Blog Tour: Review – The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill (Giveaway)

Blog Tour: Review – The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill (Giveaway)The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill
Published by Delacorte
Published: December 8th 2015
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It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey...

With her trusty baton and six insanely organized clipboards, drum major Liza Sanders is about to take Destiny by storm—the boat, that is. When Liza discovered that her beloved band was losing funding, she found Destiny, a luxury cruise ship complete with pools, midnight chocolate buffets, and a $25,000 spring break talent show prize.

Liza can’t imagine senior year without the band, and nothing will distract her from achieving victory. She’s therefore not interested when her old camp crush, Lenny, shows up on board, looking shockingly hipster-hot. And she’s especially not interested in Russ, the probably-as-dumb-as-he-is-cute prankster jock whose ex, Demi, happens be Liza’s ex–best friend and leader of the Athenas, a show choir that’s the band’s greatest competition.

But it’s not going to be smooth sailing. After the Destiny breaks down, all of Liza’s best-laid plans start to go awry. Liza likes to think of herself as an expert at almost everything, but when it comes to love, she’s about to find herself lost at sea.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love Lauren Morrill’s story telling style. She has a way about her writing that reminds me of the teen late 90s/early 2000s movies I loved. She did it with Being Sloane Jacobs and Meant to Be and she did it again with The Trouble with Destiny. I mean I found Trouble to be predictable but it made me smile in that predictability just like all those movies did so to me that’s a win.

The Trouble with Destiny is about Liza the drum major of her high school band. She is the leader, the one keeping things together, the one in charge. So when the band is in trouble of losing their funding Liza gets them on a cruise for performing high school groups in hopes of winning $25,000 and saving the activity she loves so much. But as all Liza’s plans start to fall apart and the cruise is nothing as expected Liza starts to learn sometimes you can’t be in control of everything. Sometimes life just has to happen and when it does miraculous things can do…maybe even falling in love.

When you have a bunch of high school kids on a boat, shenanigans will go down. There was a lot of stuff that happened to these kids and situations they put themselves in that kept the story fun and interesting. The boat being stuck with limited power was a fun way to keep all the main characters in the same place without having it seem unnatural. And the music/performances made sure to keep everyone in the same orbit.

I took a cruise a few years back and because of that I found the setting for The Trouble with Destiny to be perfect. It brought back all the memories I had from my trip and made me want to go back. TO be honest I actually pictured the boat I was on as the Destiny was described (minus the pool. Our pool was teeny tiny). The setting was perfect to have a bunch of kids up to hijinks and worked really well. It also made me wish I was on another cruise so Morrill nailed it.

This is where I had a little trouble. Liza super annoyed me. I think she was a little too much a lot of the time so I had a slight bit of trouble connecting to her. But as the book progressed I liked a lot how she changed. Lenny was another one that I had trouble with. I wasn’t crazy about his behavior a lot of the time and that annoyed me. Now Russ I LOVED. He was the fun, comic relief. He was the Pacey Witter of the bunch and he just made me smile, especially with his dealings with Liza, his polar opposite. All in all I liked the characters as a bunch but there were just some flaws to each of them that did bug me a tad.

The Trouble with Destiny was adorable and fun. That’s what the whole thing came down to. Was it perfect? Nope. But I enjoyed it and it made me smile and brought me back to a few of my favorite movies. Not to mention the whole cruise thing. I look forward to what Ms. Morrill has in store for us next.

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About Lauren Morrill

Lauren Elizabeth Morrill is many things, including, but not limited to, a writer, an educator, a badass roller derby skater, a former band nerd, an aggressive driver, and a die-hard Mac person. She also watches a lot of TV, eats a lot of junk food, and drinks a lot of Coke. It's a wonder her brain and teeth haven't rotted out of her head.

Lauren is the author of Meant to Be, Being Sloane Jacobs, The Trouble With Destiny, and the forthcoming My Unscripted Life (October 2016), all from Random House.

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Review: Being Sloane Jacobs – Lauren Morrill

Review: Being Sloane Jacobs – Lauren MorrillBeing Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Published by Random House Publishing Group
Published: 2014
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Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

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I really enjoyed Morrill’s first book Meant to Be so I was thrilled when I was approved on Netgalley for an early copy of Being Sloane Jacobs. I had fallen in love with the description because really who doesn’t love ice skating and hockey? And girls doing both? AWESOMENESS! Well I am pleased to report that Morrill lived up to the expectations from her first book and nailed Being Sloane Jacobs much in the way that I expected.

Being Sloane Jacobs is about 2 girls from 2 different backgrounds, with the same first and last name. First you have Sloane Emily, the good girl with the political family from DC. She was a figure skating star that chocked in a competition and is out to make return to the word of skating. And then there is Sloane Devon, the ice hockey star from Philadelphia that seems to have lost her mojo and is in a downward hockey spiral. Both girls have one thing in common besides their names and it is the drive to hide from their life. And when they have a chance encounter in a hotel in Canada they do exactly that and they switch places.  With the pressure off both girls find themselves in unknown situations and pressures they never expected that just might lead them to what they really want.

I basically devoured this book. It was one of those easy to read in a day kind of reads, not because it had no substance but because you were that entertained. Morrill managed to really transform both Sloane Emily and Sloane Devon simply be removing them from their comfort zones and inserting them into a world that was completely foreign to them. By doing this Sloane Emily found what it was like to not be so perfect and to not have the spot light on her. She learned how to work as a team. And Sloane Devon, she lightened up and wasn’t so hardcore as she had been in the beginning. Both girls adapted to their situations and made the best out of it without having the pressure they normally felt on their backs. It was truly enjoyable to see the character growth.

Was Being Sloane Jacobs a book that wasn’t filled with improbable situations, not really. I mean the whole thing was improbable. But it was filled with enough heart and romance and friendship and chance taking that in the end it didn’t matter whether or not either girl would be wildly successful in their new “life”. It was about more than that and I think Morrill did an excellent job of showcasing that. I would definitely recommend you pick this one up. I’m glad I did.

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