Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Knotted Roots Series Reviews...


Title-Knotted Roots
Series- Knotted Roots Book # 1
By-Ruthi Kight
Genre-  YA Romance


Partying with friends and scoring a flawless tan is about all Roxie has on her list of things to make her Hampton's summer perfect.

Her parents, however, have other plans and Grandma Betty's farm is just one of them.

Just as her life is in shambles and the quaint town is suffocating her, she meets Chase.

Somewhere in the mix of bummer summer and small town doldrums, he becomes the boy she can't seem to avoid falling for. Just adding him to the picture, her stay starts to get better, even if she knows it has to end with the summer holidays.

That is until Betty drops a life-shattering bomb.

Roxie must make a choice that will change her life forever. What happens when a spoiled brat from New York learns the true meaning of love, loss, and forgiveness?

Can Chase and Roxie find a way to be together or is this just another summer romance?

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“I like your jammies. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many colors throw up on someone’s clothes.” I looked up at him, prepared to voice my outrage, but his smile disarmed me once again. He was taunting me, trying to get a rise out of me and damn if he hadn’t come close to succeeding. I wouldn’t let him win.
“Thank you. I like your outfit as well. I have to say, Redneck Chic suits you quite well,” I replied, my sugary-sweet smile still firmly in place.
“Ya haven’t heard? It’s the latest trend. I can help ya catch up, if ya want?”
Caught off guard, I laughed out loud, covering my mouth quickly, trying hard to suppress the snort that I was sure was about to escape. His own masculine laughter joined with mine, mingling and building, until both of us were clutching our sides. I hadn’t had a good laugh in...well, forever. I heard the doors to the kitchen swing open again and glanced up as Grandma entered the room. She looked between us, her eyes searching for what had caused our raucous laughter.
“I always miss the funny. Wanna fill me in?” she asked as she pulled a package of fresh sausage out of the fridge and slapped it on the counter.
“It seems that our dear Chase here is a fashion guru. He has offered to help me learn the ins and outs of his style,” I replied as I looked over at Grandma. She scowled at me, but I continued anyway. “It seems that my style isn’t to his liking.”
“Oh, I wouldn’t say that. I really do like those pants. But I’m afraid you’re gonna have a hard time blending in around here if you continue to wear them,” he teased, laughing as he took in Grandma’s bewildered face.
“Now who said I wanted to blend in?” I teased back, earning another scolding look from Grandma.
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1) Diva- Beyonce
2) Bitch- Meredith Brooks
3) Raise Your Glass- P!nk
4) Inside Out- Eve 6
5) Heart Attack- Demi Lovato
6) Wanted- Hunter Hayes
7) Storm Warning- Hunter Hayes
8) Rainy Season- Hunter Hayes
9) I Will Not Say Goodbye- Danny Gokey
10)       Carry On- Fun.
11)       Courage- Orianthi

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1. Hunter Hayes- “Wanted”
2. Pink- “Just Give Me a Reason”
3. Kelly Clarkson- “Dark Side”
4. Glee Cast- “Girl on Fire”
5. Hunter Hayes- “Somebody’s Heartbreak”
6. Hunter Hayes- “All You Ever”
7. Hunter Hayes- “Rainy Season”
8. Demi Lovato- “Give Your Heart a Break”
9. Avril Lavigne- “Keep Holding on”
10. Danny Gokey- “I Will Not Say Goodbye”
Each and every song on this playlist was an inspiration for a scene in Knotted Roots. Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted” is literally the theme song for the book. I listened to this song on repeat during the entire time I wrote. His whole album is amazing and kept me going through the long nights of writing.
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Roxie:
Age: 17
Hometown: New York City, New York
Favorites: Pink, The Vampire Diaries, Espadrille shoes, dancing with the lights out, playing pinball, and Top Gun.
Best Qualities: Fiercely loyal, great fashion sense, curly hair that doesn’t frizz in the summer.
Worst Qualities: Stubborn, quick to judge, has to learn lessons the hard way.
Favorite Quote: “Your clothes should be tight enough to show you are a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady.” ~ Marilyn Monroe



