December 23, 2012

Tour Stop Review + Giveaway: A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Series: Thomspon Sisters 2
Format: Digital
Release Date: December 5, 2012

Tour hosted by Author's Angels
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

Is there any hope for a future between a pit rat and a Harvard Girl?
And that, my friends, is one of the many reasons why I am not as studious as, Cimmaron, in reading these blasted New Adult stories. The ones that I might find truly interesting turn me into a big ball of snot and tears and I don't think my tear ducts can handle the pressure! The stories are  so emotionally familiar to me and Crank and Julia's are no different.... hence the ugly cry.

So the blurb covers what A SONG FOR JULIA is about, you have a young couple with messed up family backgrounds that pretty much screwed them up and their view in life especially relationships. Crank's family life has been overwhelmed by his brother's Asperger's disease while Julia's overbearing mother is more concerned about appearances than her family's well-being. Each of their back stories are compelling and heartbreaking in different degrees and it was a challenge to keep the tears from flowing. 
"I want you to be serious about me," he said." I can get a girl to sleep with me any time. but there's something different about you."
A SONG FOR JULIA's main theme is how two people who belong in contrasting worlds found a common ground and connected. Crank is your typical rebel, womanizing punk-rocker while Julia is the preppy diplobrat commitment-phobe girl. They're so different and yet so similar which makes their story so emotionally charged. The romantic conflicts between these two isn't as exasperating as some of the more adult romance novels I've read, instead it felt natural, their demands and hesitations are sensible and I love that Charles Sheehan-Miles didn't sensationalize the emotional conflict for the sake of drama. There are a  lot of powerful dialogue and scenes in the story which explains my ugly cry, I'm just glad it was already late when I got to that part so nobody saw me breakdown over these two!

Charles Sheehan-Miles has a great storytelling voice, the story is romantic but not cheesy, it's honest in a matter-of-fact way. A SONG FOR JULIA isn't just about romantic relationships, the characters and situations are grounded on familial relationships and it blossomed from there. The story has a lot of layers which made the characters fleshed-out and relatable to many of us. This is a story that New Adult followers will surely love, heck it probably made a follower out of me and I approach this genre with much trepidation.
Sometimes things aren't what they appear. We all have hurts that we don't show.

NOTE: A SONG FOR JULIA is part of a series about the Thompson sisters. The first one is Just Remember to Breathe which is Alex's tale, Julia's sister. But you don't have to read it in order. JRB is set in the present while ASFJ is set in 2002 so you won't get lost in the flow of the story.

Charles is giving away a $250 Amazon gift card - this winner will be chosen from all of the commenters throughout the tour by Rafflecopter and announced on 12/26.


  1. Book sounds good, can't wait to read.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

    1. You'll love it! Get book 1, it's on sale at Amazon

  2. This sounds so, so good! I will have to check it out.

    Lee @shewolfreads

    1. It is! I hardly read New Adult but if I were to immerse myself in the genre, I want it to be as intense as this story.

  3. What a nice, thoughtful review. Thanks for sharing.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    1. You're welcome and thank you for stopping by. Happy holidays!

  4. What a great review! Thank you :)


  5. Great review, Braine! EEK I do love myself a good New Adult novel. I'm adding this one to my TBR list as well as the first book.

    Ahhh. I really like the whole "we're messed up" couple... sad, I know, but their stories are just that much more touching. *sigh* Again, great review :)


  6. A good ugly cry is good for the soul. Although I've been doing a lot more of that lately that I think I've formed some pretty deep wrinkles.

    1. P.S - That gif is some scary shit. Adult body with baby face. I think I will have nightmares.

    2. Great review. LOL on the scary gif. I will be having nighmares tonight.

  7. I like stories where two people with opposite personalities or life experiences overcome seemingly insurmountable differences and come together. It usually makes for great conflict :) I look forward to starting this series.

  8. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    LOVE New adult and this one sounds like a wonderful read!! Especially the contrast between the two characters. Also, love the setting and music:)

    Lovely review!:)

    Thank you:)

  9. Wow, sounds like an awesome book & I have to say I love the cover. It stands out! ;)

  10. It's on the TBR. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  11. Happy Holidays,thanks for the giveaway.


  12. Love your review Braine,
    I can't wait to be snotfilled myself xD LOL. This definitely sounds like my kind of read, and that quote by Crank, damn... just damn.... I'm feeling dejavu >.<



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