Published by Self-Published on March 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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One kiss lasts a moment.
But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.
A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.
A bond that neither time nor distance can break.
A bond that will last forever.
Or so they believe.
When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?
Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.
Q & A Review by Micah and Angie
How did A Thousand Boy Kisses differ from any of the other Tillie Cole’s books that you have read?
Micah: Well, My favorite Tillie books are her hangman series. And I have to tell you ATBK (A Thousand Boy Kisses for the rest of this review) is quite the opposite. First, ATBK is Young Adult with fade to black sex scenes, mostly kisses, and no details during intimate the other sex scenes. Also, no motorcycles ;-).
Angie: Like Micah said ATBK is a YA book. Every book I’ve read by Tillie Cole is definitely not a YA. There are a lot of kisses hence the name and no intimate details.
Tillie Cole warned that A Thousand Boy Kisses was going to be a heartbreaking, cry book. Was this true for you?
Micah: It didn’t make me cry. I teared up towards the end, but no crying. It takes A LOT to make my black, iced over heart cry (only 2 books to date have made me cry and one wasn’t The Fault in Our Stars…sorry John Green). However, it IS a sad book. Fairly early on in the book, around 30%, you know what is going on.
Angie: Ok it takes a lot and I mean A LOT to make me cry but at the last 10% of the book Tillie made me cry. I was downright bawling my eyes out. I might’ve even cried soon if we weren’t constantly reminded why we should be crying. That’s the only thing that bothered me. The constant reminder.
What did you think of the character development? Were they easy to relate to?
Micah: OK. So, to answer this question, I have to break it up (with as little as spoiler as possible) as before 30% to after 30% of the book. Once you read it, you will understand. When they are younger, they meet when they are 5 years old and meet because they live next door to each other. I LOVED these two young children who are so close. They go on ‘adventures’ together. Poppy loves her viking Rune. *I* love viking Rune! I love both of these characters as they grow up together until they are 15.
Something happens and then, for me, there is a large breakdown in their characters. I had a very hard time in connecting to EITHER of them after 30% into the story line. To avoid spoilers, I am going to speak in generalities. One of them becomes so opposite, they refuse to speak to anyone in their family. Speak? To anyone? I find this kind of heard to believe. The other is all right, but they are scared and like a mouse. Both are seemingly the opposite to who they were at the start of the story. And I don’t either fully finds their way back. And I struggle with that. I realize people grow and change as they encounter problems in life. However, in the book, the problem was so abrupt and the character changes so abruptly, it was jarring for me. I missed those carefree children who loved without abandon.
Angie: Micah said it perfectly! I loved the younger version of Poppy and Rune. The 17 yr old version not so much. Not until about 65% in the book when things changed and Rune became who he was supposed to be and his and Poppy’s relationship got so much stronger. That’s when I saw how amazing Tillie’s writing truly is!
How did the story flow?
Micah: I can deal with some character disengagement. This is the problem with the story I had the most problem with. From I want to say (and I don’t know pages since I read it on a kindle) 35%-60%, they have so many repeat conversations over the same SAD conversation. Over and over. Repetitive. It was so repetitive, I almost gave up. I’m glad I didn’t because I confess that the book did get better. I believe I wrote to a friend that it was like these dialogues were trying to bleed tears from a stone because they were so heavy and numerous.
Angie: I feel the same way as Micah. It was on constant repeat. We get it. I had to put my kindle down because I was so frustrated at times with the constant reminder. But despite that, I really did enjoy the story!
How did you feel that the book ended? Did it leave you feeling fulfilled?
Micah: I will admit, that the book did give me a sense of peace. I did have some questions ABOUT the ending that I cannot ask here because it will spoil it. But, I did like it. I wish it would have been altered a little…age wise. That is all I will say.
Angie: Well that epilogue has left me with so many questions that I’ve lost count. It was happy and sad all at once. Like Poppy said “Moonbeam Hearts and Sunshine Kisses”
Would you recommend this book?
Micah: Hmmm…I will say…yes and no. I will say the beginning and end of this book is great. The middle is rough with the repetitive conversations. However, from what I am seeing with all of the reviews, I may be in the minority.
Angie: I will recommend it. It was rough there in the middle for me but the overall book was a great read and I enjoyed it! I mean Tillie Cole made this ice princess cry, that says something! Lol.
Micah’s Rating: 3/5
Angie’s Rating: 4/5
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