Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Blog Tour for BLACK BOX by Author Cassia Leo!

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Three fateful encounters....
Two heart-breaking tragedies....
One last chance to get it right.

From New York Times best selling author Cassia Leo, comes an epic love story about rewriting destiny.

Over the course of five years, Mikki and Crush cross paths on three separate occasions. Their first encounter changes Mikki's life forever, but their second meeting leaves them both buried beneath the emotional wreckage of a violent attack. Mikki is left with more questions and grief than she can handle, while Crush is forced to forget the girl who saved his life.

Now nineteen years old, Mikki Gladstone has decided she's tired of the mind-numbing meds. She books a flight to Los Angeles to end her life far away from her loving, though often distant, family.

Twenty-one-year-old Crush has always channeled his blackest thoughts into his music, but he's never had great aspirations. He decides to fly to Los Angeles to record a demo of the only song he's never performed in public; a song he wrote for a girl he doesn't even know: Black Box. He has no expectations of fame and he's never felt like his life had any purpose... until he meets Mikki in Terminal B.

When Mikki and Crush cross paths for the third time in Terminal B, neither has any idea who the other person is; until they slowly piece together their history and realize that fate has more in store for them than just another love story.


Chapter 8

Staring into Mikki’s green eyes, I swear I’m looking into my own. She’s hiding something from me that I haven’t quite figured out yet, but I’m positive it has to do with her trip to L.A. There has to be a reason someone as skittish as her decided to have coffee with me rather than go home when her flight was canceled. And there’s definitely a reason greater than curiosity for the question she just asked me.
If it weren’t her asking, this would be the point in our conversation where I begin to suspect her of being an undercover cop or journalist. But it is Mikki. And something about this girl tells me she’s not here to find out what happened in a dark parking lot three years ago.
“That’s a trick question,” I reply. “If I tell you I’ve never killed anyone, then you’ll think I’m a good guy and you’ll stay, because even though it’s not a very exciting answer, it means you’re safe. But if I tell you I’ve killed someone, you may find it intriguing or frightening. Either way, intrigued or scared, you’ll probably try to get the fuck away from me, and I don’t think I’m ready for that.”
She smiles as she looks down at her fingers, which she’s tapping on the surface of the bar. “That’s a real suave way to dodge the question. It also sounds like something a murderer would say.”
She looks up and meets my gaze again. “Who did you kill?”
I pause for a moment as I try to figure out where she’s going with this conversation. Then it hits me. “Do you want to die?”
“What?” she asks, shaking her head far too adamantly. “That’s … that’s a stupid question.”
“Why is it a stupid question?”
“Because,” she snaps at me. “It’s just stupid. I don’t want to die.”
She continues to look down at her hands, which are still trembling as she fidgets with her silver thumb-ring. I get an urge to grab her hand again, to stop the trembling and fidgeting, but I don’t.
“I’m sorry. I guess that was kind of a stupid question. I was just wondering why a pretty girl like you would hang out with me when you could be at home in your warm bed with your pjs on. Or out with your friends … or your boyfriend.”
She finally chuckles. “So, accusing me of wanting to die is your way of avoiding my question or is it just a really messed-up way of asking me if I have a boyfriend?”
“It’s just me being a total dick. And … do you have a boyfriend?”
“No.” She looks up and fixes me with a steely glare. “Most guys don’t appreciate a girl who’s crazy and also doesn’t put out.”  I’m not quite sure how to respond to this statement. It’s probably best to change the subject or reach for a joke. “Yeah, I know how you feel. Most girls don’t appreciate a guy who can cite Shakespeare and won’t put out. Actually, I think that’s a line from Macbeth.”
Her glare melts into a reluctant smile. “You’re not a total dick.”
“Still not putting out.” 


Meet Crush
Meet Mikki


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 It has been days since I have read Black Box. Our blog received an ARC for being a part of the Black Box blog tour. Even after pondering on this story for days to try to form the right words to give Black Box the review that it deserves, I am still speechless. I assure you that this does not happen often. Usually as soon as I finish reading a novel I immediately write up a review for it, but this story deserves more than a quick review. I say this because this story had so much meaning behind the words. It was as if Cassia was trying to put subliminal messages in the writing. Black Box is not like anything Cassia has ever written before. Yes, the cover says that it is a love story, but it so much more than that. Every time I read one of Cassia's novels I say to myself, that this is by far my favorite read from her, but then she goes and writes another masterpiece and I am left torn and feeling guilty for altering my favorite's list. Luckily, her writing is so unique in every story that I am able to justify my love for each by categorizing them.

Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about the story. Black Box has two main characters: Mikki and Crush. I loved both characters. Their personalities were unique and engaging. Mikki and Crush are both striving to overcome the hand that they have been dealt in life. I must say, their fate has not been kind. Fate has brought them together on three separate occasions, or was it luck? What is the difference? "Fate is for fairy tales. It's a romantic notion. Luck is what happens when you're in the right place at the right time...with the right person." I cannot go into detail about each occasion without giving the story away and I will not do that! So, I will tell you about how Mikki and Crush are together now. Mikki was diagnosed with type-two bipolar. Mikki cannot accept the fact that she cannot control..hmm..how do I describe this? Control her right to autonomy? As a result, everything that Mikki does is the opposite of what people consider "the norm". Crush on the other hand copes with his issues differently. At one point in time he did hit rock bottom, but what both characters have in common is that they relied on Black Box as an outlet or you can say as a guide? It can also be an influential coping mechanism. "There is a little blackness inside all of us." That is one thing that Black Box has taught Mikki and Crush. So, as a final straw Mikki has booked a flight to California with the intention to end it all. She wanted to commit suicide in a place where it wouldn't cause her family grief. She just wanted to go alone and peacefully without interruptions. Crush just so happened to be going to California as well, but for different reasons. However due to weather their flight was cancelled. As soon as Mikki entered the airport Crush knew she looked familiar but couldn't place her. With that, he approached her. He prayed to God that Mikki was not the person that he thought she was. With their flight being cancelled, Crush asked Mikki to join him for coffee. He knew something was up because he got the impression that she didn't want to go home and he wanted to know why. "Something is telling me she wants to die." Mikki reluctantly agrees to accompany Crush for coffee. Crush is not ready to let her out of his sight. He is grabbing for straws trying to find a way to stay in the presence of Mikki. Luckily for him, Mikki is not left with many options because she did not plan for the flight to be cancelled therefore she was not financially prepared. This is how the story progresses. It is then that both Mikki and Crush will learn how Black Box has once again brought their worlds together.

To find out the rest of the story you MUST read the novel. I assure you, you won't be disappointed. 


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home, Abandon) and the Luke and Chase series.


Link to Spotify playlist: Black Box


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