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Blog Tour and Review for FINALLY, FOREVER by Katie Kacvinsky
Apr 30th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Blog Tour and Review for FINALLY, FOREVER

by Katie Kacvinsky

Find Katie here: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

FINALLY, FOREVER is Katie’s FIFTH book! To learn more about the other four, including the first two books about Dylan and Gray—FIRST COMES LOVE and SECOND CHANCE, check out her book page.

My favorite quote from Katie’s bio: 

The First Book I Ever Wrote: Was in third grade. It was titled: “The Book of Swear Words,” where I wrote down every curse word I could think of, along with a carefully crafted definition. I showed it to my teacher, beaming with pride. He sent me to the principal’s office and called my parents into school. I was banned from the playground for two weeks and my book was destroyed. It obviously didn’t kill my writing ambitions.

Summary from Goodreads:

Author’s Note: Can be read as book three of the First Comes Love series, or as a standalone .
College baseball player, Gray Thomas, had to go far out into left field to find a girl like Dylan, the ex-love-of-his-life. More than a year later, literally at a crossroads, they find each other together on a journey that is a pause between a painful past and an uncertain future. In this sexy and offbeat summer read, Gray and Dylan discover that a destination isn’t always a place. More often, it’s a person. Now it’s time for them to finally decide, is this forever?

My review: (Five stars. NA, or for mature YA. Themes: Love, soul mates, life’s journeys, family.)

Finally, Forever is the third book about Gray and Dylan by Katie Kacvinsky, but can absolutely be read as a standalone novel. So, don’t think, “Oh, I can’t read this (yet) because I haven’t read the first two books.” Nope, that’s not at all necessary. Katie does a fabulous job bringing readers into the story without any need to summarize what’s going on. Jump right in!

And let me tell you, I love these characters. They are as opposite as day and night, yet their differences bring out the best in one another. I also love that they have an appreciation and respect for those differences. They know each other so well and are so connected, that apart they’re like two people submerged in water, fighting their way to the surface to breathe. Ahh, this is romance/love at its finest.

Dylan (named for Bob Dylan – her mom’s favorite musician) is one of the quirkiest, free spirited, delightful characters I’ve ever read. The fact that she falls for Gray, a more straight-laced, down-to-earth, baseball player, and he falls for her, is . . . well . . . a perfect pairing!

There’s a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Almost immediately, we’re introduced to Nick, who jumps right in as Dylan’s boyfriend. The tales we weave! Then there’s Dylan’s unwed pregnant sister Serena, who adds quite a bit of sparkle to the story. So does Rachel, Gray’s coach’s daughter. I’m being vague, but don’t make any assumptions here. Remember that phrase – If you assume you could make an ass out of you and me? Then there’s Mike, the comedian, Serena’s older-by-ten-years boyfriend.

I can’t begin to tell you how many yummy moments there are in this novel. Like the time Dylan and Gray get caught in a horrific storm, or Dylan picking up a hitchhiker, or the hospital scenes when Serena gives birth. There are moments when you’ll feel your heart jabbed with a icepick and so many more when you’ll be sighing with joy! And yes, you will laugh! If you don’t, well . . . let’s talk. For those who are really into music, you’ll appreciate all the musical references.

This book is geared toward young adults eighteen and older. But there are plenty of young adult novels that are much more graphic than this. So if you’re in high school and have read books Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, then you’re fine. There are details of childbirth, sexual references between soul mates. You decide!

Dylan and Gray definitely make my list for favorite book couples.

If you love a romance with characters with personality, then you’ll love Finally, Forever!

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Here’s a teaser. Graphics put together by Kim, at Kimberlyfaye Reads. Check out her post for more.

