Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ring the Bells - My Review of THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang - Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY


Title: The Hit List
Author: Nikki Urang
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Publication Information:
Paperback: 256 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1939392322
ISBN-13: 978-1939392329

Back Cover Blurb:

The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

The Hit List is available through:
Kobo     Indie Bound


Nikki fell in love with books at a young age and looked forward to reading a book with her mom before bed every night. It was only a matter of time until her love of reading turned into a love of putting those words onto the page. Now, her days are spent helping those overcoming opiate addiction and her nights are spent writing. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two stubborn cats.

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1. Signed copy of THE HIT LIST + signed bookmark

2. YA prize pack:
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Alienated -- Melissa Landers
Anomaly -- Tonya Kuper

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This review is going to be a little bit weird for me.  This book had many things that normally turn me off, such as the violent mood swings and the constant back and forth of 'will they or won't they'.  Usually when I encounter these themes in a book, I tend to move on, but with THE HIT LIST, I just couldn't.  The author did an excellent job sucking me in and making me care about the characters.  I genuinely cared about Sadie's plight and was cheering for her and Luke to be able to work through their crap and find a way to trust each other.

In the book, Sadie Bryant is attending a conservatory in Los Angeles for dance.  After recovering from an injury that was made worse by the actions of her former boyfriend and partner, Sadie is determined not to put her trust in any person ever again, but the department heads at the conservatory have other plans.  Suddenly Sadie is being partnered with Luke Morrison, the biggest player on campus, and she has no say in the decision.  If she wants to dance and the possibility of a future, Sadie must learn how to dance with Luke.

In the background is a game called THE HIT LIST.  It is a ranking system for guys who have scored points with the girls on campus.  They get extra points for scoring with a list of certain girls and of course, Sadie is on that list.

Sadie and Luke have several starts and stops.  He seems to pursue her, but when she allows herself to be caught, he is suddenly cold.  When Sadie turns a cold shoulder to Luke, then he seems to work overtime to get her attention again.  The extremes these two bounce between is a bit overwhelming and at times I wanted to punch them both.  They both behaved poorly and irrationally, but then I remember that Sadie is 18 years-old and a Freshman in college.  I remember some severe emotional turmoil from my Freshman year at college as well.

This was an entertaining New Adult read.  Give it a try.

3.5 stars out of 5

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