Blog Tour + Book Review + Giveaway: Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer

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Girls Love Travis Walker

Title: Girls Love Travis Walker

Author: Anne Pfeffer

My Rating: 3.5-4/5 Stars

To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes–each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he’ll always be a loser like his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows the truth about him…

When I first started reading Girls Love Travis Walker, I really had no idea what to expect. I gathered from the title and the summary that Travis Walker was a bit of a womanizer but really, anything beyond that was a complete guess. This book turned out to be a lot more heartbreaking and honest than I could have ever imagined.

When I was first introduced to Travis Walker, I thought of him as quite a jerk. He looked good and he knew it. He could score pretty much any girl and he knew it. He shouldn’t be treating girls the way he did, and you guessed it, he knew it. Even though some of his actions earlier on in the story turned me off quite a bit, it didn’t take long for me to meet this completely different side to Travis. During the day, when he isn’t within the confines of a club surrounded by women, his life is drastically different.

Travis is struggling to keep him and his mom afloat. Ever since his dad ruined their lives by gambling all their money away and getting locked up, life has thrown Travis and his mom one curve ball after another. When his mom becomes too sick and depressed to work, Travis is forced to quit high school in order to get a job to pay for their apartment…that is if the landlady will accept their rent a few dollars short and quite a bit late. Working the mornings and evenings with a brush clearing crew, he spends his lunches at a volunteer center. It was during these moments that my initial feelings for Travis began to change. Sure he still had moments in which he was cocky and a bit jerkish but he also showed how determined he was to make a better life for him and his mom. Travis proved that he was a hard worker and was trying to do his best despite what life threw at him.

Through a string of events, Travis also lands himself in the Discoveries program at the local fire station where teens can go on the weekends to train if the plan to be a firefighter one day. While going through the program, Travis decides what he wants to do with his life if only he could just get caught up on everything. I loved seeing Travis go through the fire fighter program. For the first time he seemed to feel proud of the work he was doing and started to see a future for himself.

Even thought Travis is busy trying to keep a roof over his and his mom’s heads, he still finds the time for the ladies. Or I guess one lady in particular. Zoey, his boss at the Community Center soon gets under his skin in the best way possible. Her determination to make the world a better place, to help out the community in which she lives in makes him learn to like a girl in a completely different way then just the physical reasons. This was yet another part of Travis I enjoyed watching. Seeing him become friends with a girl first, learning to like her for who she truly was, only showed just how much he was maturing and growing over the course of the book.

Of course before Travis can have his happily ever after where his mom gets better, Zoey becomes his, and he is transformed into a fire fighter with no worries on how to keep a roof over his head, things must get worse. And boy did they. My heart broke for Travis during this part of the book. It was how the old saying goes “When it rains, it pours.” Just when one thing would go bad, another thing would go worse. Even through it all, Travis kept one thing in mind: he had to take care of his mom. Even if it broke my heart, it also made me feel proud of Travis in a way. He struggled yes, but he never gave up.

Girls Love Travis Walker may not be what I was expecting. It may have had more of a serious message than I was first anticipating but regardless, it was still a good story to read. Travis’ struggles through life may not be things we all face but his journey through all of the ups and the downs is definitely something we can all identify with.


WINNER — Third Place for Fiction 2013 Indie Reader Discovery Awards

FINALIST– New Fiction 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards


“ ….the title of this book had me expecting something very like a teen romance. While there is romance aplenty in this wonderful novel, Girls Love Travis Walker is far more than that…”

“Little did I know that what I was about to read would have such a huge impact on me…. This book hit me right in the heart.”

“I really loved Travis…. I cried and was scared with him.”

“This book will make you fall in love for so many reasons…”


Anne Pfeffer

Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles, California. She likes to write, walk her dog, play poker, and work as a library volunteer at a local school. Her book Any Other Night has been named a Finalist in both the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards and the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.


Twitter @AnnePfeffer1





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In My Mailbox

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

I picked up a few AWESOME books over the past couple of weeks! I am so excited to read all the new pretties. Now I just need work and school to disappear so I actually have time to read them all!

