Thursday, 16 April 2015

Blog Tour: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno


Hi everyone today I'm pleased to share my review of 99 Days by Katie Cotugno as part of the Fantastic Flying Bookclub Blog Tour. I was a huge fan of Cotugno's debut read How to Love, so couldn't wait to see what Katie had in store for us with her latest book. Before I share my review with you, here's a bit about the book.


Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Publication Date: April 21st 2015
My rating: 4.5 stars 
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done. Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.” Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me. 
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99 Days was a book I found myself immediately caught up with, usually when a character finds their back against the wall, I always find myself rooting for them to pick themselves up and fight back. Molly Barlow made a big mistake and yes it ended up ruining one of the best relationships she had with the Donnelly’s, but this doesn’t mean she was the only one to blame, there were two people that made the mistake, but Molly was the only one who ended up dealing with the backlash and this aspect I didn’t like at all. So when Molly did come back after her time being isolated I wanted all the bad stuff to stop and to find out what really went down.

Normally when two brothers are involved, I typically tend to stay away from reads such as these, but honestly Gabe and Patrick couldn’t be any more different (and does anyone else have a weak spot for certain characters names?, well Patrick is at the top of my list, I don’t know why I’ve always associated it with a hot Irish guys and when certain Patrick’s come along with stormy grey eyes I’m a gonner.) Anyways I digress, I honestly thought I knew who was right for Molly, when Molly was just dropped by everyone and returned, Gabe was the one who really took interest and actually encouraged her to stop moping inside and tried to make Molly believe that she wasn’t the only one to blame. But then over the course of the book when Patrick starts opening up a bit more I was a 100% team Patrick, this guy could just turn me to mush with his straight to the heart lines, he was a person who when he was being honest about his feelings I just fell for him even more. But then there was parts when we got more of Patrick’s and Molly’s back story that made me all mad that I kind of liked it when Gabe stepped in and told Molly what she needed to hear. I had a see-saw sort of relationship with both Gabe and Patrick, as I ended up liking them both so much at times, that even if you asked me now I don’t think I could choose between them. But with the way things ended, I sort of have an idea in my head of how things could end up later down the line and with whom (I actually wish that this would happen).

I know this sort of story featuring two brothers wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, especially with some of the things that happen part way through. But especially for me I think Cotugno did a brilliant job with this book, I love my books which keep me hooked from the very first page and with the amount of books I go through these guys, it’s kind of hard to do that. Also I never had an inkling about how things could turn out or who Molly would choose, so the way things ended up completely took me by surprise! I think the way the story was told was one of my favourite aspects too, there’s 99 days left until Molly leaves for college, so we’re given the story as a sort of a countdown until Molly can leave, but in between the 99 days we’re given snippets into Molly’s time when she was living back at home and before everything hit the fan. And these aspects I hugely appreciated, as these scenes did give a lot of insights into why certain people were acting the way they were, but also I loved getting to know these characters in the past a little bit more.

99 Days was a book which ended up surprising me in a lot of ways, I’m quite steadfast in what I do and don’t like in a book, but this time around things which would have probably grated on me, I found I didn’t mind at all. Cotugno’s writing may have contributed significantly to this, as it was so easy to find myself caught up in the story because of her gorgeous writing (my kindle overfull with highlighted quotes is proof of this). Cotugno really did impress me with her debut read How to Love two years ago and now she has impressed me yet again with 99 Days. I can safely say Cotugno will be an author whose future books I will immensely look forward to getting my hands on.






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Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world. Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Nerve.com. Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013. The great loves of Katie's life include child's pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.





20 comments:

  1. Argh, personally this book made me so mad (not in a good way, either). I liked Patrick and Gabe as individual characters (so I definitely understand how it's hard for you to pick a team!), but I was infuriated with them whenever they were with Molly. :( The only aspect I really enjoyed was how realistically the book ended...

    Lovely review though! And I'm glad you loved this more than I did!

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  2. "(and does anyone else have a weak spot for certain characters names?, well Patrick is at the top of my list, I don’t know why I’ve always associated it with a hot Irish guys and when certain Patrick’s come along with stormy grey eyes I’m a goner.)"

