Friday, December 21, 2012

V is Virgin Blog Tour

Welcome to the Into the Mystic stop on the V is for Virgin Blog Tour!  Check out the book description and my review!  There is also a Rafflecopter after the review!

Book:  V is for Virgin
Author:  Kelly Oram
Date:  December 11, 2013
Publisher:  Bluefields
Source:  blog tour
My rating: A-

When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.

After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.

As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.

How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?
(cover and description from

Initial reaction
That was totally unrealistic at the end, but totally sweet and wonderful!

Cover story
Actually, I sort of like this cover.  I like the way the necklace from the story is worked into the title and cover.  This works.  I love it when covers actually reflect the book storyline.

What’s the story?
This book had a premise that I found intriguing, so I signed on to do the blog tour and read and review it.  I’m really glad I did!  This was a fun book with a message, but it never got preachy and it wasn’t at all overly religious.  That made it work for me. 

I could totally see the whole YouTube fiasco actually happening.  When Val goes off on her ex-boyfriend in the cafeteria, I was totally cheering her on!  And I know that in this day and age, that scenario would really take place.  I loved it that Val stood up for herself that way and throughout the book, I found myself constantly shaking my fist with a chorus of “You go girl!”.

OK, this is where I have to make a confession.  This probably makes me a total pervert, but I was constantly rooting for Bella and Edward to just go ahead and do the deed, already!  That scene in Eclipse where he hitches her leg up over his hip had me in fits and I was more than a little miffed that it was such a tease scene.  But in this book?  I was totally rooting for Val to stick to her guns and wait.  It made me feel like maybe I wasn’t quite the pervert I thought I was…….maybe. : )

I liked the male characters a lot.  Kyle was a perfect bad boy persona, but he also was fun and interesting.  I liked Isaac, but honestly?  I didn’t like him nearly as much as Kyle.  He was kind of boring, but I think that was the whole point.

The epilogue was really just a huge self-indulgence, but really?  I loved it!  It was about as unrealistic as half-vampire mutant babies and explaining to your dad that you’re different without really saying you’re a vampire……oops!  Did I say that out loud?  Since the fiasco known as Breaking Dawn was published, I’ve really had a thing for those self-indulgent, unrealistic things in books.  That is why this book got an A-, but honestly this epilogue was really not like BD.  It was more like the Deathly Hallows epilogue, which, though self-indulgent, still left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling all over.

Overall, this is a fun book with a sassy main character that will have you standing up and cheering for virginity.  If that’s not something we need more of in YA lit, then I don’t know what is!

The Soundtrack

Heart of Innocence by Jessica Simpson

(Yes, I did actually list a Jessica Simpson song.  I don’t like her, but the lyrics fit, so ::shrugs::)

Don’t Tell Me by Avril Lavigne

The Walk by Imogen Heap

Monopoly by Shawn Colvin

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Of course, no soundtrack for this novel would be complete without the best song ever written about standing up for yourself:  Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley

Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

The Final Grade
My final grade for this book is A-.  Even though some parts of it are a little unrealistic, it is a totally feel-good novel that will have you rooting for the main character…..and maybe picking up your own V or A jewelry! : )

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Check out the rest of this book tour!
V is for Virgin Tour Schedule

December 11th
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer - Review
Book Passion for Life - Review & Author Interview
Emily's Crammed Bookshelf - Interview
Good Choice Reading - Review

December 12th
Parsimonious Posh - Interview
Peace from Pieces - Interview
Freda's Voice - Review
The Girls With Glasses - Video Interview

December 13th
The Reading Date - Review
Alluring Reads - Review
Tribute Books - Interview
Froze8's Blog - Interview

December 14th
The Bookmark Blog - Review
3Ps in a Pod - Review & Guest Post
A Life Bound by Books - Review & Interview

December 15th
StoreyBook Reviews - Review
YA Book Addict - Review

December 16th
Books Beside My Bedside - Review
Oh, the Books You'll Read - Review
Mera's YA Book List - Tens List & Excerpt

December 17th
Getting Your Read On - Review
icefairy's Treasure Chest - Guest Post
Booksellers Without Borders NY - Review
Amethyst Daydreams - Review

December 18th
Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews - Interview & Excerpt
Cindy C Bennett - Guest Post

December 19th
Cuzinlogic - Interview
Emi Gayle - Interview

December 20th
Why Not? Because I Said So - Review & Guest Post
Me and Reading - Review

December 21st
My Guilty Obsession - Review
Into the Mystic - Review
Brooklyn Berry Designs - Review
Burning Impossibly Bright - Guest Post

December 22nd
Book Brats - Review & Guest Post
The Cozy Reading Corner - Interview
The Reader's Commute - Review

December 23rd
Bibliophilia, Please - Interview or Guest Post
Crossroads Reviews - Review
FLY HIGH! - Guest Post

December 24th
Reviewing Shelf - Review
Bookworm Lisa - Review & Interview or Tens List

December 26th
Every Free Chance Book Reviews - Review
Mom With a Kindle - Interview or Guest Post
LDS Forever Friends Book Nook - Review
The Itzel Library - Review

December 27th
Reader Girls - Excerpt
Karey White - Review
Paulette's Papers - Tens List
Reading Lark - Guest Post

December 28th
Day by Day in Our World - Review
Debbie's Inkspectations - Review
My Devotional Thoughts - Review
We Fancy Books - Review

January 2nd
Wall-to-Wall Books - Review & Author Interview

Books Over Boys - Review 

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