Monday, September 16, 2013

Blog Tour: Thin Space by Jody Casella (Review & Giveaway!)

Today, I'm happy to be part of the blog tour for Thin Space by Jody Casella. To see past stops as well as future ones, click HERE. 

Summary/Cover Image from Publisher's Website:
Ever since the car accident that killed his twin brother, Marshall Windsor has been consumed with guilt and crippled by secrets of that fateful night. He has only one chance to make amends, to right his wrongs and set things right. He must find a Thin Space—a mythical point where the barrier between this world and the next is thin enough for a person to step through to the other side.

But, when a new girl moves into the house next door, the same house Marsh is sure holds a thin space, she may be the key—or the unraveling of all his secrets.

As they get closer to finding a thin space—and closer to each other—Marsh must decide once and for all how far he’s willing to go to right the wrongs of the living…and the dead.
Review:

Every once in a while you come upon a book that completely rocks your world, and Thin Space by Jody Casella was one of those books.

When I first heard about Thin Space, I knew I had to read it. I'm always looking to read more books featuring a male POV. Plus the concept of a "thin space" was fascinating. Then Jennifer Castle, one of my FAVORITE YA authors, burbled it, making everything a tad more exciting. Therefore, when Thin Space ended up in my hands a few weeks ago, I jumped right in.

There's a lot of amazing things going for Thin Space, and one of those is the concept. As mentioned before, I was completely taken aback by the concept of thin spaces. I had never heard of them before; however, I was curious to see how Jody would intertwine the idea into the book. Luckily, she did a great job.

Mixing together the main character Marsh's knowledge of them and the fact that he had just lost his twin brother brought so many raw emotions the book. Marsh's dire need to find a thin space jumped off the page and came to life from the start as did his sadness, loneliness, and anger over his brother's recent death. I felt so much for Marsh to say the least. I could understand his want to connect with his brother, to make everything better, just as I'm sure anyone who has ever lost anyone close to them will be able to. At the same time, I was rooting for Marsh to be able to move on and allow himself to be happy again, and thankfully, that started to happen with the addition of Maddie, the new girl in town. Sweet but just as broken as Marsh, Maddie was someone I adored from the start. I loved the scenes that featured her, especially when they involved her helping Marsh. However, what I loved most about their relationship was that it didn't focus on romance or insta-love. Instead, it focused on friendship really and people connecting in the worst of times. It was an awesome change from the typical YA book.

Jody's writing was also great. I loved the way in which she developed the plot as well as the big reveal towards the end. I was never sure of what was going to happen next, especially when it came to Marsh's big secret. When it was finally reveled, I was completely thrown for a loop. In some ways, it made perfect sense (there were so many clues and hints toward it) but in others, it completely flabbergasted me, making me love this book all the more. I also have to add that I loved how well she captured the feel of winter. As I write this review, it's nearing the end of July; however, no matter how warm it is outside, the descriptions in this threw a chill at me, making me feel like I was right there with Marsh and Maddie on their journey to find a thin space.

Heartbreaking yet hopeful and beautifully written, Thin Space has added a new favorite author to my list. I sincerely hope Jody Casella doesn't stop writing such emotion filled books anytime soon.

Grade: A+

Thin Space (Amazon, BN, Goodreads) is now out!

Source: ARC provided by publisher for review

Thanks to Leah at Beyond Worlds Publishing, I also have FIVE paperback copies of the book to giveaway! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

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15 comments:

  1. About the big reveal at the end, I was like flagging the book going, "Omg someone needs to get a new editor, there are typos everywhere!" lol. BUT then my world was rocked!

    Sounds like yours was too! <3
    My thoughts here: http://appalachianowl.blogspot.com/2013/09/review-thin-space-by-jody-casella.html

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  2. I really want to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  3. I've only recently heard about Thin Space but I've seen some really good reviews so I'm pretty pumped for it.

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  4. I'm honestly not sure how I feel about reading this one. I'm a twin and I'm not sure if I'd be able to get through the whole book. I know it's not real, but even thinking about it freaks me out.

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  6. This sounds like an awesome book! Best wishes for the release!! and this was a great review. Makes me excited to read the book; thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  7. I am dying to read this book!! I met Jody this summer at SCBWI-LA and was so inspired by her writing journey. Plus, I love a good mystery and can't wait to read this book!

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  8. I remember seeing this one a while ago, and I thought it looked good. So glad to see you give it a good review. It's one I plan on reading!

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