Chase:
Name: Chase
Age: 18
Hometown: Perry Point, South Carolina
Favorites: Braveheart, Blue, macaroni and cheese, and playing Battleship with anyone willing to play.
Best Qualities: Kind-hearted, family-oriented, selfless, and honest.
Worst Qualities: Too trusting, blames himself for everything, and slow to forgive.
Favorite Quote: “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” ~ Bill Cosby


Katy:
Name: Katy
Age: 17
Hometown: Perry Point, South Carolina
Favorites: Teal, Pride and Prejudice, anything zombie related, Dawson’s Creek, and cuddling up with a good book.
Best Qualities: Sweet, extremely smart, honest to a fault, and always has her friend’s backs.
Worst Qualities: Not always the best judge of character, fiery temper when provoked, bottles up emotions.
Favorite Quote: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Maya Angelou.


Brian:
Name: Brian
Age: 17
Hometown: Perry Point, South Carolina
Favorites: Black, Fast and the Furious (every. Single. One.), digging in to Betty’s famous friend chicken, and scoping the ladies.
Best Qualities: Fun-loving, popular, heart of gold, and hard worker.
Worst Qualities: Gives too freely of himself, parties too much, and doesn’t accept responsibility for his actions.
Favorite Quote: “I am an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.” ~ Unknown


Grandma Betty:
Name: Grandma Betty
Age: A true Southern woman never reveals her age
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Favorites: Yellow, Iced Tea (the Southern kind), cooking, watching Paula Deen cook on the TV, working with animals.
Best Qualities: Accepting of others, loves her family (and extended family), and can whip up a mean green bean casserole.
Worst Qualities: You’re kidding, right? Pssh...I’m not answering this one. Moving on.
Favorite Quote: “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” ~ Mark Twain

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Review by Missy

It was the beginning of Roxie's Summer vacation at the end of her Junior year of high school. Her biggest problem at that point was what boy was she going to be seeing this summer while she was in the Hamptons, or which designers clothing she would be wearing. That is until her parents told her that they were sending her to spend the summer with her grandmother in Perry Point South Carolina which wasn't far from Myrtle Beach but she considered it podunk SC and she didn't want to go. She felt her social life would be ruined and she thought if Amber asked her parents then maybe they would change their minds and let her stay with Ambers family for the summer. As they walked up to her apartment she heard loud yelling and them smashing glass so she went in quickly to see what was going on. Her parents had been arguing and her mom was sitting there crying, there was pieces of a broken vase all over the floor. She asked what was going on and her dad told her to ask her mother. At that point Amber told her she would talk to her later and she left and then her mother told her father to go ahead and smear her some more. Roxie's Dad looked at her and told her he wanted to wait until after summer to tell her but it wasn't possible at that point, & then he told her that they were going to be getting a divorce. Roxie was devastated and felt like she had been sucked punched. She was confused, bitter and angry over everything that was going on but  she packed and flew to South Carolina. She wondered if her grandmother would even remember who she was since she hadn't seen her since she was a year old. Once her plane landed she found her grandmother and there was a distance between them. They drove back to her grandmother's farm and she was shown to her room and she started unpacking then they went to dinner at a small diner in town. While there Roxie had stuck her nose up and made a couple comments about someone that was there and grandma told her the person she made the comments about was the doctor in town. Roxie had been born in New York City and grew up in a penthouse apartment. She had all the latest toys and most fashionable clothing and went to all the best places But she didn't have the best friends and the love and companionship, the dirt to play in. She was a spoiled, self centered brat that needed to grow up and she was about to learn to grow up and do it quickly. She then met 2 brothers that worked on her grandmothers farm named Chase and Brian. She was immediately attracted to Chase and felt like a fool because she became tongue tied and couldn't say anything and just sat there when he said hello to her.   She then met Katy and thought she was a country bumpkin but at that point she needed some friends and some fun so she became friends with her.  One day grandma was in a bad mood & when she asked why grandma told her that one of the volunteers had to quit working on the farm and that she couldn't afford to hire anyone else. Roxie decided she wanted to get closer to Chase so she told her grandmother she would help out on the farm as much as she could. The next morning she was up bright & early and went to the barn, when she got there grandma told her that Chase would show her what needed to be done. By the end of the day she was exhausted & worn out but she said she would help & she was determined to do it. Over time her and Chase built a relationship but then things would happen and she would run. She had never learned to allow someone to be there for a real relationship and he was moving much faster than she thought was possible. When her grandmother came downstairs one morning she didn't look well and she stumbled, when she asked if she was ok her grandmother told her she was but she didn't believe her. She kept asking and finally it came out that her grandmother had cancer and she had had it for about 5 months. When Roxie talked to her mother about her grandmother, she found out her mother knew about the cancer and she was angry that her mother and grandmother knew  about it but never told her. She felt deceived & left out like she didn't belong. Chase helped her deal with her feelings and she came to terms with them. While coming to terms with her feelings she also came to terms with the fact that she had been a real brat with the way she had treated her grandmother all summer. She decided she didn't want to move back to NYC, she wanted to stay in SC and be with her grandmother and her friends and on the farm. She had found home and found her roots there and felt that is where she needed to be. She had her parents come to the farm so they could all sit and discuss everything that had happened and what would happen with her grandmother. Her parents were not all keen on her staying there but in the end she did stay. She had helped her grandmother on the farm while she went to school for her senior year and her biggest hope was that her grandmother could see her walk the stage to get her diploma.

