Sunday, May 25, 2014

Free to Fall Blog Tour: What's in my Purse and Review

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for 
FREE TO FALL by Lauren Miller. 

May 23: RealityLapse REVIEW + TENS LIST 
May 24: A Dream Within A Dream REVIEW + AUTHOR INTERVIEW 
May 25: Wholly Books REVIEW + WHAT’S IN MY PURSE/ON DESK  (You are Here!)
May 26: Swoony Boys Podcast REVIEW + THIS OR THAT

Author: Lauren Miller
Release Date: May 13th 2014 | Publisher HarperTeen
What if there was an app that told you what song to listen to, what coffee to order, who to date, even what to do with your life—an app that could ensure your complete and utter happiness? What if you never had to fail or make a wrong choice?
What if you never had to fall?

Fast-forward to a time when Apple and Google have been replaced by Gnosis, a monolith corporation that has developed the most life-changing technology to ever hit the market: Lux, an app that flawlessly optimizes decision making for the best personal results. Just like everyone else, sixteen-year-old Rory Vaughn knows the key to a happy, healthy life is following what Lux recommends. When she’s accepted to the elite boarding school Theden Academy, her future happiness seems all the more assured. But once on campus, something feels wrong beneath the polished surface of her prestigious dream school. Then she meets North, a handsome townie who doesn’t use Lux, and begins to fall for him and his outsider way of life. Soon, Rory is going against Lux’s recommendations, listening instead to the inner voice that everyone has been taught to ignore — a choice that leads her to uncover a truth neither she nor the world ever saw coming.

Free to Fall is a futrustic novel that is unsettlingly close to reality. It isn't one of those really out scenarios, but instead one that hits very close to home. Free to Fall is an excellently written, fast paced novel of how technology could change our world and it isn't a good change.

I loved the plot of this book! Free to Fall is full of suspense and will keep you guessing. There were several times when I was completely caught off guard by the plot twists. You never knew who to trust and who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. The secret society definitely added an extra level of mystery and kept me guessing. 

The premise of the book is very interesting and made even more interesting about how easily we could actually see this happen. We use apps for EVERYTHING so is it really that far fetched to use an app that tells you what to do to achieve the best possible outcome? I don't think so. It really makes you think, what if?

Rory and North were both interesting characters and I liked their chemistry. I liked that North didn't allow others to make his decisions and instead chose to make his own decisions. I loved that Rory was able to start making her own decisions after being around North. Rory was very dependent on Lux but after being around North she is able to realize that maybe Lux doesn't have her best interests at heart. The only thing I didn't like about their relationship was that there was a few too many "misunderstandings". I feel like those were thrown in for added suspense but with the suspense of the rest of the novel it was unnecessary. 

Free to Fall is a thought provoking novel that will hook readers instantly. Anyone that is looking for a futuristic or suspenseful novel should pick up this book!

What's In My Purse by Lauren Miller

1)     My Mac Air - I carry my laptop with me everywhere, just in case I find time to write.  The Air is so light, I sometimes panic and think Ive forgotten it somewhere.  And by sometimes, I mean at least once a day.
2)    A hairclip - Who has time to wash their hair when theyre on a book deadline?  Not me.  On day 3, I start wearing it up.
3)    My iPhone (in its nifty Free to Fall upsilon case) - Despite the fact that I wrote a cautionary tale about our addiction to our smartphones, Im still tethered to mine.  This case features the dominant symbol from Free to Fall, an upsilon, the 20th letter of the Greek alphabet.
4)    Free to Fall promo postcard - I usually have bookmarks in my bag, but since Ive been promoting the book launch party at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica (which, by the time this post appears, will have already happened), Ive been carrying around promo postcards.
5)    Alphabet notebook - I carry this little notepad with me for jotting down ideas.  Its empty, though, because I use my iPhones notepad when inspiration strikes.  I still carry the paper pad, just in case my phone dies in the middle of my next great idea.
6)    A pen, a pencil, and a sharpie - all the writing utensils a girl needs.  One for writing checks, one for taking notes, and one for signing books. 
7)    Nohmad Peppermint Crunch dark chocolate - Around three oclock every day, I crave coffee and chocolate.  Starbucks is great for satisfying the coffee craving, but their chocolate offerings arent near dark enough for my tastes.  Nohmad chocolates are super dark, locally made, and un-roasted.  Yum.
8)    Extra gum - I chew gum constantly, even when I sleep.  Likely the reason I have TMJ. 
9)    Altoids - Every day I tell myself Im going to chew less gum, and Ill pop a mint.  Ten minutes later, Im reaching for the gum.
10) Rosebud salve - My magic potion.  Good for lips, dry knuckles and cuticles.  Even cuts in a pinch.
11) Charger thingy - Im sure this little blue rectangle has a name, but I just call it my charger thingy.  It works like an outlet, charging my phone when Im out and about.
12) Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me by Rachel Bertshe - I usually have a book in my bag, and right now its a galley of the new book by my dear friend and fellow author Rachel Bertshe.  You may recognize her name from her debut, the bestselling MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend.  Her latest memoir is about her quest for perfection, one celebrity at a time, and Im loving it! 
13) Toy mail truck - These days, I often have my writing partner with me when Im writing.  My four month old son.  Invariably, something from his diaper bag ends up in my purse.  Today, its this little metal mail truck.  Not pictured?  The tiny little sock I found inside its trunk.

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