December 16, 2012

VEER Blog Tour {My review of DERAILED BY Alyssa Ivy Rose}


Author: Alyssa Rosy Ivy

Source: ebook from author for review

When you're lost, sometimes the only place you can go is home.

Broken over the death of her fiancé, Molly leaves law school to return to her childhood home in North Carolina. Expecting to lay low until she can figure out what else to do with her life, she finds herself in the arms of her high school sweetheart, the boy who represents everything from the past she tried to leave behind.

Looking for an escape, she instead finds a way back to the girl she almost forgot existed and a future she never dreamed possible.

My take...
Molly decided one day she had enough of Law she packs a bag and heads back home to North Carolina. But no matter where she goes she is always surrounded by her past and haunted by her dreams. Going home unearths old feelings and new fears for Molly. But will she be able to overcome her fears that are trying so desperately to overcome her?

I am on the fence about this one. I love Ivy's other work (Flight, Beckoning Light, Perilous Light) but this one was just ok for me. It was good don’t get me wrong but it just wasn’t great. I think to me it would have been a lot better had there been a little more history to Molly and her friends back at home. Had we known a little more about them I would have connected more with them and the book. The story had great potential to be one of a kind, but with history lacking it was just a good read.

Like I said, I didn’t connect well with the characters, but I enjoyed them none the less. I liked Ben from the moment he was mentioned. I would have loved to hear more from him and what he does during the day. You know…working on the boat…getting sweaty…out in the hot, hot sun. Yes I think a book solely about Ben is just what I need. Perhaps reading it while gazing at him? Ivy, you realllly need to get me a story about Ben. I loves him so.

But I did not like Gavin, well I didn’t hate him, he just gave off the creep vibes. At first I thought he could be the one that helps Molly overcome her past and helps her move on. But as time went by, and he kept popping up everywhere he clearly was not wanted, I felt he came off a bit stalkerish. I think I liked Molly ok. I like that she took the initiative to leave school when it obviously wasn’t working for her. But I just felt like we didn’t know enough about her to love her. I will say I liked her a lot better after her sister comes, giving us that much needed look into Molly’s life. 

I actually would love to read book 2, Veer, to see where things go with Gavin and Becca. I think with the right woman he could finally redeem himself in my eyes. So if you are looking for a story about a girl who can (hopefully) overcome the sadness and pain of her past and (hopefully) find a future full of love and happiness, then this book is definitely for you. 

 Author Bio:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Link to Alyssa : 

Dec. 10 - Basia's Bookshelf *Review, Author Guest Post

              - My Life Through a Book *Excerpt
Dec. 11  - The Cover (and Everything In Between) *Excerpt, Author Interview

              - Bookishly Devoted *Review
Dec. 12 - Lovey Dovey Books *Review, Giveaway *e-book*

              - World of Books *Review
              - Sniffer Walk *Review, Character Interview
Dec. 13 - Confessions of a Novel Junkie *Review

              - Pink Fluffy Hearts *Review, Guest Post, Giveaway*e-book*

              - Simply Infatuated *Author Interview
              - Geek Girl Review *Excerpt
Dec. 15 - A Dream Within A Dream *Review, Excerpt, Giveawy*Paperback*

              - Nomi's Paranormal Palace *Review, Character Interview
Dec. 16 - I Read Indie *Review of Derailed

              - My Reading Addiction *Review
Dec. 17 - Beth Art From the Heart *Review both books, Excerpt

              - My Seryniti *Review, Character Interview
Dec. 18 - Book Dream Land *Review both books, Excerpt, Character Interview

              - Andrea Heltsley Blog *Review
Dec. 19- My Pathway to Books *Review, Giveaway *Paperback*

             - BooksBooks&MoreBooks *Review, Excerpt
             - 5 Girls Book Reviews *Review, Excerpt
Dec. 20 - Always YA at Heart *Review, Excerpt

              - Unabridged Bookshelf *Review, Character Interview
              - Night Owl Reads *Author Interview
Dec. 21 - SupaGurl Books *Review, Author Interview, Giveaway *ebook*

              - Above Average Below Special *Review
Dec. 22 - Bend in the Bind *Review, Author Interview

              - In This World of Books *Review both books, Excerpt
Dec. 23 - Bookworm Babblings *Review, Giveaway Paperback*

              - For the Love of Films and Novels *Review
              - Sweet Southern Home *Review
              - The Book Lovers Report *Review, Giveaway
Dec. 24 - Reader Girls *Review, Excerpt

              - Rather Barefoot Than Bookless *Review


  1. I really liked this one and I liked Gavin too. LOL He was a bit overbearing at times, but in the end I wanted him to find someone too. :)

    1. I look forward to Veer to see how it all plays out for him :)

  2. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Derailed! I'm glad you liked Ben :)