Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Barbie World by Heidi Acosta Blog Tour, Giveaway and Review


BOOK ONE:
Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta (Baby Doll #1)
Publication date: November 1st 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16127403-barbie-girl

Purchase:
--Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Girl-Baby-Series-ebook/dp/B00A1GHSCG
--Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/barbie-girl-heidi-acosta/1113843355
--Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/251464

Book Trailer:
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BOOK TWO:
Barbie World by Heidi Acosta
Series: Barbie Girl, #2
Publication date:  Summer 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
“One Night is all it took to change everything between Barbie and me. One night to potentially lose the girl of my dreams forever. How do I prove to her that she can trust me? That all I want to do is protect her carefully guarded heart. I need to prove to her that I want to be a part of her world. But How? ”

Dylan lost Barbie once before, now he is determined more than ever to win her heart and trust back. Easier said than done, especially with the new hot guy in town who is in a rock band and is the complete opposite of Dylan.

Barbie has been hurt beyond repair or so she thinks. It would be easier for heart to decide if she didn’t have to protect her little brother. And if Dylan would just put on a shirt! Dylan is not making this easy on her. It helps to have the distraction of the new guy in town cute bad boy Kai. But even though her heart is damaged it still knows what it wants. 

When Barbie learns she has a family and with the help of Roxie and Kai, oh and Third and Dylan. They embark on a journey to help bring Barbie closer to a past she never knew existed. 

Heidi Acosta brings you the heart felt story of friendship, love and heartbreak in the second book in of the Baby doll series Barbie World.


Review:

Barbie Girl
Barbie Starr is the girl you love to hate, she is beautiful with a body that could make a sidewalk melt.  She is popular, not for the reasons you would think tough, she is talked about and the rumors swirling around about the promiscuous druggie are scandalous enough everyone wants a piece of her.  The problem most of the rumors are untrue, heck Barbie made up several of those herself.

Barbie just wants to graduate, she will acknowledge she is a horrible student, but once she has that degree in her hand she is taking her brother and saying goodbye to her home in Alabama.  It looks like another hurdle  in her path when she finds out she needs a tutor to pass one of the classes.

Dylan Knight does not want to tutor Barbie, she is trouble with a capital T.  He just wants to stare at the girl of his dreams Katie and eventually ask her out.  Problem is he is not even on her radar, until Barbie strikes a bargain that will catapult him into popularity and the girl of his dreams.  Sounds like a fairly simple solution to his problems, but Barbie is a magnet for attention and even though he doesn't want to like her he finds he does.

Lines are crossed, lies are told, and when the unimaginable happens you are torn on who to root for.

Barbie World

Dylan did what he felt was best for Barbie, not realizing that forgiveness is not part of  her vocabulary.    Barbie just wants to run away, but with her little brother close by and options minimal she knows it is not in the cards right now.  Dylan wants Barbie back, Barbie wants Dylan to stay away, the roller-coaster is just beginning when Barbie makes a new friend and Dylan realizes that he doesn't want to let Barbie go and will go to the ends of the earth to gain Barbie's trust again.

I so wanted to be Barbie, she is the girl you can respect, even though she is not perfect.  I thought Barbie was interesting from the very beginning, she is complicated and does not trust easily.  Dylan you wanted to hug him, thump him, and rally around him even though he makes a ton of mistakes.  The extra characters you get to know are all someone you have met, you have the jocks, the nerds, the princesses, it was easy to identify with each of the characters.  Excellent series.
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AUTHOR BIO
Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

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Giveaway: Grand Prize Giveaway 25$ Amazon GC, a signed copy of Barbie Girl (Book 1) + some swag (US/Canada)
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