Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review & Giveaway for The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club

Welcome to the big leagues. To secrets and scandals. It's all about the game. Who's playing. Who's not. Who has no idea about the game. And...wait, what game are we playing?

I'll leave that for you to decide.

Where to start is the big question for Chloe Baker. How was she supposed to explain to Zack Warren that she started a fan club for him when she was a kid? It was just a game. A way to make friends and have fun. She never thought it would spiral out of control. And never. In a million, gazillion years, did she think it would follow her to college. How could she tell him her best friend Lana kept the club alive? That she had nothing to do with the craziness? 

Chloe didn’t understand why she cared so much about Zack's opinion of her. She hated him. He hated her. They had very mutual feelings of dislike for each other. So he'd just hate her even more when or if he found out. 

And that's totally fine...she thinks.

Zack Warren had a soft spot for Chloe Baker. He likes the way she walks. He likes the way she talks. If he was poetically inclined, he’d write a sonnet about her ass.

It's Zack’s junior year of college. He’s got things to worry about. Scouts from the major leagues. Baseball games. Contracts. Grades.... His father ran away to Vegas with Chloe's mother. He didn’t have time to worry about a girl. But he did. He worried about Chloe a lot, especially with that jerk Max sniffing around her. It's weird though, to like your stepsister, right?

But Zack could argue that he saw Chloe first. Way before his dad met her mom. He was too young to stake a claim. But he just doesn't care anymore. 

He’s done playing games.

Here is an excerpt from this great book!  Just after the excerpt you'll find my review plus a giveaway.  Thanks for stopping by stop on the tour.

Chloe's POV

Nostalgia is for idiots and Zack Warren is trouble.

I knew it the first time I saw him in second grade. The boy had heartbreaker written all over him. He was two years older, wiser. He did a back flip off the jungle gym, landing right at my feet with a cocky grin, getting dirt all over my new pink Keds.

He didn’t apologize.

Instead he dropped a lizard on my head and called me prissy.

Despite the fact that we didn’t hit it off on day one, I harbored a huge crush on Zack, my first ever. In the third grade I started a club. Girls only. We dubbed it an unofficial club because we thought some powerful person, like Oprah, had to deem it official.

We have since discovered that is not true, but the name had a nice ring to it.

During our unofficial meets we talked about Zack, spied on him, and risked being found out on a regular basis. What a rush, seriously. It was going great. The group accepted new members, and we even drew up plans for a clubhouse. I invented a fun game and made new friends.

Then, when I was in the fifth grade, Zack stole the streamers off my bike.

I cried, and made the very rational decision to hate him until the end of time.

This effectively ended my reign as leader of The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book!  It was just right light-hearted romance I needed after several paranormal books I have been bingeing on.   While Zack Warren isn't a fairy tale prince, he IS every girl's dream come true.  This book reminded me of so many grade school crushes I had, not that long ago.  I was never as ambitious enough to create a fan club for any of them.
Chloe, however, was.  She went from crushing on Zack Warren to hating him; not understanding that when a boy torments you in the 5th grade they probably like you.  Chloe is the kind of girl I would have hung with in college.  She's fun but not a big party girl.  I like that she stood up for herself and didn't take crap from any guy.  It was pretty funny as Zack tried to make sense of her.  
Oh, my Zack... he sounds DELICIOUS!  I love baseball players so you can imagine how I drooled over him.  Despite the chances he had to become a Class A jerk he was far from it.  Like so many girls, here was a GUY who had gotten a reputation simply because he was attractive and good at sports.  
The whole evolution of their relationship was fantastically frustrating!  Take all the weirdness that goes with blending two families then add having a huge "thing" for you step-sibling and you have the definition of awkward.  
This was a pretty quick read.  It does have mild to medium language and sexual content.  I'd recommend it for ages 16 and up.

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*

About the author:

J.C. Isabella is the author of Chasing McCree and The Unofficial Zack Warren Fan Club. Ever since she discovered romance novels in high school, she has been a self proclaimed fan. This led to penning her first YA . When she isn't thinking up new recipes for the cookbook she hopes to one day write, she is brainstorming a new novel and listening to country music. She lives in the tropics of Florida with her big fat Italian family and ornery feline companion.

Twitter @jcisabellabooks

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  1. This sounds just like the kind of fun read I want to curl up - perfect for those cold, dreary days that are coming.

  2. This sounds like a great read. I will have to get this book and put on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing

  3. This sounds like a perfect fun read for me! I want The Unofficial ZHFC and a comfy chair and a drinky poo and snacks and rain outside. Is that too much to ask? ;)

  4. This sounds like a nice fun read. Thanks for featuring it!

  5. My crush was "Eddie" the cool jock in middle school. Thanks for the memories.

  6. I think this is something my daughter might like. :)

  7. This sounds like a fun book! If I don't win it, I guess I'll have to buy it. Jeannette, be sure to let me know when this ends. (I'm not kidding.)

  8. thanks for this giveaway
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  9. I loved 'Chasing McCree'!! Thanks for the chance to win 'Zack Warren'!! So exciting!! :D

    Best wishes,

    CharliDenae at AOL dot com

  10. This sounds like a fun book. Thank you for the review and the giveaway.

  11. My first book that was similar to this was Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally, and I fell in love in a hot minute. This book seems to be along the same lines. So, I think I will fall in love with this one too. Thanks so much for the great giveaway, and the review that made me even more excited about the book!

  12. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway, this book looks fantastic!!

  13. I nominated you for a blog award!


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