December 12, 2018

Deadfall Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: Stephen Wallenfels 
Pub. Date: December 11, 2018  
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion 
Formats: Hardcover, eBook 
Pages: 384 

Find it:Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, TBD 

Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked car the vehicle appears empty, with signs that the driver escaped. 

Until they hear a sound coming from the trunk. 

Ty and Cory are escaping demons of their own. But what they discover in the trunk puts them in the crosshairs of something darker and more sinister than their wildest nightmares. 

Told through a gripping, lightning-fast narrative that alternates between present and past, this unputdownable survival thriller unravels the tangled circumstances that led Ty and Cory to the deer in the road and set them on a perilous course through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. 
Deadfall is a thrilling new young adult mystery that fans of survivalist fiction are going to love. Here's what I liked and disliked about the book:

Characters - The twins, Ty and Cory, are completely different in almost every way but they stick together and have each others' backs no matter what. I liked getting to know both of them throughout the story, especially Cory who we get to know even better in the 'present' part of the book because he narrates it. 

Writing Style - I love that this was written in a different way than most books. It alternates between the past and the present with both narratives adding together to create the overall story line and plot. We get lots of backstory from the past part of the story and we see how that past has effected each twin in the present while running from the villain. I liked watching how the stories eventually lined up and everything fell into place, although I personally had seen it coming. I normally don't like the third person point of view style, but the author uses it to narrate the past portion of the book. It didn't bother me as much as I thought it would and it made it easier to learn more about each twin and their situation. The present is told from the first person POV, from Cory's perspective. I love the first person and I'm so glad the author did this in the story. We get a more intense feeling of tension and suspense with the first person than can usually be gained by any other writing style. Which is exactly what happens here. The blend of the two varying styles was a nice touch and makes the story stand out from others in the same genre.

Didn't Like: This is my own personal opinion and has nothing to do with the author or the work. I know others are going to feel completely differently than I did, but I want to be thorough and mention everything in my review, including things that I didn't care for. In this case, it was the predictability. Almost from the beginning I knew where things were going to go because of the not-so-original plot, and by the middle of the book I knew exactly what was going to happen. When I read stories, especially mysteries and thrillers, I like to be kept guessing as long as possible. This just didn't live up to that for me personally and made the reading experience a little less positive than it could have been otherwise.
Stephen Wallenfels lives in Washington state with his wife.  He wrote freelance for the Health and Fitness industry for fifteen years before turning writing novels.  His passions are family, hiking, cooking, reading, movies, climate change, and especially writing.  

(3) winners will receive finished copies of DEADFALL - US only. 

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Tour Schedule: 
Week One: 
12/3/2018- Simply Daniel Radcliffe- Review 
12/4/2018- My Books-My World- Excerpt 
12/5/2018- BookHounds YA- Excerpt 
12/6/2018- Here's to Happy Endings- Review 
12/7/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt 
Week Two: 
12/10/2018- Book Bite Reviews- Review 
12/11/2018- FUONLYKNEW- Spotlight 
12/12/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Review 
12/13/2018- The Pages In-Between- Review 
12/14/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo Blog- Excerpt 
Week Three: 
12/17/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review 
12/18/2018- Savings in Seconds- Review 
12/19/2018- Lifestyle of Me- Review 
12/20/2018- Eli to the nth- Review 
12/21/2018- Literary Meanderings- Excerpt 
Week Four: 
12/24/2018- Falling For YA-Excerpt 
12/25/2018- Books,Dreams,Life- Spotlight 
12/26/2018- Good Choice Reading- Excerpt 
12/27/2018- Wishful Endings- Excerpt 
12/28/2018- Two Chicks on Books- Excerpt 
Week Five: 
12/31/2018- All the Ups and Downs- Excerpt 

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