Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

Synopsis:

“Mean Girls for the Instagram age.” —The Times (London)
The New York Times bestselling author known for her thrilling twists is back:
They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart.

Natasha doesn’t remember how she ended up in the icy water that night, but she does know this–it wasn’t an accident, and she wasn’t suicidal. Her two closest friends are acting strangely, and Natasha turns to Becca, the best friend she dumped years before when she got popular, to help her figure out what happened.

Natasha’s sure that her friends love her. But does that mean they didn’t try to kill her?

13 Minutes is a psychological thriller with a killer twist from the #1 internationally bestselling author Sarah Pinborough.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: October 3rd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Fiction

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13 Minutes is a YA psychological thriller that will once again prove that teenage girls can be the worst. Tasha is the pretty, popular girl that wakes up from a traumatic event with no memory of what happened to her. She begins to suspect her best friends had something to do with it and reaches out to her former friend, Becca, for comfort and for help. Along with the mystery of what really happened to Tasha, there is some major teenage girl drama going on. The relationships between the girls, Becca and her boyfriend, and the high school popularity hierarchy were all explored. Can I say this again? Teenage girls can be the worst. I don’t really want to say too much more about the actual plot because I think it’s best to go in without a lot of information.

I really liked the formatting of the story. The chapters alternate from the POVs of Tasha, Becca, and the man that rescues Tasha in the beginning of the book. There are also excerpts from Tasha’s journal, counseling sessions between a doctor with Tasha and the same doctor with Becca, newspaper articles, text threads, and excerpts from the detective’s notes. I thought all of these were used very effectively and helped keep up the suspense.

Overall, I enjoyed 13 Minutes. I thought the characters were very well done and loved the formatting. It was definitely one of the better YA suspense books I’ve read. It reminded me a lot of another one that I really liked, but I don’t want to say which one because the twists are very similar and it would give too much away. Speaking of the twist, I did figure things out well before they were revealed, but it was still fun to see how everything came together. I have to admit that I was just a little disappointed, though. After the great twist ending in Behind Her Eyes by this author, I was expecting a little something extra at the end of this one, but there wasn’t. I think fans of YA suspense will enjoy it, though.

Overall Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Stars

Sarah Pinborough is a critically acclaimed adult and YA author based in London.
Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story and also the 2010 and 2014 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, and she has four times been short-listed for Best Novel. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.
Her next novel, Behind Her Eyes, coming for HarperFiction in the UK and Flatiron in the US (January 2017) has sold in nearly 20 territories worldwide and is a dark thriller about relationships with a kicker of a twist.
You can follow her on Twitter @sarahpinborough

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Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway: Gone by Anna Bloom

 

Title: Gone

Author: Anna Bloom

Genre: Mature YA (intended for readers ages 16-19)

Publication: July 28th, 2014

Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

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Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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REVIEW

Welcome! I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for Anna Bloom’s new book, Gone.

I feel like Anna Bloom gets better with every book she writes. I’ve read her Uni Files books and thought they were cute and fun, so I was expecting to like Gone and I was not disappointed! Often times when you read different books/series by the same author they use a lot of the same tropes and character mannerisms and phrases, so I was almost expecting a younger version of Ben and Lilah. But Bloom definitely defied my expectations and wrote a completely different tale with new characters that are nothing like the ones she’s written before.

Let’s talk about POV. If you’ve followed my blog at all, you know that I LOVE multiple 1st Person POV. It can be tricky, but when done well I think it really gives the best emotional payoff. And Bloom pulls it off beautifully. Bex and Josh both have distinct voices and I never mixed up their chapters. They each carry their own guilt and pain, which is a major part of the story, and Bloom manages to convey each in different ways.

One thing that always bugs me in YA books is the insta-love factor, but I actually think it works here. When one of them comments about how they’ve only known each other a couple of days, it almost surprises me, because it really does feel like they’ve been together longer.

While I felt the story was pretty well paced, there were a few chapters towards the middle of the book that dragged a little bit for me. Also I thought that the phrases “the boy made of the sea and the moon” and “the girl made of sun” were used a little too much.

Overall, I really enjoyed Gone. It was a sweet story with a deeper message of forgiveness and acceptance. I would recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary.

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