Friday, March 14, 2014

Finding What Is
Author: Tabitha Vohn
Release date: September 29th 2013
Publisher: CreateSpace
Series: N/A
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Tour organized by: Xpresso Book Tours
Purchase: Amazon 
Add to your library: Goodreads

Willie has always lived an unconventional life. Surrounded by the sensual, ethereal images of her artist-mother, she fantasizes about the half-wolf, half-human, but all-gorgeous face that stares out at her from her mother’s wall, and drinks in her mother’s stories of past lovers and adventures. She shares her home with a man who calls himself “uncle” (who stalks her through the house, naked). Her closest friends are a band of misfits who’ve forged their own way in life-including Xavier, who has carved his name in her soul- and her heart is torn between him and a college professor, a fellow artist who wants more than a student-teacher relationship.

Willie stands on the brink of womanhood poised to follow in her mother’s footsteps, with a gleaming future as an artist looming before her, and a maturity beyond her years that has enabled her to be the protector and caretaker of others, a mender of wounds. But as a devastating illness rips her mother from her life, Willie is left bereft of a home and of a sense of self. Guided only by her instincts, Willie wanders from her Professor’s arms to the home that Xavier shares with his live-in girlfriend Nicole (who insists that they can “share”). Her path becomes a search for peace, for family, for a love that’s real, and for her place in this world.

Finding What Is chronicles the journey that we all must take-to find ourselves, to reconcile our past, and to get back to that place we once called home. 
(via Goodreads)

There's art in here? Count me in. I'm no artist that's why I'm always fond of it and even then when it's involved in a novel.

It started out so strong having Willie sexually attracted to her professor despite her emotional connection to Xavier. It went down a little somewhere in the middle. I don't know what happened but it did feel that way. I swear I was able to feel those electric stings when Willie was close to her professor. It was all about lust, I guess and the fact that he showed interest in her and that she had no father figure. Yes, Freudian. Willie had a lot on her plate. With her sick mother, rude uncle, bills to pay, college funds and just everything a normal 17-year-old girl shouldn't be worrying about. Willie was strong though. She had her moments but it was needed. Not to mention how creative she was. I admire the girl.

Having not one but two guys out for you was a little overwhelming. When your professor was that attractive, I guess you'd totally fall for him especially when he showed interest to you. But then that wasn't just the case with Willie. She thought she needed him yet it was her need for a father. He was older and was caring for her and all. On the other hand, Xavier was her rock. She knew she needed him but they both had a lot on plate. Misery loves company. Despite her professor being a hottie, I'm all for Xavier.

There were a lot of secrets revealed to Willie. Secrets that changed her life. Yet in the end, there were some truths that weren't really realized by her. A lot of things happened. As. In. A. Lot. Love, lust, joy, death, tragedy. You name it. There were minor characters who played a big role in Willie's life. For better or for worst. Yet in the end, everything turned out the way it was supposed to be for Willie.

Art was used as an emotional outlet of the characters. It was amazing how beauty can be depicted in such measures. You think art is only for the eyes? Hell no. I was able to see it through my own imagination and trust me, it was wonderful.

I would have enjoyed this more if it wasn't written in the 3rd-person POV. This novel is emotional. I guess it would have been better if I was able to see the story from the characters' mind.

Finding What Is is a beautifully crafted novel about love and hate, happiness and sadness, and success and tragedy.

About the Author
Tabitha VohnTabitha is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today.

She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.

On Writing, Tabitha says,"I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well."


Thanks Nina for your lovely review!


Wow this sounds like such a beautiful and profound read! And any kind of forbidden-type romances are stories I just can't say no to >.<


You're welcome, Tabitha! I did enjoy reading it.


I hope you'd read it soon, Giselle!


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