April 22, 2014

Fragile Line Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on the Fragile Line blog tour! Today I have my review of the book to share and don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway at the bottom of the post! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.


Fragile Line
Author: Brooklyn Skye
Genre: YA Contemporary/Mystery
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Description:

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18516005-fragile-line?ac=1
Fragile Line is a unique and compelling young adult novel that blends an intense mystery alongside realistic fiction dealing with mental health issues. The book follows our heroine, Elizabeth "Ellie" Cox, who has been experiencing blackouts - chunks of missing time and memories - for the majority of her life. Normally they were small things like going to bed at night or doing a project at school. Now the blackouts are coming on stronger and closer together. Ellie's starting to lose critical time periods - hours and eventually even days - and she has no idea what has happened. She wakes one morning to find that she got a tattoo sometime the previous day, but she has no memory of it at all. Worse yet, she disappears for three days straight and wakes up in a random guy's apartment with absolutely no idea of how she got there or what had happened while she was gone. With her blackouts causing serious problems in her life, along with fragments of memories from her childhood and evidence of her doing things she never would do, Ellie must decide whether to keep hiding from her secrets and her past - or she must confront them head on and learn the heartbreaking truth of what happened to her when she was young as well as what the blackouts really are.

I found this novel to be a fantastic blend of realistic contemporary fiction and a powerful mystery. All aspects of the story line had me completely engrossed in the book and I couldn't stop reading until I found out what was really happening to Ellie and why. The way that the author wrote about Ellie's problems and eventually her disorder was great - it was woven into the mystery and the plot of the story - giving the reader a better understanding of a serious mental illness without sounding boring or clinical. Adding in the mystery behind the blackouts and Ellie's determination to discover the truth really brought the plot to a deeper level, and I felt that everything flowed together in a seamless way to create a riveting novel. The characters were well written, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, flaws and problems - which I thought made them easy to identify with as a reader. Ellie was a wonderful main character for the story. She's smart, determined, a devoted daughter, sister and friend, but she's also broken, scared, and scarred by her past. I found it very interesting that the story was divided into different parts told from either Ellie's or Gwen's point of view. I think it gives the reader an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes for the characters and helps to know each one on a more personal level. The plot was perfectly crafted with the mystery weaving into the mental health issues and to deeper topics such as family, love, truth, and facing your fears. I found the mystery aspect to be fantastic and I was completely at a loss for the first portion of the book as to what was happening. After I realized the truth, the strange occurrences and issues that Ellie dealt with and tried to understand made complete sense and I enjoyed learning the complete truth about it all right alongside her. Overall, this is a magnificent book that mixes genres to create an original novel of realistic fiction and mystery. Highly recommended for fans of YA contemporary fiction and those who enjoy mysteries.

Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she's just your average awkward girl who's obsessed with words. She writes young adult and new adult fiction. You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more. www.brooklyn-skye.com 

Author Links:
Website: http://brooklynskye.wordpress.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooklyn-Skye/527916810618631
Twitter: twitter.com/@brooklyn__skye (two underscores) 

Book Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fragile-Line-Entangled-Teen-Brooklyn-ebook/dp/B00JCY64S2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397859497&sr=8-1&keywords=fragile+line+brooklyn+skye 
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fragile-line-brooklyn-skye/1119054793?ean=9781622665297
Entangled Website: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/fragile-line/ 

Entangled Teen Links: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Entangled-Teen/327149817363761 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EntangledTeen
Giveaway: $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card - Winner's Choice!





 

14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Looking forward to reading it!

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  2. Cannot wait to read. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway.

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  3. "Losing time" sounds worrisome. Slipping into a fugue state sounds absolutely terrifying. I would *totally* love to read FRAGILE LINE!

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  4. Thanks for giveaway! Great review btw :))

    Riv

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  5. Sounds like an interesting read:) Definitely a change from what I'm currently reading. Thank you for this giveaway!!!

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  6. Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. Looks exciting :)
    Thanks for the great giveaway

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  8. Good luck in the giveaway everyone!!

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  9. wow sound deep and entreating can't wait to read it.

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  10. Definitely intriguing. You have peaked my interest about what is causing the black outs.

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