Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Tour & ARC Review: All The Rage by Courtney Summers + Giveaway[U.S/CAN]!♥

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Tour hosted by St. Martins' Griffin for their upcoming release.

All The Rage
Courtney Summers

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin(April 14, 2015)
  • Genre: Mature YA
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
  • Source: Review Copy was sent free of charge via St. Martin's Griffin. Thank you Michelle.
  • Synopsis: The sheriff's son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything-friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy's only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn't speak up. Nobody believed her the first time-and they certainly won't now-but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, Courtney Summers' new novel All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.


  • I have previously read Courtney Summers books before, a lot of her novels deal with mature content such as rape so brace yourself for the impact. All The Rage is a novel about Romy Grey, she was raped by the sheriff's son Kellan Turner. Of course, no one believes her because the culture we live in chooses to be blind. Romy's acquaintance who she knows goes missing one day that ties her with Kellan. Now Romy must decide whether she wants to speak up or be quite. She is still deciding whether it will be worth it because no one believed her the first time, who will believe her the second time?
  • That cover is creepy and it makes me cringe, however so does the actual novel itself. The cover does it justify it because that's what the actual content feels like as well. This novel sure did enrage me.. It brought so much rage in me that I wanted to chuck this book at the wall and then later I wanted to hug it. This is quite a strong YA novel, it has explicit language and strong themes. The author addresses the culture we live in that doesn't believe in a woman's word, and instead chooses to shame them. I don't believe a woman would ever really lie about being raped unless she's mentally disturbed, and it shocks me even more when people don't believe it. However, it does happen and there is barely any exposure on it. People easily believe a man's word over a woman's in almost every small-town culture(it probably doesn't happen much in city life) which isn't really fair. All the Rage is a good novel though. 
  •  Romy's character and her voice was a breath of fresh air. She's honest, and her raw pain shows.. One habit of hers that bothered me is that she intentionally pushes people away and actually hurts them verbally. I can totally understand why she pushes them away, but why cause them pain with your words, it disgusted me, but I couldn't really judge her after what she has been through. I suppose all the rage she has snaps at times.. She's surrounded by bullies in her high school who target her, so this has affected her actual personality as well. She can lash out and turn into a bully herself at times. 
  • Romy is a powerful voice in YA that needs to be heard, her story is saddening and emotional. She is a pretty strong character, and her side of the story was interesting. Leon, Leon, Leon.. I should add a smiley after his name, but I don't want to fangirl that much. Leon isn't white. He's a male from African-American descent, so hello to diversity in Young Adult. As I have stated before, I do like where most YA novels are going this year with their diversity, the concepts are intriguing. Leon is quite charming, and he treated Romy as human beings should. He didn't look at her like she's a liar, or a "slut." He showed genuine care and liked her for who she was.
  •  All The Rage does have a great concept, although it does have it's flaws as well. The content at some parts was a bit boring, it did get slow here and there. I wasn't the biggest fan of the actual story though, the concept is fantastic though. The story does jump around here and there with it's flashbacks, at times I wasn't sure what I was reading. Romy's rapist Kellan never truly makes an appearance and I wish he had. The ending is open ended as well. Not every book needs a happy ending though. The character's life is still going to progress, and it symbolizes hope, but I still need to know what happens next. The book gives off a powerful message, the writing itself is spectacular. It is a good read that shows a realistic story. It does preach that women should stick up for other women, name calling each other is just wrong - how can you expect a man to respect you if there is so much woman on woman hate out there? I would have loved to give 5 butterflies for the message alone, but I need a great plot as well. All The Rage challenges victim blaming, it's a heart breaking story that encourages society and culture to be more open minded, to protect and fight for the women that live in it rather than shaming them.

Recommended for fans of Some Girls Are, Just Listen, Speak, and Some Boys.

The giveaway is hosted by St. Martin Griffin. 
The blogger is not responsible for shipping the prize.
The more entries you enter for the giveaway, the better. 
However, they are not required though - there is a free entry for everyone. 
The winner will be selected randomly by Rafflecopter! 
Please enter only from one email.
The giveaway is only for U.S/Can. Sorry! The giveaway ends April 24 at 12 a.m
The winner has 48 hours to reply, before I randomly chose another winner. 
Best wishes :)
Shukran for reading this! Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & follow :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures..

