Monday, January 20, 2014

TOUR STOP AND GIVEAWAY: Tick to the Tock by Matthew Turner

No comments: to the Tock by Matthew Turner
Publication date: January 8th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult


Dante King is a young twenty something who discovers he’s dying. He won’t live to see his next birthday and time is ticking away to live life before it’s taken from him. With the help of his eccentric and wild-free friend, Wilbur Day, and stubbornly rational cousin, Ethan Knight, the three friends embark on a trip that takes them across Europe, Asia, Australia and beyond.

Dante clings to his past though and the many regrets he has, yearning for acceptance and finally understanding faith. He’s only loved once, and when Daniella Adams comes back in to his life, the pair realise how in love they are – but must battle what they previously did to one another.

This is a heart pulling journey of amazing scenery and adventurous ways, but built on a life that is soon to end. It follows the love of Danii and Dante, finally realising how much they mean to each other but having it ripped away before their eyes. It’s about love and hardship between friends, family, and a dying son’s regret of not being better.

It’s a roller coaster ride of laughs and tears and making the most of life before it’s too late.

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So I'm doing this review a little bit differently and here's why:
This book is a helluva lot more complex than my three star rating conveys.

So what do I mean by that?
I mean that on one hand, it was a long, agonizingly slow read.

But wait a minute.

That's not quite right.

As slow as it was, it perked my interest and boggled my mind. I can't believe I actually said that sentence. 

This is was reading Brit lit does to Americans.

I think half of my problem was the fact that my experience with British literature is minimal. So I was totally thrown off by the change of voice, and style, and pacing, and the way they speak. It's like I was thrown into this parallel universe. So it took me a while to get over my American ways.

By far, my favorite part of the book is the last 100 or so ebook pages. I think that's when everything finally hit home for me. Because although I was vaguely intrigued throughout, and I couldn't get the situation out of my head when I wasn't reading, and I even saw that slight plot twist miles before it became a plausible plot twist - None of it clicked until then. And it's that click that makes it three stars but I can't go any higher.

Yes, I loved those last 100 pages, and I even got some amazing quotes out of it. It's a very deep book. But half the time I was in shock because this guy is supposed to be 22. And I know he's dying and that ages you, but from the beginning, he sounded like a retired old man.

And I was expecting a little more out of the prologue. Just saying.

But please don't take any of this the wrong way. It really was a good book. It made me think about what's really important in my life. And I appreciate the brutal honesty, even though I was confused at times.

I also appreciated all the glimpses of the world. I love traveling and even though I couldn't pronounce half of the names of the places, I enjoyed the glimpses and the effects they had on Dante. As doubtful as I was about him being 22 (maybe this is just me judging him by the standards of an American 22 year old, I don't know), he still had a way of feeling entirely human. His fears were real, his feelings of love and being selfish, and needing to do something before he dies-

Well, those are pretty familiar feelings.

And I always enjoy a new perspective. 

Plus, I almost cried quite a few times. You should know that I love books that can make me cry.

Rating: 3 stars

Recommendation: If you love contemporary, I'd give this book a shot. Also, if you like British literature. That'll help.


What would you do if you had three months to live? That’s what Dante King faces, the indecisive twenty-two-year-old who must finally learn to embrace life and love.

Tick to the Tock is a Contemporary New Adult Novel about Dante coming-of-age during turbulent times. A story inspired by love, but with the gritty realities of regret, missed opportunity, and understanding life’s meaning under dire circumstance. But a single mind isn’t affected on this journey, as an eclectic group comes to terms with the past, present, and what lies ahead.

Dante must confront and accept his fate, but can he let go of Danni: his lost love and kindred dreamer? With his rationally stubborn cousin, and eccentric best friend, Dante witnesses a life of dream and wonder: embarking across Europe, tackling Tibet, travelling Australia, and defeating each lifelong wish one-by-one.

Follow this coming-of-age roller coaster as four lives change forever. We’re only given one, but it’s never too late to understand faith, discover acceptance, and uncover the true meaning of love and happiness. Dante will die, but not before Danii, Ethan, Wilbur and he undertake an intense and heartfelt journey.

Smile… Cry… Ask yourself what you would do with three months left… Because Love & Living Begins Now.

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Check out the other stops and enter the giveaway below!


The author has set a huge giveaway for the book launch and wants to combine with the tour (has over 50 prizes incl several authors).

You can see the list of prizes here.
(Note: this giveaway is set and managed by author, not Xpresso Book Tours)


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