Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour - The Bodies We Wear by Review and Giveaway

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Source: Copy provided by the publisher for review
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A streetwise girl trains to take on a gang of drug dealers and avenge her best friend’s death in this thriller for fans of Scott Westerfeld and Robin Wasserman.

People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.

Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye's plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she's become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?
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My Thoughts

This book was quite a surprise with it's depth and subject matter. Yes, from the blurb it is obvious that it is about addiction, but this was so much more than that. This was a great story with a touch of paranormal that was gritty and dark. The main character was a bit difficult to like, but impossible not to. She has had a crap hand in life and is still living the nightmare. What she doesn't realize is that she doesn't have to. She struggles with hate and revenge, but also fights off her will to live a life that she can be happy in. All of it due to one horrible night when she was still just a child. The secondary characters add so much to this book as well.

I will start with Faye since she is the MC. She is so consumed with getting revenge on the people who forced Heam on her and killed her best friend that that is the only thing she really lives for. She trains hard and is set on destroying those who destroyed her. She lives in a time where Heam addicts are the scum of the earth. Once an addict, always an addict right? No matter how hard she tries to prove herself, she thinks that this will be her life until she dies. No future to look forward to. All she wants is to be normal, but she thinks with her scars and history there is no way that is possible. It hurt to see her with such a grim outlook, but it was easy to understand why. I felt bad for her and I wanted her to see what she was worth.

Then we have Chael. He is mysterious and a it creepy. I mean like stalker creepy. Also the fact that he knows everything about Faye. It didn't take long to figure out his secret, but once it's actually revealed, I loved how he helped Faye learn to let go a little bit. He irritated me at times, but his intentions were always good, so I can let it slide. He was a major factor in the story in how things end up in the end and I loved the story arc between him and Faye.

This book was fantastic at giving a good background on things without it being a total info dump. We learn things in pieces woven into the storyline. I loved how at the end of the book it's not just an easy finish either. Things aren't rushed and the outcome isn't completely resolved, but it's satisfying. There was plenty of action, some humor, and underlying emotion to keep me interested from start to finish. The character development was fantastic and the story itself is deep. This book may have a touch of romance, but it's very somber for the most part. The subject matter is serious so the tone was perfect for this. I really enjoyed this book and hope that many people pick this up.


*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

JEYN ROBERTS is the author of Dark Inside and Rage Within. Her first story was published in a middle-grade anthology called Let Me Tell You when she was sixteen. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative-writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier, and tree planter. Her favorite authors include Betty Smith, J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Coupland, and Jonathan Stroud, and her five favorite books of all time are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Girlfriend in a Coma, Memoirs of a Geisha, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Harry Potter. Jeyn lives in Canada. Visit her at www.jeynroberts.com or follow her on twitter at @JeynRoberts.  

Giveaway

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