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Blog Tour:

Monday, April 28            Kimberleyfaye Reads                    FF playlist/teaser
Tuesday, April 29           Waiting For Wentworth               Post/discussion
Wednesday, April 30     Liza Wiemer (author)                   Post/discussion
Thursday, May 1             Book Nerds Across America        Post/discussion
Friday, May 2                  Actin’ Up With Books                   10 Facts About Gray and Dylan
Saturday, May 3              Please Another Book                     Character interview

Monday, May 5               Heidi McLaughlin (author)          Review/Post
Tuesday, May 6               A Booklovers’ Review                   10 Facts about Finally, Forever 
Wednesday, May 7         The Reading Date                          Guest Post about cover design
Thursday, May 8            Good Choice Reading                    Post/Discussion
Friday, May 9             Katie Kacvinsky, Release Day

Monday, May 12            Reading Teen                                   Teaser/Giveaway
Tuesday, May 13            Stuck in YA Books                          Post/Discussion
Wednesday, May 14      A Backwards Story                         Post/Discussion

COVER REVEAL: FINALLY, FOREVER by Katie Kacvinsky
Mar 1st, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

COVER REVEAL:

FINALLY, FOREVER

by Katie Kacvinsky

Summary from Goodreads:

What do you do when you run into the ex love-of-your-life? Say hello? Hug? Shake hands? Run for your life?

In this tender and emotional story, Gray and Dylan discover that a destination isn’t always a place. More often, it’s a person. Now it’s time for them to finally decide, is this forever?

And here it is . . . 

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(I love the heart made from the Converse shoestrings.

Can’t wait to read it!) 

For more information about Katie Kacvinsky, check out:

Website

Twitter

FLASHBACK FRIDAY(6) Valentine’s Day Edition – FIRST COMES LOVE by Katie Kacvinsky
Feb 14th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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To learn more about Flashback Friday, check out FICTION FARE!

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by Katie Kacvinsky

Published by HMH in 2012

From Goodreads: 

Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what’s next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you’re sorry.

My review – posted May 2013

I was totally captivated by Gray and Dylan, two very different individuals drawn together in a powerful and loving relationship that seems to heal both of them in different ways. Gray is dark and miserable. Dylan is boisterous, happy, enthusiastic. She helps bring Gray out of his shell and live. I love that Dylan doesn’t want to be anything but herself. She’s straightforward and honest. First Comes Love is a fast, enjoyable read. It’s also told from both Dylan and Gray’s perspective, which I love.
Yes, I recommend for anyone who enjoys a love story!

February 14, 2014 – After all this time, these characters continue to stick out in my mind. It’s an unusual love that they share for one another, deep, raw, supportive, and sometimes quite painful as they take on their own adventures in life. But I love them, flaws and all. I am so glad that Katie continued Gray and Dylan’s story. She did so in Second Chances, which I also highly recommend. This May, Katie will be releasing the final book in this series, Finally, Forever. I am very much looking forward to it!

To Purchase:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Amazon (Second Chances)

 

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From Goodreads:

Can two drastically different, imperfect people be perfect for each other?

It’s been four months since Gray and Dylan have seen each other. Dylan’s been traveling in Europe, while Gray has college, baseball, and a life rooted in one place. Gray’s determined to forget Dylan, the girl he fell in love with in First Comes Love. Besides, how do you make a relationship work with an independent loner?

Just when he decides he’s over her, Dylan makes an unexpected entrance back into his life, hoping their steamy romance can start right where it left off. Gray realizes you can tell your mind to do one thing, but you can’t always convince your heart to follow. Dylan realizes she finally has to make a choice between freedom and her relationship with Gray.

Hilarious, intense, inspiring, and emotional, Second Chance shows that love is a journey, and there are never clear road signs or maps to guide you along. You can only navigate with your heart.

My review:

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What can I say except I once again fell in love with Dylan and Gray and cannot wait for Katie Kacvinsky’s last book in this trilogy, Finally, Forever.

Things that I love about this series:

1. How quirky Dylan is.

2. How Gray accepts and loves Dylan the way she is and doesn’t want to change her.

3. That there is hope for this once-in-a-lifetime, ever-after type of love.

4. Gray’s awesome friends.

5. Sweet romance. Even though my heart was left aching inSecond Chance I have HOPE for Dylan and Gray – see #4.

6. A series that crosses between the YA and NA market!

Thank you, Katie. Looking forward to the last book.

FINALLY, FOREVER (First Comes Love, #3)

Will be released May, 2014

For more information about Katie Kacvinsky, check out her website.  She has a Valentine’s Day giveaway going on right now!!!

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