Blog Tour: Pepper Jones Series

Today we are hosting the blog tour of the Pepper Jones Series by Ali Dean!

Pepped Up

This right here is what I live for. The steady rhythm of my feet landing softly on dirt – Pepped Up

The first book in the series is Pepped Up. This is Pepper Jones’ junior year and she’s ready to make her dream of qualifying for Nationals a reality. She’s a focused runner and a great athlete, but when it comes to boys, it’s a little more complicated. New running star Ryan moves into town and he catches Pepper’s attention, but when her longtime friend Jace starts paying more attention to her, running seems to be the only thing she understands.

I thought this first installment of the Pepper Jones series was great! I loved that this felt realistically like high school: the social drama, the sports drama and everyday life. Pepper Jones has a great sense of who she is and what she wants to achieve. I loved the running aspect of the novel and how it became a central piece of the story. Dean makes both Ryan and Jace completely swoon worthy, the book is well written and it flows very nicely. The characters are all enjoyable to read and relatable. Overall it was a really great book that has a lot of great characters. 4/5

Published: 2013, 238 pages.

4 Purple Stars

 

All Pepped Up

The wind is head-on, and my legs are trashed. But at least the only thing I’m feeling right now is fatigue. And there’s a mild panic beginning to seep through me as my legs protest forward movement. – All Pepped Up

The second installment is All Pepped Up and takes place pretty soon after the first one ended. The summary from goodreads:

(This is the second book in the Pepper Jones series. The following description contains spoilers for Pepped Up, which should be read first.)
Pepper Jones knew that being Jace Wilder’s girlfriend wouldn’t be simple. But she didn’t predict just how many complications would arise from his past. Jealous girls? That she expected. Family
secrets? Not so much. At least Pepper can always hit the trails to clear her head… except when it comes to racing. The high expectations from her phenomenal cross-country season haunt her, and she can’t seem to get psyched up for track season. Pepper’s junior year at Brockton Public is full of challenges on and off the track, but she’s not afraid to face them.

This book was a little harder for me to enjoy because I felt Pepper lost of a lot of her original character from the first book.  She was more of a pushover and allowed herself to be in situations where she should have been more aware of what was going on. I also wasn’t expecting the shift from young adult to new adult so suddenly, so I was a bit taken aback by that. The content and events are a little more mature. However Pepper and her relationship with Jace continues to be amazingly swoon worthy and worth the read. This is also a really well written book. Dean is a great writer and I enjoyed reading the second installment. 3.5/5

Published: 2014, 290 pages.

3 Purples Stars

About the Author:

Ali Dean lives in Colorado with her husband, twin babies, and golden retriever. In addition to reading and writing, she loves the outdoors- everything from marathon training and biking to snowboarding and skiing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books free from the publisher through YA Bound Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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