Friday, March 8, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally


Source: Received a copy to participate in blog tour and for an honest review.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: Already Released.
Number of Pages: 304 (Paperback)


Description from Goodreads:
Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Read an excerpt here.

Note: Mature themes, sexual situations, religious discussions.

While Kate was very different from Parker (Stealing Parker) and Jordan (Catching Jordan), I still really liked her! I've already seen reviews that call her judgmental and they say that they didn't like her, and I'll agree that she was definitely judgmental, but it didn't stop me from enjoying her character or her story.

In fact, her being judgmental was one of those character flaws that made me enjoy her more, and while at times it had me wanting to rip my hair out or made me want to shake her, Kate's judgey attitude made me sympathize with her....I sympathized with her because she had people telling her over and over that she was judgmental, but she didn't even realize she was doing it. Her background had instilled certain beliefs that she just assumed were the right ones. That made me want to give her a hug and a nice talking to (note, not a stern one :P). Once she realized she was doing it, and that she wasn't always right, she was open to accepting things that she hadn't before, and I loved that about her. It's always nice when people are willing to change. :)

Along with Kate's amazing growth throughout Things I Can't Forget, I loved the other characters. That was one of the best parts of this book. I loved getting to see characters from the previous to books pop up. Both Jordan and Parker appear in this one, and I really enjoyed their interactions with Kate. It makes me even more exited for future novels in this series where we'll get to see what the previous protagonists are up to! :D

I've already gushed about loving the fact that Parker and Harper are in this one, but I also just loved the friendship in Things I Can't Forget. I loved seeing Kate getting to know people once she gave them a chance, and I really enjoyed her relationship with Matt, both as just a friend and in a more romantic sense. They had amazing banter, and were so adorable together. :D

Brace yourselves...here comes the major gushing! I just thought this book was amazing! I loved every single moment of it. I loved Kate's growth. I loved the romance, the banter, and I really enjoyed the friendships. :) That's one of my favourite aspects of Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series...it's not just about the boys (although they are pretty great :P), it's about the friendships--both the friendships between the main character and her love interest, and their friendships with others.  As I've mentioned before, I'm also absolutely loving that the characters from the earlier books are becoming so important in the newer ones!

Overall, I absolutely loved Things I Can't Forget! I'm excitedly awaiting all future books in the Hundred Oaks series because I absolutely adore Miranda Kenneally's writing style, and with each book I grow to love it (and her characters) more and more! :D



AUTHOR BIO
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

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Tour Giveaway and Tour Schedule:

Grand Prize Giveaway
Here is the Rafflecopter code for the tour grand prize giveaway if you wish to share it on your post. The giveaway is for a Grab Bag of Miranda’s Favorite Books.


SCHEDULE
February 26th:
▪Kick Off Post at Xpresso Reads and Xpresso Book Tours

February 27th
Books Over Boys (Review + Giveaway)▪Stuck in YA Books (Review + Interview)

February 28th
The Book Goddess (Review)
The Flyleaf Review (Review)

March 1st
Alluring Reads (Review + Character Interview of Kate Kelly)
The Book Life (Review + Giveaway)

March 4th
A Reader of Fictions (Review + Guest Post – Miranda’s Top Ten Favorite YA Books)
I'm A Book Shark (Review + Giveaway)

March 5th
Mostly YA Book Obsessed (Review + Character Interview of Matt Brown)
Fictional Distraction (Review + Excerpt)

March 6th
Making the Grade (Review + Guest Post - Miranda’s Top Ten Favorite Guys in YA)
Rolling With the Moments (Review)

March 7th
The Reader's Den (Review + Giveaway)
Finding Bliss In Books (Review + Interview)

March 8th
The Book Belles (Review + Excerpt)
Burning Impossibly Bright (Review)

March 11th
Nick's Book Blog (Review + Interview)
Book Twirps (Review)

March 12th
Book Nerd Canada (Review + Excerpt)
Reading In Winter (Review + Interview)

March 13th
▪BookLove 101 (Review)
Owl Read It (Review + Guest Post – Miranda’s Playlists for Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker, and Things I Can’t Forget)

March 14th
Book Loving Mom (Review + Excerpt)
Librarian Mouse (Review)

March 15th
A Reading Daydreamer (Review)
Chapter By Chapter (Review + Guest Post – Jake Reynolds’s Top Ten Favorite Pick-Up Lines)

March 18th
Maji Bookshelf (Review + Giveaway)
Ramblings of A Daydreamer (Review)

March 19th
Some Like It Paranormal (Review + Interview)
YA Aholic (Review)




So, have you started the Hundred Oaks series yet?
If you haven't, why not? :P

9 comments:

  1. Omg I'm so happy you loved it so much! I really enjoyed it too it was so romantic and sweet and even if Kate was a bitch I understood her you know! Great review, muffin!

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    1. Me, too! :D When I was seeing everyone say that they didn't like Kate, I was kinda worried. :P Maybe I liked her even more out of stubbornness though. :P haha Me, too! Thanks, Giselle! :D

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  2. I'm so happy you loved it, Ambur! I don't think it was my favourite in the series, but it was much better than I had anticipated. Kate was a hard character to warm up to, but she redeemed herself partway through for me. :)

    Great review!

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    1. Me, too! :D I think she did, too. :)

      Thanks, Kristilyn! I'm glad you liked this one, too! :D

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  3. Everytime I read a review of this series, I just want to drop everything and read it!

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    1. I wouldn't blame you if you did because it's an awesome series! :D

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  4. I think you recommended Catching Jordan to me once. Great review :)

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    1. I most likely have! I absolutely love the series! Thanks, Cassie! :D

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