Today I'm pleased to be part of the Tyler Falls book tour hosted by Reading Addiction Blog Tours. I'm pleased to be sharing a review of the novel as well as an excerpt. To read the excerpt, click here.
Before I get into my review, here is some information about the author:
1. I’m an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007, when I moved to the STL area.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I’m a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I’ve written 3 books and am in the process of writing my 4th.
7. I don’t look or act my age!
8. I’ve been married twice and divorced twice.
9. I love 80′s hair band music.
10. I’m a claims payment analyst for Fortune 500 Magazine’s #16 “Top 100 places in America to work.”
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And now here's the synopsis of her novel:
Tyler has suffered from manic depression for as long as he can remember. Through medication and therapy, he manages to keep his life together. But when his parents are murdered, he decides he's had enough of living as a broken person with a broken life. So, in thirty days, he plans to stick the barrel of his Ruger SP101 into his mouth and pull the trigger.
Emma Perez's brother, Ethan Giovanni, sits in a mental institution for the murder of Dr. and Mrs. Falls. Deemed mentally incompetent and unfit to stand trial, Ethan has one weekly visitor -- Emma. She doesn't deny his guilt, he's her brother and she loves him spite of the fact he's paranoid schizophrenic.
They say when you cross paths with someone more than once, it's fate -- you're destined to meet. Tyler doesn't know Emma is Ethan's sister, and Emma doesn't know Tyler's story either. When Tyler learns who Emma's brother is, the world he's rebuilt around her begins to crumble all over again and it leaves both of them wondering why fate has such a cruel sense of humor.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour team. I didn't receive any compensation for this book and am not obligated to write a good review. The blog tour host may have received money for setting up this tour, but no reviewer has received any compensation.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I started reading this book with mixed emotions. I didn't know if I was going to like it. I was pleasantly surprised. The first few pages were gripping and I quickly felt myself falling in love with the story and the characters.
Clark is a master at writing believable characters who I found myself rooting for from the very beginning. I didn't expect to like Tyler. I don't really like books about people who are going to commit suicide, but I really liked Tyler. He had his issues, but he was a good guy. And honestly who doesn't have some issues?
And then there was Emma with her no-nonsense kick-butt attitude. I really liked her despite her "screw the world attitude."These characters seemed very realistic and were ones that I loved reading.
Clark's writing style was brilliant and left me feeling wanting more until the very end. There were some minor things about this novel that bothered me in terms of the writing style. But overall, it was a very enjoyable read.
I'm definitely glad I read it. This novel was brilliantly written and centered around characters I love.
In Summary: An incredibly enjoyable novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. A novel that focuses on characters who I adored. I actually felt like I was inside their heads. Any book that can do that is great in my book.
Warnings/Side-notes: References to drinking and smoking. A fairly strong sexual undercurrent to the novel. Discussions about suicide. Some instances of strong language. But overall a fairly clean novel for teens in their upper years.
The Wrap-up: A novel that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Definitely recommend this to fans of realistic contemporary young adult fiction.