Saturday, March 15, 2014

Black Box by Cassia Leo Blog Tour with 5+ star Review and Giveaway

Title: Black Box
Author: Cassia Leo
Release Date: March 10th 2014

 Three fateful encounters....

 Two heart-breaking tragedies....

 One last chance to get it right.

From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love
story about rewriting destiny. 

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate
occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki's life forever, but their second
meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent
attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while
Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she's tired of the
mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away
from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his
music, but he's never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles
to record a demo of the only song he's never performed in public; a song he
wrote for a girl he doesn't even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of
fame and he's never felt like his life had any purpose... until he meets Mikki
in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has
any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their
history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love

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I nod and ask Jimmy to get another round of dirty martinis ready. “How do you like that martini?”

She picks up the martini glass and guzzles down the rest of the drink, leaving the olive at the bottom. 
“Delicious.” She grabs the other glass that Jimmy just set down in front of her and takes another long swig. “Definitely the best martini I’ve ever had in Boston.”

“Have you ever had a martini in Boston?” I ask, then I guzzle the rest of my first martini so I can keep up with her.

“Not nice, young lady.” Jimmy chides her and she lifts her martini glass to him.

“Still the best,” she declares, then she finishes martini number two.

Jimmy throws me a brief glance that probably means, Where’d you find this one? or, Am I gonna have to eighty-six her at eleven a.m.?

“Maybe you should eat a little something before you transform into a walking dirty martini. All you had was half a muffin.”

“The bottom,” she clarifies, looking at Jimmy. “I’m not hungry.”

“I make a pretty mean green olive and maraschino cherry kabob,” I reply, and Jimmy lifts the condiment tray onto the bar.

I grab a toothpick and stack two olives and two cherries, then I hold it out to her. Her face looks a little gray as she shoots my concoction a look of disgust.

“I said I’m not hungry. You eat it.”

I pop the toothpick into my mouth and pull it out clean. The bitter brine of the olives hits me first, then the cloying sweetness of the cherries. I take my first chew and it all explodes into a squishy mess in my mouth.

“That’s disgusting,” she remarks.

I gulp down the rest of my shit-kabob and Jimmy shakes his head as he sets a glass of ice water on the bar for me to wash it down. “Yeah, but it got you to stop jonesin’ for a martini for two minutes.”
She rolls her eyes. “I’m more of a beer girl, anyway.”

“You and I are going to get along very well.”

“I thought we were already getting along pretty well.” 


OMG! What can I say about this amazing book? It was freaking fantastic. Definitely not your traditional sappy love story, but a touching love story non-the-less. The two main characters push the definition of fate.

Their lives crossed once, years ago. A chance meeting that saved both of their lives. Now, years later, their paths are crossing again. Just when Mikki needs Crush again.

The story was not an easy read. Mikki was violently attacked and has spent years trying to deal with the emotional aftermath. Her current depression is hard to read, she is struggling just to get through day to day. Cassia add just enough light-hearted comments to keep the mood of the book from being completely, overwhelmingly  dark. It gives you hope that Crush will be able to help Mikki again. I was so consumed by the story, I needed to know how this chance encounter was going to play out for them. Would Crush be able to "save" Mikki again?

There was so much more to this book than just the written word. There are so many different aspects that can have more than one meaning or make you really think about the possibilities.  Fate, what does it mean? Can we change it? Black the story, it represents a couple different things. But it can also represent a place in each of us, a place where our deepest, darkest secrets are held. After reading this emotional book, I feel the need for a support group to work through all the thoughts in my head.

This book has stayed with me for last week since I finished it. I keep coming back to different scenes, especially the emotional ones, watching them play out in my head over and over. Yesterday, I started reading it again, something I rarely do. It has just touched me in a way no other book has in quite a while.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home, Abandon) and the Luke and Chase series.


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