Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review and Giveaway-The Art of Keeping Faith-The Uni Files Year Two by Anna Bloom (Int)

The Art of Keeping Faith (The Uni Files: Year Two) by Anna Bloom
Other books in the series
The Art of Letting Go (The Uni Files: Year One)
The Saving of Benjamin Chambers (The Uni Files #0.5)
The Art of Forgiving (The Uni Files #1.5)

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GoodreadsLilah and Ben. They are meant to be a thing. 
Well, they were. The best thing ever. That was until Lilah decided to teach herself a lesson and let go of Ben since she’s learned The Art of Letting Go. 
Now it’s a new academic year, and Lilah has it all to play for and it all to lose as she battles scary lecturers, evil PR girls, and her own inability to make the right decision at the right time. 
Life has moved on for Lilah and her friends, and life off campus is more complicated than any of them would have guessed. As the reality of being second-year students sets in and the study starts to build up, cracks begin to appear in the very fabric of their friendships. There is a chance that none of them are going to complete Year Two in one piece.
Facing down her worst enemy, herself, Lilah has to try and change her own past mistakes when she realizes that the only way she is going to get the future she wants is if she manages to learn The Art of Keeping Faith in herself.
The Art of Keeping Faith is the second year in The Uni File Series and continues Lilah McCannon’s diary as she searches for love, tries to find and earn trust, and ultimately discovers who she is really meant to be.

Sometimes the only way to meet your future is to face your past.

Review
So, it's my favorite New Adult author and my very favorite characters, Lilah and Ben. (Well, I've been reading two others from her and I love them too, so it's hard to choose). Anyway, two healthy fairly well adjusted young adults chasing their dreams, going to Uni, and  chasing each other. Lilah has a bit of a habit of singing Taylor Swift songs very poorly when she is drunk, which happens quite often, as Ben is off in America making a record and touring the country with his band. Life happens. They each have their own dreams and try to stay together. Sprinkled throughout this novel is the often hilarious observations of Lilah, drunk, sober, sad, happy and in other states (no spoilers).

And then there is Ben. God do I love Ben. I think the world needs more Bens. A lot more Bens! He is the most forgiving of boyfriends for all of Lilah's antics. And her active imagination. However, I have to say, that the conclusions she draws, however mistaken they are, are exactly the same I would draw. And Lilah was a much better sport than I would have been about a lot of things. 

I love the banter back and forth between Lilah and her twin brother, Tristan the Arse. They eventually get along, but they never stop picking at each other, as brothers and sisters are likely to do. Lilah's best friend is engaged to marry Tristan and is living with them and it makes for all kinds of interesting dynamics. Lilah is just straight out funny. I don't know anyone as funny as her, unless Anna Bloom is and I suspect she might be. Ben is one of those guys. I just love him. There is nothing to dislike about him. 

You have to remember that this is an English author so some of the words will be different and things may happen differently there than they do here. Uni is College. Crisps are .....chips. It's a staple in Lilah's diet. And though you might find her behavior a little outrageous considering her age, remember she has just been set free from a job she hates and a man she didn't love. She's discovering herself and so cut her behavior some slack. I love her to death!

I finish reading a story about Ben and Lilah and I have a huge smile on my face and a warm glow inside of me. I want to go out and rent RomComs and eat chocolate. I want to share, share, share, with everyone how much I love this novel!! This series!! I am giving away a complete series of the Uni Files in e-book form. The Art of Keeping Faith had a little hiccup in the release date but as soon as it's available, I will set the giveaway up. It will be available in the US, Canada and anyone that can receive e-books through Amazon UK.

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Thanks to the author for the review copy of the novel. This in no way influenced my review. All opinions expressed are my own!

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23 comments:

  1. You love this series and author so much that I really need to try it. I have almost given up on NA because I am tired of the drama. I think I need to meet Ben. I tweeted your post and I am adding it to my Facebook page :)

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    1. Thanks Heidi!! You need to try it! We feel the same way about NA and I think you'd like it!!

