Blog Tour: Book Review: Saving You, Saving Me by Kailin Gow
Hi guys! I hope you're all doing alright. I haven't posted anything in a long time, but worry no more because I'm back! I'm here to review a book for New Adults entitled Saving You, Saving Me by Ms. Kailin Gow. It's the first installment of You & Me Trilogy and you're all going to get a glimpse on the inside of this book.
Author: Kailin Gow
Date Published: 4/15/12
Genre: Mature YA / New Adult
18 year old high school senior and aspiring psychologist Samantha Sullivan (Sam) never thought she would fall for the one mysterious guy she has been speaking to over the phone for months, the boy the counselors called Daggers. She wasn't supposed to talk to him outside of their sessions. But as she began to peel the layers of Daggers and learn who he is, the one boy she is supposed to be saving, might just be the one who is saving her.
Saving You, Saving Me is the first installment of You & Me Trilogy by Ms. Kailin Gow. It's also the very first book I've ever read from this author and I must say that this book is very intense and interesting.
This book is a contemporary romance novel for mature young adults. The plot is very nice. I wouldn't say that it's perfect but I'd say it's a very nice way to start a trilogy. There are some things I didn't appreciate though or maybe it's just that it has a bit of 50 Shades in it. Now, I loved 50 Shades and some happenings in this book is so 50 Shades which I think the book failed to pull off but other than those very little flaws, I think this book has a good enough plot.
The characters are interesting. Ms. Kailin Gow wrote them in a way that we could somehow relate to them. Sam and Collins are very complex characters. They're very different and yet somehow they get each other. Sam is the daughter of a pastor. Something happened to her when she was only 13 years old. She made a humongous mistake that normal teenagers often do and after that she pledged to be the perfect daughter of a pastor and for years, she was. Until she met the mysterious Collins.
Collins went through something horrifying while growing up and it had affected him in a way that hinders his growing romance with Sam.
Sam and Collins' chemistry is very intense. I liked it. I also liked the progress of their romance. Their first meeting is fun and sexy and cute which I think is very well executed in this part of the plot. Actually, it may be my favorite part of the book. I guess it also helps that Sam and Collins interactions are very hot.
The book also showed a few of what the teenagers commonly go through on their daily lives. The problems that were mentioned when Sam answered calls were very interesting and I know that they do happen in real life. The only problem I had with it is that the conversations were so mechanical. I guess what I'm trying to say is that they lacked feelings. The conversations were supposed to invoke empathy on me as a reader but I felt nothing which is very sad because I think that this part of the plot of the book could have been used to make this book even more interesting and more real and more heartfelt. I'm hoping that the author would explore this part of the plot in the next book. I hope she could put more feelings on the conversations. I think it would be a big hit.
Overall, I think Saving You, Saving Me is a nice way to start the trilogy. Despite all of its glitches, I enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the intensity of Sam and Collins' romance. It's the best part of this book. Their individual personalities are also very interesting. I liked the growth of their characters throughout the book. Ms. Kailin Gow did a really nice job writing this book and I'm expecting an even better one for its sequel. I am so excited to find out what happens to Sam and Collins.
If you want to read a YA book that is intense and mature without loosing fun and romance then this book is for you.
About the Author:
She is the founder of the community social site, The Saving You Saving Me Project, http://www.savingyousavingme.com which helps teens, young adults, and women deal with social issues like sexual abuse, self-esteem, body image, bullying, cutting, relationships, and more in a positive community environment. The Saving You Saving Me Project is an extention of her YA-mature fiction Saving You Saving Me.
Kailin Gow began writing books for tween girls to help them with self-confidence and self-esteem. Her book, Gifted Girls Activities Guide to 365 Days of the Week, became a reference book used in girls organizations across the U.S. As her tween fans grew to become teens and young adults, Kailin began writing engaging and entertaining young adult book series for them. The results are book series like the Frost Series, PULSE Series, Wicked Woods Series, Stoker Sisters, Phantom Diaries, The Fire Wars, FADE, DESIRE, and more.
All her books are inspired by personal experiences. Saving You Saving Me was inspired by her experience as a peer counselor for young women during college and from her psychology major college roommate's experience being in a relationship similar to the one portrayed by Sam and Collins in the book. Loving Summer was inspired by Kailin's experience growing up with a family consisting of a mother, two sons, and a daughter who went through a similar experience of tragedy in the book. Aunt Sookie is based on herself and some actor friends she knows. The Frost Series, Circus of Curiosities Series, and FADE Series came about through vivid dreams. Never Say Never was inspired by Kailin's experience as a radio host and working with and interviewing bands, as well as having college friends who were in bands. Kailin also played the drums and keyboard for a band she once started. A classically-trained musician, she was once led her school orchestra, playing first chair violin. Her experience in the music world and her love of Phantom of the Opera, inspired the Phantom Diaries. PULSE was inspired when Kailin was in the hospital suffering from heavy blood loss post surgery and needed several bags of blood to survive (like a vampire). Beautiful Beings was inspired by her college encounter with a young demon exorcist. A pastor once told her she had the gift of sight and that she was destined to become a prolific author, many times over.
She began taking her writing seriously when her daughter was diagnosed as being on the spectrum and her mother was fighting three types of cancer. Four years later, her daughter was no longer on the spectrum, and her mother became cancer free. Kailin believes in hope and miracles, after having been through several struggles and experiences herself. This is why she writes.
When not busy inhaling chocolate and drinking coffee by the gallon, Kailin makes time for writing fantasy books, blogging as an expert blogger for Fast Company, volunteering as an Emergency Responder and volunteering for battered women's shelters. For fun, she plays the electric violin, and puts together a music playlist for her radio and web shows.
Her Frost Series consisting of the Bitter Frost Series, The Wolf Fey Series, and the Fairy Rose Chronicles along with her other book series are being developed into worldwide MMORPG Games by SEE GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT, which is the world's leading game developer known for developing the top blockbuster films into games.