Monday, June 26, 2017

UNTIL IT FADES BY K.A. TUCKER - BOOK REVIEW + BLOG TOUR

Going into this book, I was afraid was going to be a cheesy story about some girl falling all over a famous hockey player (as a Canadian, I chuckled to my self typing that). And to some extent, that was a very surface level theme, but this book was much deeper than that, and by no means cheesy.


Hello everyone!

I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour and to share my review of Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker. Make sure to check out the rest of the blog tour stops as well, you can head over to Simon and Schuster Canada's Twitter to check them out!


Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster for sending me an e-ARC for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.


The story follows 24-year-old Catherine. One night, while driving home from an unsuccessful blind date, Cath sees the car that just sped past her on the side of the road. She stops to investigate, finding the driver partly ejected through the windshield and the passenger stuck in his seat. Cath calls for help and soon the entire car is up in flames. She struggles to get the passenger out of the car. It isn't until after the ambulance arrives that Cath is told she just saved Brett Madden, a famous hockey star who is supposed to help the Flyers win the Cup.

There is so much more to the plot, but I will leave it at that.

The romance in this book is a nice, slow burn. I was worried it would be insta-lovey, but with Cath being a mom, I appreciated that Tucker knew to take things slower. Plus, the build up was so much better later on! I was also really glad that Tucker made it pretty clear from the beginning that Cath's friend Keith wouldn't try to make this a love triangle situation. I had my doubts, and really loved them together, but they didn't click. Tucker doesn't push this, and although there are times when I am rooting for Keith, I'm glad Brett was in the picture.

The book is told in two timelines, the past back when Cath was 17 and the present day. I preferred the present but not because of the writing, just because of the content. I felt like Cath had lived through a hard time, and it was really hard to live through that with her in that timeline, not just her telling the story today. She has grown a lot since then and her perspective on the situation has definitely changed, but I can see why we needed the past timeline to get the story from her side then.

All the characters in this book were really well done and nicely developed. Jack was my favourite side character, I think partially because he is closer to my age than the other characters and he was hilarious. I would love a YA spinoff with him as the MC (wink wink KA Tucker). But overall the whole family was well done. Cath's mother, Hildy, wasn't my favourite but I definitely respected where she was coming from. Cath's dad was great too, he went along with his wife but knew when to put his foot down.

This is definitely a book that grabs you and doesn't let go, I finished it in one sitting! I kept telling myself one more chapter and it just spiraled into the whole book. I had to know what was going to happen, not to mention I wanted to see Brett and Cath together.

I think this book is different from the other books by Tucker I have read, it's not as suspenseful, like the Burying Water series, and it's not as dark and angsty as the Ten Tiny Breaths series. It was serious enough, but by its very nature, this book is about living life to the fullest and not taking it too seriously. And I think Tucker does it perfectly.

Overall, I definitely recommend (even if you aren't Canadian or a hockey fan ;)).

To make this blog tour even more amazing, Simon and Schuster Canada is hosting a giveaway! There are 5 copies of Until It Fades up for grabs so be sure to check out the other blogs and Simon and Schuster Canada on Twitter to see all the reviews!