Monday, January 30, 2017

~*♥Blog Tour with Review♥*~ The Tattered Gloves by J.L. Berg

USA Today Bestselling Author J.L. Berg's first YA title, THE TATTERED GLOVES, is available now!




Head down. Don’t look up. Never make eye contact. Those were the words I lived by growing up, the words that protected me in an unsafe home. But words are only letters and eventually even they couldn’t keep his hands off me.
Hoping to leave behind the shattered life of my past, I find myself in a boring, small town, with an aunt I’ve never met and at a school I loathe.
But soon I learn, not everything in this world is as black and white as I’ve determined. Sometimes those we are so quick to judge often need a second, third or even fourth time to make a first impression.
And often, there are friendships and even love waiting just around the corner, if we are brave enough to take the first step.
Am I brave? Or will I hide behind these tattered gloves of mine forever?

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My normally quiet nature seemed to take a backseat when it came to this guy. He made me angry, flustered, and… something else I couldn’t put my finger on. Annoyed maybe? No, that wasn’t it.“What is your problem?” I blurted out, chasing behind him. “My problem?” he asked, spinning around to face me. Suddenly, he was too close. I could feel his breath on my face, his presence looming over me. I took a step back. He seemed to notice the unease settle around me, and a bit of the edge he carried chipped away. His next words were said with a slightly softer quality. “Look, maybe we got off on the wrong foot. I didn’t mean to sound so harsh, but if the store doesn’t do well, it’s on me. My dad thinks it’s a waste of time.” “And you don’t?” I didn’t know what a rich, popular kid wanted with an old bookstore, but I kept my mouth shut. He shrugged. “We have nothing in this crummy town, not even a movie theater. Last month, I wanted to see the new Marvel movie, and my friends and I had to drive thirty minutes away just to see it.” “Haven’t you ever heard of Netflix?” I asked. “It’s not the same as seeing it on the big screen.” “I wouldn’t know,” I replied. “What?” He grinned. “You’ve never been to a movie?” The way he said it was meant as a joke, but all laughter died when I shook my head. “Seriously?” “I mean, I’ve watched several on TV but never at a theater,” I answered, not able to meet his stare. “I thought you were from the city.” My eyes flew up to his. “Oh, so you really did think you were invisible. That doesn’t work around here, Mittens.” My brows furrowed as I tried to figure out what he meant until he pointed to my gloves. Mittens. Cute.“My name is Willow,” I corrected. Sam just kept smiling. “Word of advice, Mittens. The less you try to be invisible, the less interested people will be.” I let out a heavy sigh, snatching the remainder of the books from the counter. As he’d reminded me earlier, I wasn’t being paid to mess around. And I sure as hell didn’t need life lessons from an over privileged daddy’s boy. I hated this place.


Title: The Tattered Gloves
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, Coming of Age
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Rating: ★★★★
Reviewer: Melyssa

When all else fails, especially when it comes to reading, I’m a sucker for a good young adult story. The coming of age, navigating their high school and often early college lives, along with the relationships that come along for the ride with all of that, I eat it up.

This story was no exception. In fact, it gave me more than I was expecting heading in.

I’ve read stories by this author before, so I knew there would be issue whatsoever with her writing style, whether it was based on the younger set or not. I wasn’t even worried about having characters with meat on them. Ones that read very real in a world where it’s fictional. I got that, but I also got characters in situations that aren’t talked about enough.

You know they happen, more than they should each and every day, but sadly, fear and stigma and the way people around you will look at you if you do stand up about something traumatic that happened to you, it often times keeps you quiet. It changes you.

And it did that with the lead character of Willow in this story. Along with the comfort that those tattered gloves of hers brought, she also became a shell of the person that thankfully, Sam, Addy and Allison saw in her. She balled herself up tight and it took a lot for her to open up. That’s the beauty of a well put together young adult book. Getting to see that, see what brings the character there but rejoicing along with her as the walls break down and the real girl buried so deep inside herself emerges.

Sure, there was romance here, and it was cute as hell as it unfolded, it really was, but this book was so much more than a romance. It was so much more than a teenage girl navigating her life. This was a girl, a lot like a butterfly, emerging from the darkness of the cocoon they built for themselves and entering the light. Realizing just how brave, how truly strong she was and facing the demons that have haunted her for years’ head on.

It was Willow’s journey as much as it was some of the other characters here and it was a journey that I am so glad that I got to be a part of. I cried with her (even when she couldn’t but the pain was very real), I rejoiced with her in her strongest moments and I feel as though I grew right along with her as well and honestly, this was exactly the kind of book I needed right now.

My thanks to the author and all others involved in letting me read this story before its official release and if you read this review and decide to give the book a try, I hope you find it what I did, or at the very least enjoy it. I know I did and it’s one of those journey’s I’ll carry with me always.

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About J.L. Berg

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series, The Walls Duet, and the Lost & Found Duet. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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