Found by Elle Field – Blog Tour + Giveaway

Hi guys, happy Thursday! I am very, very pleased to be a part of Elle Field’s blog tour for her new novel “Found”, that is also the last installment in the Arielle Lockley’s series – I think that already all of us know Arielle, right? You can read my review and enter a fantastic giveaway! Enjoy and good luck!

 

Found by Elle Field

 

25483958Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Series: Arielle Lockley #3

Publishing Date: 9th August 2016

Source:  Received from the author, thank you!

Number of pages: 284

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback 

 

Synopsis:

“How did people even come up with the idea of these dizzying skyscrapers, let alone work out how to make them possible? Whoever built the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, their legacy will live on forever. What sort of a difference will I ever make?”

Who knew one flight could change everything? When Arielle Lockley stepped on the plane at Heathrow, she never realised how different her life would be when she touched down in New York City. Now she’s dealing with that aftermath, as well as trying to find common ground with Etta, her new and unexpected business partner.

But, trying to sort out business in London whilst her fiancé, Piers, recovers from surgery in New York, is starting to take its toll on their relationship. Can Arielle and Etta work together to continue Felicity’s legacy without destroying it, and will Arielle and Piers even make it down the aisle to say “I do”?

Find out what happens this summer in the final part of the warm and wonderful Arielle Lockley series.

Rating: 3/5

“Found” is the third and last book in the series about Arielle Lockley, and I’d recommend you to read the novels in the right order – the characters develop throughout the series and I think to fully understand them – and the story – you just need to know what happened in the past.

Now, I do adore Elle’s writing style, her descriptions and the way she perceives the world, her one – liners are sharp and up – to – date if I can say so. My biggest problem is with the characters. Arielle changed – oh my gosh, guys, how she has changed in those three parts! From an empty, interested only in money girl she became a woman with feelings. However, I’ve missed a depth to her, and in my opinion she still haven’t found (Ha! See what I did here?) her path in life – she didn’t have any interests, any hobbies and I can’t tell what it was that she’d like to do in life. I still didn’t see any will in Arielle to earn her own money, she was happy with spending this what Piers has earned, and it bothered me a little, because I can see SO MUCH potential in her – she’s nice, she trusts people, she’s kind, and this behaviour of hers slightly annoyed me. I also never understood her “relationship” with Etta, Felicity’s goddaughter. Arielle was the more down – to – earth and easy – going one here, that’s true. I was always trying to justify Etta, especially after reading book #2.5 in the series “B – Side” that was devoted to her. Nonetheless, Etta’s attitude towards Arielle didn’t change, not at all, and I must honestly say that after Etta using one “Whatever, bitch” too much, without a reason, I’m done with her.

The thread of the investigation after Felicity’s death – well, I’m not so sure why it was there. To make Etta even more unlikeable? To add a scene with her old carer at the funeral? There is a lot going on in the book, what with the investigation, the shop and the gallery that Etta and Arielle have inherited from Felicity, under one condition – that they work together for a year, Arielle travelling all the time between UK and New York, taking care of Piers after his very serious operation, but somehow the pace feels rather slow. The parts in New York were possibly my favourite ones in the book, as Elle brilliantly described the place, the sights, the buildings – I can’t have enough of this in the books.

I think that “Found” is a great ending to the series, even though it looks like there is some space left for a continuation! It is a smart, humorous and also thought – provoking read and Elle Field’s writing and the stories she creates somehow get under your skin. The thing I really liked is the fact that the author wasn’t afraid to start the series with the main character being incredibly spoilt and self – obsessed and then turn Arielle from a girl “kept” into girl that found something she was looking for, and that the stories were a great blend of fun, sadness, love and hate and that they were not so straightforward. I’m really looking forward for more from Elle Field!

GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the publication of Found, Elle Field is running a giveaway. Prizes are an Amazon voucher, paperback copies of B-Side and Found, plus a handmade necklace from Vaux Street (x2). All you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter! Good luck!

 

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B – Side by Elle Field

B – Side

by Elle Field

 

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publishing Date: 17th May 2016

Series: Arielle Lockley #2.5

Source:  Copy provided by the author, thank you!

Number of pages: 194

Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Contemporary

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

 Synopsis:

 „What do I honestly know about the music industry? I’m just another idiot with a dream who is naive enough to hope that I might be the next big star.”

