Monday, May 28, 2012

Loving Summer by Kailin Gow *Review & Giveaway*

Welcome to the first stop on the Loving Summer by Kailin Gow Blog Tour.
This tour is hosted by Supagurl Tours.  Make sure you stop by all the other awesome
 stops on this tour! Also make sure you stop to enter the giveaway at the 
end of this post and some big news from Kailin.

After not having seen childhood family friends, Rachel and her brothers Nathaniel and Drew in three years, sixteen year old Summer Jones, who has always spent her summers with the Donovans at her Aunt Sookie's Malibu beach house, discovers there is more to her long-time crush on one of the Donovan brothers this summer than meets the eye, especially when Astor Fairway, the handsome television star taking her aunt's acting coaching sessions, notices her. This summer, the summer she is noticed, would be the summer no one could forget.

*I received this book in turn for an honest review.   I was in no way paid.* 

  When I got the email about this blog tour I was all but jumping on the computer to be a part of it.  Kailin Gow is by far one of my favorite authors.  So when I seen this was not only by her but also a contemporary I can't even tell you how excited I was to get started.  With all my excitement and the build up of anticipation I started to become afraid that I would be let down.  That was not the case, actually it is so far from the case I was crazy for even thinking it.

  This story is predominately about Summer but once I sat back and looked at it, it is really so much more.  Summer and the Donovans: Rachel, Drew and Nat haven't seen each other in 3 years.  Even with the promise to keep in touch rather than the odd text between Rachel and Summer there wasn't much contact.  A lot can change in 3 years and the teens find that as familiar as it is to be with each other nothing is ever really the same.  Well some things never change, like how they feel for each other.

  I really appreciated that Summer was not one of those girls that guys lusted over and had no idea what was going on or couldn't understand why a guy would look at her. She wasn't shallow but she knew that she was pretty and realized when she was getting attention from the guys.  Even when the famous and gorgeous Astor shows interest she doesn't go into the entire "why me" monologue type thing.  She still crushes on Nat but somewhere along the line becomes aware of Drews feelings as well. This is where it all becomes complicated.  How do you choose between all of those boys.  I know most of you are thinking love triangle... Well really it's more than 3 so it's not a triangle. Regardless, the way Kailin writes this makes it easy to read and not torturous.  I actually find the way that it is written makes it hard for even the reader to decide who is right for Summer.  There is so much raw emotion from each of the characters that sometimes I am not sure how Summer doesn't go crazy.

  This novel also has much more than just boys and love going on.  There are issues that so many people/family's/teens deal with all of the time.  What seems like a book that is about a girl and her choices between the boys that are pinning for her is so very much more.  It is the novel that shows what the pressures of a parents divorce can have on the kids and the one that has some views into what the pressure a parent puts on their child can do.  There is also the way people deal with illness.  There is so many problems/issues that hide in the background that burst forth and demand the attention.  In the end everyone has to deal with what they have been dealt and still try to remain together.

  This novel was original and had me addicted from the first chapter.  The characters were vivid and so alive you feel that you know them.  Actually I really felt connected to Summer and so much of what she did and her reactions.  Kailin Gow has created yet another series that will draw you in and have you wishing that it didn't end.  Between the fast paced story and the characters you wont want to put the book down from start to finish.  I highly recommend this book to everyone, even if you aren't a big contemporary fan.

About the Author
  Kailin Gow is the author of over 100 books, with the majority of them for young adults. 
Her most popular series are: The Frost Series, PULSE Series, Desire Series, 
Wicked Woods, Steampunk Scarlett Novels, and more. A full-time author, she is also a
 producer, having worked in radio, television, and film. She grew up in Southern California,
 lived in Texas and England, and had traveled extensively around the world.



Kailin would also like to mention that:
 *Included in Loving Summer's Kindle Version, is a full-length Loving
Summer Healthy Summer Recipes Cookbook written by Kailin Gow, which
will also a book that will release and be sold separately, and valued at
Also, for anyone who purchase a copy of Loving Summer from, they get a chance to win one of my own Gently Used Coach
Bag that is SIGNED by me(Kailin Gow), as well, valued at $500.

Other Stops

May 28 - Escaping One Book at a Time *GIVEAWAY #1*
              - Young Adult Book Reviews *Review

 May 31 - FireStarBooks


June 5 - My Pathway To Books *Giveaway #2*

June 6 - A Soul Unsung *Guest Post #1*

June 8 - In Which Ems Reviews Books *Review

June 11 - Lovey Dovey Books *GIVEAWAY #3*
June 12 - Books and Beyond
June 13 - Always YA at Heart
June 14 - Itching for Books *Review & Interview

June 18 - Good Choice Reading *Review & Giveaway #4 & Interview 
June 19 - Turning the Pages * Review
June 24 - A Dream Within A Dream *Review & GIVEAWAY*
June 25 - Paperback Princess *Review & GUEST POST*
June 26 - Reviews by Molly *Review & Giveaway #5
June 27 - Book Love 101
June 30 - SupaGurl Books

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  1. I really wanted to be in this tour, but there was the 100 followers rule. . . great review, though! I really want to read this book!


  2. This definitely seems like a great summer read! It’s going on my summer list :)

  3. I LOVE summer books! Specially in the middle of winter when it's cold, dark, damp, and snowy...YUCK! I want summer all year long!

  4. Sounds Addicting with all the love interests! Will put this on my to_read list

    Entering Rafflecopter as Tobi tobihelton at gmail dot com

    sorry I was under my blog at time LOL <3

  5. love your blog so much thank you for the giveaway

  6. This book look really good! Great review! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Sounds like an awesome book just in time for summer! :)

  8. Cover looks amazing :D This book sounds so awesome that I have been on pins and needles trying to ge my hand on it.

  9. I've had my nose stuck in books and totally missed that this book was releasing. I love Kailin Gow's books. Definitely one of my top 5 favorite authors. Her move into the more contemporary genre is amazing. Loved Saving You, Saving Me and now I can't wait to read this one. Still love her paranormal/fantasy work.

  10. Sounds like a good beach read :) lol at first i thought this book was apart of the Summer series by Jenny Han lol i was wrong:)


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