Thursday, December 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Ink is Thicker Than Water + Giveaway
I am so pleased to be a stop for Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding as arranged by Rockstar Book Tours. This tour runs from November 25th through December 6th so be sure to check out the other sites (and enter the giveaway!)

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding
4/5 stars
Entangled Teen, 2013
320 pages
YA Contemporary

Source: Received a copy through tour and also through Netgalley.
Publisher Description: For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie’s the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie’s sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.

But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she’s sure he’s totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn’t always a good thing, it’s yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.

It’ll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom’s tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.
Find it: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

After enjoying Spalding's debut The Reece Malcolm List, I knew I'd want to read more especially if they were going to be similarly comedic. I was pleased that I was able to connect so easily with both heroines as family plays an important role for each just as it always has for me. That was definitely my favorite aspect. Kellie as a young person is still very much struggling to find her place and to define her talents especially in comparison to her seemingly perfect older sister and her super adorable younger brother. In her mind, she doesn't seem to fit in or stand out in any discernible fashion but over the course of the novel, she discovers more about her own unique talents and place in the family.

Of special interest to me was the relationship with her sister. I've mentioned countless times that I'm a sucker for sister-sister stories being an older sister myself. This one is on the more complicated side as older sister Sara is adopted and, having turned 18, is connecting with her adoptive mother and exploring other facets of herself in a way that leaves behind Kellie. I found this distance heartbreaking to read about and it just made me want to go hug my sister (though I get that feeling a lot like when I saw Frozen for example :)

I felt a bit disappointed with the other relationships mentioned in the synopsis though. Best friend Kaitlyn just seems to drift away from Kellie in an inexplicable fashion and I thought Oliver was going to be much crazier (a la Oliver Trask from "The O.C." perhaps?) or maybe he would become an abusive boyfriend. Nothing so dramatic, fitting for this more quiet contemporary but a bit of a letdown to me when I wanted something bigger and more explosive. Instead it is very realistic and for that reason, probably more relatable to a wider range of readers.

Overall: A contemporary deeply focused on relationships and finding your place that should appeal to many readers.

About Amy:

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing around L.A.

Photo by Jessie Weinberg.

For more about Amy be sure to read the F.A.Q.


Other Tour Stops:
Week One:
11/25/2013- The Bookmark Blog
11/26/2013- Donnie Darko Girl
11/27/2013- Reading the Best of the Best
11/28/2013- She Dreams in Fiction
11/29/2013- My Reading Room

Week Two:
12/2/2013- YA Story Teller
12/3/2013- LeAnn's Book Reviews
12/4/2013- Bookish Things & More
12/5/2013- Bookworm1858
12/6/2013- The Irish Banana Review

Two winners will receive a copy of Ink is Thicker Than Water (US only)

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  1. I've been curious about this one since a lot of people loved Amy Spalding's debut. I'm not sure it's for me, but I do like sister stories too. (I certainly have a complicated enough relationship with my own sister.)

  2. Ha -- I have to make my sister go see "Frozen" with me….
    Great review!

    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. I have The Reece Malcolm List but haven't gotten a chance to read it. Yep, I'm that far behind! I think I'd like this one. I like books about finding yourself, I'm still looking. And complex family relationships. Nice review!

  4. I've really been wanting to read one of her books. Both of them sound pretty great. And I really adore the covers!

  5. I haven't read any of Spalding's books yet--which sucks because they sound wonderful and totally the type contemporary I would enjoy. I'm an only child but I love sister books too:) Plus anytime I read an interview or the author's tweets she sounds hilarious (I think she did stand up comedy so that's not surprising!) Point is I need to read these books--SOON. So, thanks for the giveaway opportunity:))

    1. well crap--I missed the giveaway :( Oh well-- still enjoyed your review!


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