For Review/Gifted:

Forged In Grace

Forged In Grace by Jordan E. Rosenfeld (e-book)

A special thank you to Stephanie Parent for hosting the giveaway and Jordan for the book!

Make It Last

Make It Last by Bethany Lopez (e-book)

Thank you so much to Sab The Book Eater for hosting the giveaway and Bethany for the book!

In Too Deep

In Too Deep by Coert Voorhees (e-book from Netgalley)

Thank you so much Disney Hyperion!

Girls Love Travis Walker

Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer (e-book)

A special thank you to Anne for sending along an e-copy of this book. I’ve really enjoyed her previous books and cannot wait to read this one!

Suddenly Royal

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase (e-book)

A big thank you to Kelly at InkSlinger & Nichole for allowing me to be part of the blog tour for this book!

Dirty Little Secret

Me and Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

A ginormous thank you to the lovely Jennifer Echols for being so generous and sending a copy my way!

When We Wuz Famous

When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes

Thanks to the wonderful people at Macmillan for allowing Debut Author Challenge ARC Tours to host a tour for this 2013 debut!


Ten Days Of Perfect

Ten Days of Perfect by Andrea Randall (e-book)

Drip Drop Teardrop

Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young (e-book)

A young couple kissing

Heartbeat by Faith Sullivan (e-book)

One Week Girlfriend

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy (e-book)

Shattered Promises

Shattered Promises by Jessica Sorensen (e-book)

Trouble In Mudbug

Trouble In Mudbug by Jana Deleon (e-book)

Champagne Toast

Champagne Toast by Melissa Brown (e-book)

The Baby Bargain

The Baby Bargain by Jennifer Apodaca (e-book)


Awry by Chelsea Fine (e-book)

The Misadventures of Daria Pigwidgeon

The Misadventures of Daria Pigwidgeon by Amy Lunderman (e-book)

Forever My Lady

Forever My Lady by Jeff Rivera (e-book)

The Best Man

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins

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The Best of 2012!

2012 was an absolutely AWESOME year of books for me! I had such good look with many of the books I read. This past year I really branched out of my comfort zone as far as my reading taste goes. I slowly started to get more into the mature YA and NA books that were popping up like crazy. After having awesome luck with a few, I read as many as I could fit in. I also began seeing some of my blogging friends dipping their toes into the world of adult books and since I trust their opinions with my bookish life, I decided to give it a try. Some positive reviews led me to purchase a few and falling in love with those few led me to purchasing a whole lot more and boy am I glad that I did! Out of the 85 books I was able to squeeze into 2012, I gave 5 stars to nearly 40 of those books, crazy I know!!!! Below are all the books that I loved & adored with all of my heart in 2012. Clicking the picture will lead you to the Goodreads page of that particular book unless I had the chance to review it on the blog, if so, the picture will lead you to the review!

In no certain order, the best books of 2012:

The Hunger Games  Queen of the Dead  Die For Me  Throne Of Glass

Something Like Normal  Second Chance Summer  Shade  Born Wicked

Body & Soul  The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight  My Life Next Door  The Knife and the butterfly

Dark Days  Anew  Any Other Night  Pushing The Limits

Simply Irresistible  Awkward  The Fault In Our Stars  The Vincent Boys

On Little Wings  Smart Girls Get What They Want  Slammed  Shift

Easy  Crash  Just Remember To Breathe  Charade

Dizzy  Yours To Keep  Losing It  Try Me

Wallbanger  Hopeless

Did you get a chance to read any of these titles in 2012? Did you love them as much as I did? Are there any books you would recommend to me for 2013?

In My Mailbox (36)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

I am just now returning to all my favorite weekly features after having my computer repaired for the last month! So the list of books you’ll be seeing below is what I’ve received during that time!

For Review:

I have such an awesome selection of review books to work my way through during the next couple of weeks! I cannot wait to get started on them!

The Secrets of the Vanmars (Argetallam Saga #2) by Elisabeth Wheatley

The Liar’s Guide to South America by Michael Delwiche (e-book)

The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer (e-book)

Intangible by J. Meyers (e-book)

Donners Bend by Alexa V. James (e-book)

Beyond The Eyes by Rebekkah Ford (e-book)

Rise of the Horde (Zombie Attack! #1) by Devan Sagliani (e-book)

Vizcaya by Lina Rivera (e-book)


A HHHHUUUUGGGGEEEE thank you to Justin for ALL of these books. I’ve already read a couple and I cannot wait to read the rest!

