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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout


Hey everyone, welcome to today's stop on the review tour for The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout! I'm so excited to be a part of this tour.

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Book: The Problem With Forever, Jennifer L Armentrout
Series: Stand-alone
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date May 17th, 2016

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a riveting new story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard. 

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My Review:


Mallory Dodge did not have a happy or conventional childhood. She didn’t have loving parents, or a warm bed to sleep in at night, or the guarantee that there would be food on the table every day. She didn’t grow up safe. Always told “not to make a sound” by her best friend and protector, Rider, for if she made any type of sound, their foster father would not be happy. This childhood fear resonated with Mallory, for at seventeen years old, silence is a shield. She struggles to have ordinary conversations with people as her tongue seems stuck.

“Words were not the enemy or the monster under my bed, but they held such power over me. They were like the ghost of a loved one, forever haunting me.”

Even though she was saved from her foster family by two people who care very deeply for her, Mallory still appears to be stuck in the past. But she knows she can’t stay stuck in the past forever, so like a brave little soldier, she’s ready to face her fears by attending her senior year at a public school, when she’s always been home-schooled. From this, Mallory meets someone from her past she never expected to see again: Rider Stark, her once best friend and protector.

And so what follows is Mallory and Rider helping each other face the demons in their past together and look forward to a bright future. Even though Mallory was saved from her foster home, Rider wasn’t as lucky. Therefore, they both have very different demons to face.

And it was so emotional to read! This is the book that will make you so truly grateful for everything good in your life, and what things you take for granted. I come from a loving family, and have a bright future ahead of me. But it’s so easy to forget that not everyone has that. Hearing about Mallory and Rider’s past, and seeing Mallory struggle with speaking broke my heart so many times. There were times when all she wanted to do was hide in her closet like when she was young and let Rider protect her, but we see her grow as she realises that she has to learn to save herself. She can’t always let Rider save her, even though he’s more than willing to.

I just loved her as a character. She was scared and brave at the same time. While most people remember the loud strength and bravery, all types of strength are important and should be acknowledged. Mallory’s quiet strength is just as significant. I loved how she praised herself every time she spoke, even if it was just three words.

“I was not going to rain on my own wow, because talking to new people was hard for me. Like as hard as it would be for someone to walk naked into class.”

And she and Rider were so amazing together. After not seeing each for years, their reunion was something special. And the romance between them was slow-building but sweet. It was obvious they cared so much about the other, but was it only because of the past they shared? Were they even the same people they were back then? We see them learn more about the person they’ve grown into, while remembering the child they once were. A lot of obstacles stood in their way, both from outside sources and their own insecurities, but by the end the right choice has been chosen and all you can do is cheer and try not to cry.

Mallory and Rider’s journey is something I believe everyone should read, especially if you’ve ever suffered from anxiety and would relate to what Mallory’s going through.

“None of this was forever. But trying was. Living was.”
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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
 Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
  
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A Messenger Bag filled with a Kindle Fire, Signed THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER, Signed Copies from Jennifer L. Armentrout and Katie McGarry, and Book Goodies and Swag for 1 Winner!
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16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

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  2. I haven't read a JLA book yet. I've been meaning to, but you know how time gets away from you. >.< Mallory seems like an interesting character - the "quiet" heroines aren't recognized nearly enough!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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    1. WHAT??? Britt, you HAVE to get on that! JLA is my favourite author EVER. Make Obsidian (or The Problem With Forever) be the next book you read!!

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  3. Hi :) Is any of this open international? I'm a huge fan of JLA. :)

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    1. Hi Charlotte, I think it's only US and Canada I'm afraid!

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  4. One thing I love about myself is that I have now found good friends I am comfortable with and that my family situation is turning around. And I want people to know that just because I am quiet doesn't mean I don't have anything to say or am not there. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I know what you mean Silvia; I'm very quiet too but that doesn't mean I'm invisible! You're very welcome :)

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  5. Can't wait to read this book!!! So excited

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    1. You're going to absolutely love it, it's amazing!

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  6. One thing I love about myself is that I am finally comfortable with who I am and will no longer change to fit what is expected of me.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that, Heather, it's so important to be happy with who you are. It took me a long time as well to finally accept who I am and be proud of the person I am. Once you do though, your life is so much easier!

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  7. What an awesome giveaway you're hosting, so generous of you!

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  8. I tagged you for the Infinity Dreams award! Enjoy! <3
    http://justanotherbookishblog.blogspot.nl/2016/05/infinity-dreams-award.html

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