Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tara Sivec and Watch Over Me Review and Giveaway

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Book Blurb:

Addison Snow is your typical teenager. She has a family that loves her, friends that make her laugh, and she's wrapped up in the excitement of graduating high school and going off to college to pursue her dream of becoming an author. When her mother, who also happens to be Addison's best friend, dies unexpectedly, her world comes to a crashing halt.

Death changes everyone...

To make the pain go away, Addison and her father travel down separate, dark paths. She chooses to end her grief forever, while he drowns his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle. How do you learn to live again when the most important person in your life is gone?

Addison struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. Instead of getting back to being the carefree teenager she once was, she's stuck handling all of the responsibilities that should have been her father's. She has no time to grieve, no time for emotions, and no time for happiness...until Zander Reinhardt walks in. All it takes is one little handwritten note on a napkin to kickstart
her back to life and help her realize that maybe there's more to that life than pain.

But can it really be that simple? Can she really trust this man who makes her feel alive again for the first time in a year?

Addison and Zander both have secrets they aren't ready to share. When the truth finally comes out, is it enough to tear them apart or has something bigger than themselves always been watching over them, pushing them together, making sure they both get their happily ever after?

Stephanie Says:

Tara Sivec has done it again. Watch Over Me is five beautifully angelic stars! When most people think of Tara Sivec, they associate her with an over the top hilarious writing ability. She definitely writes marvelously funny books but now she has shown her ability to write on the complete opposite spectrum. Watch Over Me is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of Love, Loss, Hurt and Hope. It will suck you in from the very first page and hold you there until you finish the very last sentence. 

Addison Snow had it all; great friends, popular in school, and a family that meant the world to her. She was voted “Best Friend to Everyone” and “Most Likely to Succeed in Making Everyone Laugh” by her peers. All of that changes abruptly and her whole life spirals out of control. Addison loses her best friend, her confidant, her mother. If it wasn’t bad enough that she has lost her mother, her father can’t handle losing her either and becomes an alcoholic. Addison has to grow up and grow up quickly. She suddenly becomes the parent while her dad acts like a child.

Addison goes through the motions day in and day out. She has shut everything and everyone out. She doesn’t feel and has built a wall up so that she doesn’t have to. If no one can get in then you don’t have to worry about feeling the emotions that comes with that right?

The family business, Snow’s Sugary Sweets, was never Addison’s dream. Her dreams of going to college and studying English so she could become an author were washed down the drain the day her mother died and her father checked out of reality.  Baking is not her favorite thing to do but it pays the bills and keeps the family business afloat so she does it. There is a positive to working in Snow’s and his name is Zander.

Zander began frequenting the bakery and couldn’t keep his eyes off of Addison. He always admired Addison from afar, until one day he leaves her a note

One simple note. Little does Zander know that note will be the beginning of a whole new life, not just for him but for Addison too.  I loved Zander’s quirky sense of humor and the way he always knew just what to say to make Addison smile. He was sweet and attractive and all around a great guy.

What I love about Tara’s style of writing is that she stays true to human nature. There is no “insta-love” in her stories. Relationships are built on a foundation of getting to know each other and trust.  Trust is a major issue for Addison but with the help of her therapist, Dr.Thompson, she learns how to trust again.

Throughout the book there are little things that stand out and make you sit back and try and piece them all together. Tara gives you just enough to think about it but not enough to figure it out. I loved that about Watch Over Me. She kept me guessing the entire time. Just when you think you have it figured out, she changes it on you and throws you for a loop.  Secrets get revealed and hurt ensues. Can love really conquer all? Is it possible to forgive even though you will never forget, and to move on?

It is so hard to find a good stand alone book when everything seems to be leaning towards cliffhangers and series.  Well look no further because Watch Over Me is one of the best I have read in a long time. This is not a light, fluffy, full of sugar and sweet read. This is a sad, dark, yet hopeful read. It shows you that no matter how bad you think life is, there is always a way to crawl out of the hole you are living in and see the light at the top. It makes you think about things that some may question don’t exist. Tara makes you realize that if you truly believe in something, it exists. 

T.E. Sivec is the pen name for Tara Sivec. Under T.E. Sivec, she delves into a more serious genre that is her absolute favorite to read romantic suspense. She loves reading a book and feeling her heart speed up with anticipation and wanted to be able to give that feeling to her fans. T.E. lives in Ohio with her husband and two children, living the dream of being a fulltime
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