Tuesday, November 11, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Resisting Ruby Rose (Ruby Rose #2) by Jessie Humphries - Ashley's Review + GIVEAWAY!

Today, we're excited to be a part of the blog tour for Resisting Ruby Rose, the second book in Jessie Humphries' Ruby Rose series! Out now from Skyscape, Resisting Ruby Rose picks up shortly after Killing Ruby Rose left off. We have Ashley's review for you today, as well as a giveaway, so be sure to enter for your chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of Resisting Ruby Rose via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post!

About the Book

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Title: Resisting Ruby Rose (Ruby Rose #2)
Author: Jessie Humphries
Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Synopsis: Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.

When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.

About the Author

Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.
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Ashley's Review

Killing Ruby Rose was a really fun thriller, and I was so excited to get the opportunity to read more about Ruby Rose and her crazy life. Including her gigantic shoe collection! And Resisting Ruby Rose really did not disappoint in any way. It was an excellent continuation of Ruby's story that had me on the edge of my seat pretty much the entire time.

At the end of Killing Ruby Rose, Ruby is safe and finally getting the chance to (maybe) live a (somewhat) normal life. The bad guy is gone, she's got a great boyfriend and a best friend, and a mother-figure who knows what most of Ruby's hangups are. She's still got to deal with the huge secret she had dropped on her, but she's kind of getting there. All she needs is time. But of course, time is what she doesn't get. Resisting Ruby Rose takes all of the stakes from Killing Ruby Rose and makes them SO much higher. The bad guys are more dangerous, the good guys are maybe not-so-good, and the people around her are in even worse danger than before.

I did think it was kind of interesting, and maybe a little weird, that Skryker just all of a sudden lets Ruby in to his super secret group of teenage spies, without whisking her away for training or a debriefing or anything. Also, that Ruby accepted with as little knowledge of all parties involved as she had. Ruby is supposed to be smart, but she makes very impulsive decisions sometimes that can get her into a whole messload of trouble. 

And of course we have SO MUCH romantic tension in this book. I liked Liam in Killing Ruby Rose, and I was really happy for Ruby to have found someone who she can trust as much as she trusts Liam, and who makes her feel like she can be more than just a killer. But then Liam has this great idea that Ruby doesn't even want to go along with, and they both end up in trouble (along with a couple of their friends), and after this giant fiasco, Liam all of a sudden no longer understands Ruby's abandonment issues and other problems? He really thinks she would run off with the first attractive guy who comes along? I really would have given Ruby so much more credit than that. I thought Liam and Ruby were great together, but apparently he's kind of an idiot.

I didn't really like Quinn very much, because I was still upset by the fact that Liam has turned into this raging idiot, but after getting to know him as Ruby gets to know him, I could see how he's better for her than Liam. I'm still not entirely sure who Ruby will ultimately choose, but I kind of hope she's over Liam and his stupidity.

Overall, I think this book was even better than Killing Ruby Rose. It's fast-paced, intense, full of romantic tension, and all kinds of other great stuff that a thriller should have. I enjoyed meeting new characters and getting to know old ones better, and I hope that there's a third book in this series so that we can see what happens to Ruby next! I mean, I hope it doesn't get any worse for her, but I want to see where all of these relationships end up in her life (not just the romantic ones). I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who has read Killing Ruby Rose, and I'd recommend this series to anyone looking for a contemporary, realistic YA thriller. A 4/5!

The Giveaway!

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Thanks for stopping by! 

--Ashley & Paul

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