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Title- Hidden Falls
Series- Knotted Roots # 1.5 (Novella)
By - Ruthi Kight
Publication Date-  July 3, 2013
Genre- YA Romance 

The southern summer was back with a vengeance.

Helping out a friend was what Katy had in mind when she agreed to give Roxie a hand on the farm.

She expected it to be an easy job wrapped in the possibility of a break from her mother’s constant vodka stupor.

What she didn’t expect was to find him.

Brian spent his life in his brother’s shadow, constantly falling short of others’ expectations.

When he gets the chance to prove himself, he's forced to decide if there’s more to him than just the mistakes he’s made.

The summer was supposed to be easy.

It was supposed to be fun.

But sometimes, when you least expect it...you fall.

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1)      My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy
2)      The Entire Hunter Hayes’ Wanted CD.
3)      Blackbird- Glee Version
4)      Clarity- Glee Version
5)      Girl on Fire- Glee Version (Seeing a pattern?)
6)      Hung up- Glee Version
7)      Mean- Taylor Swift
8)      Never Say Never- Glee Version
9)      Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
10)  Beam me up- P!nk
11)  How Come You’re Not Here- P!nk
12)  Walk of Shame- P!nk
13)  The Only Exception- Paramore
14)  Come & Get it- Selena Gomez (That one got stuck in my head for days! LOL)
15)  Baby Got Back- Sir Mix-A-Lot (Don’t judge me :P )

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1. Somebody’s Heartbreak- Hunter Hayes
2. Cruise- Florida Georgia Line
3. Just Give Me a Reason- P!nk
4. Get Lucky- Daft Punk
5. Titanium- David Guetta
6. Good Girl- Carrie Underwood
7. Die Young- Ke$ha
8. I Don’t Want This Night to End- Luke Bryan
9. It’s Time- Imagine Dragons

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Review by Ashley

I loved this Novella and was unable to put it down.  While I would love to hear more about Brian and Katy it didn't leave off as a cliff hanger just left you wanting more.  A lot of detail and funny details were put into this story and it had me both laughing and crying.  In 70 short pages I fell in love with all the characters in the book.  Ruthi has written a novella that was short, sweet, to the point and well just plain AMAZING!!!  Congratulation on a Great book!

5 stars

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Ruthi Kight currently lives in her hometown of Columbia, SC, with her fiancé and five year old daughter. She has an unhealthy addiction to books, music, and chocolate, but not necessarily in that order. When her dream of being a rock star didn't work out, she focused on her other passion: writing. She is the author of Knotted Roots, a YA Coming of Age story, and is currently working on two other novels that are due out this year.


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