A Girl By Any Other Name by MK Schiller: Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

A Girl By Any Other Name by MK Schiller: Blog Tour, Review, and GiveawayA Girl By Any Other Name by MK Schiller
Published by Totally Bound Publishing on 1-9-2014
Genres: Romance
Pages: 287

Everyone tells him he needs to move on, but how can a man function without his heart?

Ten-year-old Caleb Tanner wants nothing to do with Sylvie Cranston, the annoying weird girl who moves next door to him and gets him in trouble for swearing. But at twelve, they become friends when he teaches her how to hook a fishing line and she shows him the value of a selfless act. At fourteen, he falls in love with her.

At sixteen, she dies.

Or so he’s told. But Cal never believes it. Sylvie has become part of his soul. He knows her like the steady beating of his own heart. He’d know if she was dead. Cal looks for her, prays for her and finally he just waits for her.

Nine years later, she walks into the community college English class Cal is teaching. Only this girl claims her name is Sophie Becker and she doesn’t know him. Cal knows better. He’s determined to get the girl he loves back—and protect her from the danger that took her away all those years ago.

Alexis says…

I know what you’re thinking, the synopsis sounds a lot like Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. Correct? Well, rest assured, this book is NOTHING like Hopeless. This book was sweet, off the charts hot (fanning myself while thinking of Cal), and suspenseful. Seriously, I thought I had this book totally figured out, and then BAM…MK totally threw a curveball or two in there. I have been a big fan of MK Schiller’s ever since I read The Other C-Word and boy, this book did not disappoint and definitely topped it!

“When I kiss you, it’s going to be the best kiss you’ve ever had.”

The book is told in Cal’s POV which I just freaking loved! It is told in present and past tense as well. The past tense is excerpts from his novel, Raven Girl which is basically a retelling of his childhood and his love, Sylvie. When Cal is 10 years old, Sylvie moves next door with her father that has her fend for herself while he nurses the bottle. Yes, Sylvie was a bit of an odd ball, she wore weird clothing and had some serious issues with face powder but she also loved to fish and got along fantastically with Cal’s younger sister. To be honest, as they got older and closer, you could feel the love Cal had for her. I mean the boy went feminine product shopping for her. They went from being best friends to something more…but there wasn’t a physical aspect except a kiss that took 2 years to happen. Their closeness is partly due to grief on both of their parts and was more of a bond that sealed them as soul mates. Cal was very blunt in the way he felt for Sylvie, but Sylvie always held back from him. All of this comes to a tragic end when things go terribly awry and Sylvie dies…or does she?

Years later, Cal is still convinced that his other half has not died and is still out there. He went through extreme lengths to find her but came up empty. He is now an English college professor and on his first day of class, a girl named Sophie gives him hope. Sophie reminds him so much of Sylvie that he makes it his goal to find out who she exactly is. Is Sophie really Sylvie?

“I never planned for Sylvie Cranston to be my best friend. I never expected her to be the muse in all my dreams, or the girl who later haunted my nightmares. I certainly never planned to fall in love with her but that is exactly what happened.”

I loved the way this book was written; the excerpts from Cal’s novel woven in the present was so interesting. The past was heartbreaking in that you just wanted Sylvie to return Cal’s affection and the present was suspenseful and intriguing. It’s like you knew that something was going to happen, you just didn’t know what it was. Like I said above, this book was flipping awesome. If you want a book that you cannot put down and will be second-guessing yourself till the very end, then here it is!


About MK Schiller

I am a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. I have a full time life and two busy teenagers, but at night, I sit by the warm glow of my computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heartwarming stories with plenty of humor.

I started imaging stories in my head at a very young age. In fact, I got so good at it that my best friend asked me to make up stories featuring her as the heroine and the boy she currently liked as the hero. We’d spend hours on the phone while I came up with a series of unrealistic, yet tender events led the object of her desire to finally profess his love. You’ve heard of fan fiction…this was friend fiction.

Even with that, it too many years to realize I could produce an actual full-length book that readers enjoy. I try to make my stories humorous, realistic, with characters who are flawed but redeeming. I hope you enjoy my stories and never stop searching for your happily ever after.