Monday, September 1, 2014

Release Day Launch: In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5) by: K.A. Tucker (Review, Excerpt, Giveaway)

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We are stoked to bring you all the Release Day Launch for K.A. Tucker's IN HER WAKE! IN HER WAKE is a new adult contemporary romance and a prequel novella in the Ten Tiny Breaths Series, published by Atria Press (an imprint of Simon & Schuster).

In Her Wake
Release Date: September 1, 2014
from Atria Books
"Cole Reynolds had it all. And then one night he makes a bad choice... and loses everything. When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he'd be able to lean on his best friends. The best friends that have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they're gone. Worse, there's the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys. Everyone assures him that they know it wasn't intentional and yet he can't ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. The all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won't so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip of what once was important-college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It's not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness. And there's only one person who can give that to him..." Amazon | B&N | iBookstore | BAM | Bookish | Other | Goodreads

My Thoughts:

When I first heart Trent was getting a novella, I knew I wanted to read it. I was dying to know what made Trent do the things he did and how he was affected by the accident. I knew going in that this story would be dark, but I don’t think I was fully prepared for just how dark it was. Trent hits rock bottom and it is a long climb up. He holds on to a ton of guilt from the accident and he truly feels as if he doesn’t deserve to be happy anymore. This wasn’t an easy story to read but I am really glad I got to see Trent’s side of things.

I think my favorite thing about this novella was the different perspective it provided on the situation. Whenever a situation happens that involves drunk driving everyone is quick to judge and condemn the drunk drivers. I’m not saying it is ever okay to drive drunk but is it right of us to condemn them? We all know drinking lowers your inhibitions and maybe you think you’re fine when you’re not or maybe you hand your keys to someone else because you think that is the right thing to do and it turns out that was not the right decision. There are so many circumstances and everyone is human. Is it right to condemn them forever? That isn’t a question I can answer, but this book definitely makes you think about it. Because reading from Trent’s point of view, I really felt for him. He made a bad decision, but I don’t think he deserved what he had to deal with in the aftermath.

In Her Wake was an eye opening read and really one that will make you think. This is one I definitely recommend to fans of the series. 


That’s how I spot her.
There’s no doubt that it’s her; I’ve memorized her face.
Leaning against a wall on the opposite side, her lips wrapped around a clear bottle filled with clear liquor, her fiery red hair a wild mane against the stark white wall, a tight black T-shirt showing off toned arms. She’s in no rush to part with that bottle, guzzling back a good portion before she hands it off to someone, wiping her mouth with the back of her hand.
Her eyes at half-mast.
She’s wasted.
My heart starts racing. What the hell is Kacey Cleary doing here? By my calculation, she’s probably finishing her last year of high school, having lost at least half a year while recovering.
I tug my cap down even farther, though I doubt she can see two feet in front of her.
Shit. What if she does recognize me? How would she react? Does she know my real name? What I look like? I can’t say for sure that my face wasn’t printed in a newspaper somewhere. She could have Googled my name and found a dozen game shots with me in them. I have my helmet on in most of them, but you can find a profile picture of me easily enough if you’re looking.
I don’t know that she was, though. I wonder if Kacey Cleary gives a fuck about anything anymore. Her Facebook account is inactive. She hasn’t posted a single word and the well-wishes have dwindled, as everyone moves on.
I do know that she shouldn’t be at a party in this state. I’ve heard of bad things happening when girls get that drunk. Especially when they don’t care.
But what do I do?
A blonde stumbles into my chest with two beers in hand. “Hey, do you go here? What’s your name?” She’s tipping her head back way farther than necessary to look up at me, telling me she’s trying to flirt but is too drunk to do it right.
I smile down at her anyway. She’s a good cover. I can stand right here and watch Kacey. “I’m Trent, and I used to go here.”
“Really? When’d you graduate?”
From the corner of my eye, I see Kacey shift from the wall and begin climbing the stairs, her arm hooked around the railing to help her. Two guys following her.

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Author PhotoBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.  
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  1. Oh, I cannot wait to read In Her Wake! I got an ARC but I was unable to start it! I'm hoping I will today or tomorrow! I just want to get inside Trent's head, and like you said, I can tell it's going to be an eye opening novella!

    Loved the review!

  2. I haven't read the ten tiny breath series yet, but I would like to.

  3. Can't wait to get to this, I loved him in ttb

  4. Well maybe I should read this one as I never understood Trent like I was supposed to. I'm glad that this book got to throw some light on his past. Great review, Teresa :)

  5. I'm diving into this one tonight! I'm so excited! I had a feeling like you it would be dark, but I'm glad to know going in that this novella will probably crush my soul. LOL.

  6. I'm sure this is a very interesting perspective! I'm glad you liked it!

  7. I feel like such a blogger fail for only having read the first book in this series. Need to get on that but there are just so many books and so little time.

    1. I've only read the first book in this series as well, but I loved Trent so I had to read the novella

  8. I didn't think it was a *must* to read this one even though I adore this series, but your review (and the gushy texts you sent me) definitely changed my mind. I'll be grabbing this up. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and convincing me to get to know Trent a little better. *smooshy glomps*


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