Wow I am so sorry, guys! This is coming at you super late because of everything that has been going on these past two days. I’ll probably talk about it in my Sunday Post as must as possible. I apologize to YA Bound Book Tours for this mistake. It will not happen again. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be a part of this blog tour, and this is the first one I’ve done with you so that makes me feel even worse.
Today is the last day of the tour, so be sure to check out everyone’s posts on their stops. Click on the banner for the schedule. Thanks for your understanding, fam.
The Call of Death
by R.J. Garcia
Genre: YA Coming of Age/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Publisher: Parliament House
Fourteen-year-old Hannah Priestly crashes into a terrifying future. She wakes up in her dorm room now knowing the name of an infamous serial killer, Norman Biggs. He will attack her in the future unless she and her three male friends can change fate.
Hannah is a suntanned, obsessive-compulsive California girl dropped off at an English boarding school by her celebrity mother. Hannah has difficulty understanding algebra, let alone her increasingly dark visions. Rory Veer is Hannah’s smart, easy-going and romantically challenged friend and school crush. When Norman Biggs unexpectedly appears in Rory’s reality, terror is set in motion. It is Rory who must acknowledge a past he has denied if the mystery is to be unraveled.
R.J. Garcia is a wife and proud mom. She earned her MSW and worked with foster children and as a school social worker. Writing has been her other great love. She has published several non-fiction pieces. She has been writing short-stories for as long as she can remember. To her amazement, those short stories became novels!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to The Parliament House and YA Bound Book Tours for this free copy.
Sometimes I feel like I need to read a lot more suspense and paranormal novels than I have been because I was immediately feeling like I was missing something when I started this. I was confused, but then I was instantly captured by my confusion. It was great really, and it wasn’t anything against the book at all! It was actually a huge plus to the book because if I’m confused but I’m already dying to understand why I’m confused, then you got me hook, line, and sinker.
And I’m not even mad about it.
I swear my heart rate was moderately high the entire time I was reading this – not too high, or ya know, that would have been a little dangerous – but I felt like I was almost watching a movie. I could just see this book so clearly in my head, and I was immediately concerned for Hannah and her well-being. I was actually terrified for her life, and I kept wondering if she was going to make it out of this novel alive. Especially because she was only fourteen, and her mom didn’t seem to give a crap about her. She NEEDED her mom to actually be a mom and it was like “eh, I’m a famous bitch, I’m gonna send you off to boarding school.” Like what the hell was that?!
I have a soft spot for MCs that have a strained or nonexistent relationship with their parents because it just hurts my heart. So not only is she dealing with parental issues, but she has to somehow save herself from a serial killer that is going to mess her up sometime in the future, and she doesn’t know when. Geez, my poor girl. This is all kinds of stress that a 14-year old does not need in her life.
I also had a little soft spot for the Hannah-Rory relationship that was building in this novel. I mean usually I don’t like romance in my thriller types of books, but that’s the “logical” person in me trying to figure out how someone has time to fall in love when shit is hitting the fan. But I love that they started off as childhood friends, and that is always my guilty pleasure trope. So I gotta give it up for Garcia for this one.
This was a great introduction into Garcia’s writing for me. I’m curious to try her debut novel to see if her writing style either changed or improved from that to this one. I am excited to see what she ends up writing next.
So again, I’m super sorry for the late post! I hope this weekend I can get my schedule together because I finally have some breaks in between blog tours. Maybe I can finally work on the rest of my ARCs. Maybe.
Let me know what you guys think, fam! Leave your answers in the comments of course:
- If you had a vision of being attacked by a serial killer, but didn’t know when it would happen, what would you do?
- Do you like childhood friends evolving into romantic partners?
- Does having a celebrity for a parent usually mean a non-existent relationship?
Until next time, loves.