Sep 10, 2014

Book Blitz -- Kids in Love by Nikki Godwin (+ Review)

22019162Kids in Love
Author: Nikki Godwin
Release Date: September 7th, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 93
Format: Ebook, bought

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Synopsis:

As one of the original Saturnites, Darby McMillon has been a longtime face of the fandom. From the days when the boys were just a YouTube band trying to gain fans up through their recent lockdown, Darby's channel - Darby's Daily Dose of Drama - was the "go to" spot for all things Spaceships Around Saturn.

Until now, she's been trusted by most and envied by few, but her meet up with SAS girlfriend Chloe Branson shakes Darby's world. She learns quickly that when you're with the band, everything isn't always red carpets and music videos.

And the closer she gets to her SAS crush Tate Kingsley, the closer she comes to losing her Saturnite status forever.


My Review:
So I need to get off my Spaceships Around Saturn cloud. I love them and the world that they are in. I could keep reading about them forever!!

Darby is a 16 year old girl who runs a channel that showcases her favorite band. She hopes one day that she will get to meet them because of it, but no matter what she is a Saturnite for life! Her whole life changes the day Chloe Branson shows up on her front porch...the question is, can she handle the changes?

Darby was a character that was okay, but I didn't really like her most of the time. She was immature for most of it complaining and being jealous of everyone instead of just enjoying what is finally happening to her. Heck, she gets to meet Tate, the guy she can't stop thinking about. You would think she would be happy, but her actions showed otherwise most of the time.

With that though, I didn't hate her, she grew on me towards the end, and I know most of it is because she is young. I still loved following her as well as the glimpses of the Branson sisters and the rest of the band. I truly read this book to get any more info on them as I could! I don't care if I have to follow through Darby's head or anyone elses, I got more of SAS!

Tate is such a sweetheart, I always thought he was okay in American Girl on Saturn, but you get to know him a lot better in this book. He was so sweet and went out of his way for Darby. It was so dang cute!!

I also have to say seeing Chloe and Aralie around the band a lot makes me happy. I worried after the first book if they wouldn't get to see them much, but they seem to follow the band around where ever they go. Jules and Aralie seem so happy and it was nice to see that from them since they were pretty secretive in the first book! I am also a Chloe and Milo fan! Very much so, to see them together makes me super happy. I hope the tension between something big happening to Chloe ends up all working out in the end, I would be super sad to see them split!

The story mainly follows Darby, where ever that means she is. Most of it is at home, but it is also at venues following Tate around. There is so much crazy that happens in the book you feel bad for her at times, she does have bad luck but it all pays out in the end :)

I love seeing that if you love something long and hard enough, it will eventually come to you, even when you don't believe it will. I got the feeling to never give up on yourself or your dreams, no matter what they are. I love the fuzzy feelings I get with all Nikki's books. I feel like they all speak to me on a different level or another.

I LOVED this book, I know anyone who has followed this series will enjoy it just as much! If you haven't gotten the chance to start the series, you need to rush out and get it! I have never had any sort of disappointment from reading anything from Nikki and she didn't disappoint me now! I don't think she can write anything bad!!

I have been waiting so long for this book, a year actually. I couldn't wait to read anything else about the SAS world! Now I get to play the waiting game because I NEED more Spaceships Around Saturn! #Saturnite


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Excerpt

     Tate walks over to the trampoline and climbs up. Then he reaches a hand out to me. I haven’t been on this thing in a long time. I grab his hand anyway and let him pull me up. He falls back onto the bouncy material and eventually comes to a halt, staring up at the clouds.
     “Sometimes, late at night, I wish I really did have a spaceship to take around Saturn,” he says, his eyes lost somewhere among the stars. “I just want to see firsthand, up close, that there are things much bigger than this, you know? Like bigger than this band and the fame and the fandom.”
     I lie back next to him and watch as the milky strands whisper across the night, leaving their words across the black backdrop. “Honestly? I kind of like the view from down here,” I say.
     “Yeah, but I mean…” He pauses. “I don’t know. Sometimes it’s just too much. Don’t you feel like you can’t breathe sometimes? Like everyone has expectations and you can’t meet them all? Or is the fandom totally different on that level?”
     The fandom is definitely different. We don’t have the pressure on us that we put on the guys of SAS. Sure, people expect daily videos from me – or at least every other day – but I do those for fun anyway. If I fell off the planet tomorrow, a few people would notice, and eventually there would be some other girl who made videos and everyone would follow her. That’s a depressing thought now that it’s in my brain.
     “Fandoms are different. People come and go,” I tell him. “You guys are the sun. We just orbit around you.”
     He sighs. “It’s tough being the sun.” Then he turns on his side and faces me. “If you could wish for one thing, on one star, which star would you pick and what would you wish for?”
     “Right now?” I’m completely caught off guard. I can’t tell him that I wish he’d drop to one knee with a diamond and propose. “Umm…”
     I look away from him and glance around the stars for a bright one. “That one,” I say, pointing to the twinkling speck in the sky, slightly to the right of my house’s rooftop.
     “So you go for the bright ones?” Tate asks, craning his neck to see my star.
     “Well, yeah,” I say. “That way I can always see it.”
     I suddenly feel like this was the wrong answer or maybe not what he was looking for. It makes me feel snobby, like the way small accounts look at big accounts online. It’s like we’re the bright stars that everyone can see, and everyone else is a peasant star – a measly little light that tries so hard to shine amongst the rest of us and our giant glows. Oh gosh, I should’ve picked a dim star. Can I go back and pick a dim star? I’ll totally be a peasant.
     “Hmm,” Tate says. He rests back on the trampoline. “I guess that makes sense. I’d pick this one over here. It’s kind of hard to see.”
     He motions his index finger toward a dim star. I trace the stars around it and wonder if it’s part of a constellation. If this set of stars is meant to be something special, I hope I’m seeing it incorrectly because it looks like a seagull. Tate’s star is at the tip of its beak.
     “Why that one?” I ask, hoping he doesn’t give me some beautifully poetic answer.


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About the Author

Nikki GodwinNikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her life goal is to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan. Her favorite pro surfers are Jeremy Flores, Gabriel Medina, and John John Florence.

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