Friday, October 18, 2013

Blog Tour- The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom Review and Giveaway

The blog tour for Anna Bloom's New Adult Romance The Art of Letting Go (the Uni Files) is stopping by Buried in Books today. I have a review for you and there is a giveaway at the bottom of the post. I wasn't originally on the tour, but after I read an excerpt of the book, I just had to read it! You can follow the rest of the tour stops HERE! There is a little information about Anna Bloom at the bottom of my review as well.
Here we go!
The Art of Letting Go (The Uni Files: Year One)
by Anna Bloom
Available Now
e-book 393 pages
Received a copy for blog tour for review
To Buy Links-
Kindle U.S./ Kindle U.K./ Goodreads

About The Art of Letting Go (The Uni Files- Year One):
One year. One woman. One Diary. One question: can you ever stop history from repeating itself and if you could what would you do to stop it? When Lilah McCannon realises at the age of twenty-five that history is going to repeat itself and she is going to become her mother—bored, drunk and wearing a twinset—there is only one thing to do: take drastic action.

Turning her back on her old life, Lilah’s plan is to enrol at university, get a degree and prove she is a grown-up.

As plans go, it is a good one. There are rules to follow: no alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys and no going home. But when Lilah meets the lead singer of a local band and finds herself unexpectedly falling in love, she realises her rules are not going to be the only things hard to keep.

With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges: will she ever make it up the Library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? And most importantly, can she become the grown-up that she desperately wants to be.

With her head and her heart pulling her in different directions can Lilah learn the hardest lesson that her first year of university has to teach her: The Art of Letting Go?


 Today I am sharing with you the first honest to God New Adult Romance that I can get behind and say that if you don't read this book/series you will miss out on an incredibly witty, romantic, steamy love story that puts most other romances in this category to shame. Candace is always sending me emails saying "I think you'll like this one" as she gets me and my tastes. She is never wrong. She sent me this one and I said no because October has been the month from hell. But then I read an excerpt somewhere and I was hooked. So I asked to join the tour, because sometimes, you just know a book is meant for you. The Art of Letting Go was meant for me. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Lilah is such a fun character! She is funny, unaware of her finer qualities, very aware of her faults and seems to know quite a bit about Taylor Swift songs. She has just quit her job at the bank making gobs of money to become a student at the University and she finds herself living with teenagers at the age of 25. She believes she might have made a mistake until she meets Ben, the lead singer of the band playing at the "Fresher's Ball." After having broken some of her "rules" Lilah thinks:

"My life could be lived to a Taylor Swift album right now. If my life was ever made into a movie that is all there would be: Taylor Swift belting away in the background a song for every day that I sit here on my bed....She would croon about all sorts of teenage love and angst." (loc.1196)

Lilah keeps a journal so we can read about her escapades and feelings. She's stubborn. She is noble. But she also gets in her own way. She tries to do the right thing but it's really hard to say if she is doing the right thing. She definitely shows character growth, especially at the very end. She has proven that she can act like a grown up in some ways.  She is laugh out loud hysterically funny. And April 14, because she writes in a journal and it is a journal entry, made me cry. I hope that Lilah has grown up enough to follow that question mark!

Ben, oh Ben! Who doesn't love a man who cooks for you, loves your "squidgy bits", fireman carries you home after you've had too much to drink, and sings "Hey there Delilah" to you since that is your name?" Ben gets Lilah. He loves her soul deep never caring about running down her face, night after makeup or that she can't cook. He doesn't care that at 25 she's still not a grown up. Ben love Lilah, all the ugly parts and the beautiful parts and the inbetween parts. And he doesn't cheat on her, or ever give up on her. He does this one thing, this one grand gesture, it is so amazing and any man that would do that for me, he would have my heart for as long as he wanted. It has nothing to do with singing to  her, which he does. Nothing to do with romantic dates, which he does well. It is the most caring thing I have ever seen a man do. He's also funny and dishes it right back to Lilah. They are a perfect match.

Lilah makes great friends with Meredith in her dorm and she becomes friends again with her twin brother whom she has shared a flat with for years but has never really liked. These two characters serves as sounding boards for her and support when she needs it. She even has parents to whom she isn't speaking for most of the book as her father has disowned her for leaving the job at the bank he got her and going to Uni.

