June 20, 2016

How to Disappear Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Author: Ann Redisch Stampler 
Release Date: June 14, 2016 
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 416 


This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her. 

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear. 

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price. 

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.
How to Disappear is a riveting young adult thriller that will have readers eagerly devouring the pages to figure out the mystery at the center of the novel. The plot was mostly original and the author added lots of great details to make it stand out from others like it. I loved the use of dual narrators - instead of getting to really know just one of the main characters, we are able to connect with both Nicolette and Jack, and are given the rare opportunity to see both sides of the story. I loved getting to know both Jack and Nicolette as individuals as well as how they interacted with one another, and how each one dealt with what was happening around them. They were both great main characters with unique personalities and traits - smart, resourceful, down to earth, determined - I could go on and on. I also really loved watching their attraction and relationship change and grow throughout the book. I think the romantic aspect of the story only added to the story and I didn't find it to be a distraction at all. 

The dual narrative made things more fascinating, in my opinion. Usually we only get to know one of the characters on a deeply personal level - and that's only if the author uses the first person point of view. With the added viewpoint of Jack, the entire plot became more intense and exciting. I was flying through the pages to see what was going to happen next while trying to figure out what in the world was really going on. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming - and sent me right back to square one with my theories. I have to admit that this book had me guessing and speculating up until the end - which doesn't happen very often. I always love trying to get to the bottom of things before the characters do, but that was pretty hard with this book. I did get frustrated more than once, but it was in a great way - not one that had me ready to give up. It only fueled my fascination and determination to figure out what was happening. I don't do spoilers in my reviews, so I can't elaborate much on the plot or what happens during the book. I'll just say that it kept me on my toes and was a fantastic blend of mystery, suspense, and romance. Overall, I really loved this book and I definitely recommend it highly to fans of the genre, along with readers who enjoy mysteries, contemporary fiction, romance, suspense, and thrillers. You really need to get your hands on a copy of this book as soon as you can!
Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

(1) Winner will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for The Book Depository,  Signed HOW TO DISAPPEAR bookmarks + a Nicolette’s disguise inspired Smashbox makeup kit.

***Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL***

Tour Schedule:
Tuesday, June 14th: 
·        Book Briefs– Review 
·        BookHounds YA– Author Interview 
Wednesday, June 15th: 
·        Ryley Reads– Review 
·        Fiktshun- Review 
·        Becky on Books– Excerpt 
Thursday, June 16th: 
·        Just Commonly– Review 
·        Emily Reads Everything- Review 
Friday, June 17th: 
·        Such a Novel Idea– Review 
·        Curling Up With A Good Book– Author Interview 
Saturday, June 18th: 
·        Here’s to Happy Endings– Review 
·        My So-Called Book Reviews– Author Interview 
Sunday, June 19th: 
·        A Gingerly ReviewSpotlight 
·        Book Whales– Excerpt 
Monday, June 20th: 
·        A Dream Within A Dream– Review 
·        Jessabella Reads– Character Interview 
Tuesday, June 21st: 
·        Owl Always Be Reading– Review 
·        The Cover Contessa– Character Interview 
Wednesday, June 22nd: 
·        Dani Reviews Things– Author Interview 
·        Fishing for Books– Review 
Thursday, June 23rd: 
·        Once Upon a Twilight– Author Interview 
·        Classy Cat Books– Review 
Friday, June 24th: 
·        Star-Crossed Book Blog– Review 
·        Lilians Book Stuff– Author Interview 
Saturday, June 25th: 
·        Pandora’s Books– Excerpt 
·        Reese’s Reviews – Review 
Sunday, June 26th: 
·        The Phantom Paragrapher– Review 
·        In a Bookish World– Excerpt 
Monday, June 27th: 
·        Movies, Shows & Books– Review 
·        Wishful Endings– Character Interview
·        A Bookish Escape – Review 


  1. I would love to meet Nicolette, she seems like a strong woman.

  2. I would like to meet Jack he sounds like a great guy!