March 10, 2016

Girl Last Seen Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for GIRL LAST SEEN! Today I'll be sharing my review of the book - and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, check out the tour schedule at the end of the post!

Girl Last Seen
Authors: Heather Anastasiu & Anne Greenwood Brown
Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: AW Teen (Albert Whitman & Co.)


Kadence Mulligan's star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren's vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady's boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence.

As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she's unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it's too late?

Girl Last Seen is a gripping young adult mystery that will have readers guessing until the end. Mysteries and thrillers are one of my favorite genres, so I knew I had to read this book as soon as I could. Having read other novels by both authors before, I knew that the story was going to be very well written and original. I wasn't sure what to expect, but my hopes and expectations were a bit high. Luckily, I had nothing to worry about in the least - the novel far surpassed anything I could have hoped for. There are a few aspects of the book that really sets it apart from others in the genre and made it an exciting read for me personally.

The first aspect is the way the story is written. If you've read any of my other reviews, you'll know that I'm a huge advocate for the first person point of view writing style. I always come back to the fact that the reader is able to make a much deeper and personal connection with the narrator when the book is written in this manner. The authors took the first person POV and added a few unique twists - the book is written from four separate characters' perspective, three of which are done in the first person style. The last comes as brief videos found on one of the main character's computer, and is told in a third person POV. This gives the book four main characters, all with differing stories and viewpoints. In my opinion, it creates a lot more intrigue for the reader and definitely assists with the twists and turns throughout the book. The further into the story we get, the more we learn about each of these characters and how everyone and everything comes together to solve the mystery at the heart of the book. I loved the creativity and originality that this writing style provided and it made a big impact on my experience as a reader.

All of the other aspects of the novel were incredibly well done - from the rounded characters, the histories and backstories of each character and how they were all connected in one way or another - to the twists and turns thrown into the mix to confuse the reader and make us second guess everything we thought we knew. I love trying to figure out the mystery before the characters in the book do, and as it's one of my favorites genres - I'm often able to do so. Not this time - I would get a theory going in my mind and think I had it all figured out, only to have a huge twist come out of nowhere and put me right back at square one. When I come across a novel that has this ability - I know I've found an author with true talent and real storytelling abilities. This book had me guessing until almost the very end - which doesn't happen often. I found myself drawn into the story from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it straight through in a matter of hours because I just had to know what in the world was going on and who was responsible for everything. I could keep rambling about how well the story was written or how much I liked (or disliked) the characters - or even talk about parts of the book that bothered me (which there really weren't any), but all of that seems secondary to me compared to the writing style and the obvious talent of the authors. I absolutely loved this book and I can't recommend it highly enough for fans of the genre, along with readers who enjoy suspense, thrillers, action, and contemporary fiction. I know I'll be re-reading this book several times to find little clues that I may have missed before, and I honestly can't wait to be captivated all over again.
Heather Anastasiu is the author of the young adult sci-fi GLITCH trilogy as well as the historical adult duet Tsura and House of Stone. She grew up in Texas but recently moved to Minnesota with her family. She teaches creative writing at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. 

Author Media Links:
Twitter: @h_anastasiu 

Anne Greenwood Brown lives in Minnesota with her patient husband and three hilarious children. She is the author of the LIES BENEATH trilogy, and has her first New Adult book coming under the name A.S. Green from Entangled/Embrace, summer 2016. 

Author Media Links:
Twitter: @annegbrown 
Instagram: @annegbrown

(1) Winner will get a $20 Amazon Gift Card + a Signed Copy of GIRL LAST SEEN 
(1) Winner will get a Signed Copy of GIRL LAST SEEN

Must be 13+ To Enter | Ships in US only 

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Tour Schedule:
March 7th Book Hounds YA REVIEW
March 8th Literary Meanderings REVIEW
March 9th A Leisure Moment 10 RANDOM THINGS
March 10th Dream Within A Dream REVIEW
March 11th Storybook Slayers REVIEW
March 14th Bookish Things And More REVIEW
March 15th In Wonderland REVIEW
March 16th The Hollow Cupboards REVIEW
March 17th The Cover Contessa AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 18th Me, My Shelf and I REVIEW


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