Saturday, April 25, 2015

Finding Paris Blog Tour

When I saw the cover for Finding Paris I knew I had to read what it was about. When I read what it was about I knew it sounded like something I wanted to read. When I got accepted onto the blog tour I knew it was something I had to get my hands on as soon as possible.

Finding Paris by Joy Preble
Release Date: May 1st., 2015
from HarperCollins
An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other--perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and Speak. Joy Preble's stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other's lives.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind--going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris--a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max's offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold

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I have to admit, it was the cover that first drew me to this book. I mean just look at it. It's beautiful. But after I read the synopsis I knew it was going to be more than just a pretty cover. It had so many of the things I love. Sisters. Cool settings. Cute boys. Road trips. What more could you want? Now, after reading it, I can safely say it really is more than just a pretty cover and a good synopsis.

The story starts off pretty quickly. It follows two sisters, Leo and Paris, living in Las Vegas with their mom and stepdad. They don't really wan to be in their house-or Vegas. Then typical night driving around goer wrong when Paris leaves Leo at a diner. No cell phone, no wallet. Just a boy and a note. Literally.  This starts off a crazy scavenger-hunt/road trip to find Paris. Everything started going so soon and never slowed down. I didn't want to stop reading. It was so easy to fly through.

The characters were so much more than they seemed at first glance. They weren't showing all their cards, if you will. More than just Paris who is obviously the mystery of the story. Max had dark stuff hidden behind those nice eyes and even Leo had stuff she didn't bring to the table at first. Lots of stuff. I loved getting to know them as they revealed more and more of themselves to each other and really started to form a bond. It was the writing that created that bond for me to the characters and the story. There was definitely some lines I waned to note. It was lyrical in a way and helped me really understand the characters and why they did the things that they did. They weren't perfect, but they were still loveable, which I think was exactly the point.

This book really caught me by surprise. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did, even while reading it. And it literally caught me by surprise. This book isn't even 300 pages and somehow there was still a twist that I never saw coming. I think that's what made me love it by the time I turned the last page. It sealed the deal for me on the book and on Joy Preble. If her other books are anything like this one, I'll definitely be reading them in the future.

About the Author

Joy Preble is a Texas girl who was born and raised in Chicago and a former high school teacher who now writes full time, which means she gets paid for making up stuff. She earned an English degree from Northwestern University and speaks and teaches widely on writing and literacy at libraries and schools, as well as SCBWI, NCTE, AWP, and other conferences.

Joy is the author of The Sweet Dead Life and its sequel, The A Word (May 2014), both from Soho Press. Kirkus hailed The Sweet Dead Life with "Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels…that breaks the mold."

She is also the author of the Dreaming Anastasia series (Sourcebooks) that combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore. Dreaming Anastasia was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named an ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine.

Joy also has a contemporary mystery/romance on the way: Finding Paris will be out April 21, 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins. Another paranormal mystery/romance, It Wasn't Always Like This, pitched as Tuck Everlasting meets Veronica Mars, arrives from Soho Press in Spring 2016.

In no particular order, Joy loves guacamole, pizza, banana bread, red wine, books, boots of all shapes and sizes, TV, movies, and crazy road trips so she can see the world. She is also fond her family and her dog, in case you were wondering.



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Thanks so much for coming to my spot on the Finding Paris blog tour hosted by the lovely Jean Book Nerd. I hope reading my review made you want to enter the awesome giveaway. Either way you should other stops on the tour and get your hands on this book!


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