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron 
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60 comments:

  1. Thank God for a black male love interest. Seriously, that's the rarest thing and I'm so glad to see YA stepping up its diversity game!

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    1. I agree, I really liked that as well. Yes to inter-racial couples! :)

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  2. So many people are loving this! So glad you really liked it as well. I think eventually I will read it, I just need to prepare myself beforehand. :)
    Wonderful review!

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    1. It is a powerful novel overall, at times it can be slow paced but I did like it overall :) Thank you ♥

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  3. Ah, pity I'm not US/Can - nevertheless, this is a powerful book and I'm so glad these issues are being tackled in YA. Excellent review!

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    1. Aw, hopefully next time you can join in :) Thank you for dropping by ♥

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  4. The plot sounds really good, and I like that the book dealt strongly with the concept of the book. I also like the sound of the main character as well. I'm glad you enjoyed this one!

    Amazing review!

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    1. Thank you Magen ♥ The idea of the love interest was very unique in YA.

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  5. Wow, this sounds like an incredibly powerful read! I'm really enjoying the new and realistic, raw direction young adult contemporaries are heading. It's about time we seen REAL issues in society being addressed and bravo to authors brave enough to go there. And Hooray for the non white guy love interest. It really is a breath of fresh air and I love reading about diverse couples in young adult. It sounds amazing and really thought provoking Benish, thank you so much for the wonderful review! <3

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts Kelly ♥ I agree with you, the direction young adult novels are going this year is wonderful. I think it might be the year for great young adult novels, new adult novels are awesome too nowadays.

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  6. I've heard SO MUCH about this book, and I'm seriously excited for it. I like realistic books that aren't all puppies and rainbows. And hello, another diverse book to add to my shelf?! Yes, I do believe I will! Great review, Benish!

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    1. Thank you Kristen! ♥ This is a wonderful novel, so and it's defo. worth the experience :)

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  7. I remember Faye loving this and now you too! To be honest, I'm a bit scared of reading this because I know it will be heartbreaking. I love the points you said here though, especially this:

    "It does preach that women should stick up for other women, name calling each other is just wrong - how can you expect a man to respect you if there is so much woman on woman hate out there?"


    I really hate slut shaming and victim blaming. It happens a lot and a reality of the world today, it even gets amplified because of the internet and social media. I appreciate that the love-interest is African American, and that he treated Romy right...I'm still not sure if I would read this because it's definitely something out of my comfort zone, but I'm glad this a book that challenged an issue ad it's done right.

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    1. Thank you for noticing Amir! ♥ This is a very different book, and I do hope you try it out for yourself - it's defo, worth the experience. If it's out of your comfort zone, maybe you should try a more lighter read before picking up this one? Speak and Just Listen are wonderful books as well.

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  8. This sounds like an intense read. I'm glad to hear it has the message of women uplifting women rather than tearing each other down!

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    1. Yes, that's the best thing I liked about this novel ♥

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  9. Summers loves those open-endings and I think that the rapist wasn't meant to be the focus. Lovely review.

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    1. Hmm, that could be it maybe, thank you Kimba ♥

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  10. The author seems to be a fan of open-ended endings; sometimes it works, sometimes not so. But I love this author, and would gladly take the agonizing punishments she dole out just to savour her words.

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    1. The author does write pretty powerful novels, this one is nicely done overall ♥

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  11. Wow, this does seem like a quite powerful read, dealing with issues that affect people all over the world. The bullying aspect is just nasty and I agree, we need to stop calling people names, it doesn't help in the long run.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts Naomi ♥ & I agree with you, bullying seriously hurts and it needs to stop.

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  12. This sounds like something I need to read. Great review, Benish!

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  13. I've been hoping to read this. I'm so glad you liked it. Romy sounds like a character I'd like to be with. Great review, Benish! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

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    1. I hope you like her character, although she can be a bit annoying sometimes. Thank you Czai ♥

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  14. I saw this around but wasn't looking forward to it until I started reading some of the wonderful reviews. I now want to try this book for myself. It sounds like a sad one and one that has a very meaningful story to read. I like the idea of Romy;s character though - how she is strong and hurting at the same time. I do believe both are possible.

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    1. I agree with you, I dismissed the cover at first when I first seen it around, but I heard wonderful thoughts about it so of course I had to check it out for myself ♥

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  15. It is great to see that you enjoyed this book!

