Monday, February 1, 2016

The Secret to Letting Go Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway of The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet


I'm so excited to be a part of this tour! I know I haven't posted in a while, but blog tours are my way of trying to get back on the horse.

Check out the rest of the tour here: http://blogtours.yareads.com/2016/01/08/blog-tour-sign-ups-the-secret-to-letting-go-by-katherine-fleet/


ABOUT THE BOOK:

Genre: YA Contemporary
Published February 1st, 2016 by Entangled Teen

One summer can change everything…
Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.

REVIEW: I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this book. Like, at all. This is mostly because I wasn't a big fan of the way it started. There was too much going on that I didn't understand, especially when we get to Clover's POV and she has some psychotic breaks and hallucinations. There was also a strange word used near the beginning that threw me off, but after a while I began to fall in love the book and these characters. Clover clearly has gone through something severely traumatic, and since the first part of the book is from Daniel's POV, all we see is this crazy girl who Daniel doesn't particularly like. I'm never really a big fan of dual POV's, especially when the love interest (who I consider to be Daniel) is one of them, but it actually really worked out. It even got to the point where I could tell when it was going to switch because the situation needed it. All in all, there were so many things that could've been poorly executed in this novel, but I think Fleet pretty much nailed it.

Now, we can't not talk about the romance. Like I said, at first Daniel just thought this pretty girl was very strange. He had to save her twice, and the second time she was pretty much completely helpless. Admittedly, I'd probably be pretty helpless in a hurricane too, but I would've had more sense than Clover to at least try to find better shelter than my car. Her naivete pissed me off, but not as much as it could have. Daniel felt a sort of instant attraction, but he could tell there was something off about her, especially when he found out she was living out of her car in the park. It was also clear that she was hiding a lot, which was really annoying when we were in Daniel's head, but in Clover's it made almost even less sense sometimes. It's amazing what the kind of things she went through can do to the mind. Obviously I don't want to spoil anything, although I kind of called her secret. I also sort of guessed Daniel's, but while his past certainly wasn't as tainted, he was one of the last people to finally come to terms with all the things that happened.

This book definitely surprised me with how much I loved it. I fell in love with the people and the places and their pasts, and I'm glad that I took the time to read this book for the tour.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in CuraƧao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at www.KatherineFleet.com.

Author Website: www.KatherineFleet.com
Author Twitter: @KatherineFleet
Author Instagram: @katherine_fleet

THE EXCERPT:
“So, I’ll see you tomorrow at noon?”
She nodded so hard, her teeth probably rattled. “I’d like that.”
It wasn’t like we were arranging a date, so why did her enthusiasm make me straighten up and puff out my chest? “We can meet at the beach next to the pier. My friends and I’ll be surfing. You bring the preserves, and I’ll bring the stove.”
Uncertainty flickered across her face, and her mouth opened and closed like a fish out of water.
I should have used her reluctance to back out, but instead I reassured her. “We won’t be hard to find. We’re just north of the pier, and this way we can meet on neutral territory.”
Her expression turned blank.
“You know…in case I’m secretly a serial killer. There’s always safety in numbers.”
Her lips twitched upward, and she laughed. The sound tinkled through the air like wind chimes on a breezy day. “I already know you’re not a bad person.”
“Oh yeah?”
She nodded. Her unwavering stare made me want to squirm in my shoes. “True evil can never be hidden. It’s always there, if you know where to look. When I look at you, I see only good things.”
I snatched my gaze away from hers and tugged at the collar of my shirt. I wanted to know how she could talk with such authority on the subject. I wanted to know what evil she’d seen, but I wanted even more to escape the narrow store aisle. Warning bells pealed in my brain. She’s crazy. Don’t get involved.

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, Nicole! I'm starting this one tonight....so excited to read it! Especially after your review! Thanks so much for joining the Secret to Letting Go blog tour!

    -N

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