Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington releases on the 24th and let me tell you that you need this book in your life! Check out the review, all the book information, and other stops on the blog tour! Be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway as well to enter to win a SIGNED hardcover of Love Songs & Other Lies plus swag!
It’s summer romance and second chances, the songs that stay in your head, and the boy you’ll never forget.
Two years after rock-song-worthy heartbreak, Virginia Miller is looking forward to a fun, carefree summer. Her friends just landed a spot on a battling bands reality show, and Vee is joining them for her dream internship on tour. Three months with future rockstars seems like an epic summer plan. Until she learns she’ll also be sharing the bus with Cam. Her first love, and her first heartbreak. Now Vee has more than just cameras to dodge, and Cam’s determination to win her forgiveness is causing TMZ-worthy problems for both of them. With cameras rolling, she’ll have to decide if her favorite breakup anthem deserves a new ending. And if she’s brave enough to expose her own secrets to keep Cam’s under wraps.
I made a mistake when I chose this. Yes, you read that correctly. Let me explain. I was looking for something to read, something light and easy, in order to fall asleep. Joke was on me, because I was hooked after one chapter. And I didn’t put the book down until I’d finished. The whole thing, that is.
I didn’t know much about this going in. Just that it was a second chance romance. Friends to lovers to enemies to lovers. And since those are my favorite tropes—SOLD. I cared about nothing else. It’s no surprise I loved it for those reasons. However, it IS a surprise when it comes to the rock star trope. That’s probably my least favorite thing to read in a contemporary. But, I dunno what it was exactly. This time around, I was shook.
The way this story is told is masterful. Past and present. But more than that is the way Pennington packs so much emotion into everything. I could feel the sadness, the hate, the love…and the hope. I was mad for Vee. I was sad for Cam. I wanted them to work through their past and try again. And the angst! I haven’t had my heart gripped so tightly in a very long time. The ups and downs. The secrets. I could barely stand it, yet I couldn’t stop myself from reading.
What’s craziest though, is that I forgot how old the characters were. It doesn’t feel like a typical YA contemporary. They feel older and wiser. Mature. And most of that probably has to do with what they’d gone through. I just know I was thankful the author didn’t write them in a way that had them coming off as idiotic or immature or other descriptive words that people use when belittling teens. They felt REAL. And true.
This is a beautiful tale of love and loss. Secrets and lies. Redemption. It’s easily become one of my all-time favorites. And it will DEFINITELY remain on my best of 2018 list.
Just read it.
Jessica Pennington is no stranger to the combination of love and drama. She’s a wedding planner, after all. A writer since the age of ten—when she sought publication for her poem about a tree—Jessica likes the challenge of finding the humor in a sad situation or highlighting the awkwardness in a romantic one. She lives in a Michigan beach town suspiciously similar to the one in her books, where she’s currently finishing her second novel, WHEN SUMMER ENDS, out April 2019.
1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of LOVE SONGS & OTHER LIES along with a swag bag filled with a t-shirt, bookmark, stickers, buttons, etc.
Rules are included inside the Rafflecopter giveaway
US only, 18+ or with parental permission; Ends on midnight May 12th, CDT
Blog Tour Schedule
LILbooKlovers – Interview
Ashleigh’s Bookshelf – Review
The Clever Reader – Dream Cast
Tale Out Loud – Review
Smada’s Book Smack – Top 10 Quotes
BookCrushin – Review (You Are Here!)
My Fangirl Chronicles – Excerpt
A Blunt Book Blog – Review
BookishBitsBlog – Guest Post
Books. Life. and Everything Else. – Review
The Candid Cover – Interview
Belle’s Archive – Review
The Cursed Books – Playlist
The Heart of a Book Blogger – Aesthetic
Portrait of a Book – Aesthetic
Vicky Who Reads – Review
The Mind of a Book Dragon – Interview
Boundless Bookaholic – Review
Claerie’s Tales – Fanfiction
Librarian Laura – Interview and Excerpt