September 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ Resilient by Patricia Vanasse

Welcome to my stop on the Resilient Blog Tour hosted by CBB Book Promotions. Click here to follow along with the tour! :D

Title: Resilient
Author: Patricia Vanasse
Publication date: August 24th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Source: Review copy
Blog Tour organized by: CBB Book Promotions

~ Synopsis ~

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it's maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplained ability has manifested, and her life isn't about to get any easier.

Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he's the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia's accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he's not alone. 

Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can't read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart. 

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.     

~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 4 / 5

I really loved Resilient! Patricia Vanasse made Livie's abilities seem so fresh and original. Livie is am empath and can feel everyone's emotions just by being relatively near them, which would be utterly exhausting. There were times Livie wasn't sure if the emotions she felt were hers or someone else's, which happens when she's around many people at once. Not only is she empathic, but every few years near her birthday, she develops new abilities. After the horseback riding incident, she discovers she has five abilities. 

Livie is very down to earth and relatable. I connected with her character right away, and Patricia Vanasee did an excellent job conveying how exhausted having Livie's main ability makes her. I felt exhausted for her! It's understandable that Livie would feel like a freak and just want to be normal, but I didn't want her to feel that way. She's such a good person - there isn't anything she wouldn't do for those she loves.   

I guessed correctly that Adam would grate on Livie's nerves from the beginning. He came across as snarky and arrogant, but as the story progresses, he shows different sides of his personality causing me to really like him. He's my book boyfriend now! I thought their interactions were entertaining and comical. He has surprising secrets but won't reveal them to anyone except his best friend, Kyle. I wanted Adam and Livie to confide in each other so they could not feel so alone and freakish. Every time they were about to tell each other, something caused them to continue keeping their secrets for good reason. 

Resilient has everything - action, romance, danger, excitement, and suspense - and will keep you engrossed until the very end.  I was on the edge of my seat and had to find out what the secrets were that Livie's family were keeping from her and if the people after Livie and Adam would eventually catch up to them. I was riveted and chose finishing this book over sleep, and I'd gladly do it again! 

~ Purchase Links ~

~ Meet the Author: Patricia Vanasse! ~ 

Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two adorable children, and two crazy dogs. She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength - believes that everything is possible. 

 ~ Social Links ~ 


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks so much for giving it a shot and hosting a tour stop!

  2. Thank you for the blog post and giveaway!! :)

  3. Amazing review. Can't wait to read this one.

    1. Thanks so much, Sierra. :) Hope you get to read it soon! :D

  4. I really liked this one too! I'm anxious to read the next book and see where the author takes the characters next. Great review.

    1. I'm ready for the next book, too! Like today, lol. ;) Thanks, Laura! :D

  5. I'm glad you loved it! Thanks for hosting!!

    1. Thanks so much, and you're very welcome! :D

  6. I was so happy to see that you reviewed Resilient, Jennifer. I fell in love with the cover ;) and put this on my TBR. It does sound great - especially Livie being relatable despite her abilities and Adam's snarkiness. I wanna get to know this new book boyfriend of yours! ;) Thanks for the great review.

    p.s. Sorry I haven't been by much this week. It's the first week of band competitions and it's been kinda busy around here! :)

    1. I know about the cover - it's gorgeous and really interested me to see what the story was all about. Once I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this one! :) Adam made me laugh so much! You're welcome!!

      That's okay, Brandee - I'm a mom also and totally understand even if I wasn't a mom. :) Good luck with the band comps! I'm always excited to hear about band! I'm sorry I haven't been by lately, too. I had five blog tours, all reviews, this week. O.O I didn't sleep much this week, lol. :D

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  8. Thanks for being part of the blog tour! I love learning something new at each stop. I think I am going to love this book too! I already love the cover and the main character's powers sound so very cool! I love how much each blogger described the book so far. I think it will be a quick read for me. Thanks for the review!

    1. You're welcome! The cover is gorgeous, and the story is just as awesome. I really love this book and am looking forward to the next one. :D Can't wait until you get to read it!


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