So why do you ask am I so besotted with this book? First Lilah, she's someone that I understand. She isn't sure of herself. She's not stick thin and beautiful and just doesn't know it. That is not her. Also she isn't a genius. No, if she's going to pass Uni, she's going to have to do a lot better than she's done this year. She's spent most of the year stalking, ogling, and obsessing over Ben. And then there was the drinking. I don't think you have it all figured out at 25. But I love that she followed her instincts to leave a job she hated and tried something new. And it led her to something amazing-Ben and new friends. And I love that she didn't knuckle under to pressure to go back to the job she hated when her father threatened to take the flat away that she and Tristan shared.
I loved her sense of humor, her honesty at least with herself and her compassion.

Yes, there was sex. Lots and lots, but it happens off the page, never described and it isn't needed for the story to work. That's why it's good. There is a real story here, not just sex with some words written around it. There are parents involved, both Lilah's and Ben's. The main characters are not broken individuals. No, they are pretty much everyday people who might have some insecurities, but nothing like what I think most NA has in it. There are no tragic pasts. The drama is pretty low key. What more can you ask for? It is truly a compelling novel and I need the next book in the series right now! The ending leaves you with a small, smidge of hope. But one book was not enough of Lilah and Ben so I am glad there will be more!

So would you like to know more about this amazing author that has finally broken through my New Adult lockout?

Anna Bloom-

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

Find the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

And for the 
Sapphire Solitaire Necklace (open worldwide)
One prize package for US and one for the UK:
candy, ebook, signed post card and a $20 gift card (£10 UK)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to CBB Book Promotions and Anna Bloom for the copy of the novel for review!


  1. This one sounds great. I've only read one NA book before because I feel super intimidated by them, but if this one is a good as you say, I may have to give it a try. Great review!

    1. This is one you don't have to worry about the in you face all the time sex. I mean there is sex, but it's not described, it's as we say "off the page" so no gory details. And it isn't the story. There is an actual story that I find lacking in so much NA.

  2. I'm really, really happy that you loved this one! I'm not big on the 'typical' NA books, but I really loved this. It was very funny and so much fun! And I found myself thinking in a British accent for quite some time after reading it. Loved it!
    Thanks so much for joining the tour!

    1. Me too, Candace!! I really would have kicked myself for not reading this one. I remember us discussing how much we loved British humor. I find myself wanting to use their slang now!!

  3. I was thinking this could be too dramatic for me, but you convinced me that the characters (especially Lilah) were really good. Oh, this might be an NA I would enjoy! Thanks for the review!

    1. No, no, no! Not dramatic at all. I think you'd love this one! It is very funny! And who doesn't need a good laugh?

  4. I am so over the NA genre as it is all the same for the most part, but I am always up for something different and I can totally do funny after this month. I couldn't do this tour because of Wicked but I ought to have Candace hook me up! It sounds wonderful and I so need a Ben!

    1. Yeah, we've discussed this. But this is not like the books we can't stand. This is something I think you'd enjoy. But I totally understand you not being able to do it this month with Wicked!
      Awesome job, sorry I'm so absentee. Will explain privately.

  5. The Art of Letting Go sounds amazing. You have sold me on this book! Thank you also for the chance to win one of the great prizes. Yeah! :)

    1. The necklace has to do with the book. That's all I'm saying! It's really a wonderful book! If you want something a little more grown up, I highly recommend it.

  6. The Art of Letting Go sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review

  7. I read a lot of NA lit, but this one was something particularly special. It was beautifully-written and sexy without being in your face. I loved Lilah and Ben and can't wait for the next book in this series.

    1. I am eagerly anticipating the next one as well! I loved Lilah and Ben. I don't read a lot of NA, but this is one I will highly reccomend!

  8. I've been nervous about NA because of the potential for steam but this one really worked for me and I'm glad I'm part of the tour too. I especially loved her Swift obsession as it's one I share.

    1. The Taylor Swift references were just so funny! I've often thought of songs that could go with my life on certain occasions and that Lilah does it makes it seem less weird! I am with you on the NA but happily this was every bit story and not about sex.


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