Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Book Tour Stop, Review and Giveaway: Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

Barbie Girl
Series:  Baby Doll #1
Author:  Heidi Acosta
Genre:  YA, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: November 1st 2012
Pages:  189
Format: ebook
Source: Provided for Blog Book Tour

Reason chosen:

I was notoified of an upcoming tour and the cover struck me. So I opted in for the tour. Thank god I did.

Summary taken from Goodreads:

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up: finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up: if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?


That was so rude.! How can you leave me hanging like this Heidi Acosta? That is…I don’t even know what to say. I simply want…no, NEED the second book in this series! Barbie Girl is a book that rocked my socks off! I wasn’t sure what to think about it when I started reading it, but I did not expect it to blow me away the way it did. I love Dylan. I loved Barbie. And now, now they have themselves in one hell of a predicament. I love love love it! This book grabbed me from page one. From the moment Barbie stomps backstage to find Dylan. There are a lot of crazy moments in this novel and I want to slap both characters for not getting their acts together. This book was filled with passion and it was described so well! I went along for the ride while these two people fell for each other unknowingly. But, they come from such different worlds! And for once we have a girl from the wrong side of the tracks and a guy with the picture perfect family. Oh, how I loved this book. If you are currently not moving your mouse to the “purchase” button of your preferred online store to get a copy of this novel, you do no know what you are missing. AND this awesome book only costs 0.99-$1.00!!! My heart is failing with this awesomeness!


Dylan Knight—The last name fits, and at times it doesn’t. I sigh when I think of him, and there are times when I want to slap him. But, I really wouldn’t mind being in his arms.

This is how I imagined Dylan:

Barbie—Girls, you are messed up. But, you are such a good person. I love your attitude and how you don’t care what other people think, only those who matter.


Katie—You were bad story wise, I just don’t like you. I think Barbie should kick you’re butt, and pull out your hair. Just sayin’.

There were some grammar and spelling mistakes that were noticeable. There were also times when it felt like a scene was missing from the story. I don’t know maybe I got a bum copy from Smashwords, but thankfully none of these really distracted from the story (you think they would, but they didn’t. It was just too great).

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this book was fantastic! I recommend to any YA lover.  Getting past the grammatical and spelling issues this book was pretty easy to follow. There were many moments when I laughed out loud (mainly when Third was involved), there were many moments when my breath caught in my throat, when my blood rushed, when I felt bad, when I was angry, and when I was just over-the-moon happy! Heidi Acosta introduces me to two characters that I absolutely love (one of which I would love to bare his children) and a world that I am so grateful to have been invited too. And I hope to be invited again!!!

Next in the Series:

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Barbie World (Baby Doll #2) ETA: 2013

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Doll Face (Baby Doll #3) ETA: Not announced as of yet.

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover a messed up YA romance than this is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

Charade by Nyrae Dawn, Crash series by Nicole Williams, Losing It by Cora Carmack, Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally, Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins, Leaving Paradise and Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Sarah Dessen Novels

Read Completely:
Oh dear lord yes.


Heidi Acosta was born on Long Island, New York. Moving around a lot when she was younger, she has lived in New York, Arizona, New York (again), Washington, Georgia, and Florida, in that order. Each place offered her something special, but she will always consider New York her home.

Heidi started writing as soon as she could spell. When she was three, Heidi’s mother gave her a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods; thus beginning her lifelong love affair with literature.

Writing soon also became a form of therapy for Heidi, when she realized that no matter what was happening in her life, she could find emotional escape while writing. Some of her earliest stories featured her as a princess who explored new worlds with her horse Buttercup. If it sounds romantic, it wasn’t, there was no prince charming in those fairy lands (boys where yucky).

Heidi now resides in Florida with her husband, very active daughter, one hyper Chihuahua, two sweet cats, and one very fat moody cat.

Twitter: @Barbiegirlnovel

Book Tour Info:

Each individual host has the option of holding their own Giveaway so make sure to check out their other stops!

February 18th

February 19th

February 20th

February 21st

February 22nd

February 23rd


An eBook copy of Barbie Girl by Heidi Acosta

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The giveaway is for a swag pack of goodies that relate to the book.

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  1. I would like to thank you for such a fantastic giveaway! Barbie Girl sounds like an amazing read, and something that is of much interest.
    As an avid follower of your brilliant book blog, i must say that i am struggling to think what it is lacking in. Reviews, interviews and the lastest updates on upcoming releases are standard things, as well as book giveaways and blog tours.

    Perhaps you could have a slot each month in which followers 'vote' for a book to be reviewed by you, or for a specific blog post?

    Thanks once again x
    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

  2. Nice, I wondered how this book would turn out after seeing the cover on another blog. I might just have to pick this one up now!

  3. This book sounds amazing! Love the cover too, it's kinda unique.

    I think what you can do to improve your blog is to put some more giveaways and maybe author interviews? :)

  4. I certainly can't complain, I don't even have a blog. I am too chicken and my plate is already overflowing. I love the new design.

  5. I have this one but haven't read it yet. Looks cute!



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