Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon Review + Giveaway!

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Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon

Release Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Soho Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi
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17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer… 17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland… 17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt… All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving. Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.

Sophie, Declan, and Anat are all very differently people from different locations. But they both were about to die at the exact same time and then were sucked into a vortex/portal/whirlwind hole?! They wake up in a hospital or at least that is what it looks like. There are six kids total and they see no way out. The group must work together to escape and figure out what is happening. Where are they? What happened? Who put them there? Can they trust each other?

For most of the book I really had no idea what was happening to them. I had many theories...purgatory, psychology experiment, scientific experiment gone wrong, natural disaster, alien invasion, a dream, or a million other things. I actually don't even want to talk much about the plot too much because the fun part of the book was discovering each shock with the characters. There were so many twists and crazy things happening! It was really creepy at times.

Sophie was a sweet girl. She was weak from being sick but she held in there. Declan was charming and good looking and took care of Sophie. There wasn't much romance, which was the way it should be since the characters were busy dealing with a lot of crazy but I liked the way Sophie and Declan grew closer and looked out for each other. Anat was the snarky badass. The story follows these three but they also meet Nico, Zane, and Yosh at the hospital when they wake up. I didn't really trust the other three since the book doesn't follow their POV and the plot was so cray cray I didn't trust anything! This was a crazy, mysterious, creepy, mind boggling story!

I couldn't really pick out any quotes for this one because all the good ones were too spoilery of what is going on. The excerpt I picked is from near the beginning when they all wake up in the hospital and are trying to figure out where they are and why.

Rating: 4/5 


Whatever Declan had expected to find on the other side of the doors, it definitely hadn’t been this. Two girls stood there, looking every bit as startled as he felt: a swarthy one who was tall and fierce-looking, dressed head-to-toe in black, and a small Asian girl in rummage-store clothing. Of course, he was part of a fairly odd bunch, too.
They all stared at each other for a moment.
“Hallo,” he said to break the silence. “Is this the way out, then?”
The taller girl stepped forward, crossing the threshold. Stunning, Declan thought, but scary. Her demeanor reminded him of a rhino debating whether or not to charge. As she advanced with a murderous look in her eye, the boys stepped back in unison.
“No,” the Japanese girl said quietly. “We thought this was the way.” The taller girl threw her a sharp look. “Quiet, Yosh.”
“I said, be quiet!” She turned back to them, her eyes narrowing. “We want to leave.”
“Shocking, that,” Declan laughed. “Something we have in common, then.” He stepped past her and extended a hand to the Japanese girl. “Pleased to make your acquaintance. Declan Murphy.”
Yosh shook hands, then turned to the other two boys. Zain’s mouth opened and closed several times without producing a word. The Swiss boy interceded, saying “Nico Bruder,” with a brusque nod. “And this is Zain.” “Enough!” the tall girl growled. “How do we get out?”
And here’s the rest of the asylum, Declan thought. Out loud he said, “We were hoping you could tell us. Not this way, I’m guessing?”
The tall girl’s eyes narrowed. “You know it isn’t.”
“I know nothing of the sort,” Declan said. “Was stuck in a shite room for hours, until I finally broke out and met these lads. Then while we’re sitting around gabbing, a siren goes off and the doors finally pop open.” “It’s true,” Zain piped up. “There are just three hallways and six hospital rooms over here. No exits.”
“And there are only the three of you?” “Yes,” Nico chimed in. “Are you two alone?”
“Alone, but able to defend ourselves,” she declared. At that, Declan had to laugh. “That’s just brilliant. We’re stuck here, no way out on either side, and you’re worried about us? Do we strike you as a dangerous lot?”

Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling adult thrillers THE TUNNELS, BONEYARD, THE GATEKEEPER, and KIDNAP & RANSOM have been published in North America, France, Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.



  1. Good review! Now I get to add 1 more book to my TBR list.

  2. I have this for review so I'm glad to see you enjoyed it :)

  3. This sounds really creepy and interesting… Great review! And loved your comments about Life After Theft.

    You can find me here: Jen @ YA Romantics

  4. Ooooh, mind boggling! I like the sounds of it! It's always fun to unravel mysteries with the characters. Great review! :)

  5. Okay this one sounds really good (and creepy) but I am wondering if not knowing what is going on will drive me a little crazy? Maybe not though. I think I would be willing to give this one a try.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking part in the tour!

  7. Oooh, this sounds like a really intriguing read. Great review. I'm looking forward to reading it and finding out why six kids are locked in a abandon hospital. Thank you!

  8. Great review and excerpt. Thanks for participating!

  9. thank you for posting this I am putting it on my to read list. sounds great!

  10. Mind-boggling is good most of the time! This definitely sounds like it had you guessing, which sounds pretty promising. I'm not a fan of predictable plots in the slightest. I'll have to check this out one day. :) Great review!

  11. sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Ooh, the blurb sounds extra creepy - thanks for featuring this, it's the first I'd heard of it!

  13. Sounds like a I would like Sophie. Glad that it kept you guessing--I know it would be too.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  14. Off to add this to my tbr pile. Awesome review.

  15. This book sounds creepy but in a good way. I’m such a chicken though I would be scared while reading this. I was scared to go to the bathroom when I read Anna Dressed In Blood :)

  16. This book sounds awesome! I love trying to figure out the mystery!

  17. I don't know if it's just me, but the Rafflecopter widgets don't work for me? Yaaargh. Also, I'm not sure if it's my type of book, but at the same time, it really seems intriguing. D: WHICH IS WHY I WANT TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY ASDKHASD XD

  18. This sounds really intriguing. I haven't had a chance to read Michelle's other novels yet but I enjoyed the excerpt. I'll have to check her books out.

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  20. This book sounds pretty interesting. I haven't heard that much about but it's looks creepy, which I love. I love it when books have crazy twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I'll definitely put this book on my TBR list. Thanks for the review :)


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