Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Begin Again by Brittney Mulliner

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Begin Again, by Brittney Mulliner
254p, 2014, YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating=3 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the tour host for an honest review

Escaping her past, Aubrey Tate moves to Southern California for a fresh start with her older brother, Brandon. Starting over at a new school seems easy with her cousin, Mckayla, and her two best friends at her side, but handling the new guys is another matter. Aubrey ends up in the middle of three rivals that each want her to themselves. Mike claims her first and declare himself her friend and protector. Luke is the school heartthrob that stops Aubrey in her tracks, speechless. Gage is the mysterious, dark outsider that Aubrey can be herself around. How will she navigate her new life while she’s still haunted by her past?

This is one of those books that I'm mixed on. It was full of drama, which I like in a book, but I had a hard time connecting with it. Aubrey has a traumatic experience and needs to start over. She moves in with her brother Brandon and goes to school with her cousin Mckayla. She meets several guys who attract her attention for different reasons. I think it's great that she has plenty of options but I didn't feel like I got to know the guys well enough to root for anyone in particular. There was a lot of hot and cold between her and them as well. I'm not holding this against her, though, since she's a teenager and, of course, I don't feel like she needs to choose her soul mate right now. However, I like to have a relationship to cheer on and don't feel it with any of them. There is one guy she seems to be leaning toward and, I don't want to spoil it, but their relationship is weird to me.

Aubrey is finding herself and I didn't feel like I got a good handle on who she is. There are issues with her mom and step dad which made it easier for her to leave home. She gets along with her Aunt Diane and cousin Mckayla and feels close to them, even though it's been a while since she's seen them in person. She also feels close to her brother Brandon and they have a great relationship. She makes friends easily and gets along with almost everyone. I did enjoy the friendships she formed with Mckayla and her friends and they had some dramatic, fun scenes to read.

The writing held my interest enough to keep reading but I felt like I was waiting for something to happen through most of the book. Something big does happen at the very end. I'm interested in reading more of the series since I want to know what will happen next and what Aubrey's life will look like in the end. I hope to see growth in her as the series progresses.

Author Brittney Mulliner

Brittney had been an avid reader since she can remember. Her parents’ form of punishment for her growing up was taking away her books and making her go outside to play. She was born and raised in Southern California, with a brief hiatus in Arizona. She loves the beach, exercising, sleeping in, and cookies. She is an obsessive dog lover, although her affection currently has no outlet. Something that she is planning on remedying soon. She currently lives in Utah while she and her husband finish college.

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Unknown said...

Okay I am mixed also...I hate love triangles...I mean I really do. They frustrate me so much and it sounds like there are more than two boys. gag. But the description kind of gripped me....BUT, I don't like "waiting" for things to happen. Thanks for the heads up though in case I do read it :)! Great review

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