Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Sliver of Hope Blog Tour: Review of A Sliver of Hope by Karla J. Nellenbach + GIVEAWAY

I'm really excited to be a part of the blog tour for A Sliver of Hope, hosted by YA Bound! Check out the rest of the stops on the tour HERE.

Goodreads rating: 4.45
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published March 13th 2013 by Booktrope
Genre: Mature YA contemporary

My twin sister was the only person in the world I thought I’d known inside and out. Apparently, I was wrong.

Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can't be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn't sure she'll survive herself.

With her family in ruins, Hannah is slowly disappearing, drowning in a sea of misery. Even her wild, energetic best friend can't pull her out of her grief. Desperate to help Hannah, her brother comes home from college, bringing his best friend Julian along, the first boy to break Hannah’s heart. None of their efforts are enough to pull Hannah off her self destructive path, though. Julian is the only one who can get through to her, working his way into her frozen soul with cocky remarks and genuine love that warms her from the inside out. As Hannah works to find answers, she continues to uncover new secrets and people that reveal a side of Hope she had never shared with her twin. Alone now, Hannah must make a decision of her own: move on and start a new life with the people she has left, or let the weight of her grief drag her down with her sister.

Swearing and a few adult situations.

This book was super depressing at first. The entire book is basically entries in Hannah's diary, documenting what happened after. Her twin sister Hope recently killed herself; nothing too gruesome, but Hannah was the one that found her. For more than two-thirds of the book, Hannah is blaming her sister constantly, calling her a beotch (but the real word), and other things that grew tiresome after a while. She'd be sad, and all of a sudden her mood would swing, and she'd swear at her sister again. But, besides that I enjoyed the story. I've heard that one of the worst things is a twin losing her other half. It's not just a sibling that's dead, but a part of your soul. I guess that's why it was hard for me to see why she was more angry than depressed about her sister killing herself. Hope was the shining star at school and Hannah was always in her shadow, so when Hope is no longer there, Hannah is the butt of everyone's sympathy and it's a constant reminder of what's missing in her life. Hannah's brother has also come back from college just before finals, and has brought his friend Julian with him. That really thickens the plot and definitely made it more interesting for me.

Hanna and Julian go way back; they had a magical night, he broke up with her, and now he's back in her life when she's most vulnerable. I was glad that the romance didn't become the main focus in this book. There's so much hurt going around that it would have been cliche that it would have been all on the guy to pull her out of her depression. But like I said, it turns out that Hanna didn't know everything about her twin, and she had some secret relationship going on with a guy that Hannah finds out about the hard way, and it makes Hannah question how well she really knew Hope, and it confuses her because this guy sees Hope, not Hannah, and they're both grieving for the loss of her. But Julian helps her realize that she needs to move on, and I think that's why this other guy was never the answer. They were both drowning in their sorrow and would have pulled each other under. But Hannah had Julian to save her. I really enjoyed their interaction, and her reactions to him seemed genuine. It's always so hard for me to judge the relationships in these kind of books because I've never had to live through this loss and so I have no idea how people would react.

I think it would have been more interesting if there had been more of an eye-opening conclusion about what happened to Hope. Also, I think the issues with the other members of the family needed to be addressed more. Hannah was very singularly focused on hating Hope for being so selfish and leaving her, so much so that she was leaving the rest of her family out to dry. She realizes this eventually, but I was waiting for this dramatic moment between her and her family, but it was really more understood acceptance. Still, I enjoyed this quick read. I definitely felt involved in the lives of the characters, and I loved Hannah's best friend. I can't imagine that happening to my best friend; I wouldn't know what to do either! But I think she handled it all in typical best-friend fashion. I also wish the issue of Hope's ex was more delved into. The family got their cleansing moment, but there were other people that were in her life and loved her. I guess that's for another story. Overall, an interesting read. I seriously need to stop reading books about death though, especially with girls named Hope.

Readers of YA contemporary with a slightly more mature side to it. It's not like New Adult, but there is some swearing and innuendos. 

About the Author
Karla Nellenbach divides her time between day jobbing, writing, and indulging in her Winchester obsession. The rest of her day is spent playing butler to a cranky old man masquerading as a housecat and two rambunctious puppies that closely resemble small horses. Born and raised in the wilds of Michigan, she knows two immutable facts: (1) it is entirely possible to live in a thumb, and (2) you definitely can go home again…you just might not survive the winter. Having resided in the sunscape of Florida for the last decade, she’s still on a quest to see a real live alligator outside of the “petting” zoo. Karla is currently at work on her next novel. You can find more information on Karla and her work at her website, The Last Word:

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