Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Author Spotlight: Consent by Nancy Ohlin + Giveaway!!

Posted by Jenn Christensen at 1:00 PM


I am the author of Consent (Simon Pulse 2015) as well as Always, Forever, a YA retelling of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, and Beauty, a YA retelling of the Snow White tale. 

I've also contributed to several celebrity novels, including a New York Times-bestselling YA trilogy.

My favorite cures for writers' block are long walks, long showers, popcorn, chocolate, and really expensive coffee. I talk to myself a lot while I write (you know, to make sure the dialogue zings).

Title: Consent
Author: Nancy Ohlin
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication: November 10th 2015
Cover Rating: 2/5

Consent is a beautiful book. It is about a student-teacher relationship. There is nothing nasty or horrible about this book. A lot of people find this subject to be extremely taboo but we are human. And you cannot help who you fall for. As long as it is consensual and not some nasty fetish where some 50 year old guy likes young girls, then whatever.

Bea was such a sad girl. She pretended everything was okay but her entire life was messed up. She couldn't follow a dream of playing the piano because her father was some emotional wreck. This poor girl grew up basically without a father and her brother. She taught herself the piano and had to hide her passion so her father wouldn't get mad. 

Dane, Mr. Rossi, was great. I had to look up who Kit Harington was though. And I do have to say that I didn't picture him like that, but hey, whatever. He was intelligent and wanted so much for Bea to flourish and become the person she was meant to be. It was like he KNEW she was hiding her true self. Their relationship was beautiful. Nothing dirty or disgusting. It was natural. Their bond was formed over a mutual love for music. 

I envy the friendship that Bea and Plum had. Even after Bea lied to Plum for years, they still managed to somehow remain friends. I do think it was kind of wrong for Plum to push her own dreams onto Bea but I also think it was her way of helping. Maybe she say that Bea didn't have the support from her family so she tried to help.

I find it rather sad that it took some scary events to make Bea's father to open up his eyes and finally try to be a dad. Yes, his wife is gone, but he still had the children SHE gave him. I can understand mourning for a while but he was in mourning for pretty much ALL of Bea's life. 

When Bea was with Braden at the coffee place I just KNEW he was the one who did it. Did he think he was saving her? Protecting her? I just don't understand the logic behind his actions other than the fact that maybe he had a childish crush on her. But did he think that his actions would bring her into his arms? HA!

In the end, I still hold out hope for Dane and Bea. These books always end so badly and it sucks. I will always stand by my words when I say that as long as it's not some weird fetish and the girl/guy is almost legal and agrees, then it is their business. But I hope the universe brings them back together. They had some real chemistry.

I truly enjoyed this book. I was yelling at Dane at the end of the book. I even had to put the book down when I found out about Porter. I will never know the entire story and the truth behind that and IT SUCKS!!!

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.



 


***GIVEAWAY*** The giveaway for this book will be held on my Instagram account. So head over there to enter. @hellokittyreads

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