{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Mutilate My Heart by Emily Godwin

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mutilate My Heart (Mutilated, #1)
Title: Mutilate My Heart (Mutilated #1)
Author: Emily Godwin
Date of Publication: July 9, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA with paranormal elements

Punk rock band Mutilated Arteries has been seventeen-year-old Becca's world (aka obsession) for the last year. When the band schedules a concert in her hometown, she and her best friend Carli are the first ones in line to buy tickets. The night is everything she expects it to be and more, especially after making friends with the new super-cute bassist, Sketch.

Becca's mom warns her not to fall for a rock star because rock stars are always on the road - or they die in a plane crash, like her mom's favorite band did twenty-something years ago. But after the band's tour bus breaks down and they're stuck hanging out in Roizen Hills for a week, it's hard for Becca not to fall for Sketch and his caricature drawings and toxic green eyes.

Becca knows Sketch is leaving as soon as the bus is fixed, and she can't be his fan-turned-girlfriend anyway because of the lead singer's "No Girlfriends" rule. Plus, there's something strange about the guys that Becca can't quite decipher... like how they won't reveal their real names, their always-changing odd appearances, and the guitarist's obsession with blood and zombies. Still, Becca wants nothing more than for Sketch to mutilate her heart...but it just might not be in a way she expects.

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Emily for the review copy! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

I hereby proclaim the Godwin sisters masters at writing fangirl stories you want to live in and maybe even sell your soul to the zombie gods to so they can trade you off with the girls in it. Can I say squee? Squeeeee! You all know how I'm pretty much Nikki Godwin's pimp and I think I'll be branching out and pimping Emily as well. That's if she'll allow Mutilated Arteries to be on the same management company as Spaceships Around Saturn. Ha! Anyway, I won't be mentioning Nikki anywhere in this review lest for this paragraph so I'd end it with this. Nikki has time and again admitted to being iffy on writing kissing scenes and such. I am glad to announce that Emily isn't shy at writing them! So if you want more kisses (while being a clean YA at that too!) with the Godwin stamp of sweetness and awesomeness, you're in for a treat with Mutilated My Heart.

Your favorite band has a gig in the next town over. What do you do? You go to it, of course! And that's how it all starts as Becca, our protagonist, along with her best friend, Carli, go to Roizen Hills for a night to remember as Mutilated Arteries rock their world and their hearts. They catch the band's eye as their mega-fans of the night and so, they got to know the band. Becca spends the next day with the new bassist Sketch and Carli with Corpse. That was supposed to be goodbye but then their tour bus broke and they'll be staying for a few more days until their bus gets fixed. Becca knows she must stay away from Sketch before she falls for him because let's face it, the band will be gone in days. Plus, Nightmare, the band's lead singer, has a no-girlfriends rule and definitely a no-fan-turned-girlfriend rule. But still, she falls for Sketch because WHO WOULDN'T? Tick tock, tick tock.

I like Becca and Carli because I see myself in them. Being a fangirl is a lifestyle, guys. And I like them even more because they love Mutilated Arteries not because they're hot and handsome and all that. They love them for their music. Mutilated Arteries got Becca out of a nasty break-up and ain't that one of the best reasons to love a band? When they get you through something? I love Walk the Moon because I seriously listened to them EVERYDAY during my last year in university. They got me through my thesis writing, every exam, everything. I listen to them when I need to be alert and stay up all night, when I feel sad, when I feel happy, when I need to sleep and all the verbs I do.

That's why my giddy mind relished every single moment Becca and Sketch shared, as well as Carli and Corpse's. I was imagining myself with my favorite band. Haha! But aside from that, even though their romance is a ticking bomb waiting, I couldn't care less. I just love how they lived in the moment and went for what they want even if Nightmare keeps on saying it's ~forbidden~. Plus, guys, SKETCH IS SWEET. So unconventionally sweet and I was smiling so hard when he got her the ugly stuffed anteater at the carnival! I remember wishing for a stuffed ant back then and all my friends looked at me weird because an ANT. Who wants an ant? ME!

Not only were Sketch and Becca's romance cute, Corpse and Carli's was as well. Can I get a Mutilated Arteries boy for myself? Can I get Ink? I don't mind tattoos! Even though the focus of the novel was Sketch and Becca and a little bit on Corpse and Carli, we still got a great look into the other Mutilated boys. Emily Godwin did a bang up job in differentiating them and giving them their own personalities in such a short novel! Seriously, when the novel ended, I was like, "THAT'S IT???? WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK???" Because I want MOAR and I need MOAR.

The hows and whys of the mystery shrouding the boys aren't fully explained yet in here but Emily said that it'll be tackled in the next book. I cannot wait for the next book because I need my Mutilated fix! Of course I won't be spoiling you so go read for yourself!

Mutilated My Heart is a cute contemporary YA romance with a great ensemble of characters which I can't wait to delve into more in the upcoming books of the series. My heart definitely got mutilated while reading this - in the best way possible - by filling it with rainbow sprinkles and happy blueberry snow cones and tugged to form I HEART MUTILATED ARTERIES. I am absolutely bouncing-on-my-toes-and-squealing excited for the next book!

About Emily Godwin

Emily Godwin is a Young Adult author. She enjoys writing, painting, and sewing her own line of non-evil voodoo dolls. She's a Slytherin, trying to disguise herself as a Hufflepuff, and wishes she could read herself into books.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey Dianne! I feel like I've said thank you a million times but THANK YOU (again!) for putting this tour together for me. You are absolutely the very best! And thank you for this amazing review. Nikki and I were squeeing the whole time we were reading it last night!

    I would be honored for you to be the Mutilated tour organizer. Like Nik said on Twitter, you're like the tour manager for fictional bands! As long as you want to help promote them, I'm more than willing to let you!

    Thank you for being so freaking awesome! <3


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