Friday, 30 August 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Chasing Memories by Tia Silverthorne Bach

Firstly I would like to apologise for the technical issues that meant that some of the links related to the Chasing Memories review and blog tour haven't been working properly, I am not sure about what is happening. 

I received a copy of Chasing Memories in exchange for my honest review as part of a blog tour.

Reagan loves anything paranormal, with young adult books being her favourite, but never did she imagine she'd end up in one. When Reagan wakes up after a family camping trip she discovers that everything has gone wrong, her brother, Sam, is missing and presumed dead and she was attacked, leaving her arm and back scarred. But that isn't all, Reagan keeps having dreams of that night, each revealing a little more than the last, and each containing a wolf, which she starts to talk to. Back at home she and her boyfriend, Dex, split up because she didn't want to have sex with him and she goes on a few dates with the mysterious new boy, Rafe. Relationships in her house are strained after the death of her brother, Reagan and her mother are constantly at odds, her Dad is MIA most of the time, and her Nana seems to be the only one that can help her, except her Mom is against the idea. Reagan needs answers, but she doesn't seem to be getting them, in fact all anyone seems to do is to give her pills and think she is mad.

I was pleasantly surprised by Chasing Memories, I'm not too sure what I was expecting but I don't think it was that! I really enjoyed the story, though I didn't want it to end so soon!

The main focus of the story, I would say, is Reagan's self discovery and her acceptance of who she is, which is also something that her Mom needs to work on in her opinion. It was interesting that, though a lot of the other characters thought that Reagan was mad, and a lot of the text could be read as she was mad, as a reader there was no doubt in your mind that there was something else going on. And in fact, I think I worked out what was going on quite a while even before Reagan did! Then again there were still gaps in her memory even at the end.

I liked the fact that in Chasing Memories was that Reagan was a normal teenage girl, as opposed to the loners you normally get as main characters in young adult paranormal fiction, I'm not saying that is a bad thing, it is just the norm. In contrast, Reagan was popular, she was a cheerleader, had a boyfriend, even went on dates after breaking up with her boyfriend. It just seemed more, real, for a teenage girl that is anyway. I also liked the fact that Reagan was interested in books, and read a lot, it really meant that I could relate to her (and I suspect a lot of people could!).

I found that the style of writing in Chasing Memories was really easy to read and it really kept me turning the pages, I didn't really want to put it down! Though action wise not too much happened, and I would say this is more of a psychological book than an action one, there was still a lot to keep you reading, namely seeing how long it took Reagan to figure out what had happened, and to find out the deal behind Rafe and his family. In fact I still want to know the deal with Rafe and his family!!

I also really liked that the name of the series, the Tala Prophecies, was linked into the story, when Rowan mentioned Tala. I'm going to say this again, and I know I say this about a lot of books, but this really is a gem that is worth discovering!

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Chasing Memories Book Summary:
There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.

Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

Tia Silverthorne Bach's Bio: 
Tia Silverthorne Bach is an avid reader, sometimes runner, involved wife and mother, and rabid grammar hound in addition to being a multi-genre writer. Her three daughters were born in Chicago, San Diego, and Baltimore; and she feels fortunate to have called many places home. She's the award-winning co-author of Depression Cookies, a coming of age story written with her mother. Tia's office is wherever her laptop takes her and any place that's conducive to allowing a wild imagination like hers to flourish.

Prices/Formats: $3.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
Pages: 296
Publisher: self-published
Release: May 22, 2013

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