Thursday, February 5, 2015

Blog Tour Blitz and Review: All of It by Kim Holden

Title: All of It
Author: Kim Holden
Release Date: Nov 24, 2013
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Seventeen-year-old VERONICA SMITH has it all: a loving family, a funky car named Jezebel, and a plan to go to college after graduation.
On the first day of senior year, she meets DIMITRI GLENN–a mysterious transfer student with gray eyes and a mischievous smile who seems determined to win her heart. But there’s something odd about Dimitri, leading Veronica to wonder if there’s more to him than meets the eye.
Before long she finds herself in a whirlwind romance that seems too good to be true–until a series of devastating events leaves her questioning everything.
It’s not until she chooses to think with her heart instead of her mind that she can rise from the ashes to learn the truth of their connection.

I have a confession to make: this book was a "blind" read for me. What does that mean? I read this book without reading the synopsis beforehand. I recently jumped on the Kim Holden bandwagon after being owned by Bright Side. When the opportunity to read All of It surfaced, I jumped on the chance. Here's what I knew: She killed it with Bright Side, making me a fan for life. If the novel reads "by Kim Holden", I'm game for the inevitable heartbreak.
All of It was nothing short of incredible. It was so different from Bright Side, but had similar aspects as well (e.g. the make me ugly cry aspect). These characters were soul mates and their love was powerful enough to withstand everything. I was swept away into this beautiful courtship where Dimitri Glenn does everything in his power to win the love of Veronica Smith. Her innocence and his devotion were swoon worthy. He's truly an amazing book boyfriend because he stayed committed to her through everything -- her insecurities, her tragedy, her need to put aspirations and goals ahead of love. Nothing was going to deter him from being in her world. His devotion would make any girl melt.
Everything about their connection screamed perfection, but there was also this looming mystery and unanswered questions. The further I got into the story, the more I expected the elephant to be addressed. The more I began to believe that this story wouldn't hold the devastation and emotional destruction Bright Side did. Just as I was preparing to finish off this book and release the breath I'd been holding for countless chapters, Kim Holden pulled a...well, Kim Holden. Of course, she wouldn't let this reader get from start to finish unscathed.
Once again Kim Holden has published a story that will make you both love and hate her. Hard. As much as I want to rant about how cruel she is for playing with my heart, I can't pretend like I'm going to hold a grudge and not read any more of her work. I'm a fan for life and will gladly accept any form of emotion torture she has to offer. 

Dimitri’s face is peaceful and angelic as he rises to help me put my coat on. “Thanks for coming over tonight, Ronnie. You don’t know what it meant to me. I feel like this is the first time I’ve been able to breathe in months.” He lifts his hand, but hesitantly stops just short of brushing my cheek. He smiles and lowers it. “Can I walk you to your car?”
My heart is soaring and my palms are sweaty. “I’d like that.”
We walk slowly down the long driveway, our bodies so close that our arms brush against each other. I think back to the first day of school and smile; personal space is so overrated.
He opens the driver side door and stands behind it at a safe distance so as not to make the situation awkward. I throw my bag through onto the passenger seat and stand with one hand on the door and the other on the steering wheel. When I look up at him he’s staring down at me. His eyes glitter in the streetlight.
It’s at that moment that my life comes into focus, like flipping a switch. The entire world tilts back onto its axis. Call it an epiphany; the rare type of realization that changes your life absolutely. I need this man in my life. I need him like I need air and water. He is part of me—my past and my future. Since the day we met I’ve given my heart to him ... piece by piece. And it’s at this exact moment that I realize he has all of it. My heart is no longer mine; it belongs to him and always will.
I can’t help but smile.
He returns the smile—his beautiful smile. “What?” he asks softly.
“Thank you for being you, Dimitri.”
Not much escapes him and I know from the look in his eyes that he understands. He nods humbly. “You’re welcome.”
I duck down into the driver’s seat and look back up at him. “Maybe I’ll see you tomorrow.” I don’t know if it’s a question or a declaration, but it’s hopeful.
He winks. “You can count on it.”
Slowly he shuts the door and moves to the sidewalk. I wave and pull away, watching him in my rearview mirror as he begins to fade into the distance. He stands there glowing under the streetlight like an angelic statue. When I turn the corner, he’s gone.
Life is sometimes … an epiphany.

Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I'm fairly certain it's an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Haim, Manchester Orchestra, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars).  I also love dreaming. Big. Writing a few years ago was an elusive dream until I grabbed ahold of it with both hands and refused to let go. Keep following YOUR dreams. Be brave and do epic!

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