Crushing Summer by C.M. Stunich - Review & Giveaway

Title: Crushing Summer

Author: C.M. Stunich
Release Date: November 7, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance


I'm a girl. I met a boy. Why can't it stay that simple?

Here, in this town, summer doesn't just mean tiny bikinis and sunglasses, white toothed grins and lounging at the beach. It means pain. And loss. And false promises.

It means liars pretending to be saints, friends pretending to be enemies, rivals pretending to be lovers.

For me, it means being crushed. The Crush, actually. The one they all want simply because they were told to. It means being surrounded by beautiful faces and gorgeous bodies, sweet words and sizzling kisses.

It means being wanted and despised.

My name is Chloe Summer, and I'm afraid that if I'm not careful, this summer could be my last.
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My Review
I am so happy that I was able to read this book for CM.  It is quite a bit different to her other books, not that this should be a surprising notion.  It is one of the many reasons I love to read her work.  She can write anything, in any point of view, and draw you in.  Any genre, any sex, any age, it doesn't matter.  

I knew going into the start of this book that it was a suspenseful story with lots of mystery and probably a love triangle (I mean, it is a YA book after all).  I was excited about the suspense and really kind of not looking forward to the love triangle.  Just once, I want to read a YA book where a girl knows what she wants and goes for it without stringing along some hopelessly in lust teenage boy.  However, this love triangle really worked well with the story.  My favorite part about it?  Chloe was up front with both boys about her intentions, that she was spending time with both of them and what went on while they were together (at their different times of course).  It was actually quite refreshing.

As for the suspense, I sort of knew who the big, bad, crazy nut job was, but I honestly had no idea how they were said big, bad, crazy nut job.  I loved that I couldn't really figure it out (like I usually do).  It is one of those characters that you love to hate and secretly hope that, because this is a suspenseful story, they will some how get killed off so you can bask in the rightness of it - that karma did her job and took care of the bad guy (or girl... I can't tell you or I'd have to kill you). 

I absolutely loved the undertones in the story that is the Assignment.  I also thought it was quite perfect since we just recently spent an entire month promoting bully awareness across the Indie Book World.  The Queen Bee, The King, The Jock, The Heartthrob, The Crush, The Bad Boy/Girl, The Outcast... Mob mentality and group think.  And entire town that just turns their heads and looks the other way when clearly someone should be stepping and and taking control of an out of control situation(s).  It was one of those stories that, once you're finished, makes you stop and think about all of those times you could have said something and didn't; and how now that you've read it and thought back on those moments in your life, you know that the next time you witness it you will take a stand for your fellow human being.

Simply a fantastic job with a great story that is unique and extremely thought provoking. ♥
About the Author

C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance.

Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.

C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world.

Ms. Stunich can be reached via e-mail or by post and loves to hear from her readers. Ms. Stunich also wrote this biography and has no idea why she decided to refer to herself in the third person.

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