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Alreem ♥

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  16. Oh, this book sounds phenomenal. I have heard so many amazing things about it, and though it is such difficult subject matter, I think it is incredibly important to read. How sad that in such an otherwise modern world, we would allow such atrocities to take place? To blame or shame the victim? Never okay. I am scared to read the book, but I am also really excited to read it. Great review!
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Yes, I so agree with you - this happens a lot in small towns and I'm surprised how underrated it actually is. Thank you Shannon, it is a wonderful book overall, it gives a beautiful message ♥

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  17. Word. This enraged me as well. It's sad and effed up that this stuff even happens.

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    1. Yes, I so agree with you on that ♥

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  18. Benish, every word of this review shows how powerful an impact the book made on you. Wow, if it can evoke such strong emotions, about how Romy was treated so unfairly, it means it was a worthwhile read. Lovely review!

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    1. Thank you Jeann! The novel is pretty powerful, and it's defo. worth trying ♥

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  19. The cover IS kinda creepy. I think I've heard of this somewhere, but never really gave it much attention. Thanks for the review! I'm convinced to read it, and wow I think I'd be enraged by this too. I like the idea so much! :) Definitely going to read it soon.

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    1. Thank you Jillian, I hope you do like this novel once you get your hands on it :) ♥

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  20. I've read so many great reviews of this, including yours, that I've put it on my list to buy for the library. Sounds like one teens need to read. Thanks!

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    1. You welcome Annette, I hope you indulge in this novel soon ♥

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  21. I've heard nothing but good things about this one so far, so I am glad to see that you had a positive experience with it as well - despite it's rage inducing qualities ;) I want to check this one out for myself but I'd definitely need to be in the right frame of mind/mood before starting it. I have a feeling I'd probably chuck it across the room for sure, I'm especially sensitive to topics like this and the fact that no one believes the MC :( All in all, this sounds like a book that girls and women everywhere could benefit from reading! Thanks for the lovely review Benish^^ xx

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    1. Haha yes I wanted to chuck this novel across the room many times, the people in this novel can be such bullies & just so harsh - it is a wonderful novel overall, I hope you do try it out for yourself. Thank you Micheline ♥

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  22. I can't wait to read this book! I heard so many amazing things about it and your review just made me ten times more excited for this than I was before. :)
    Lovely review. :)

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    1. Thank you Veronika! & Yes, mission accomplished then :) ♥

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  23. Holy moly. I'm not really comfortable reading about abuse/rape books so I might not pick this book up, but I'm glad you loved it. Wonderful review! :D

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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  24. Fantastic reveiw. I really liked this one. The writing was amazing. Even though the subject matter was tough and it made me feel a renge of emotions, I am glad I went on the journey. I totally agree about the rapist, I noted that in my review as well.

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    1. Yes, glad you could agree Heidi. I wish there was more of a confrontation with the rapist. Thank you for sharing your thoughts ♥

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  25. I have been waiting for this book to publish ever since I read TEN earlier this year. Her books are so creepy, but so much fun :D Though her books aren't perfect, I love that she deals with subjects some YA writers are too scared to touch. Excited to hear this one has a minor romance element as well!

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    1. This was a great novel overall & it is worth trying :) Hope you like it once you get your hands on it! ♥

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  26. Wow. I wanted to read this book before, but now it feels like I have to read this book for the powerful message alone.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

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    1. You should, it's defo worth the experience :)

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  27. I've heard so many great reviews for this one, so I'm really glad to hear you liked it too Benish! It sounds like such a powerful and emotional read; the kind of book every teenager should read, you know? Thank you for sharing, and I'm glad you liked it so much! ♥

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    1. I agree, it is a book every teenager should read ♥ Thank you for dropping by Zoe x

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  28. Yeah, I think it would affect her personality and the way she is with other people, especially since it seems that's all she's getting from others her age. Definitely sounds like a powerful and important read. And exactly! Women should stand up for each other and respect one another, we shouldn't be bullying them. That is exactly why I love your Beauty Instagram account, very girl power! :)

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    1. I agree, the bullying did affect her negatively a lot, and bullies usually evolve over time & aw thank you for noticing Kristy! Yay to girl power :) ♥

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  29. I can't wait to read this book! I used to never like contemporary novels but I have been reading and enjoying them a lot more lately! I think this is one I will definitely like. Great review :)

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    1. I hope you end up liking this one, it does give a wonderful message overall :) ♥

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