Blog Tour Book Review: The Gift of the Mancynn by Dominic Hodgson

GOTMBANNERGOTMKINDLETitle: The Gift of the Mancynn by Dominic Hodgson
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Length: 328 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: May 10, 2016
Publisher:  Devil’s Tower, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Rating: 4/5

What if everything we thought we knew about the universe was wrong? What if there was something beyond our perception of space and time? And why do we feel the need to constantly strive towards the technological advances that have brought us from the wheel to the particle accelerator? Are we really motivated by our own curiosity and greed? Or is this the work of a higher power?

Philip is a teenage boy, who goes to school, watches TV, and just so happens to be supernatural. He’s never thought to question his abilities, and why should he? That’s just who he is. Except that now he’s being visited by mysterious figures, headed by the deathly Lord Gryal Repa, who insists that it’s his duty to work with them, that he should do whatever bizarre tasks they ask of him.

And the further Philip and his friends travel, the clearer it gets that he is not the only one aware of Gryal and his cohorts. They have infiltrated this world for their own insidious agenda, and they are preparing something far more dangerous.

With plans thousands of years in the making already in motion, it’s a race against time as Philip must decide what side of a conflict traversing the dimensions he’s going to be on, before everything he’s ever known is changed forever.

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Happy Thursday all and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Gift of the Mancynn by Dominic Hodgson. I’d like to thank the author and the publisher, Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

My curiosity about this book was definitely piqued right away when I initially read the synopsis for this book. I am always down for a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy experience and this book seemed pretty interesting and ambitious with conflict across dimensions. Seriously, how cool does that sound?

The Gift of the Mancynn was for me, a four star read. I really enjoyed it and I thought the writing was pretty good. I loved some of the characters. I love villains, even though I naturally tend to pay more attention to the protagonist. I really enjoyed Gryal as a character, I thought he was dark and menacing. I also did love our protagonist and his abilities.

I thought there was a good amount of action and danger throughout the story and I rather enjoyed the unique elements to the story like the Book of Alternity and the council – things that just make this story its own world. I’m always impressed by an author’s ability to craft  a world, a magic system, and lore that makes the story just feel complete and real. I definitely thought this book was unique in that it felt both Sci-Fi and fantasy at the same time. I usually find that books fit into one of the two categories but this one blended the two really well which is something I really enjoyed reading. Not to mention that the writing was pretty descriptive which is something I ALWAYS appreciate and I felt like I had a great sense of the setting and the characters from this. I would be interested in continuing the series, as I believe this book is the first in a series by the way it ended. I can’t wait to see what else awaits Philip and the world, in general,  within this series.

I think that both young adults and adults alike can find something to enjoy in this book!

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DH1My name is Dominic Edward James Hodgson, I am 18 years old and I live in Northamptonshire, England. I am in my final year at Bedford Modern School, and am soon to be going off to university. I spend lots of my free time working on my novel and scripts, but I am also a massive science fiction and horror fan. I attend Comiccons when I can, participate in theatrical productions and have been known to practice archery from time to time. My dream is to make a career of writing novels, of which I have numerous planned, but I would also like the opportunity to work in the production of TV and film, especially to write for some of my favourite shows.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack

The Memory Painter coverAbout The Memory Painter

• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Picador (July 5, 2016)

What if there was a drug that could help you remember past lives?

What if the lives you remembered could lead you to your one true love?

What if you learned that, for thousands of years, a deadly enemy had conspired to keep the two of you apart?

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist, whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to Bryan’s success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. Bryan believes these dreams are really recollections?possibly even flashback from another life?and he has always hoped that his art will lead him to an answer. And when he meets Linz Jacobs, a neurogenticist who recognizes a recurring childhood nightmare in one Bryan’s paintings, he is convinced she holds the key.
Their meeting triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet?visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As his visions intensify, Bryan and Linz start to discern a pattern. But a deadly enemy watches their every move, and he will stop at nothing to ensure that the past stays buried.

