Blog Tour | Review ― Forever Blue by Abby Wilder (+ Giveaway)

On Thursday, I watched Doctor Strange in the cinemas and I was so sure that it’ll put me in a reading slump because it’s hella amazing and I may be in need of fanfiction therapy but apparently, it did not as I finished half of this book in one sitting hours later. I’m still in need of that fanfiction therapy though.

!! potential spoilers below. read at your own risk !!


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Forever Blue 
by Abby Wilder

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Romance
Publication Date: 17 June 2016

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Summary:
I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.

When Lennon Donnelly moves back to the quiet town of Puruwai, she never dreams that a chance meeting with a boy sitting at the cemetery will change her life. Her best friend warns her about Judah Mitchell. There are rumours that he killed his brother. But as Lennon is drawn deeper into the mysterious boy’s life, the events of his past unravel until she finds herself driving over the edge of a cliff and into the depths of the lake below.

Spanning over two years and starting at the end, this compelling novel tells of the intertwining relationships of Lennon, Ruben, Judah, and Cara. Told from the different perspectives of before and after, the story unfolds like a puzzle and reveals secrets that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

“Devourable” – YA Books Central

“An unforgettable experience” – Readers’ Favorite

This story contains mild use of strong language and references to underage drinking and smoking.


my-thoughts-1I know it’s only been less than a day since I finished Forever Blue but gosh I really can’t stop thinking about that ending. But wait, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, shall we? Why don’t we start from the beginning?

Forever Blue alternates between two timelines ― the present which is told through Lennon’s perspective and the past which switches between Ruben and Judah’s perspectives. Frankly, I found this annoying at times as after like three chapters of flashbacks, I could barely remember what happened last in the present timeline. But overall, the story was beautifully written. There were some dull parts but it was able to keep readers in suspense by slowly giving us pieces of the puzzle and unravelling the mystery secret by secret.

The focus of the story, surprisingly, isn’t on Lennon, but rather, on Ruben and Judah’s story. We first learn of rumours that two years ago, Judah killed a girl, who so happened to be Cara’s sister, and later on, his own brother. Despite all evidence pointing to him being the one to commit those crimes, the police couldn’t proof that he was actually guilty, so he never went to jail. But nothing in this book is as it seems. What really happened two years ago?

I loved almost every character in the main cast of this book, even if they made stupid decisions or were highly judgemental of others. They were unique, and some of them, complex. We have Judah, the misunderstood brother who is often compared to his high-achieving brother. He falls in love with Cara, who doesn’t care much about how she acts or what she wears. Unfortunately for him, Cara doesn’t return his feelings and chooses Ruben instead, the golden boy who was able to fool everyone but his own brother. Then finally, there’s Lennon, the averagely pretty girl who is often shadowed by her cousin’s presence, so when she meets a boy who finally sees her, she can’t help but fall in love with him.

There was this short excerpt at the start of the book, and it ended with these two lines:

I thought it was the end of everything. But I was wrong.

When I finally arrived at that part 90% into the book, I was thinking, “We’ve come so far. What’s the worse that could happen?” Unknowingly, I had jinxed myself. I had prepped myself for heartbreak and tears, not for my heart to be ripped out and torned into pieces. My mind just went into shock for a while (“No this can not be happening.”), then the tears came (“Oh shit it really happened.”). While I want to know more about what happened to Lennon after the ending, it gave me some sort of closure. Like Lennon’s story has now come to an end and the story of another’s has just started, one we readers may never know of.

I never thought it would end like this.
I never thought it would end at all.
But not all stories get a happy ending.

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about-the-authorabby-wilderAbby Wilder is an author from the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand.

She loves stories in all forms; film, photography, music, but it’s the simplicity of written words that she loves the most . . . well, written words and binge watching television series.

Since a love of reading has remained constant in her life, she couldn’t imagine anything better than being a writer so she set out to achieve just that.

Abby has one husband, two children, three cats and a dog called Joss.

Girl Behind Glass is her debut novel. Boy in Uniform is a short companion story and Girl Beneath Stars is the final in the Behind Glass Series to follow Willow Stanton.

Her next book, Forever Blue is due for release June 17th 2016.

For more information visit www.abbywilder.com

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give-awayThis giveaway is open internationally and ends on 9 November 2016. Enter here for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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