Etta Millhouse has always had big musical ambitions to match her big voice, but she’s also got three very big problems – the addiction she won’t admit to, her godmother’s illness she can no longer ignore, and her godmother’s useless business partner (who she wishes she could ignore).

Keeping an eye on Arielle’s bad business decisions is the last thing Etta wants to do when she’s offered the chance to record a demo with a top producer. But, a promise is a promise, even if it has her reaching for another pick-me-up… And then another. And then one more.

When the secret she must keep for her godmother, Felicity, sends her drug habit spiralling out of control, can Etta battle her demons in time and make her dream happen? Or, will her music career be over before it’s even begun?

Rating: 3.5/5

 

I was expecting the third part in Arielle Lockley’s series but Elle Field has surprised us with „B – Side”, a novella told from Etta’s point of view, which I, personally, find a great idea, as it gives us a great insight into Etta and her background and lets us to understand why she is like this, because – let’s be honest – Etta didn’t show her best side, right? I would only advise that you should read the previous books before starting „B – Side” – even though it doesn’t continue the main story on – as there is too much history and too much background to enjoy this novel as a stand – alone.

As much as I got insight into Etta and her background, I still can’t understand her dislike to Arielle. I didn’t find the explanation in this story for this and this bothers me a little, because for me it’s more than only your typical dislike, you know, when you look at the person and the first impression is telling you you’re not going to be friends. In this (non) relationship between Etta and Arielle I can feel hate and misapprehension and I’m not sure why such strong feelings. So as much as I appreciate the fact that the author wanted to give us insight and let Etta explain herself, I am afraid that in my case she didn’t succeed. Yes, I got to know Etta better and can understand why she is so bitter and unhappy, but after mentioning some scenes out of her past the story was concentrating on Etta and her addiction. Honestly, it didn’t make me like her better. I might have more understanding for her now, but can’t shake off the feeling that she’s just made her bed so she must lie on it and everything happens at her own wish. She plays strong, but she’s weak in my opinion, and she doesn’t want to change. She was too childish for my liking and even the music deal that she landed didn’t make her happy, and I was asking myself, what WOULD make you happy, Etta? I get it, she had so much on her plate, Etta, what with this demo opportunity, and with Felicity’s health deteriorating so quickly, so maybe I just didn’t get Etta herself and it’s my fault that I didn’t enjoy and appreciate this short story as much as I wanted to. Yes, it was painful to see how much Etta struggles, how scared she is, how she can’t cope but when I was starting to sympathize with her and thinking oh, poor Etta, than she always went and did or said something that annoyed me so much and there was no more sympathy from me. Really, I find Etta one of the most complicated and difficult characters that I came across when reading books and I wanted to like her, I really wanted, but she just didn’t allow me! I get her, I really get her and where she’s coming from but nevertheless, I couldn’t connect with her and she mostly annoyed me.

It is a character – driven novella, telling us about a short piece of time from Etta’s life. It felt a little darker that Arielle’s novels that are more on the light – hearted side, but I liked this darkness, and it proves that Elle Field is a great author who can write different stories. It is full of dark emotions, it touches upon some difficult and important issues such as bullying and drugs, and altogether, the whole tone of the story is darker, but still is was a great joy to read. This is a fast – paced novella making us realize that there are always two sides to every story.
And Elle’s writing is brilliant. It’s sharp, it’s quick, it’s modern and you have a feeling that this girl knows what she’s writing about. Her storytelling kept me hooked to the novel and I wanted to know what’s going to happen next. I would love to give this book more stars, really, as I know that Elle can write soooo good, but this time, somehow, we just didn’t work together, me and the novel. However, I am full of expectations towards Elle’s next book, the third in the series, „Found”, that sounds really exciting!

 

GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the publication of B-Side, Elle is running a giveaway. Prizes are Amazon vouchers, a paperback set of the full Arielle Lockley series (Kept, Lost and B-Side), and a set of vinyl coasters. To enter the giveaway just follow  the link.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elle Field writes romantic comedies, and is the author of the Arielle Lockley series and Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not. She grew up in Yorkshire, then moved to Scotland to study International Relations and Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews. Elle now lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She’s a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!

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