Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Sink or Swim by Jamie Canosa Review and Giveaway

We are lucky enough to take part in this amazing blog tour! Below you will find a review from both of us, a giveaway, author bio, and author links.
Sink or Swim (Fight or Flight, #1.5)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Self Published
Source: Author
Second book in the Fight or Flight series
*This was gifted to us for review*
There are some things you just can't walk away from.
When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn't a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn't been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.
Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she's back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.
Now, Allie's drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will . . . Sink or Swim?
Jasmine's  Review:
I had incredibly high expectations for this book. The first book in this series held my heart in its hands. Now, I didn't love this as much as the first book but it was still amazing.
This tells the story of Allie. She is forced to return home after she learns of her mothers condition. She ran away for a reason. Those problems are still there when she returns home. Allie was the love of Dean's life until she picked up and left. Now she's back and he wants answers.
I really liked Allie. I loved how tough she was. She was going through hell but she remained strong. I did wish she would have let Dean in. She kept him at a distance when all he wanted was to help her. I understand her reasoning but it still got a little annoying. I loved Dean. I loved his manners. He was a very strong character but also very adorable. He was a caretaker and seeing him take care of Allie was great. Allie and Dean may have had a rocky relationship. I loved seeing them get back on track!
This had a very real life storyline. It was something I've never really read about. I liked the realism but it was a little much at times. Abuse is a scary thing but it's also a very real thing. It may have been a little much but it was needed. This had a pretty fast paced plot. I didn't see any of the twists coming. I only took two hours to read this. I couldn't stop it was that good. It almost felt like I was watching a movie. Overall I thought this was an amazing read. If your a fan of real stories with real life problems, this one is for you!
                                Marissa's review:
I absolutely loved Fight or Flight so when I heard the author had written another book in the same series I knew I had to read it. Then I found out it was about a side character in the first book that I knew had a story to tell and I wanted to read it even more. When I did I was completely captivated by Allie and Deans story.

We meet Allie in Fight or Flight when she found out that her mom has cancer and has to leave the streets to go back to her very troubled home life. In Sink or Swim we find her returning to a home that isn't much better than being homeless. Dean, her boyfriend from before she left does make things a little better if not more complicated.

I really liked Allie. Due to a life of abuse she didn't think very highly of herself, but she was a pretty amazing character. She was very strong and almost too selfless. Dean was adorable. I loved how he never gave up on Allie and how much he loved his family. Dean and Allie were great together. They would do anything for each other and I thought they were super adorable. Dean's family were all interesting side characters.

I flew through this book. There never was a good enough reason to put it down and I wanted the characters to have the happy ending they deserved so before I knew it I was almost done with it. I never knew what was going to happen next and I was always surprised about what did. I can't wait to see what's next in this series. If you haven't read it yet you're missing out. I have a feeling I'll love anything this author writes.


Author Bio:
Jamie Canosa is a full time author of YA literature, which she absolutely loves. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. She currently resides in Ravena, NY with her wonderful husband and three crazy kids . . . plus the dog, the bird and the rabbit.

Author links:

Other books by Jamie:
Fight or Flight -
Dissidence -
Vengeance (Dissidence #2)-

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  1. great reviews ladies!! I haven't heard of this series before but now I'll have to check out the first book!! :)
    Happy Reading and have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Sounds like a great book. I'm not sure why but I haven't read this series. You're making me think I should start it. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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