Today we are starting of Natalie Palmer’s blog tour for her book Second to No One with a review.
A few things before we head that way…
What do you say we learn a little bit about Natalie first? This is what she has to say about herself:
I am a writer. But more importantly, I’m a mom, which is the best thing I could have ever hoped for in my life. I have three kids who amaze me every day with their little quips of humor and intelligence. I can’t really applaud myself for how great they are, though, since I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing when it comes to mothering children. But the fact that they’re turning out so awesome and I’m the one that hangs out with them all day makes me feel pretty good about myself.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah where I was spoiled to have the huge Wasatch Mountains in my backyard. I graduated from the University of Utah with a major in English Literature but that’s boring. The exciting part was when I met and fell in love with the boy of my dreams. He wasn’t my first or second kiss but he was by far my favorite and it didn’t take us long to figure out that life could never be as good apart as it was together. So we got married and have been living happily ever after ever since.
When I’m not attending to my homemaking and writing duties I love to exercise because it’s the only time that I have an excuse to listen to my music uninterrupted and as loud as I want. I love all different genres of music but I run extra fast when I hear Dashboard Confessionals, Cold Play or Owl City on my iPod. Besides music I love anything that has to do with water including but not limited to drinking it, skiing on it (in liquid or powder form), basking in the sun while boating on it and (these days) lazily dreaming while my kids play in it for hours on end.
So there you have it. I’m a wife, mother, writer and iPod blasting mermaid. While my husband works his brains out I take care of our kids and conjure up storylines and characters and romantic turns of events. And someday, if we’re lucky, we’ll be as happy as we are now.
Now, and before you run away on me let’s talk about the book!
What you need to know first is that Second to No One is the sequel to Second Kiss, the most adorable book in the world. So before you go thinking about reading this one do check Second Kiss first, because for one you would be totally lost and, second, it’s beautiful!
I fell in love with Second Kiss instantly (you can read my review here, by the way), so when I found out about a second book I went head first, and it did not disappoint.
Now it’s cover and blurb time!
Gemma’s first year of high school isn’t starting out the way she hoped. Jess is back from California and before she can memorize her class schedule their summer romance comes to a screeching halt. To add to her misery the gorgeous new girl in school also has eyes for Jess and despite Gemma’s unfailing attempts to win him back she keeps finding herself alone.
But when a late night car crash lands her a three month grounding and twenty hours of community service she discovers that there’s more to life than just romance and boyfriends.
Unpredictable and heart wrenching, Second to No One is the perfect continuation to the magical beginning of the Gemma and Jess romance.
I bet you are dying to read it! I was too! But lucky for me I already did! ;)
Second to No One was absolutely perfect and heartbreaking and oh my god. Can you see me trying to make sense here? :p
I don’t want to give too much away since I want you all to experience the perfection that is Second Kiss first (that sentence sounds weird), and then later this book.
All you need to know is that in this book Gemma and Jess grow, and with growing up come tough decisions, not always the right ones. With growing up comes frustrating and confusing feelings.
I didn’t fall in love with this book as fast as I did with Second Kiss, but it was slowly growing on me. I was trying to keep my excitement at bay because almost always when I am too excited about a book I end up disappointed. Setting expectations sky high is never a good idea, but Second to No One did not disappoint.
It was sweet and endearing and heartbreaking (it might have made me tear up). It was frustrating, and it made me want to shake Gemma sometimes, but it was still amazing.
So, read them! ;)
If you want more information on the blog tour or on Natalie’s books you can always check her blog.