04 September, 2014

Blog Tour - Book Review: The Blue Room (The Never Knights After, Vol. 1) by Kailin Gow

About the Author:

Kailin Gow uses her author platform to bring awareness to issues affecting young adult and women. She has appeared on national radio as a regular guest on topics such as body image, self-esteem, dating and sexual relationships, bullying, and more; often brought up in her fiction books for young adults and women.

She is a graduate of the Annenberg School for Communications Masters in Management program in journalism, marketing and publishing at the University of Southern California.

An ALA YALSA Reader's Choice Nominated Author for her YA series, Frost Series, in 2011, she is also a speaker at BEA, and multi-author signing event organizer for the popular Rockin' Events.

Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia's mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women's shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media.

In whatever time she has, she loves to read, travel, try new foods, play video games, and try new technology.

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My Thoughts:

Because I am only reviewing Volume 1 of The Blue Room, my review is going to be shorter than normal. I really enjoyed reading The Blue Room. It's a short and fast read, but it has a little bit of all the storytelling elements I'm most drawn to in books - romance, mystery and suspense, and action. Staci is an interesting character because she is so driven to find out who and/or what is behind the disappearance of her friend, that she is willing to enter a world previously unknown to her, and to go so far as to offer up herself, in order to find some answers and maintain her cover.

The Blue Room is the start of a trilogy that introduces the characters of Staci and Terrence. It's told in first person POV, that switches between Terrence and Staci. I'm not normally a big fan of first person storytelling, but for this book, it works, although it was confusing for a second when it first switched.

While this is novella length (and not a full length story), Gow has good character development, with an intriguing premise, that left me interested enough to want to read the rest of the trilogy. I was drawn into the story of Terrence and Staci and also would like to find out more about Rita and her disappearance. Does she turn up? Will Staci find out what happened to her? How far will Staci have to go? I'll have to read Vol. 2 and 3 to get my answers!

The Blue Room (The Never Knights After)
New Adult Contemporary Suspense
Vol. 1 Published: 26 May 2014 by theEDGEbooks.com
Vol. 2 Published: 16 June 2014 by theEDGEbooks.com
Vol. 3 Published: 24 August 2014 by theEDGEbooks.com

When Danny Blue of the Never Knights inherited his playboy billionaire father's businesses and legacy, he didn't realized his father's pet project was the Blue Room, the most elite and secret club in the highest circle. He was happy to let his half-brother Terrence Blue run the club, but with Terrence's womanizing ways and carefree attitude when it came to everything, he wasn't sure if that was a good idea.

Terrence Blue wasn't sure that was a good idea as well because it would cramp his style as a former patron of the club, but when he spotted virginal Staci Atussi starting at The Blue Room, he had a change of heart. Not only was Staci Atussi a knockout without knowing it, but she was the challenge he had been craving.

For Staci Atussi, working at The Blue Room was her solution to a desperate situation, but as she became integrated into the world of The Blue Room and the mysteries surrounding its patrons and the sexy Blues, she wondered if she had traded in her desperation for something far more sinister.

Vol. 1 on Goodreads | Vol. 2 on Goodreads
Amazon: Vol. 1 | Amazon Vol. 2 | Amazon Vol. 3

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