Blog Tour: Finding You by Lydia Albano (Review!)

Finding You 
Lydia Albano
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: September 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla’s only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming… If they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.

Swoon Reads is proud to present Lydia Albano’s debut novel, a powerful story of a teen girl finding strength and hope in even the worst circumstances.

I've been dying to read Lydia Albano's Finding You ever since I first heard about it. The premise sounded fascinating, and the cover is stunning. 

The result? Finding You is an incredibly strong debut. 

Daring, adventurous, poignant, Finding You is the story of one girl's fight to free herself and others from one nefarious man's strong grasp. 

Trust me when I say it's incredibly easy to get caught up in Isla's journey. You feel her pain - her utter & complete despair - but you also feel her hope and strength - the want no the NEED to be the one who saves not only herself but every single girl who's been put into the same predicament. 
"He's the boy who breaks the rules, the boy who stands up for the weak, the boy won wouldn't see me and attacked and not find a way to save me. He's the boy who kissed me, the boy who loves me, I hope. He'll find me. He'll save me." ARC, location 474 
Finding You begins just as Isla's heart is breaking. Tam, her best friend, her confidant, the boy she loves more than she can possibly express out loud, is leaving for the army. Isla doesn't know how she'll possibly survive without him, especially now that he's kissed her and ran. Did the kiss mean something? Or was it a simple goodbye between two good friends? Isla needs to know, which is how she ends on the train platform that fateful afternoon. Isla hopes she can catch his eye one last time, to get a better feeling of his thoughts and to wave goodbye. Isla, however, experiences something she couldn't have possible anticipated: she's kidnapped out the crowd and thrown into a train car to be sold with a handful of other young women. Isla is scared and shocked. How has this happened to her? How is she possibly going to survive, let alone escape? Her only solace is the hope that Tam saw her, that he will find her and save her...but as the days stretch on and the conditions become more treacherous, Isla begins to see that her only hope may be the strength and power inside she holds within. 

Isla is a character I couldn't help but to love from the start. When we're first introduced to her, she's shy, studious, and quiet, the sort of girl who lives vicariously through other's tales of daring adventure. She's content with ordinary life, however, especially knowing that she'll always have her father and best friend by her side. So when she's becomes the possession of a aristocrat, she's sad rather than angry, placing hope in other's help rather than in her own hands. However, over the course of the book, we see this amazing change occur...she goes from being the girl who blends into the background to being the girl who completely stands out. She becomes fearless, conniving, and strong. She becomes a girl who goes on adventures rather than reads about them, a girl who doesn't need to rely on a man or really anyone - she goes out and risks her own live to save others.  I loved this transition - I loved kick a$$ Isla, the girl who takes names and knocks down doors. She was an inspiration. 
"Bravery, selflessness, cunning, I may not be quite as brave as Tam, or as kind as Valentina, or as clever as Des. But I have hope flooding my veins, and love pumping my heart with promise and strength. So if I am to be a heroine, to save the lives of these girls around me, perhaps I can bear what has happened." - ARC, location 1359 
The premise and its execution was part of Finding You that I enjoyed. While Finding You is told in fictional town and empire, its story - what happens to these young girls - is something that is incredibly prevalent in today's society. I admired Lydia for taking on such a hard hitting topic, and giving these girls voices, showing that no matter the circumstance, they still have the power and ability to be brave and powerful. I thought Lydia did a great job of making these story realistic based on what happened to the girls, and while some parts of me was surprised at the type of ending we were given (it fit together almost too nicely), I still had to remember that no matter what ending they were given, these girls would carry on emotional and physical scars for the rest of their lives, and that quite simply, broke my heart into a million little pieces.  

If you love gritty, hard-hitting books with a flair of fantasy, Finding You is the book for you. I simply can't wait to see what Lydia Albano comes up with next. 

Grade: A- 

Finding You is now out! 

Source: eARC provided by publisher for blog tour 

Author Bio:
Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, Finding You, will be released in September, 2017, with SwoonReads/Macmillan.

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Books On My Fall 2017 TBR List

I don't know about you all but there's SO MANY books I want to read this Fall! So many in fact that it was incredibly hard to limit this list down to 10...