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  2. Oh I love the sound of these characters... even "Tristan the Arse" LOL! This sounds like a fun book and I love it when it is set in another country other than US. I don't get too many of those in YA or NA. :) I shared on G+, Pinterest, and twitter. Only count it as one entry though, plz. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa!! I think you will enjoy it!! This is some really great NA. I am super picky about it and this one really fits my criteria, funny, great characters, sweet, sweet love story and sex off the page.

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  3. Wait, New Adult that's actually...GOOD? *gasp* I haven't read any recent New Adult in a looooong time, so I'm excited to see your recommendation, Heather, and I'll be looking into this for sure. Wonderful review, dear! :)

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    1. Thank you Keertana! It's just a lot of fun! I'm tired of the sex and damaged people. These two are not damaged and are just finding themselves and each other. Lilah does it with copious amts of alcohol and Taylor Swift songs sung quite badly, but Ben, Ben, Ben. Oh Ben! I think I've been married too long!

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  4. I'm so glad NA is on the rise. This sounds super sweet.

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    1. Leslie- I think NA is overtaking YA sometimes. It's definitely here to stay! Now if we could just get rid of the tropes in them and have some different stories, that's what I love about this one.

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  5. New Adult without damaged people? Yes, I'm totally up for this too. That sounds cute and lovely.... Must check out the first book.. And .. I need to meet Ben!

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    1. Oh, you'll love Ben Danny. We love the same guys! But I called him first!! I am so glad my husband doesn't read my blog. Anyway, no they are not damaged. They are just kind of meandering through their 20's. Like I did. I hope I wasn't the only one. :)

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  6. Oh WOW, Heather! I've avoided NA because I hate how they all seem to fit into the same little mold, but this sounds like a totally original (and lovely) story! I think this might be the type of novel that I need to delve into the genre for :) Great review!

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    1. No, this doesn't fit into that mold. It's why I avoid most NA. If I was in my 20's and read NA, I might lose hope for my generation or myself! No this is very different. Lots of laughs. Very British. We missed you!

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  7. I haven't talked to Anna in awhile, I had in my head that it was ages until this came out. I didn't even know the cover was done! I'm glad it was good! I do love Lilah and Ben. And I LOVE how British it is. It's a fun series, I'll have to read this soon!

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    1. Err, it still isn't quite out yet. Her publisher is pushing the date back. But she is hoping next week. It is fun! You definitely need to read this one. Lots happens. You must catch up!

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  8. Ben is welcome to come over and give me a warm glow :)

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    1. Sorry, he is mine! Mine, mine, mine! You're younger than me, go find another book boyfriend. It took me a long, long time to find one that was legal age!!

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  9. I love when I find a book that I love so much that it makes me evangelical! About to go tweet your review. :)

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    1. LOL!!! That is the word I would use for how I am about this series. Really anything Anna writes. I have had the privilege to read something she's working on and oh wow! I love the snark and sharp dialogue. And yes I am Evangelical!!

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  10. I didn't know this was your favorite new adult author Heather! I'll definitely have to check her out, Lilah sounds hilarious and I can't wait to meet her (and her arse of a brother). I love reading books written by English authors, it's fun to try and sort through the Briticisms. Thanks for putting this one on my radar!!!

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    1. Lilah is hilarious! If she doesn't make you snort your soda then I don't know what will. She might snort her drink. I'm not sure. She is not a genteel lady by any stretch of the imagination. It is fun to compare the Briticisms and see if you got it right. I think I did for the most part. Yes, she is my favorite NA author. The romance is sweet and grown up and the humor, I love to laugh! And no damaged characters. YAY!

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  11. this series sounds very refreshing in the new adult genre. It looks cute and different and I think I would love Ben as well.

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    1. You may love Ben, but he is mine. I have claimed him. I have been searching for a book boyfriend of legal age for a very long time. Now, I just need to start a Pinterest Board for him, lol! Yes, it is very refreshing!! Please do give it a try!

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  12. Hey, I do book reviews and stuff too! maybe we could be blog buddies?wanderlustfiction.blogspot.com
    mind following me via GFC? ill follow back

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