it definitely was a little mushy at times. Although I don't mind Insta-love, if I get to seem them interacting together after the whole "Love at first sight thing" but this one didn't do it for me. I'm glad that you liked it, though.

    1. It was cute. I think younger readers would probably enjoy it most.

  2. Her books are always cute reads. :)

  3. I have the first book, but I haven't been in the mood to read YA lately. I'm sure I'll try these at some point. Nice reviews.

  4. my only problem is that i've sort of evolved.. i don't want only cute books.. i want substance behind them.. these remind me of marni bates's contemporary books. Still they sound cute and i do enjoy the rock star theme.

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf


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