Thursday, August 7, 2014

Blog Tour for Breaking Free by S.M. Koz


Title: Breaking Free
Author: S.M. Koz
Release Date: August 1, 2014

Kelsie Sullivan’s life has changed forever. The once outgoing cheerleader has a secret to hide. The car accident that killed her best friend Jenna? She caused it. 

With an absent father and unforgiving stepmother, Kelsie has nowhere to turn. She manages her guilt and grief with razor blades. The fleeting release she experiences becomes an obsession and soon she can no longer hide it. Once her cutting is revealed, Kelsie’s parents enroll her in a Wilderness Therapy program designed to rehabilitate troubled teens, but North Carolina is a world away from California. 

Kelsie fights against everything the program has to offer until she befriends JC, a boy with a tortured past of his own. He’s also the only one who is able to ease her pain. The two grow close, but quickly discover that nature—both human and elemental—can easily rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This book contains adult language, sexual themes, and explicit self-harm behavior. Parental discretion is recommended for those under 15 years of age.

Review by Gia:

Kelsie has had some major changes in her life.  She tried to deal with them by cutting herself which led her to being at wilderness camp.   There she meets some interesting people.   J.C. is the one she spends a lot of time with.  J.C. is kind of secretive on why he is there.   We know he did something to be there be we don't find out to much later what it is.  both Kelsie and J.C. have a lot of guilty for what things that happened in the past.  
Breaking Free is a great read.  It's a very emotional roller coaster readThe story goes back and forth from past to present.  The transitions from past to present are written wonderful and are not confusing at all.   There are a lot of surprise twists in the story.   Just when you come to terms with one surprise revaluation, S.M. Koz throws another one at you.  It keeps you guessing on what going to happen next and how it's going to end.   This is definitely a book that once you pick it up you won't want to put it down until you finish.  
I absolutely love Kelsie and J.C.'s story.  There is no cliffhanger.  It's a standalone but the end leaves you wanting to know more about Kelsie's future.
5 amazeballs Stars!!!

About the Author:
SM Koz was born in Michigan, but moved to North Carolina for college and never left.

She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, photography, reading, spending time with foster kids who call her house home, and learning new things. When she’s not creating online training for pharmaceutical companies (her day job) or writing, Koz can be found at the local community college taking courses on various topics ranging from digital art to HTML to desktop publishing. Next in line are auto mechanics and cake decorating.

Being trained as a veterinarian, it’s not surprising that Koz and her husband were recently told they have a mini-zoo with their two dogs, fish, cockatiels, and foster cats. In the past, they have also had parakeets and a snake. Other than the fish, all the animals were acquired through rescue organizations, something Koz wholeheartedly supports.

Breaking Free is Koz’s third original novel and fifth overall, but the only one she feels compelled to publish at this time. Her hope is that individuals who struggle with cutting may be inspired by Kelsie’s story and find the strength they need to begin the healing process.


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