Thursday, January 26, 2012

Blog Tour & Giveaway! Within by Clare C. Marshall

Today is my stop on the Within Blog Tour! 
You can follow the tour until January 30th.

You can read the Prologue HERE and Chapter 1 HERE!

by Clare C. Marshall

Release Date: November 13, 2011
Publisher: Faery Ink Press
Pages: 192
Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller
Source: Author for review
Purchase: Amazon
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Trinity Hartell’s life changed after the accident. Left with irreversible brain damage, she becomes a burden to her mother, a cause for heartbreak for her boyfriend Zack, and a flattened obstacle for her best friend, Ellie.

But then she starts writing. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the psychotic, murdering protagonist of her novel bears a striking similarity to the charming Wiley Dalton, a mayoral candidate in the upcoming election.

Or, perhaps not...

This book was not at all what I expected but I do mean that in a good way. It was very dark and creepy, which I do enjoy. It starts off with a super weird prologue that has you thinking what the heck is going on here? Then we learn about Ellie, her best friend Trinity, and Trinity's boyfriend Zack. They were in a car crash which left Trinity with severe brain damage. The book follows all their perspectives as well as the perspective of Trinity's parents and the evil mayor that Trinity's mom works for.   

These characters are dealing with Trinity's tragic recovery. She is almost like a child again because of the brain damage. But then she begins writing very elaborate and gruesome stories. We know the mayor is in some crazy evil cult because we see his perspective. But the rest of the characters have no idea what is going on so they have to follow the clues and figure everything out.  I admit in the middle of the story, my attention slipped a little bit. Ellie chases Zack and Zack continues to chase Trinity, though she doesn't really remember him. Then the action and creep factor kicked back up and I was able to get back into it.

The characters were really surprising for me. At first we begin with Ellie and I keep thinking she has something going on with Zach. Then when I see Zack's perspective I know that he is completely in love with Trinity. It was really sad to see him struggle with everything. He was a sweet character. Ellie was not the best friend to Trinity but I still actually felt bad for her. I have a weak spot for characters that don't get the boy. The mayor was super scary. His scenes could be really gruesome. The action was good and I loved the ending because it was a little unexpected. It wasn't a perfect happily ever after ending but it wasn't completely sad either. 

"Or what if Trinity is still trapped inside, somewhere, and this is her way of reaching me-us?'

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

The winner is...
I want to read this one. Thanks for the chance!

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  1. This book looks really good. Thanks for the giveaway :)


  2. Great review! This book definitely sounds like something I'd like. Putting it on my TBR list now!

    leyla413 AT gmail DOT com

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

  3. i would love to get my hands on a copy of this book! thanks for the chance!!

  4. Thanks for participating Jennifer! ^^

  5. This looks really interesting- I probably wouldn't have heard about it without you! Thanks!


  6. This books sounds great, and I would love to read it.
    angela1997 at live dot nl

  7. Within sounds really interesting, particularly when the main character is dealing with a traumatic brain injury.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

  8. This books sounds interesting and your review has me intrigued.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. sounds good and heart breaking. I had some brain damage and its frustrating to relearn how to walk,write ect.
    rlrlaney at yahoo dot come

  10. The brain injury aspect of this book makes it sound so interesting! I'd love to read this. :) Sounds creepy as well! Thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Thanks for the giveaway! :)


  12. I want to read this one. Thanks for the chance!

    mizzykhayla AT

  13. Sounds great! :) Thanks for this. Nice review. :>


  14. Wow! Within sounds like such a thrilling book. What a terrifying thought, sort of being trapped in your own mind. I haven't read anything like that before. Great review! I'm glad you liked it so much.

    (don't enter me into the giveaway. I'm way too far behind as it is. ;-))

  15. Thanks for the giveaway!! sounds interesting!

  16. Sounds like a very interesting book, I am going to have to add it to my to read list. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  17. Wow, sounds like the main character likes older men O.o
    The character is kind of similar to another character like umm, can't remember the title but it was purplish with a girl smell a peony or something D:

  18. This book looks amazing and I love the pretty cover, almost as much as I like the background of this blog. :)

  19. This book sounds good. I think I would enjoy reading it as well as my kids. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Rachel V
    email: pefrw(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. I love the cover and i really appreciate the sample of chapter. I realy want to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. This book sounds awesome! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Kindred Dreamheart

  22. Great review and awesome giveaway


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