Praise

“… hang on for a wild and entertaining ride around the world and through the centuries back to ancient Egypt.” Library Journal (starred review)

“Gwendolyn Womack’s tale dazzles.” US Weekly (Standout Spring Novels)

“A sweeping, mesmerizing feat of absolute magic…” ?M. J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch of Painted Sorrows

“The guy-meets-girl story as you’ve never heard it before…A mind-explosion of a journey ensues that involves time travel, mystery, love, and a whole lot of plot twists.” Refinery29

“A page turner that will keep readers up late into the night. Readers who love adventure, romance and fantasy will love this book.” The Vancouver Sun

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Good afternoon and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC book tours and the publisher Picador for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Memory Painter is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It is about a young man who makes a living as a painter. At a young age he began to have dreams or visions of the entire lives of people. He ends up meeting a woman one afternoon who he has this strange connection to and after a series of coincidences finds that they may have a far deeper connection than he ever would have thought. They end up on a journey that is romantic, thrilling and also very dangerous spanning centuries of lifetimes.

I can’t say enough great things about this book. I enjoyed it so, so much. Once I cracked it open, I couldn’t put it down. I flew through it in a day. It’s definitely a time travel read but time travel through a very different avenue than what I have read before. The concept was really interesting and I enjoyed that while there was a strong romance plot, there was also a historical fiction vibe and also a thriller vibe running through the narrative.

I loved the writing. It was gripping and just beautiful. I loved how the story was delivered to us, in alternating perspectives from our two main characters but also in journal entries and in memories or their dreams. This was totally unique and new to me, it made the story just so much fun and interesting to read.

For me, this book was intoxicating and super entertaining. It gave me some great feels! I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a good read that you will just fly through and enjoy. I enjoyed it SO much! This is the book I needed to get me out of my recent reading slump so I can get back on track! Wonderful book, worthy of a full five star rating!

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Gwendolyn Womack APAbout Gwendolyn Womack

Gwendolyn Womack began writing plays in college and majored in Theatre at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She received an MFA in Directing Theatre and Film from California Institute of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. The Memory Painter is her first novel.

Find out more about Gwendolyn at her website, connect with her on Facebook and Twitter, and see what she’s pinning on Pinterest.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay

Disappearance at Devil's Rock coverAbout Disappearance at Devil’s Rock

• Hardcover: 336 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 21, 2016)

A family is shaken to its core after the mysterious disappearance of a teenage boy in this eerie tale from the author of A Head Full of Ghosts.

A Head Full of Ghosts scared the living hell out of me, and I’m pretty hard to scare,” raved Stephen King about Paul Tremblay’s previous novel, which received widespread critical acclaim. Now Tremblay returns with another disturbing tale just as powerful and unsettling.

Late one summer night, Elizabeth Sanderson receives the devastating news that every mother fears: her thirteen-year-old son, Tommy, has vanished without a trace in the woods of a nearby state park.

The search isn’t yielding any answers, and Elizabeth and her eleven-year-old daughter, Kate, struggle to comprehend Tommy’s disappearance. Feeling helpless and alone, their sorrow is compounded by anger and frustration. Neither the state nor local police have uncovered any leads. Josh and Luis, the friends who were the last to see Tommy before he vanished, may not be telling the whole truth about that night in Borderland State Park, when they were supposedly hanging out at a landmark they have renamed Devil’s Rock.

Living in an all-too-real nightmare, Elizabeth is wholly unprepared for the strange series of events that follow. She believes a wraithlike apparition of Tommy materializes in her bedroom, while Kate and other local residents claim to see a shadowy figure peering through their windows in the dead of night.  Then, random pages torn from Tommy’s journals begin to mysteriously appear—entries that reveal an introverted teenager obsessed with the phantasmagoric; the loss of his father, killed in a drunk-driving accident a decade earlier; a folktale involving the devil and the woods of Borderland; the coming zombie “pocketclips”; and a horrific incident that Tommy believed connected them all.

As the search grows more desperate, and the implications of what happened become more ominous and sinister, no one is prepared for the shocking truth about that night at Devil’s Rock.

Tremblay deftly blends literary fiction, psychological suspense, and supernatural horror into an absorbing tale that illuminates a parent’s darkest fears . . . and an adolescent’s darkest secrets. Eerie, thought-provoking, and soul-shattering, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock will haunt you long after Tommy’s final journal entry is read.

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Happy Monday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay. Thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Disappearance at Devil’s Rock is a thriller about a young boy named Tommy who disappears on night and of his family trying to figure out what happened to Tommy. During the search and investigation lies are uncovered and relationships are tested, to uncover the truth about what happened to Tommy.

