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Thursday, April 9, 2015

✯BOOK TOUR✯: Push by Claire Wallis {REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!}

Push by Claire Wallis 

Release Date: May 1st 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
Series: Push #1
Pages: 274
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Mystery

I feel like I am wrapped in a cyclone. Everything is whirling around me, drawing the air out of my lungs and filling me with the best kind of turmoil. Every time his tongue slides against mine, a prickle in my gut tells me how right we are together. How much I need David. How much I need us.

I hope the cyclone never stops.

Emma Searfoss has spent a lifetime trying to escape her abusive stepfather. It's why she moved far away from home. It's why she's kept no ties with her remaining family. And it's why she's got a major rage problem. When her neighbor shows up to fix the kitchen in her new apartment, his enigmatic charm calms the fire in her. David is cool and collected, and he makes Emma feel safe for the first time ever. But David has his own chilling past—his six previous girlfriends have all disappeared without a trace. Emma's walking a dangerous line, but David's pull is intoxicating. And impossible to resist…

This is a new adult romance with mature content for readers 17 and up.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads)

Purchase: Amazon, B&N, iTunes, Kobo

My Review:

Push is a book full of twists and turns so prepare yourself for the roller coaster ride...

When I first read the synopsis of the book, I was intrigued to find out more about Emma's past, and how David was going to play a role in her life. Not having read any books by Claire Wallis before, I didn't know what to expect of Push at all, needless to say, I was surprised at how everything unfolded in the book. 

The story starts off with a very interesting, and intriguing prologue. I was hooked from the very beginning, and so I kept reading on, and that's when things really started to get scary to say the least. Emma Searfoss has spent the majority of her life running away from an abusive father, and her two older brothers. Ever since her mother died she had to practically take care of herself, and freedom didn't do so well for her. She rebelled, and with an outspoken personality she got in trouble a lot. Now after completing a college degree, and getting a new job she is ready to finally settle down. But when her neighbor knocks on her door to fix her kitchen, things immediately start to change for her yet again.
After suffering from a terrible past, David has finally been able to move away from his old life, and into a new one by working as a maintenance man in his building. When he sees his new neighbor moving in just below his apartment, he decides to go introduce himself to her, and fix her kitchen. He knows that he should stay away from her, but he can't deny the attraction that he has for her, and the more they are together, the harder it is for him to stop thinking about her. Everyone has a past, and his is about to come hunt him down. 

First, I have to give it to the author that I've never read anything remotely close to Push before. The plot line was original as it takes the reader from present to past back-to-back, there were also extra chapters that really helped understand David that it was nice to read the story in different point-of-views. I got to understand both David and Emma's pasts, yet aside from all of that, I did not quite understand the decisions that they made throughout the book. Their personalities were the same, yet different at the same time. Emma does have a bit of a rage problem, after all, her mother pretty much left her alone without anyone to take properly care of her. Her older brothers turned their backs on her by picking their stepfather over her. On the other hand, David is a mess, I don't even know how to begin to describe him. He is a very complex character that reminded me of the quote, “Don't judge a book by its cover.” From the outside he is caring, and nice to Emma, but underneath all of that is a very messed up guy that scared me in some of the chapters. His previous six girlfriends have all gone missing without a trace, and although they all seemed to have reasons for their disappearance, David has been with all of them before they disappeared. When he moves away to a new town, he can't help to feel the pull that he has towards Emma. She understands his pain, and the need to want to start over. That's probably way she feels the same pull towards him as well. They may fit well with each other, but what David does for Emma might end up hurting their relationship in the end. 

Now what I didn't really liked about the book was how the romance was handled, I felt that it was overshadowed by the mystery, and it sort of became a “psychological thriller” rather than your typical new adult romance novel. Although I liked the overall concept of the story, it could have been executed a little bit better. The ending though, that completely shocked me! It left me speechless... :O Overall, the story can be a bit of a hit or miss for some, I personally will not be reading the second book, but you might like it so I would just give it a try. :)

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

My Rating:


Claire Wallis has penned hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles over the last ten years, with science playing the lead role in almost all of them. Though non-fiction writing will forever be her first love, fiction has unexpectedly swooped in, hooked her by the soul, and become her true love. As a result of this coup d’état, Claire’s writing career has made a complete U-turn, and instead of rocks, plants, insects, and microbes, she is now putting human characters in the lead.

Claire’s previous jobs include working at a limestone quarry, hawking vegetables at a farmer’s market, clerking at the dollar store, and convincing new mothers that they need to renew their subscription to that parenting magazine in order for their child to survive. She lives in Pennsylvania with her amazingly awesome husband and son. 


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Giselle said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a really original read! Glad you liked it, Jackie! Great review! :)

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