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore: Kristin Cashore is one of my favorite authors so it's only natural for this one to be on my list! 
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake: Even though I didn't completely love the first one, I NEED to know what happens next! Plus, the reviews for this have been great so far! 
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland: Every single time I try to buy this book in person, the store doesn't have it. I guess I'm just going to have to order it online, but seriously this book sounds amazing, and I just love the cover! 
There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: Stephanie Perkins, one of the queens of YA romance, writing thrillers?! Color me intrigued, I simply can't wait for this!
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: Is this really a Fall 2017 TBR list if it doesn't include John Green?! Enough said...

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: This book has been getting so much buzz! *Fingers crossed* I'll love it as much as everyone else! 
The Future She Left Behind by Marin Thomas: This book includes a road trip between a woman and her ex-mother-in-law. Sound deliciously dramatic right?! 
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott: I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this and I'm really hoping I'll be able to get to it soon. It looks amazing! 
Now Is Everything by Amy Giles: This one is declared as "perfect for Sarah Dessen fans" which means I'm now 100% sold! 
My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff: Because is a Fall 2017 also complete if it doesn't have a fun holiday book? I think not! Super excited for this one! 


That's it for me! If you're curious about what other books I'm dying to read/am reading this fall check out my Goodreads account HERE

Are any of these on your Fall 2017 TBR list? Is there a book you think I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments! 


Review: Royal Attraction by Tiffany Truitt

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website
Alexandra Ryans’s life has been anything but normal. Some might even call it a fairy tale. As the daughter of the former U.S. ambassador to England, she grew up within the palace walls, best friends with the three young princes. Adored by the press and the British people. What more could a girl want?

If only the press knew the real story behind her relationships with the Dudley boys. Then, they’d really sell some papers.

Oliver Dudley, youngest son and third in line for the throne, loves everything about his life. The fame. The parties. The women. The utter lack of expectations and responsibilities that come with being last in the line of succession. But while the world thinks he has everything he wants, there's one thing he was never able to call his own—the beautiful and spunky American Aly Ryans. But how can he convince her when she hates everything about his life? And what is he willing to give up to get her?


After speed reading through Seven Ways to Loose Your Heart back in August, Tiffany Truitt landed on my go-to authors lists. So when I found out about Royal Attraction, her latest romance book, I was BEYOND excited - I was bordering on jumping-up-and-down in complete and utter anticipation. 

What I Thought Prior to Reading Royal Attraction: I can't possible love another one of Tiffany's book as much as I loved Seven Ways to Loose Your Heart

The Reality: Yes, I totally could, and that book's name is Royal Attraction. 

Royal Attraction is romantic, witty, and emotional. It's the kind of book you tell yourself, "Okay, just one more page..." but that page quickly turns into 20 and then 50 and then all of sudden you're done and you're thinking to yourself BUT THAT'S IT?! I WANT MORE! 

Just like with Seven Ways to Loose Your Heart, Royal Attraction contains characters you can't help but utterly love. What I loved most about Allie is how relatable she is. Bluntly speaking, Allie is a complete and utter mess. She's failed out of college. She was involved in a infamous affair with a professor she didn't know was married. Worst of all? She's still running from family drama that happened years ago...family drama that she's going to have to face any day now. 

Rather than be turned off by how much of a mess Aly as, I found her to be 100% endearing. She's the perfect representation of any twenty-something - lost and struggling but trying her darn hardest to get her life to where she wants it to be. Better yet, she had an addicting personality. She was funny, honest, and even slightly snarky. I especially admired her willingness to call out Europe's most elite family out on their BS, because not only was it fierce of her but it was also downright hilarious at times. 

With Aly came the the three royal brothers, and while I liked all of them for their own reasons, Oliver Dudley was hands-down my favorite. He was equal parts charming and devilishly arrogant - one minute putting a smile on my face and the next having me internally screaming come on Ollie just be honest and get the girl.What I loved the most about Ollie, however, was his love and loyalty to Aly.  He always saw the good in her when no one - not even her herself- could see it. He pushed her to be the best she could be, and challenged her to face her inner demons. Basically, he was a kick a$$ confidant AND love interest. 

Talking about love interests, the romance in this was HOT. It's the stereotypical second chance romance, but I loved it all the same, because with Aly and Oliver it took on a whole never level of awesome. I enjoyed the little twists Tiffany threw our way regarding their romance, especially in regards to what originally ended it and the unseen sources that still to this day stood in their way. Some of it I saw coming, but other parts managed to surprise me a little. 

In all, I can't suggest this one highly to romance readers! I especially suggest this one to fans of Meg Cabot, as Royal Attraction has the wit, charm, and heart of one of Meg's beloved books.

Grade: A 

Source: eARC provided by publisher 

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