This is my first reading experience with Paul Tremblay’s work and I was really excited to dig into this book as I have heard of the author. Once  I read the title of the book and also the synopsis, I knew I had to read it and that it was going to be a good thrilling read. It was definitely that, and so much more.

As a person who is at the same time intrigued and freaked out by stories centered around disappearances, I was literally freaked out for most of this book. The tone was definitely creepy and thrilling, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It probably didn’t help much that I read the bulk of this book at night in bed while everyone else was sleeping.

There were alot of things that I enjoyed about this book besides the overall tone and the plot in general. I thought it was really well written and I thought the characters were beautifully crafted and fleshed out. They seemed very real to me. The events also seemed very real to me and I was full of all of these emotions while reading it – fear, grief, terror being three that I can definitely point out. I also liked the way the story was told in regular narrative prose but also in journal format and transcript pages. I love when authors blend multiple formats in order to tell a story and in this case, it definitely works very well and is integral to the story.

This is one thriller that kept me guessing, which I loved. I also loved that it seemed to be a blend between a few different genres, most notably psychological thriller with supernatural elements which was interesting and fed the “creepy” vibe I got from it.

So, yeah! I am highly recommending this with a five star review! If you love thrillers, I am betting that you will enjoy this one or even if you are just looking for a really good read that will fly by due to you not being able to put it down, definitely check this one out! I, myself, am interested in reading more from this author!

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Paul Tremblay APAbout Paul Tremblay

Paul Tremblay is a multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist and the author of the crime novels The Little Sleep and No Sleep Till Wonderland. He has served as the president of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous year’s-best anthologies.

Find out more about Paul at his website, and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Blog Tour Book Review: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

After Alice coverAbout After Alice

• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (July 5, 2016)

From the multi-million-copy bestselling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’s Carroll’s beloved classic.

When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

In this brilliant work of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his dazzling imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is “After Alice.”

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for After Alice by Gregory Maguire. I’d like to send a huge thank you to the author, the publisher William Morrow and TLC book tours for having me on the tour and the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

After Alice is the story of Ada, Alice’s only friend who falls down the rabbit hole after Alice (hence the title) and begins an adventure all of her own that frees her of the confines of her real life.

This was actually my first encounter with Gregory Maguire and I hate that it was because I enjoyed this so much. I am not sure why I have waiting this long to delve into a Gregory Maguire book but now that I have I simply must continue on with his other works in the near future.

I love the language of fairy tales and Gregory Maguire has proven again that he is a master re-teller of fairy tales. After Alice is definitely complex. I am a lover of words so I love the beautiful language that McGuire uses to tell this story. I do admit that this style of writing may not be for everyone but it was magical to me. Not only is the language of this book complex but the actual story, the plot, was extremely complex with different themes working at different angles. We are told he story of Ada, with Alice’s story on the periphery. We also learn about Alice’s family and their recent struggle with the loss of her mother and we also learn about Oxford.

It was wonderful and is something I would love to revisit again. It has been ages since I read Carroll’s fairy tale and this has me itching to return to it and then after, reread this book. This was genius and magical. Five stars! I recommend to McGuire fans and Alice fans as well! I think both will find something to enjoy here!

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gregory maguireAbout Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Find out more about Maguire at his website and follow him on Facebook.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan

The Woman in the Photo coverAbout The Woman in the Photo

• Paperback: 432 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (June 14, 2016)

The lives of two young women—bound by heritage and history—are changed forever by one epic event . . .

1889: Elizabeth Haberlin, of the Pittsburgh Haberlins, spends every summer with her family on a beautiful lake in an exclusive club. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains above the working-class community of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the private retreat is patronized by society’s elite. Elizabeth summers with Carnegies, Mellons, and Fricks, following the rigid etiquette of her class. But Elizabeth is blessed (or cursed) with a mind of her own. Case in point: her friendship with Eugene Eggar, a Johnstown steel mill worker. And when Elizabeth discovers that the club’s poorly maintained dam is about to burst and send 20 million tons of water careening down the mountain, she risks all to warn Eugene and the townspeople in the lake’s deadly shadow.

