7 April 2015

Tour, Review & Giveaway - Between Now & Never


Between Now & Never


Between Now and Never 
by Laura Johnston



Between now and never





Buh boom, buh boom.

My heart thrusts with a force that takes me by surprise. Telling me something I don’t understand. A splitting pain, a longing to slip back under. They tell me I was in a hit-and-run, but I can’t remember what happened that night. All I know is that I woke up with pictures in my pocket, a card from one of those photo booths in the mall. And I’m in the pictures. Cody Rush. Me and…

Julianna.

Her brother was there that night, and my dad, the FBI agent, was the one who put her mom behind bars. What’s the connection? And why won’t Julianna talk to me now? Somehow, she holds the key to it all, and getting close–real close—to her for the answers I need will be no hardship at all…



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Praise for Between Now & Never
“A romance that will keep teens turning pages.” ~ Janette Rallison

"This was a lot different than I was expecting and I was honestly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The cover led me to believe this would be a cute, love story but it was a suspenseful and gripping read." ~ Review from Goodreads

“Best book I read all year! On the edge of your seat suspense, heartwarming romance, and characters to cheer for—Between Now and Never is one you won’t want to miss.” ~Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga

"I had the privilege to read BETWEEN NOW AND NEVER when it was in manuscript form. I loved loved loved it from page one! Laura Johnson is such a talented author -- really looking forward to reading more of her work!" ~Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton




Author Spotlight:

Laura Rewind to You Author

Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids.




I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!


What I say: In Between Now & Never Laura Johnston puts a twist on the usual contemporary YA romance by incorporating a mystery element. 

Cody has recently moved to a new town with his FBI Dad and the rest of his family (who I loved btw). He has big dreams of playing basketball until he looses his memory in a hit and run and has to go through a recuperation. He wants to know what happened to him, why he keeps having strange flashbacks and why he has photo-booth pictures of Julianna, a girl from school. 

Julianna comes from a very different background to Cody. Her mother is in prison, her dad has issues and her star basketball player brother Vic has a drug problem. I really liked both characters and enjoyed reading the story from both POVs.

Cody goes out of his way to help Julianna, and she learns to open up to people more. Whilst looking for answers about the accident, they find themselves drawn into a dangerous mystery. 

The only slight thing I would change was how quickly the book ended - I would have enjoyed a longer ending and of course more of an explanation about Vic.

4 Stars in the Sky!



Excerpt — A Dimple-Loaded Smile…and a Challenge.

JULIANNA:

“Listen”—I cut him off before his flirtatious ways turn me into a puddle of mush at his feet—“for the record, that whole photo booth...incident...didn’t mean anything, okay?”
He sits up, leaning forward to pull a wallet from his back pocket. He fishes something out and slaps it down on the coffee table.
“Oh, yeah?” he challenges. “What about that?”
I glance down at the pictures—the photo-booth pictures. His index finger taps the third picture, the one of him practically kissing my neck. The nerve! I feel a wave of heat rising up my neck and into my cheeks. Wait, he keeps this in his wallet?
“Pulling out that dimple-loaded smile of yours and doing . . .” I fish for a term to describe what he’s doing in that picture. Smelling my hair? Kissing my ear? It’s too intimate, too personal to articulate. “...doing...that...might win over every other girl who comes your way, but it doesn’t work for me.”
“Oh, yeah?” he asks again and leans in dangerously close, his tone doubtful. His gaze drops from my eyes to my lips. “What does do it for you, Julianna?”
The sound of my name on his lips sinks right to my core, rich and tempting. Like chocolate. Isn’t the admiration of three fourths of the Highland High School female student body enough for him? Why is he toying with me?
“You would like to know, wouldn’t you?” I ask, loading as much spite into that challenge as possible. One side of his lips kicks up, like he’s thoroughly enjoying this.


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