26 October 2011

{Book Review + Blog Tour} Past Perfect

By: Me My Shelf And I | 26 October 2011 at 12:36 AM | | | | | |


Past Perfect
Author: Leila Sales
Pages: 322
Release Date: October 4th 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eGalley
Rating: 3.5 – 4 Birds

All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.

Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….

We are stop 15 on the PAST PERFECT Blog Tour hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene, click their name to see the other stops for this book!

So, you all saw my YA Rebels vlog on Procrastination, right? Well this book almost fell victim to my procrastinating ways and here’s why. When you download an eGally you only have 90 days to read it, then like magic *POOF* it disappears from your device and computer. I downloaded the book way too early apparently, and when I went to read it saw I only had 1 day left to complete it before *POOF*. I had to read like a maniac in one day, which normally isn’t an issue for me but I was read out after doing 2 books in 2 days as it was. Luckily this was fun read and adding it to my busy day was well worth it!

Enough about me, you’re here for the book review. Past Perfect is, like I said a fun read. In fact I want to compare it to a cookbook – you know the one that celebrity’s wife made that helps you sneak veggies into everyday food so your kids don’t know they are eating it. Well this book does this, no…not with food – with history. I’m having fun reading the book, all the while learning so much about our nations history and the wars fought here on our soil.

Now wait, don’t get the wrong idea, this isn’t history class so don’t dismiss the idea of reading Past Perfect because you might learn something. It all plays a role in the book because Chelsea works at a Colonial Reenactment Village. Across the street is the Civil War Reenactment Village. They don’t get along as I’m sure you can understand. Pick a war and stick to it :0)

She’s tossed upside down and every which way from Tuesday when not only does she get talked into working there for yet another summer because her BFF wants them to have a job they share this year and she’s dying to get all gussied up and show off her acting chops. But then her ex-boyfriend also gets a job there. Who wants to see the guy who broke their heart every day? Complications ensue as the Civil War Village continues their war with them, trying to prove they are the best Village in the area and Chelsea finds herself falling for a boy from their side of the time period. This will not be tolerated. Think the Capulet's and Montague’s from Romeo and Juliet kind of thing. 

It’s a fresh clean read and while I did feel it was a bit heavy on the historical background at a point or two, I can honestly say I enjoyed this novel. It is definitely something new, or at least the setting is which gives it a fast paced fun spin for Realistic Fiction. Oh. and it’s name PAST Perfect, suits it so entirely. I had a “Oh I get it now” moment when I put together why it was given that name. The character's are strong and well rounded, no one falls into the cracks like they can when you have a dozen or more main players. You really can see and feel the time and effort that went into researching this book and love that was given to developing each character.

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