Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog Tour Stop and Review: Grab Your Pole by Jenn Cooksey

Title: Grab Your Pole Series

Author: Jenn Cooksey

Age Group: Mature YA

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com

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Book Description:

Shark Bait: Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.

Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists.

Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?

The Other Fish in the Sea: In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, The Other Fish in the Sea, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!

So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it's finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it's a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.

Shark Out of Water: With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.

In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.

About the Author
Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she's no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey's roof is female. She's sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.

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My Review:

This was a cute and fun novel about a girl navigating the treacherous waters of high school. There was a lot of humor in the book and the author’s depiction of the hierarchies within the walls of high school was spot on.

Camie was a very likable narrator. She’s precocious, funny, and definitely wears her heart on her sleeve. Her observations were hilarious and she was a main character you could cheer for. I enjoyed her relationships with a lot of the secondary characters, especially her sister and of course the love interest Tristan. Their encounters were awkward, adorable and wonderful.

The book didn’t drag and it was refreshing to read something lighthearted. Although it wasn’t a heavy book, there was plenty of emotion, especially when the author shone light on the common insecurities facing girls entering high school for the first time.

I liked the writing style except for the sections where Camie addressed the reader directly. It’s just my own personal reading preference but it always draws me out of a story. The book is also very YA and I probably would only recommend it to younger readers of the genre in lieu of adult fans of YA books.

Very cute series starter and the sequels are bound to be fun as Camie and Tristain’s adventures are continued.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

I received a copy of the novel as part of the Grab Your Pole Book Tour.

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  1. I think I would like the main character esp since she manages to be funny and wear emotions

  2. Good review! I love this book series so much!

  3. Sounds like a fun read, but probably not something I'd pick up. I'm reading a romance novel now and am gagging every few pages at the googly eyes and insta-love. I don't know how I'll be able to write a non-biased review on that one. :) LOL! Great review. Well written and thorough! WRITE ON!

  4. I have the first 2 books, but haven't gotten around to reading them yet. I will definitely get Shark Out of Water to add to the series. Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Bonnie Hlligoss / bonnie at bonnieanddave dot com

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