Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Beautiful Failure Blog Tour

Beautiful Failure

Author: Mariah

Genre: New
Adult Romance

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If you're looking for a heartwarming
story about a girl who falls deeply in love with a troubled boy who changes her
life--a sob story with pretty metaphors and a million ways that'll tell you how
"broken" she is, STOP. Don't read another word of this.

I'm not that type of girl.

My name is Emerald Anderson and I'm not going to bullshit you: I flunked out of
college after my sophomore year, I've been fired from every job I've ever
taken, and I've never had a fully functioning relationship in my life.

I wish I could say that I had a cheerleader in my corner, someone who says,
"No, Emerald--You're great and you are good at something!" but I
don't. My grandparents are completely oblivious to my life, and my mother's
dying words to me were "You're going to end up just like me one day. A
beautiful nothing."

She was right.

As I decide to start my life over and take two jobs that will forever change
me--one from the inside, and one from the outside, I keep my mother's words
close to my heart so I can keep the sexy and mysterious Carter Black away.

He's the first man who's ever pursued me, the first man who seems bent on
finding out why I am the way I am, but he's wasting his time.

I'm not broken. I don't need to be fixed. I'm perfectly fine being a beautiful

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This was a first for me…and I’m pretty sure will be for most readers…so, what is this “first” I’m referring to?  Well, the very first sentence of “Beautiful Failure”, by Mariah Cole… “My mother was a whore.”  And so sets the tone for Emerald’s story, it’s not pretty, she’s not Cinderella and there will not be a Prince Charming coming to save her.  But ya know, I’ve found that I just don’t get that feeling of satisfaction like I used to from the books with the freakishly happy couple looking adoringly into each other’s eye’s as they go skipping towards the sunset while sparkle dust is shooting from their butts.  And don’t get me started on the tired cliché of some villain that comes out of the woodwork midway through the book to taint the pure love of the perfect couple only for them to overcome at the last minute as good conquers evil…  Let me just say, if you’re tired of that crap too, then you won’t regret reading “Beautiful Failure”.

Emerald’s life isn’t interrupted by conflict that she has to overcome; her life is conflict…her entire life.  Her mother Leah, who has unfathomable mental and emotional instabilities, unfortunately passes on these same insecurities to Emerald.  Even after multiple losses and betrayals, Emerald does find a path to happiness with the help of her grandparents, love interest Carter and support from unexpected friends. 
It’s amazing to me that Mariah Cole can write a story about a character that, with Emerald’s personality, should not be very likable, but I did like Emerald, I actually liked and respected her quite a bit.  And it’s not just that I liked Emerald, I could actually think of her as an actual person, not just a character in a book…Mariah didn’t write a book about a hooker with a kid and put how bad stuff happened to the kid and she grew up to be a screwed up adult; Mariah wrote a book about how life is sometimes shitty and that’s just reality and it sucks, especially when the crappy part of reality effects children and sometimes, well actually most of the time, as much as we all want a fairytale ending, I’d much rather see someone that’s had a tough life, know they’ve made some bad choices because of it, but makes the decision to turn it around and live a life that they can be proud of and respect themselves for, regardless if they live in a fairytale castle or a ramshackle shack.  4 Stars  ~Kathy

Author Bio

Mariah Cole is a Starbucks addict
(hazelnut shots please!), New Adult author, and an incessant daydreamer. Known
for pushing the envelope, she’s an avid reader of indie books and is always
looking to chat with readers and authors alike.

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