Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles Blog Tour - Review + Giveaway

Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles

Twelve StepsTitle: Twelve Steps

Series: N/A

Author: Veronica Bartles

25th March 2014

E-copy from the author for my honest review


Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. There in Laina's shadow, Andi's only noticeable feature is her pretty awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.

When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina. After all, great hair must count for something.

Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. OK, maybe that's two steps in one.

Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities besides great hair. There have got to be at least three good qualities, right?

Step 7: Demand attention for more than just her shortcomings, and break out of her shell. Easier said that done, but worth the effort in the long-run. 

When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi finds that her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and realizes she may need a new program--perhaps with less steps!

As cracks in Laina’s flawless façade begin to show, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.

My Review

I adored this book! From the second I started reading, I was hooked and I both longed and dreaded to reach the end. The writing style was so easy that I fell straight into the story and immediately connected with the characters which is something I haven't been feeling with the books I've read recently; this book saved me from a reading slump - thank you Veronica Bartles! 

The idea/plot of the story was simple, Andi wants to get out from under the shadow of her oh-too-perfect sister, win the boy of her dreams and live happily ever after. Life, of course, is not as easy as all that and I loved how real and down-to-earth this story was. There wasn't one second of this story that I did not find believable, and every scene had me absolutely captivated. 

Andi had such a fantastic voice and from the first line I loved her character. She was a completely real character too and the character growth as the book wore on was great! All the characters were wonderful, I'm just singling out Andi because it's her voice, her eyes, with which we see the story. Veronica Bartles has done a most amazing job at creating real, relatable people that capture you with their wonderfully, well-written brilliance! Every part of this book worked!

Twelve Steps is more than just a cute romance story, this book is really relatable, no matter how old, young, or sibling-less you may be. I could not put this book down and my only problem with the book was that it ended it too soon. It should've had at least another 100 chapters or so. ;) I seriously wish I had a time-machine so I could travel into the future, where the author has written countless novels, and read more books with a fantastic story, dialogue, and characters!

5/5 Whales

Author Bio - Veronica Bartles

As the second of eight children and the mother of four, Veronica Bartles is no stranger to the ups and downs of sibling relationships. (She was sandwiched between the gorgeous-and-insanely-popular older sister and the too-adorable-for-words younger sister.) She uses this insight to write stories about siblings who mostly love each other, even while they’re driving one another crazy.   When she isn’t writing or getting lost in the pages of her newest favorite book, Veronica enjoys knitting fabulous bags and jewelry out of recycled plastic bags and old VHS tapes, sky diving (though she hasn’t actually tried that yet), and inventing the world’s most delectable cookie recipes.  TWELVE STEPS is Veronica Bartles's first novel.

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