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

A Want So Wicked (A Need So Beautiful #2) by Suzanne Young

The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith

The Rift Walker by Clay Griffith

Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers

Pegasus and the Flame by Kate O’Hearn

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

Lightbringer by K.D. McEntire

The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze

Girl Out Loud by Emily Gale

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, & Larkin Reed

The Vespertine (The Vespertine #1) by Saundra Mitchell

The Springsweet (The Vespertine #2) by Saundra Mitchell

The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meyer

Beauty by Lisa Daily


Some of these were bought for book signings, some were free e-books, and lots were super awesome deals I found!

Size 12 Is Not Fat (Heather Wells #1) by Meg Cabot (signed)

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either (Heather Wells #2) by Meg Cabot

Big Boned (Heather Wells #3) by Meg Cabot

Size 12 And Ready To Rock (Heather Wells #4) by Meg Cabot (signed)

Insatiable by Meg Cabot (signed)

Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray (signed)

Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegesar

Cures For Heartbreak by Margo Rabb

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan

Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Leviathan (signed)

Queen Of Babble (Queen of Babble #1) by Meg Cabot (e-book)

Queen of Babble In The Big City (Queen of Babble #2) by Meg Cabot

Twilight (The Mediator #6) by Meg Cabot

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Marked by Kim Richardson (e-book)

Awakening by Karice Bolton (e-book)

Safe Landing by Tess Oliver (e-book)

Camille by Tess Oliver (e-book)

Bumped by Megan McCafferty (e-book)

Beasts & BFFs by Shannon Delany

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

The Strange Case of Finley Jane by Kady Cross

Vesper by Jeff Sampson

Withering Tights by Louise Rennison




TGIF (53)

There once was an awesome blogger named Ginger and she decided to create a super fun feature where fellow bloggers would answer fabulous questions via blog posts every Friday. TGIF was born and we all have Miss Ginger at GReads! to thank for that! This week’s question is:

Unexpected Books:

Which books did you have reservations about reading, but ended up loving once you did?

It feels so good to be back and doing these TGIF posts again AND on such a good week since I totally love this question! Before I list things off here, let me be completely honest about something: I am totally SHOCKABLE. I am not even kidding here. I can have certain exceptions for books, I can predict that I am going to like/dislike certain books but 9 times out of 10 I am getting shocked good or bad. With that being said, here’s a list of book that shocked me the most:

Any Other Night by Anne Pfeffer

When I first accepted this book for review, I thought I was going to enjoy it. I mean it sounded interesting enough. I did not anticipate falling in love with it. The storyline and characters were so much more than I could have expected.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

One of the best books I’ve read so far this year! I don’t want to say I thought it was going to be boring exactly but I mean come on, it’s about poetry! I hate poetry! Some of the major points in this book caught me completely off guard and it is most certainly safe to say I was also shocked to see how much I fell in love with the poetry this book introduced me to!

On Little Wings by Regina Sirois

The summary of this book makes it seem nice, the cover is pretty, it seemed like a nice simple read. But as it turns out, I enjoyed it times 1000 because it was not nice and simple! The writing was truly beautiful and the family/life issues dealt with in this book were so relatable. It was one of those books I did not expect to fall in love with but in the end I am so glad that I did!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Holy wow! I just finished this one the other day and I was blown away! I hadn’t heard much about this book so I really went into it blind. I did not expect the world to be so fascinating, the characters to be so interesting, and Sarah’s storytelling to be so impeccable. It has been a good while since I’ve been so totally enraptured with a fictional world.

Size 12 Is Not Fat by Meg Cabot

This is the first real “adult” book that I have read and I must say, I have so been missing out! After meeting Meg, I assumed that her books would be funny and charming. And I was right of course but this series has been so addicting and I did not expect that! It is charming, and it is funny but it is also mysterious, full of quirky characters, and there is also romance. If every adult book was like this I would most certainly be re-thinking this whole YA thing (kidding….sort of!)

