Monday, October 14, 2013

Grab Your Pole Series Blog Tour: Review of Shark Bait and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the Grab Your Pole Series Blog Tour organized by AToMR Blog Tours
Today I have a review of the first book in the series Shark Bait and an amazing tour wide giveaway for you to enter. Make sure to check out all the awesome reviews, excerpts and guest posts by clicking the tour banner above!

About the Books

Shark Bait (Grab Your Pole, #1)
Series: Grab Your Pole #1
Age Group: Mature YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: June 15, 2012
Buy Shark Bait on Amazon

Previously homeschooled Camie Ramsey is being shoved into the shark-infested waters of public high school, where even helium filled, penguin bespeckled arm floaties likely won’t help keep her inexperienced, fifteen-year old head above water in that rip current of hormones and emotions.
Camie’s worldly wisdom might be severely lacking (i.e., the closest she’s come to being kissed was sitting too close to the TV whilst Jake Ryan leaned in to give Samantha that fateful 16th birthday kiss), but she does understand her only hope for survival is if she’s thrown some kind of “social” life preserver before she sinks like a freaking rock. However, what will her fate be when she endeavors to flag down the only lifeguard on duty, the enormously popular and ridiculously beautiful Tristan Daniels? The most sought after and virtually most unattainable guy in school who not only makes Camie’s heart flatline on a recurring basis, he’s also the one guy who seemingly doesn’t know she exists.
Feeling like an inept piece of chum that could ultimately be swallowed by Jaws, can Camie get Tristan to rescue her from floundering in the treacherous deep, or is she destined to be Shark Bait?
The Other Fish in the Sea (Grab Your Pole, #2)
Series: Grab Your Pole #2
Age Group: Mature YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Buy The Other Fish in the Sea on Amazon 

In Shark Bait, readers everywhere met and fell in love with the new girl, Camie Ramsey, and swooned over her sure to be future husband, Tristan Daniels. Now, in The Other Fish in the Sea, the long awaited second installment of the Grab Your Pole series by Jenn Cooksey, Camie and Tristan are back, but so are their friends!
So, find a breathing apparatus and shimmy into your scuba gear, because it's finally time to dive deeper into the lives of the GYP gang, but be warned, it's a big world out there and an even bigger ocean where danger might be lurking around the next corner and realistically, anything could happen.
Shark Out of Water (Grab Your Pole, #3)
Series: Grab Your Pole #3
Age Group: Mature YA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 30, 2013
Buy Shark out of Water on Amazon

With the Amazon Bestseller Shark Bait, the first novel in the Grab Your Pole series, debut author Jenn Cooksey delivered a fun, snarky, and realistic beginning to a larger story that has found its way into the hearts of readers everywhere. Thus, many were unprepared for what was coming in the second installment of the GYP series, The Other Fish in the Sea, when Cooksey took us on a runaway roller coaster ride of emotion and solidly landed hit after hit, including a brutal sucker punch that left readers around the globe reeling.
In Shark Out of Water, the highly anticipated third installment in this humorous yet honest and real coming of age story, we delve even further into the lives of the GYP gang and many questions are sure to be answered, however, are you really ready for what lies ahead in the continuation of their adventure? Well, grab your pole and let’s find out.

About the Author

Jenn Cooksey is a Southern California girl born and bred, however she's no longer a resident of heaven on earth, but instead she currently resides in the 7th Ring of Hell with her husband, their three daughters, and a goodly number of pets. Aside from her husband, one cat, and three out of five fish, everyone living under the Cooksey's roof is female. She's sure her husband will not only be awarded sainthood when he kicks the bucket, but that Jesus will welcome him into heaven with a beer and a congratulatory high-five. Jenn is also of the belief that Bacon should be capitalized and that just being yourself is the best way to go. That is, unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.
 My Review of Shark Bait
Before I start my review, just let me say if you have not started the Grab Your Pole series yet, stop what you are doing, and purchase Shark Bait right now.  Don’t worry I will wait…. However, if you still need convincing read my review below.

As someone who has an enormous pile of books just waiting to be read, I do not get to all the books I want to when I want too. Shark Bait is one of the books that has been on my radar for a while and I even purchase a copy a few months back but never had time to read it. What a mistake on my part! I cannot believe I waited this long to read this book, because it is one of my new favorites! I devoured Shark Bait as fast as I could and even when I was not reading it I was thinking about it. 

Shark Bait is hilarious, while still being an amazing love story that I loved seeing play out. For someone who has never navigated the waters of public schools, Camie does an amazing job of it without losing herself among the expectations. When she sets her sights on the uber unattainable Tristan, she is going to be in the fight of her life to pull that big fish in out of the open waters. Tristan has never been in a committed relationship in his whole life, and he is not sure if he wants to be. 

I love the way Shark Bait is written, because it draws you in and keeps you reading. It is also plentiful with many movie, TV, and music references, which was part of why I love it so much. I mean who does not love a good classic 80s movie or Buffy reference. I serious Shark Bait has so many good ones. I am bursting at the steams to tell you my love for this book but I do not want to spoil the many amazing things about this book, so just go pick up a copy of Shark Bait and discover its brilliance for yourself. 

Now that I have enjoyed the phenomenon that is the first book of the Grab Your Pole series, I know I will defiantly not be putting off diving into the rest of the series. I plan to read The Other Fish in the Sea even if it sounds like it might be an emotional punch in the gut very shortly because I just cannot stop thinking about the Grab Your Pole Gang. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review**

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