sâmbătă, 9 ianuarie 2016

Blog Tour - Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed (Ascenders #1) by C.L. Gaber - REVIEW & Giveaway


Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice.

There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24.

By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next.

"Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says.

* * * * * *

Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He's looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

"It will keep you up all night reading." USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King.

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This book has a ton of five stars on goodreads, the cover is cool and the synopsis sounds amazing, so how could I resist? I accepted a copy for review and I was so eager to read it.

But I didn't enjoy it as much as I was expecting and it didn't blew me away. Which at first I thought it was my fault, because I have a very weird mood now, but as I kept reading and seeing the story going on, I realized that my problem was that even though I liked the idea and the plot, I had a problem with the characters and the writing style. 

I can't fall in love with a book if I don't feel the characters, if they don't seem real, if their desires, fears and dreams don't interest me. And I saw that Walker and Daniel, and the others, are nice people, but they seem so distant to me - like I hear their story through thousands of glass walls. And this makes me think if it's not because of the writing style.

The writing style it's ok, the descriptions are good, the dialogue is sometimes funny or witty, but it doesn't have that something that grips you and makes your eyes sparkle and mind go crazy. And because of that this novel for me it's just an average one, despide the great plot and all the things that I didn't saw coming. 

But maybe it's my fault and this wasn't for me. Maybe you'll love it and you'll devour it, and you'll sympathize with the characters more than I did. Because, as I said, many people enjoyed this one and I heard just amazing things about it. And even though it's was just ok for me, I enjoyed it, I don't feel sorry for reading it and if I'm able to read the sequel I will... but not too soon. 

For me this was as a nice, cosy read, more like a contemporary than an action packed, suspensul and mind blowing read. It didn't struck me and didn't shock me, if I can say it like that, as much as I would've liked and I was expecting more from the writing style. To grip me more!

C.L. Gaber Bio:

C.L. GABER is the author of ASCENDERS, the first book in Ascenders SAGA. She is also the co-author of "Jex Malone." A lifelong entertainment journalist, she interviews A list film and TV stars for the New York Times wire and various other publications. C.L. lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. You can reach her at CLGaber@yahoo.com


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