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is the scariest cover ever! I wanted to basically punch my best friend for suggesting we read this for book club because Katelyn + scary DO NOT MIX…AT ALL. However, what I found within the pages of this book was a super fascinating story and an author’s extreme talent of turning old, creepy pictures into a story that made sense and was supremely enjoyable!

Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Ask me what my favorite book is and it will likely not be this one (I mean come on, Sarah Dessen…DUH!). But ask me for a book recommendation and I will always, always, always suggest this book. I really picked this up on a whim at the store. I never heard anyone really gushing about it but I liked the pretty colors on the cover. Holy-freaking-bejezus! There is music, there is the most interesting main character EVER, and there is just so much goodness filled throughout the pages of this book. Maybe it’s because of the little-to-no expectation I had for this book or maybe it’s just that it’s that good (the more likely option) but this was definitely the most shocking (in a good way) books I’ve ever read.

This week on Kate’s Tales Of Books And Bands (8/3-8/10):

I’m Back (Hurray!!!!!!)

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Tune In Tuesday (64)

It’s Almost Party Time! Please stop by and help me get ready for a blog birthday!




TGIF (34)

There once was an awesome blogger named Ginger and she decided to create a super fun feature where fellow bloggers would answer fabulous questions via blog posts every Friday. TGIF was born and we all have Miss Ginger at GReads! to thank for that! This week’s 

Recommend It:

Which book from the last 10 you’ve read would you recommend to a friend?

I have been a reading failure lately! I don’t know what it is about this new year but I am certainly having a very hard time getting back into the grove of things! It’s been a while since I’ve read some of these titles but the last 10 that I have read are:

Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer

Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling

Summer On Fire by Kevin Craig

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen Chandler

What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Out of these ten, I would recommend almost all of them to at least someone out there! Loving Emily was flat-out awesome. If you loved Freefall by Mindi Scott then this one is PERFECT for you! As for Unbreakable Love, it was a cute love story. It wasn’t exactly my favorite take on angels but it was still good! Summer On Fire was another okay one for me. It was a good book but I think it is more for the younger, teenage boy (which is TOTALLY okay with me since I think there needs to be more books for teenage boys out there!). Something, Maybe was my first Elizabeth Scott book, and I am now a fan. Like Sarah Dessen, she has very cute, easy to read books (this is my very non-subtle way of saying, “If you are a SD fan, read this book!”) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a completely mind-blowing story. I have not even reviewed it because it is just so “wow” that I cannot even find the words to describe it!I think there is something so creepy and haunting about it, but if I (a HUGE baby) can handle it, I have no problem recommending it to everyone else! Never Eighteen is a great book if you are in the mood for a quick, tear-jerker! I think this book is a good mix of Deadline by Chris Crutcher and maybe Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (I don’t know why it reminded me of the latter but it was awesome so that’s all you need to know!). Love Story will keep those Jennifer Echols hard-core fans (such as myself) happy! I loved that this book had older characters! It may not be my ALL-TIME favorite by her but it was still well-worth the read! Lola and the Boy Next Door is a must read. I don’t care if you are 16 or 80. Male or female. THAT BOOK IS MADE OF AWESOME! Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me…ehhh, I didn’t love this one like at all but it does have a super-freaking-awesome title. What Happened To Goodbye. Sarah Dessen, a goddess in my book, wrote it. Need I say more?

So I couldn’t pick just one book to recommend to you guys but I hope that the little snippets I offered on each book will help you decide if you want to read them! And if you have read any of the above titles, what did you think about them???

This week on Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands (1/13-1/20):

TGIF (33) The top books on my TBR list for 2012!

Life As Kate (14) Madness, like always!


Tune In Tuesday (43) Featuring the super adorable He Is We!

Dark Days Blog Tour + Book Teasers! Check out the QUESTION OF THE DAY in the comments section and e-mail the authors for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE!!!

In My Mailbox (29)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. It is a way for book bloggers to post what they have received for review, borrowed from a friend, bought at the bookstore, or picked up at the library!