    YES JASPRIT! For me, it's Tristan or Grayson. I come across either one of those names and I'm pretty much instantly in love:) I guess we're easy like that my friend ;-) So glad this was such a standout story for you!

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  3. I read about 50% of this book, but I just couldn't deal with it. Sadly, it wasn't the book for me. The only reason I picked it up was because I loved Cotugno's debut, and I thought Molly had learned from the past, so I was disappointed that she repeated her mistakes. However, I'm pleased that you were able to enjoy the book so much! And your rambling about Patrick was just too cute! :)
    Lovely review, Jasprit!

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  4. I'm glad you enjoyed it, I have heard such positive things about it. To be honest, the brothers thing has initially been putting me off too, but I reconsidered after reading the reviews. I think this one is really worth my time and I can't wait to read it :)

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  5. I have a really low tolerance for love triangles, especially when it comes to brothers (there should be some "brother code" when t comes to girls IMO), so this isn't a book for me, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Great review!

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  6. It was interesting to read your review, so far the reviews I have read for this one have not been so good. Christy hated the characters behavior. I am glad you were able to get past it and enjoyed it.

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  7. Yay for you loving this story!! But, no. This is a no for me. I can't do yet another love triangle, no matter how good the story is.

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  8. I agree with you about the name Patrick.. it promises charm and a great sense of humor. I'd also stay away from a story that involves two brothers, but this seems to be handled well. Wonderful review!

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  9. This one surprised me so much too Jasprit. I found that the ending of the book especially redeemed the book for me a lot. I really hated Patrick and I found I really wanted to slap him, he was quite a dark character towards the end I found, very possessive of her. I have to admit, I wasn't really enjoying it towards the middle of the book I still needed to continue the book and I'm so glad I did! Great review! :)

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  10. I enjoyed this while I was reading, but honestly, I can't remember anything about it.

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  11. I believe you're the only positive review I've seen of this novel, the rest have been negative and I've seen a mixed review as well. I wanted to DNF this novel but I did want to know what happened next. Molly's character frustrated me to the Max, I did adore Gabe's and Tess' characters though. I enjoyed reading your review overall, atleast one of us liked it :) Benish| Feminist Reflections

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  12. Gorgeous post and review Jasprit. <3 I'm so glad you loved this book a lot :D It looks so cute! But ugh. Love triangle? It sounds like one. So I'm staying far far far away, lol :D But yay for it being awesome for you :D Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

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  13. Great review, girl! I think we all know this isn't a Danielle book, but I can see how the story is engaging and you'd be caught up in all the drama and what's going on in Molly's life. I've heard great things about this author, so I hope to try a book of hers someday. :)

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  14. Oh man. Now I'm conflicted. I've been reading not-too-hot reviews about this book, so I'm well on my way to ditching this book. But now I don't know....

    Great review, though!

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  15. While this one didn't quite work for me, I really enjoyed the author's writing style! Glad you liked though!

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  16. Great review, Jasprit! I’s so good when a book proves you wrong and though it contains things you don’t usually like you end up liking it.

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  17. I reallllly don't like it when two brothers are involved. There is just something about that kind of situation which is a complete turn off for me. I am glad though that even though that is not something you usually enjoy either, this book had you rooting for the main character all the same.

    In terms of names, I think Gabe is my name. There is a story behind this and in short, I once read a book with a love interest named Gabe and I loved him so much and then he died and I was heartbroken for the longest time.

    I am just really sad about this book though because I know it's not for me, but at the same time I adored Kate's debut novel and would have loved to read another book by her.

    I am glad that you were able to enjoy this though! At least one of us gets to read another book by Kate! :)

    Great review, Jasprit <33

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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  18. I loved this one - I rated it 4.5 to - and it was a really nice surprise for me as I haven't read Cotugno's debut and had no great expectations for this one. I need to check out How To Love sometime soon!

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  19. I'm glad this one worked for you, Jasprit! Me, I have hives just thinking about a brother love triangle and all that drama. But I do think that Katie writes beautifully, and I'm excited to see what she comes up with next. Lovely review.

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