Mar 20, 2015

Turtle Bay by Tiffany King ~ Review Tour and Giveaway

If you're a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?

For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain's plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.

An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.

Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.

Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.

Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh's eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.
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At First Sight
The cover of this book made me totally flip out honestly.  If it isn't blatantly obvious from this blog, I love anything to do with the beach and beach books are no exception.  I love this cover and have been dying to read the book since the minute I saw it.

Characters and relationships
I felt like this book was driven by the different relationships in it.  I loved Rain and Josh both and it was fun to watch their relationship go from where it started, which wasn't good, to, well, where it went (no spoilers here) it was wonderful.  I really loved the other cast of characters that were in the book as well.  Rain's parents were eccentric to say the least, but also they were very loving toward her and respectful of her as well.  I LOVED Farrah, who ended up being a great friend to Rain, and wouldn't mind visiting Turtle Bay again and having a book for Farrah to maybe find love herself.  I loved the way the relationships in this book were all centered around their different parental situations which was a lot of what drove their actions which is so true to life that I really enjoyed it.

Is this a kissing book?
Yep!  Hello...Tiffany King knows how to write a decent kiss and I love how she can keep things just right for a YA audience at the same time.  I'll just say that Josh was pretty swoony!

Don't leave me hanging
This is definitely a stand alone book but there is much room for companion novels for other characters which I would love.  I would love to see a prequel type book for Larry even.  These characters are just so lovable!

The Best Gems
  • Moving
  • Sand Bagging
  • Parties
  • Sea Turtles
  • Making Friends
  • Hippie Van
  • Finding Someone To Love

The Sum Up
From the moment I saw this book I knew it was going to be a must read for me.  Tiffany King certainly has my number when it comes to writing and I can't express how much I adored Turtle Bay. From start to finish it kept me wanting to read (and ignore my chores) and can't imagine a teenage girl out there that wouldn't enjoy this fantastic beach book on their summer vacation this year!

I am giving away 
1 Turtle Bay Necklace and Magnet Set
1 Turtle Bay Magnet
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1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize Tiffany writes YA as well. I thought she was more of an NA/adult author. I may have to check this one out. :)