YABC Scavenger Hunt: Starry Eyes (Jenn Bennett), Plus Guest Post & Extra Giveaway!
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Jenn Bennett's Starry Eyes as part of the YABC Scavenger Hunt!
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Meet Jenn Bennett!
Jenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series; the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Reviewers’ Choice Paranormal Romance Book of the Year; and Grave Phantoms, which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. She is also the author of The Anatomical Shape of a Heart (a.k.a. Night Owls in the UK); Alex, Approximately; and Starry Eyes. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs.
Meet Starry Eyes!
Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
What could go wrong?
With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?
~ Guest Post ~
Why I Love/Hate Camping
The first time I went camping, my father was stationed at a U.S. Army base in Germany. I was six, and my baby brother was four. My mom decided that the only family vacation we could afford was one in which we got in car and drove, camping along the way. We started our camp-tastic road trip in Frankfurt and ended up in the neighboring Netherlands. I have fond memories of roasting hot dogs over campfires and stopping by a traveling carnival at night. The camping trip was so successful, we repeated it every summer until the Army moved my father back to the U.S.: I walked through tulip fields, saw Van Gogh paintings in Dutch museums, and visited German castles. It was glorious.
Flash forward to age thirteen. The U.S. Army moved us again, this time from Illinois to Washington State. A sizeable distance. My mom once again proposed we save money and go by car, camping along the way. We’d see all the sights—Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, the Badlands! Amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties! Westward, ho!
That was the fantasy.
The reality, however, was that we took our cat, Mitzie, along, which meant that my brother and I took turns riding in the backseat with our feet in a litterbox. Other indignities soon followed. My mother sprained her ankle, hiking. The family station wagon broke down in South Dakota and caught fire. Oh, and did I mention that a rabid racoon got in our tent, scratched me and my brother, and we had to get rabies vaccinations? Let us not forget the horrifying surprise at the end of the trip—when we arrived in Tacoma, Washington, only to discover our assigned family housing would not be ready for six weeks.
Six weeks. My entire family living in one, tiny tent for six excruciating weeks.
It was a summer of firsts for me at that Pacific Northwest campsite: my first kiss, first time I learned to shave my legs (outdoors, in a forest stream), the first time I dropped an f-bomb in an argument with my mom…and in a related event, the first (and only) time my mom fainted.
In my YA romance, STARRY EYES, my heroine, Zorie, has never been camping, nor is she an outdoorsy girl. When her kind-of, sort-of friend invites her to go Glamping—glamorous camping, with luxury amenities—she reluctantly agrees. Of course, everything goes wrong, and she ends up very non-glamorously camping in the Sierra Mountains with her ex-BFF and current enemy, Lennon. Much like my own personal camping experiences, their camping trip is both disastrous and glorious, and they come out of the wilderness different people than they were when they started.
Despite the hardships endured on that trip, Zorie and Lennon would do it all over again. And, you know, I suppose I would, too.
Minus the litterbox in the backseat.
By: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
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I adore this cover! It's so warm and romantic! This book makes me want to go camping! Jenn is a contemporary Goddess so i'm SO so excited for this one!!
I am more impressed with the great reviews I've read of this book, which excite me to read the story, than I am by the cover. That said, given this book has a lot of buzz, a reasonably attractive cover which successfully conveys some of the more dominant genre forces at work in the novel (e.g. I see romance in this imagery) is more than sufficient. I want to scrutinize the story, please. ;-)
I really like the cover, has a very summery feeling but doesn't give too much away about the story. The book sounds great. I'm what you call "indoorsy" so camping and adventure books are perfect for me, since I don't actually do that kind of thing in real life. It sounds like a great story of overcoming differences and maybe forgiveness? Thanks for the chance.
The cover is sweet. The synopsis is very interesting. Alex, Approximately was a great read and I cannot wait for this one.
Love the cover and super interested in this story, I love Alex, Approximately and look forward to more of Jenn Bennett's works.