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"Strings" Blog Tour

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Hello, all! I am pleased to participate in the Blog Tour for David Estes' newest novel, Strings, a great dystopian retelling of the classic tale, Pinocchio. Instead of a wooden puppet, Pia is a resilient, spunky teen who fights for the freedom to make her own choices, and ultimately, decide who she is on her own terms. I’m going to go ahead and recommend this one for all teens, because it’s all-around entertaining, and has a little of something for everyone: mystery, romance, intrigue, you name it. I also would like to suggest it for fans of Cinder, and other like-minded dystopian fairy tales.

Also included are several excerpts, and other fun links.

Synopsis “A wonderful retelling of the Pinocchio story...I simply couldn’t put this book down.” Rysa Walker, bestselling author of TIMEBOUNDSometimes the strings that tie us down are the same strings that set us free.

Sixteen-­year­-old Pia has always lived in a mysterious facility where mechanical strings control her existence. She pl…

Escape from Witchwood Hollow

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Escape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014, 180pp.)
In Arnn, New York, there is a very bad place called Witchwood Hollow. In 1760, Lady Elizabeth Clifford fled there to escape her pursuers when she was accused of witchcraft. In 1850, naive teenager Albertine took a short-cut through the woods to get to her father’s house—only to never find her way out. Fast-forward to 2001: high schooler Honoria has come to Arnn after the tragic death of her parents. When she hears about the legend of the woods and the dreadful witch who lives there, she becomes intrigued, and decides to find out more—yet little does she know that her quest could very well become her undoing…
Escape from Witchwood Hollow is a quick read, barely 200 pages in length. Now, as a fan of horror films, I was delighted with the premise, and the foreboding atmosphere that accompanied the story was great. However, I never really got a sense of who the characters were as people, and I also have …

An Edgy Thriller for Reluctant Readers

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The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston (Sourcebooks Fire, 2016, 256pp.)
The last thing Chris Russo remembers is knocking on a girl’s front door to take her to a party. When he wakes up, he’s tied to a chair in someone’s basement. What’s worse, the kidnapper that confronts him is an angry, garden shear-wielding teen named Derek.
He and Derek have met before. A week prior, something happened that ended with Chris shooting a 13-year-old boy to death. Derek, the boy’s older brother, reached out to him for answers. When Chris avoided him, Derek turned to kidnapping. Now, Chris must answer: why is Derek’s brother dead? Over the course of the novel, Chris tries to explain to Derek—and the reader—what led to that fatal encounter.
Although the characters aren’t particularly vibrant, and the storytelling a bit simplistic (with chapters alternating between “Now”—during Chris’s interrogation—and “Then”—before the shooting), Johnston still does a good job at entertaining. Opening with a scene guaranteed to …