The last IMM I posted was all the way back in November! Yeah, it is safe to say the holidays definitely got in the way but I am hoping to keep up with the weekly IMMs from now on. Since I missed almost two full months, this IMM is going to be a lot of craziness! Let’s take a look at what I got!!!

For Review:

Unbreakable Love by Angela Carling

Loving Emily by Anne Pfeffer

Dark Days by C.A. Kunz

Trade Secrets by Yvonne Collins & Sandy Rideout (e-book)

The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Perez (e-book)

Settling by Shelley Workinger (e-book)



Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

Winter’s Kiss: The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols and The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Switched by Amanda Hocking

A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Hush Money by Susan Bischoff (e-book)

Impulse Control by Susan Bischoff (e-book)

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph (e-book)

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (e-book)

Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner (e-book)

My Thoughts: I got some great deals over some awesome books the past couple months however I am now on a book buying ban! There are just too many things I am saving up for plus I now have enough books to last me a lifetime!


Dashboard Confessional


Thriving Ivory

Ryan Adams

Fitz and the Tantrums

Foster The People

The Summer Set

My Thoughts: Can you tell that I ran into some deals at the CD store? All of their used CDs were super cheap plus if you bought 3, you got the 4th one free!


From Alexa @ AlexaLovesBooks

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Chocolates & a card!

My Thoughts: Alexa is one freaking awesome book blogger (and not just because she sent me a super sweet gift!) She never fails to make my days brighter and the day I got this lovely package in the mail was no different. My brother managed to eat both chocolate bars she sent me but I am sure they were delicious! The card was so dang sweet and I cannot wait to read these books!

From Laci @ LovePassionBooks

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

A Taylor Swift card!

My Thoughts: Laci completely surprised me for my birthday! She saw it was my birthday on Twitter and offered to send me two books. I was stunned and so thankful when I got these two in the mail. Plus, she just knows me so well, she got a TAYLOR SWIFT birthday card!!! This made me smile big time :)

From Cyndi @ Dog-Eared and Bookmarked

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Twilight Saga journal set

A Winter Song CD

Water For Elephants Soundtrack

A Christmas Song CD

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

A hand-made scarf & a card!!!

My Thoughts: Cyndi is so full of amazing, I wish I could just hug her! She had been teasing me on Twitter for FOREVER about the gift she was sending me and when it finally got here I cried. Seriously. She was so extremely generous and thoughtful with her gift, it totally made my day!

From Jamie Manning @ Writers Write, Right?

A singed Eternal Starling bookmark from Angela Corbett

My Thoughts: I am not entirely sure how I got this or even why, but hey it is a gorgeous, signed bookmark; I am NOT complaining!

From my Dad and Stepmom:


A New Bookshelf

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehrman

Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

New stationary so I can write letters to all of my blogging friends!


Grace Potter & The Nocturnals

Tenth Avenue North

The Fray

The Cab

My Thoughts: I love my dad and stepmom so much! They spoiled me on my birthday and Christmas and I couldn’t be happier :)

From my Mom:

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My Thoughts: It may have taken a while to convince my mom that it was actually okay to buy me books for Christmas but once she finally understood, she made an excellent decision! I can’t wait to continue on with this series.

From my Grandma:


Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

$25 gift card to Barnes & Noble

My Thoughts: My grandma also did good with the book choice this year! I haven’t read the first of The Infernal Devices but when I do, I now have the second to immediately follow-up with!


Plain White T’s

The All-American Rejects

My Thoughts: Last time I asked for an All-American Rejects CD from my grandma, she got me an Alter Bridge CD. They are COMPLETELY different! I was so happy she could find the right ones this time around!

From my Aunts & Uncles:

Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Bookmark pens

The Nook!

My Thoughts: I am thrilled I got an awesome book and bookmarks but I am even more thrilled that I now have my very own Nook! I was very adamant that I would hate an e-reader, but I now love having one! Go figure!

So that’s a ton of great books that I got the past couple of months! Since it is going to take a lot of time to read those, I am officially putting myself under a book buying ban. It should be interesting to say the least. Don’t forget to leave a link to your IMM post in the comment section and I will be sure to check it out!