Present day: On her eighteenth birthday, genetic information from Lee Parker’s closed adoption is unlocked. She also sees an old photograph of a biological relative—a nineteenth-century woman with hair and eyes likes hers—standing in a pile of rubble from an ecological disaster next to none other than Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. Determined to identify the woman in the photo and unearth the mystery of that captured moment, Lee digs into history. Her journey takes her from her hometown in California to Johnstown, from her present financial woes to her past of privilege, from the daily grind to an epic disaster. But once Lee’s heroic DNA is revealed, will she decide to forge a new fate?

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Woman in the Photo by Mary Hogan. I’d like to send a big thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Woman in the Photo is a historical fiction novel following two young women in two very different time periods that share a connection over time. It is told through the alternating perspectives of these characters and their respective time periods.

I am a huge fan of books with alternating perspectives but this book went even further set the perspectives in different time periods and connects them through a single event. My favorite part about any novel with alternating perspectives is the point in which they meet and this was no different. I just love seeing the way authors choose to do this.

I ended up really enjoying my read of this book although I did have a hard time getting into it at first. For me, the pacing was really slow and there wasn’t much happening in the first half of the book, I didn’t start getting really invested in the book until the second half of it. It was a larger read for me at over 400 pages but it went pretty fast for me as it is written in a way that is easy to read and move through at a good pace.

I really enjoyed the story from the perspectives of each of our main characters: Lee and Elizabeth. Lee’s perspective takes place in modern day California. On her eighteenth birthday she finds clues to her biological family that leads her on a chase to discover more information about her heritage that causes her to find out what happened in Johnstown. Elizabeth, which is probably my favorite perspective of the two, is a young teenage girl on the cusp of womanhood whose family is one of the wealthy club members in Johnstown, Pennsylvania who becomes what I would thought as an unlikely hero. I enjoyed reading about both of these women who are both strong and independent. I love seeing how far their characters come from the beginning of the book to the end. I feel like they were vastly different people from when the book began which was awesome to see.

As with all historical fiction, I love learning new things. Even if the whole of the story is fiction there is still information in them that may be rooted in facts so it’s fun to research events and people during or after reading. I had not previously heard of what happened at Jamestown but reading this book prompted me to want to know more about it and about Clara Barton. I enjoyed learning about something new and having my heart feel in the process. I love what this book said when it touched upon the importance of human kindness. Beautiful. Four stars from me! I recommend to lovers of both historical fiction and women’s fiction.

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Mary Hogan APAbout Mary Hogan

Mary Hogan is the NAPPA Award-winning author of seven young-adult books. Two Sisters is her first novel for adults. She lives in New York City with her husband, Bob, and their dog, Lucy.

Find out more about Mary at her website, and connect with her on Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere author preferred text coverAbout Neverwhere

• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)

National Bestseller

Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”

Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Neverwhere: The Authors’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman. I would like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Truth be told I have heard of Neil Gaiman and Neverwhere before. Though I still consider myself to be pretty new to Neil Gaiman’s work, I have wanted to read this book for a very, very long time so when I had the chance to read this version I jumped at it. I was pretty intrigued by the fact that this is the story the way the author prefers to tell it. That being said, if you have read and experienced Neverwhere before this is probably different from what you read before as it has been changed by the author in a few ways to tell the story the way he ultimately intended to. After reading this version, I wish that I had read the first one just so I could compare and contrast the differences between the two.

It is about a young man, Richard Mayhew, whom moves to London to take a new job. He ends up encountering a bleeding, hurt girl named Door and stops to help her. Having helped her he becomes part of another world, the London Below where people have been forgotten and quite literally have fallen through the cracks of the London Above. This London Below is dark, dangerous, fantastical and has far different rules than the London above. Not having anywhere to go he joins Door in her quest to find the person responsible for the death of her family.

I have read one other book from Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I loved it. This book was no different in that respect, I ended up really loving and enjoying this book. Although I have heard of it before and added it to my TBR list ages ago, I was never spoiled for this book…fortunately. I loved following the story as it unfolded. This book to me was magical, I got lost in it. I got lost in the gritty, dark feel of the underground and the dangers that seemingly lurked around the corners. I loved the writing – it was descriptive and beautiful. I had a clear picture in my mind the entire time of the people and the places.

