Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blog Tour - BEATLESS by Amber L. Johnson - Playlist + Review

Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought.

Divorce, sickness, educational aspirations being shattered, and her Aunt Sam moving into her home, have made Mal's life nearly unrecognizable to her.

When Tucker Scott re-enters her life along with his band, will they offer what she needs to once again find her voice and self confidence or will it strip her of it even more?

Told through the dual voices of Mallory as she navigates her new world, and Aunt Sam's letters to her niece, Beatless tells the story of two women at very different points in their life, fighting the same battles; proving that no matter what age a person is, there are always lessons to be learned.

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Beatless by Amber L. Johnson on Amazon
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My Thoughts:
I feel like I am at a little bit of a disadvantage here because the author is truly one of my greatest friends.  I feel like people look at my review and think, "Oh, you have to say that because she is your friend".  What people don't understand is that since she is my friend I could never let her put it out in the world unless it was something that I felt she could be proud of.

In this story, Mallory feels like life is leaving her behind.  Her parents have divorced and she never sees her father.  The divorce has also left Mallory and her mother in a different financial situation, causing Mallory's college plans to have to change.  

While she watches all of her friends leave for the universities of their choice, Mallory is stuck attending the local community college.  It is there that she runs into an old friend, Tucker Scott.  Tucker invites her to become a part of a group of friends that challenge her and change her.

While Mallory's mother has to leave town for a few months on business, her aunt Sam comes to stay with her and keep her company.  Sam starts out her visit being worried about Mallory and the empty shell she seems to become.  Sam begins leaving Mallory letters pushing Mallory to be more.  Sam encourages her to search for her real voice and to let it be heard in the world.

Mallory doesn't always make the right choices, but who of us does?  What counts is that Mallory sees her mistakes and seeks to make amends ASAP.  The only question is whether it will be enough.

Amber laid her heart and soul out on the line in this book.  Through Mallory we are able to catch a peek and learn that the loudest voice isn't always the truest.  Amber gives us strong, lovable characters that I was proud to watch them grow and learn and become something great.

My Song Choice for Beatless is Life in Color by One Republic

Author's Playlist:
1. Incomplete- Switchfoot

2. The Queen and I - Gym Class Heroes

3. Love Somebody - Maroon 5

4. Stay the Night - Zedd

5. Collar Full - Panic! at the Disco

6. Miss Missing You - Fall Out Boy

7. I Lived - OneRepublic

8. Adel/Eurythmics mashup - Rolling in Sweet Dreams

9. Ellie Goulding/ Eminem mashup  - Love the Way You Burn

10. Imagine Dragons/ Coldplay mashup - Radioactive Paradise

11. Lorde/ Katy Perry mashup - Royals vs. Roar

Bonus track: Ke$ha/ Beatles mashup - Tik Tok Together

About the Author
Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.  

Connect with Amber
Twitter: @WhereIsJakeRyan
Facebook author page: Amber L. Johnson Author


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