14 Sept 2015

BLOG TOUR: EM AND EM by Linda Budzinski + #GIVEAWAY


Author: Linda Budzinski
Publication Date:  September 15, 2015
Publisher:  Swoon Romance
Genre:  YA, Contemporary
The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends – well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her – and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is – Em or Em.

This book was really well written and I found myself really enjoying the reading process. I liked Emily/Ember and I loved seeing her really transition into being herself.

The plot was extremely coherent and well done. I found myself immersed in the story and I liked the little asides that told us Emily/Ember's past and caught us up to the future. I think Emily/Ember is a good role model and someone that I actually look up to because she was so raw and real. She had crappy things -- and crappy people -- happen to her but she was still brave and stood up for her convictions.

I loved that both stories -- because Emily and Ember both have similar but different stories -- that paralleled one another. I thought that she was such a strong character and so well written. I just loved everything about her. She had problems standing up for herself but would defend anyone else and I thought that was beautiful.

Oh and Charles *heart eyes*

Overall: 4.5/5 stars for this one! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

THE FUNERAL SINGER is Linda Budzinski's first novel.

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