June 26, 2018

Dive Smack Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Dive Smack
Author: Demetra Brodsky
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen


Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A's and solid friends, he's only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.


Praise for DIVE SMACK:

"A tense psychological drama with a voice that pulls you in and a twist you won't see coming, Dive Smack is an instant Hitchcockian classic!" —Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten

"A twisty, witty thriller readers will love puzzling through to the very end. A visceral, delightful debut." —Carrie Mesrobian, author of William C. Morris award finalist Sex & Violence

"This riveting debut will plunge readers into an accelerating coil of twists and turns as if in free fall, plummeting them from a precipice as they cling to the dwindling hope of safe entry into the mysterious darkness below." —S.A. Bodeen, author of The Compound

"Brodsky’s debut combines an engaging school story, filled with best friend shenanigans, first love, and a fascinating look at competitive diving, with a tense psychological mystery." —Booklist

"In an impressive debut, Brodsky injects her teen drama with ambiguity, and a subtle hint of paranormal phenomena, leaving readers to guess at what’s really going on. Strong characters and a compelling mystery make this a real page-turner." —Publishers Weekly

"A taut thriller with a twist ending that will blow your mind." —Kim Liggett, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author of The Last Harvest

"Complex, thrilling, and with a pitch-perfect narrative voice, Dive Smack will leave you on the edge of your seat and unable to put this one down." —C. Desir, author of Bleed Like Me

"Heartbreaking, human and heroic, Dive Smack is a Perfect 10!" —Karen LaFace, 1992 USA Olympic Springboard Diver

“A taut roller coaster of a thriller chock full of dark family secrets, twisty lies, and finally, the redeeming power of truth.” —Michelle Zink, author of This Wicked Game
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Dive Smack is a fantastic new young adult thriller than will leave readers guessing until the very end. This is one of my favorite genres and it takes quite a bit to impress me anymore, but this book had some great twists I didn't see coming and the mystery really kept me guessing. The plot was well written and had a quick pace, so I ended up flying through the entire book in one sitting. Every aspect of the novel was well done and I was incredibly surprised when I found out this is the author's debut. I never would have guessed and I'm definitely going to be keeping my eye out for her next book.

The characters were all well rounded, especially Theo, the main character. Even the secondary characters were distinct and complex, which gives the novel a more realistic feel. I liked getting to know Theo - his past, his family and history, the strange occurrences and memories that keep rising to the surface, and everything in between. Of course, there was some romance in the book and I liked watching Theo's relationship with Iris grow throughout the story. One of the major aspects of the novel that I want to mention is the writing style. This is always a huge deal for me - it can make or break a book for me. My favorite is the first person point of view because of the deep personal connection the reader can have with the narrator. In this case, the author used the first person POV and told the story from Theo's perspective. This was a fantastic choice, in my opinion, and a great way to tell this story. I definitely recommend it for fans of YA thrillers, mystery, suspense, contemporary fiction, and romance.

Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer. She has a B.F.A. from The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs where she is always trying to make more time for the beach. Dive Smack is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from the brink of death. Once you read the book, you'll understand why.

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(5) Winners will receive a Copy of DIVE SMACK by Demetra Brodsky.
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