Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Blog Tour Kick-off: THE RULE OF THIRDS- Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

Today, I am so happy to kick-off The Rule of Thirds blog tour, celebrating Chantel Guertin's YA debut!

The Rule Of Thirds
By: Chantel Guertin
Release date: October 1st/13.
Publisher: ECW Press
Goodreads link: Goodreads
Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Pippa Greene never goes anywhere without her camera. She and her best friend/supermodel-in-training Dace long ago mapped out their life plan: Pippa will be the noted fashion photographer, and Dace the cover girl. But ever since last spring, things have changed for Pippa—and her junior year at Spalding High proves to have its own set of challenges. Not only is Vantage Point, the statewide photography competition, in three short weeks, but her mandatory volunteering placement lands her at St. Christopher’s Hospital, a place Pippa never wanted to set foot in again. With humor and pluck, she navigates her new role as a candy striper (watch out for Code Yellows), her changing relationship with her best friend (goodbye, Honesty Pact), and—perhaps most stressful of all—her new love interests (yes, love interests plural). Will Pippa make it to Vantage Point without having a panic attack? Will either one of the guys prove less sketchy than her last boyfriend? Can she and Dace figure out a way to dream big and be best friends? One thing is certain: real life is a lot more complicated than a photograph.

Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Chapters/Indigo

My Thoughts:
I feel I should mention that The Rule of Thirds has and will always hold a very special in my heart. I had the amazing opportunity to beta read The Rule of Thirds, when it was still in it's early stages of development, for Chantel, and I loved it then, and I love it even more now!

The Rule of Thirds is a fresh, quick read with a loveable and quirky heroine that everyone will want to be best friends with. Guertin will more than satisfy readers with her terrific blend of friendship/family, life changes, and a blossoming romance/love-triangle.

I loved Pippa and found her quite relatable and a great role model, as she fights for what she wants, and really doesn't take no for an answer, seriously, she'll find her way around anything, haha. It was great watching her mature throughout the story and while I rooted for her success throughout, I had to laugh at her many mishaps that I could totally relate to. She was a great narrator and I enjoyed experiencing everything through her eyes (including Dylan and Ben haha!).

Loved Dylan! He's the perfect blend of boy-next-door with an air of mystery surrounding him. Even though I knew he was keeping something from Pippa, I never doubted that he was genuinely good guy!

And Ben, well I'm going to keep this man a mystery and let you all discover him for yourselves ;)

I am so thrilled that Chantel is turning this into a series and cannot wait to read book #2 as soon as possible!   

Congrats, Chantel on a fabulous YA debut! I want more, right now!

Happy Reading!!!

About Chantel:

Chantel Guertin is an author, beauty expert and magazine editor. Her first novel (written as Chantel
Simmons), Stuck in Downward Dog, came out in 2007, and was a Winnipeg Free Press bestseller, a Chatelaine Best Beach Book and Book of the Month, and a Vancouver Sun Editor’s Choice. Her second novel, Love Struck, came out in 2010, and was also a bestseller in Canada.

Chantel is currently the Editor-at-Large of TheKit.ca, a monthly digital fashion & beauty magazine & weekly print feature in the Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette & Vancouver Sun, a beauty expert on  The Marilyn Denis Show and faculty at Centennial College in the Book & Magazine publishing program, where she teaches magazine writing and editing courses.
Connect with Chantel:
Now please join me in welcoming Chantel to the blog today to share her thoughts on what makes a good YA Leading Man!

Top Characteristics of a Leading Man in YA

1. Cute, cute, cute. Sure, an ugly guy can win your heart, but isn't it more fun to just have a cute leading man?
2. Flaws. Even if he's cute, he should have some flaws. No one's perfect. 
3. Smart. He doesn't have to be  book smart -- he can be witty or funny or have a cool hobby -- but some kind of smarts to make him interesting. Good looks are boring after a while.
4. Romantic. Not every guy in real life is romantic, but this is fiction! Why not go for the dream guy? 
5. A connection with your heroine. He needs to "get" the heroine in a way no one else does. This will give them true love forever! (or at least, for a few chapters). 

Thanks, Chantel for stopping by to share you thoughts!

Giveaway Time!!!
Before you go, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter below to be entered to win one physical copy of THE RULE OF THIRDS! U.S./Canada entries only, sorry International followers!
Good luck to all who enter!
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But wait!!! Chantel also has a great Photo Contest going on Tumblr, go here to enter! Good luck :)
Make sure you stop by all the other great blog stops on this tour for more reviews, guest posts, interviews and giveaways!

October 1stBOOKING IT WITH HAYLEY G – Tour Kick-off, Review + Guest Post
October 2ndBOOK NERD CANADA – Review
October 3rdTHE BOOK LIFE - Review
October 4th – FICTIONATORS - Review
October 5thNICOLE ABOUT TOWN – Review
October 6thBOOK COVER JUSTICE – Review
October 7th – READ MY BREATH AWAY – Review + Guest Post
October 8thCHAPTER BY CHAPTER – Spotlight + Guest Post
October 9th - SEEING NIGHT REVIEWS – Review
October 10thMOOSUBI REVIEWS – Review
October 11thBOOKSHIPPER – Spotlight + Author Interview
October 12thNIGHTLY READING – Review
October 13rdTHE BOOK BELLES – Review + Top Ten List

 Happy Reading!!! 

Special thanks to Chantel and ECW Press for supporting this tour!


  1. I'm a photographer. :) This book is right up my alley.

  2. I've always been intrigued by Canadian settings, and I've liked most of ECW Press's offerings thus far!