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Flashback Friday: WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams
Jul 25th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

Pages: 352

Buy this book here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

More about the author: Website | Goodreads

From Goodreads:

After her brother’s death, a teen struggles to rediscover love and find redemption in this gripping novel.

Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. And then Zach dies, and the family is gutted. London’s father is distant. Her mother won’t speak. The days are filled with what-ifs and whispers: Did Zach take his own life? Was it London’s fault?

Alone and adrift, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself—and ultimately redemption—in this authentic and affecting novel from award-winning novelist Carol Lynch Williams.

 

My Review: Posted June, 2012

TRUTH I decided to read Waiting because I had read many positive reviews on this site by people I respect. Thank you. 

And here I am wide awake at 1:40 am writing my own review. Because this begs to be done NOW!

Waiting left me speechless. Yes, I knew before I started reading that it was about a beloved brother who had died and how his death impacted his entire family – his mother, father, and sister. But wow. This novel will break your heart because you feel the heartbreak of London, Zach’s sister and the narrator, who feels so much guilt that it jumps off the page. The story is told in verse, sometimes quite detailed, sometimes sparse, but always packing a load of emotion and depth and drama that keeps the story moving forward quickly.
I was deeply touched by the wonderful friends who came to London’s rescue, making sure she knows she’s loved and cherished and alive. I appreciated each one of them, got a sense of their personalities and flaws. In many ways, they were much wiser than some of the adults, particularly London’s mother who is so damaged, so vicious in her pain, that she has not an ounce of kindness or love to give to London. London’s father also is broken, but less so, since he relies on faith to get him through every difficult waking minute.

My only suggestion would be to read this during the day, because here I am, exhausted, unable to sleep because I can’t stop thinking about these characters. 

I highly recommend this novel for all, but especially to librarians and teachers and those who might feel a loved one is at risk with depression. It will definitely appeal to Ellen Hopkins fans who have read Impulse.
This is an important novel. Don’t miss it.

 

Blog Tour: BETWEEN by Megan Whitmer, Review & MEGA-Giveaway!
Jul 25th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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by Megan Whitmer

 

About BETWEEN:

 
Releases July 29, 2014 from Spencer Hill Press
 
When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she’s under the Fellowship’s protection herself, well, “stressed” is an understatement.

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.

Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can’t have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.

Charlie may be in over her head.

MY REVIEW:
Cover: – Awesome – The designer nailed it! It fits the novel to the tee. I love the graphics, colors, font!
Final verdict: A win for fantasy lovers. Because of content, great for really strong readers 5th grade and up. (Librarians/teachers can easily recommend to those MGers desperate for YA.) But perfect for YA.
The novel: Love anything that has to do with magic and magical creatures? Then this is the novel for you. Charlie Page, an artistic teenager, quickly discovers that all is not normal in her world. As a matter of fact, she’s thrust into a world (Ellauria) she didn’t even know existed. As readers, we get to discover a whole new world of supernatural and magical creatures at the same time Charlie does. We struggle along with her for her need to exert independence and break rules. Issues involving family, loyalty, love, and friendship are central to this novel. So are good and evil.
There are vivid descriptions of the environment, creatures, and characters. Readers won’t have any issues visualizing the world Megan creates in BETWEEN. I love how she incorporates the Mothman, fey, unicorns, Boogeyman, menfolk and many more. I’m certain that readers will like Seth, Charlie’s protector. He’s sweet, loyal, and devoted to Charlie. Another wonderful strength to this novel is the role Mother Nature plays in Charlie’s life. It makes you think about how we are all stewards of Earth.
Fantasy lovers this is a win. I highly recommend libraries and schools have this book on their shelves. It’s “clean” and perfect for strong  readers from 5th grade and up. Let me explain, because of the content, as a teacher, I would have absolutely no problem saying to a fifth grader, you’re ready for a more mature book, I’ve got a great one for you! That being said, BETWEEN will most definitely appeal to all YA who love fantasy!
Congrats, Megan! Well done.

Blog Tour Schedule:

 
7/21: Riki @ Miss Riki – Excerpt
7/22: Brandi @ Bran Writes – Interview
7/23: Heather @ Adventures in Writerland – Interview
7/24: Margie @ Bumbles & Fairytales – Excerpt
7/25: Liza @ Who R U – Review
7/28: Dannie @ Left to Write – Interview
7/29: Brooke @ The Cover Contessa – Guest Post
7/30: Michelle @ Because Reading – Interview
7/31: Carly @ Lis Les Livres – Excerpt
8/1: Deitre @ A Leisure Moment – Review
 
 

MEGAN WHITMER

MEGAN WHITMER

Links to find Megan online: 

 
 
Author Bio:
 
Megan Whitmer loves all things Southern, and has a soft spot for football, kissing scenes, and things that sparkle. Aside from her personal blog and weekly vlog series, she’s also a contributing blogger for YA Misfits and All The Write Notes

She lives in Kentucky with her family. Also, she writes books and talks a lot. You can learn more about her at www.meganwhitmerwrites.com.

 

MEGA-GIVEAWAY

There are two prizes:
BETWEEN Prize Pack #1
BETWEEN by Megan Whitmer ARC (signed)

SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron (signed)
EVER by Jessa Russo (signed)
RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory (signed)
TRAGIC TALES OF STRANGE GIRLS ebook by Suzy G
THE ART OF FALLING ebook by Jenny Kaczorowski
OF SCARS AND STARDUST postcard with download code for eARC by Andee Hannah
BETWEEN Prize Pack #2
BETWEEN by Megan Whitmer ARC (signed)
DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME by Erica Cameron (signed)
DIVIDE by Jessa Russo (signed)
RECLAIMED by Sarah Guillory (signed)
Preorder of BLACKFIN SKY by Kat Ellis
ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE by Jamie Grey
BOTH prize packs will also include various swag from authors: Jessa Russo, Dahlia Adler, Tonya Kuper, Lynne Matson, and Kat Ellis

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