Sunday, March 31, 2013

Review Sunday: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher.

Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their 

As a whole the book was thrilling and fast paced making it the kind of book you do not want to put down, this is partly credit to how the story plays out. It is rather the opposite to the kind of book that makes you want to scream at the characters because you know what they do not and they fall into the trap anyway... no this is a book where the characters know something you do not. This unknown event is mentioned frequently throughout the book, and as the new story is told the old one is also revealed to the reader. This is why I wanted to keep reading, I needed to know what they knew. 
The way the story is written I find interesting as I haven't read many like this, where the main character is left tapes where another character tells a story to him, therefore it was nice to read something new a refreshing. 
The characters I found are very strong in that they are very defined to who they are, they have traits that are specific to them, which I like because it really shows how people are individual and a little if not a lot strange in ways. 
One of the man characters, or voices in the book is albino, and because of this, mixed in with the story we really view things from the shoes of someone who has had it tough for a long time, and yes this makes us value what we have but I think it also highlights how we treat others. I admire this characters way in that he doesn't stare at people or pay too much attention when something happens around him cause he knows what it's like to be stared at, I think this is something people would be better off if they learnt to do this. 
So overall, the plot was brilliant and the story interesting.. but I have to be honest and say that I was a little disappointed by the ending. Maybe it was just my viewpoint, but personally I felt the huge build up throughout the book made the ending seem flat... yes something tragic happened... and yes I guess it was life changing.. but I didn't feel like it was enough. I felt like the guilt of one of the characters would have meant they were more involved I guess. Maybe that's a character flaw of my own? But I wasn't best pleased with the ending of the book, it just didn't sit well with the rest of the book to me. 
However I would still recommend this book, as it is thrilling and interesting, kicking up emotions  different to those 'love stories' usual arouse, and after all you may have a different opinion on the ending.
If you have read The Tragedy Paper, I would love to hear your opinion on how it ends.
It would get a rating of 3.75/5 (can I do decimals?)

Reviewed for Random House, thank you for sending!

Also before you go, check out the trailer for The Tragedy Paper... 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Guest Post: Cheryl Kaye Tardiff - Author of Submerged

From Cheryl Kaye Tardif, the international bestselling author that brought you CHILDREN OF THE FOG, comes a terrifying new thriller that will leave you breathless…

"Submerged reads like an approaching storm, full of darkness, dread and electricity. Prepare for your skin to crawl."
—Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of 15 Seconds

Two strangers submerged in guilt, brought together by fate…

After a tragic car accident claims the lives of his wife, Jane, and son, Ryan, Marcus Taylor is immersed in grief. But his family isn't the only thing he has lost. An addiction to painkillers has taken away his career as a paramedic. Working as a 911 operator is now the closest he gets to redemption—until he gets a call from a woman trapped in a car.

Rebecca Kingston yearns for a quiet weekend getaway, so she can think about her impending divorce from her abusive husband. When a mysterious truck runs her off the road, she is pinned behind the steering wheel, unable to help her two children in the back seat. Her only lifeline is a cell phone with a quickly depleting battery and a stranger's calm voice on the other end telling her everything will be all right.

*SUBMERGED has a unique tie-in to Tardif`s international bestseller, CHILDREN OF THE FOG.

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"From the first page, you know you are in the hands of a seasoned and expert storyteller who is going to keep you up at night turning the pages. Tardif knows her stuff. There's a reason she sells like wildfire—her words burn up the pages. A wonderful, scary, heart-pumping writer." —M.J. Rose, international bestselling author of Seduction

"Tardif once again delivers a suspenseful supernatural masterpiece." —Scott Nicholson, international bestselling author of The Home

"From the first page, Cheryl Kaye Tardif takes you hostage with Submerged—a compelling tale of anguish and redemption." —Rick Mofina, bestselling author of Into the Dark

"Cheryl Kaye Tardif's latest novel SUBMERGED will leave you as haunted as its characters." —Joshua Corin, bestselling author of Before Cain Strikes

"Submerged will leave you breathless—an edge of your seat, supernatural thrill ride." —Jeff Bennington, bestselling author of Twisted Vengeance

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

My writing

Hey guys,

Sorry I haven't been around lately, things have been mad!

I still have to write a review for Tragedy Paper, which I will try and get up for tomorrow.
I've made a tumblr for my writing, mostly little poems (and I've never really been a fan of writing poetry but hey) so I'm just here to tell you guys that it's up and running and if you wanna check it out, click here:

My writing blog