Monday, February 6, 2017

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux | Blog Tour and Giveaway | A Book Review

Gold Rush
Jennifer Comeaux

Publication date: January 9th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Liza Petrov’s entire life has been about skating and winning her sport’s top prize – Olympic gold. She’s stayed sheltered inside her bubble, not daring to stray from her destined path.
Until she meets Braden Patrick.
He makes her heart flutter with possibility, and for the first time she gets a taste of a normal teenage life. She longs to have both the boy and the gold, but stepping outside her bubble comes with a price. As Liza begins to question both her future and her past, can she stay focused on the present and realize her ultimate dream?

Gold  by Jennifer Comeaux | Blog Tour | A Book Review

My One Cent

This is one very kilig and sweet story. The rush and thrill of all the firsts. The first date, first kiss, and first love. The heady feeling of excitement and nerves. The anticipation and restlessness. The inspiration and weightlessness. All these are present in the story. Made me feel like I won the gold medal too.

This is the story of Liza, a figure skater who is groomed to win the gold medal in the Olympics. She has forgone a lot of things and experiences normal teenagers are ought to do for that one dream and nothing could sway her steadfast dedication and determination to get the gold. Until she met Braden. The boy who will give her the firsts of many new experiences.

This book described in detail how passion, dedication, and relentless practice to hone one's skill eventually pay off. How parents could either make or break their children. And as cliche' as may it sound, how love inspires, ignites, and propels a person to do the best of all her best. This is like a classic tale of love as a force which brings out the best in a person and makes her shine the brightest ever. This is not just a story about romantic love but love in all forms. This is a story of success and happy-endings.

I really like Liza's character. She is strong on her own and she knows what she needs. Like most people who are oozing with confidence when they are in their element but are naive and innocent in other things--so is Liza. She can dominate and charm in the skating rink but she is as green as the grass when it comes to dating and boys. She is willing to explore this side of life with as much confidence as a toddler on her first baby steps but she's also aware of her limitations. I like that she is not as desperate as some teenage girls who are like horses let loose from their stables. She is careful and will only try as far as she could take. No heedless plunging into uncertainties. She is willing to take some risks but they are calculated and the outcomes are already determined. I admire her focus, though, at some point, she may have allowed the pressure to get to her. But then again, her years of practice in her craft took over like muscle-memory. The best thing is she never forgot the reason why she was skating in the first place--she loves it and she only needed to enjoy the moment to ace it.

And Braden, one mature boy for her age. I guess all parents would want their daughters to date a guy like him. 

I also enjoyed having the twins in this story. Alex and Quinn are just so cute. Especially, Quinn, she's too smart for her age. I really love her. Her comments didn't sound like coming from a five-year-old. I was amused when she gave Braden a piece of her mind about his relationship with Liza.

I give the book 5/5 pairs of ice skating shoes. The author vividly described the intricacies and technicalities of figure skating. I felt like I was there in the rink and seeing Liza perform her various routines. The excitement mingling with the fear of making a mistake again was ripe in the air. I can feel the disappointment and exhilaration Liza felt. I was rooting for Liza to perfect her steps and win the gold. She truly deserves it after years of so much hard work. 

Author Bio:
Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a die hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. When she’s not writing, traveling, or calculating taxes, you can find her feeding her television addiction.