I loved all the characters, creepy and good. While Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were super creepy, I loved their creepiness in relation to the story. They terrified me. I loved the hunter and Richard and Door. I just thought everyone was really memorable and fleshed out really well. One of my favorite things in this book was the use of foreshadow and of course, all the fantastical elements. It’s just an intriguing concept of having this whole other world, events and lives existing beneath and even within our own. It’s definitely a more than meets the eye type story and I loved it and devoured it. There was a delicious element of danger throughout that kept me flying through the story. I also found myself eager to just keep encountering things and exploring this world. It was wonderful and I highly recommend to fantasy fans especially fans of darker fantasy stories. Five stars and this book has earned a place on my favorites shelf! Now I need to go on reading more Neil Gaiman!

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Neil GaimanAbout Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on Facebooktumblr, Twitter, and his blog.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro

The Sun in Your Eyes coverAbout The Sun in Your Eyes

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 28, 2016)

A witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road-trip adventure with a rock-and-roll twist. Shapiro’s debut blends the emotional nuance of Elena Ferrante with the potent nostalgia of High Fidelity, in a story of two women—one rich and alluring, the other just another planet in her dazzling orbit—and their fervid and troubled friendship.

From the distance of a few yards, there might be nothing distinctive about Lee Parrish, nothing you could put your finger on, and yet, if she were to walk into a room, you would notice her. And if you were with her, I’d always thought, you could walk into any room.

For quiet, cautious, and restless college freshman Vivian Feld, real life begins the day she moves in with the enigmatic Lee Parrish—daughter of died-too-young troubadour Jesse Parrish and model-turned-fashion designer Linda West—and her audiophile roommate Andy Elliott.

When a one-night stand fractures Lee and Andy’s intimate rapport, Lee turns to Viv, inviting her into her glamorous fly-by-night world: an intoxicating mix of Hollywood directors, ambitious artists, and first-class everything. It is the beginning of a friendship that will inexorably shape both women as they embark on the rocky road to adulthood.

More than a decade later, Viv is married to Andy and hasn’t heard from Lee in three years. Suddenly Lee reappears, begging for a favor: she wants Viv to help her find the lost album Jesse was recording before his death. Holding on to a life-altering secret and ambivalent about her path, Viv allows herself to be pulled into Lee’s world once again. But the chance to rekindle the magic and mystery of their youth might come with a painful lesson: while the sun dazzles us with its warmth and brilliance, it may also blind us from seeing what we really need.

What begins as a familiar story of two girls falling under each other’s spell evolves into an evocative, and at times irrepressibly funny, study of female friendship in all its glorious intensity and heartbreaking complexity.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro. Thank you to to the author, TLC Book Tours and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

This is an adult fiction book about two women, Lee and Viv, that were best friends in college but have since fallen out of touch. When Lee decides to embark on a road trip to search for her musician father’s lost recordings and to learn more about him and ultimately herself, she gets back in touch with Viv who decides to road trip with her in spite of her rocky marriage.

 I always love a good book that explores the different aspects of friendship, especially between females. I have only read a few but I definitely see that a popular trope with these types of stories is the “bad girl” friend and the “good girl” friend. I must say that  I am a fan of that dynamic and was curious to see how that worked in an adult setting, rather than a teen setting. I did find the exploration of friendship, past and present to be rather interesting.

I wasn’t too big a fan of Viv but I did love Lee as a character and I was really happy to see that we got to experience her point of view. Although I did think it interesting to see the way that Viv saw Lee when we read the sections that were in her perspective. I did like the alternating perspectives and the shifts between past and present and the inclusion of things like interviews with Lee’s father.

This was my first “road trip” book and I’ll need to read a few more because I’m not sure whether it is my thing. I am giving this book a 3.5 star rating. It wasn’t quite a four for me but I did like it. I thought it was really well written but it took me awhile to actually get into the book and it was a slower paced read for me.

If you are a fan of books centered around road trips or female friendships, this book may be one that you will enjoy! If you have read this, please let me know your thoughts!

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Deborah Shapiro photo credit Lewis McVeyAbout Deborah Shapiro

Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she spent several years in New York working at magazines, including New York and ELLE, and her work has been published in Open City, Washington Square Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago. The Sun in Your Eyes is her first novel.

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