Wednesday 2 October 2013

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin.

I'm really excited to be a part of the blog tour for American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin. My stop will include a review of the book, an excerpt and a tour-wide giveaway. To follow the rest of the tour, click the banner above which will take you to the schedule.


Title: American Girl on Saturn (Saturn #1).
Author: Nikki Godwin.
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance.
Date of Publication: August 29, 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon ; B&N ; Smashwords
(AGOS is on sale for $0.99 from October 1 - October 7)

The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.


He leans in to kiss me, but the kitchen light comes on through the window, and I pull away.

“Someone’s awake,” I say. “Someone’s up. Oh God. What if they come out here?”

Milo slips down in the pool, barely keeping his head above water. I stretch my neck to see through the window, but I see nothing more than a shadowy figure moving around next to the fridge. If it’s Mom and she finds me alone in the pool after midnight with Milo, I’ll have to confess. She’ll know. Moms always know.

We wait in deafening silence. It’s like my ears are ringing with extreme anxiety and anticipation. The shadow moves across the kitchen toward the glass door, and I panic.

“Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod. They’re coming!” I whisper through my teeth.

“I can hold my breath for about two minutes, so hurry,” Milo says.

He inhales a deep breath and drops underwater. He wraps his arm around my shin and squeezes his hand into my skin. I try to relax as much as I can. I prop my elbows up on the concrete and loosen my shoulders, so maybe I can pass for ‘just lounging in the dark.’ If it’s Mom, I’ll tell her I just needed to clear my head and have some alone time. Hopefully she won’t notice the pretty boy underwater who is tangled up with my leg.

But it’s not Mom’s head that pokes outside.


I guess I should confess that I spent many years fangirling after cute, tattooed members of rock bands and the likes. Considering American Girl on Saturn deals with the ultimate fangirl’s dream, I was bound to love this book, and I did. So much so I’m distracted writing this review by stalking my favourite band on Twitter, all thanks to the antics of Chloe, Aralie and Emery.

This was the first book I’ve read by Nikki Godwin and I fell for her writing style. The way it all flowed, the way she managed to make me laugh the whole way through, the way she did not rush the ending like so many authors do, driving me up the wall in the process.

I loved so many characters in American Girl on Saturn too. I really liked Chloe, Aralie and mainly just the whole Branson family in particular. Nikki wrote them so well; just your typical, relatable family with so many different personalities and the odd clashes but also full of loyalty and support too.

And let’s not forget Spaceships Around Saturn. I think I loved all the members, especially Milo. But also poor Jules! They were all so cruel to him.

The plot was mad, let’s be honest. I mean, spending your summer in lockdown with a boyband full of heart throbs? Crazy. But it was just great entertainment. It was funny, cute and a completely enjoyable read.

It wasn’t all fun and games like you’d think it might be. There were some downs too, showcasing the bitchy antics of teenagers we’ve all experienced at some point. Friendships and relationships were a large theme in this book, other than just the pure fangirling seen with Emery throughout.

I could rave about this book all day and I really am trying to find a negative point but it’s not easy. Maybe that I wanted to hear a bit more from Milo’s perspective, since he was a big part of American Girl on Saturn and the book was written from solely Chloe’s point of view. Or that we could have learnt more about Chloe’s ex Deacon. But that’s just grasping at straws really. I’ve only had one criticism since I finished reading, and that’s that the book had to end.

I just couldn’t put American Girl on Saturn down and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, light-hearted read or simply to anyone who has ever been a fangirl (haven’t we all!?).


*I received an e-copy of this book when signing up for the blog tour. The review is my honest opinion.


Nikki is kindly holding a tour-wide giveaway for a signed copy of American Girl on Saturn and other swag. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Open internationally. a Rafflecopter giveaway

About the author:

Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author from the southern USA. She is a city girl who can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she's not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.

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  1. Hi Nikki - you're welcome! Great book :-)

  2. Thank you Sophie for joining the tour and I'm so happy that you loved it! I have another Saturnite to fangirl with. Great review too!


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