Thursday, September 26, 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Shantallow by Cara Martin

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Shantallow by Cara Martin. This blog tour was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. On my stop, I have my review for you as well as the tour wide giveaway. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more reviews and more. Enjoy!
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Title: Shantallow
Author: Cara Martin
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Publication Date: September 24th 2019
Genres: Horror, Supernatural, Young Adult
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Tanvi isn’t the girl of Misha’s dreams; she’s the girl from his nightmares. She has appeared in his chilling dreams before he even meets her; when he DOES meet her, he falls for her.

Their relationship turns stormy, bordering on abusive, and takes a dramatic turn when they are held captive by a group hoping to extract money from Tanvi’s wealthy family.

But there is something more sinister at work, and the kidnappers and their victims find themselves struggling for survival as a supernatural force from Misha’s nightmares makes itself known in the real world.


MY REVIEW:
Supernatural horror is one of my favorite genres. Through the blogging universe, I came across Shantallow by Cara Martin. After reading the synopsis, I was hooked. When the opportunity arose to review Shantallow, I couldn't turn it down. Luckily, I enjoyed it!

I felt like the plot of Shantallow was a little confused to begin with. It started out as a teen love story between to high school kids gone wrong thanks to jealousy. However, after about thirty percent through the book, it quickly became a supernatural horror story about an evil haunted house. I thought this would focus on the nightmare that the main character, Misha, has about Tanvi. The nightmare, to me, only seems brushed upon. This didn't take away my enjoyment from the story though. I will admit that the whole love story in the beginning was a bit slow, and I did find myself wondering if I should continue. I'm really glad I persevered because after the love story, this book really takes off. It was as if Shantallow sank it's teeth into my attention span and didn't let go. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next in the evil house known as Shantallow. The creepy factor was definitely there throughout!

The ending of Shantallow felt a little as if the author didn't know how to end the book. It seemed rushed and too quick to end without being explained. Although Shantallow didn't end in any cliffhangers, I was still left with unanswered questions. Perhaps Shantallow will end up being a series, and my questions about the house will be answered.

The diversity of characters in Shantallow was done fantastically. I also enjoyed each of the characters once this book got going. Tanvi was an interesting character throughout the book. Although I could picture all the characters in my mind, Tanvi was the easiest one to bring alive in my head. She felt so realistic and like she could be someone I know. Misha comes across as really selfish, jealous, and controlling to being with. However, he redeems himself during his time in the Shantallow house with how protective he is over everyone. Lauren was my favorite character. I loved scenes that she was in. She seemed like such a sweet innocent kid.

Trigger warnings for Shantallow include violence, jealousy, murder, death, attempted murder, profanity, sex between teens (although not graphic), evil spirits, and underage drinking.

Despite the hurried ending, Shantallow really is a good read. It's got a very spooky plot and great characters once you get past the love story. I would recommend Shantallow by Cara Martin to older teens and adults aged 17+. If you love scary stories that will keep you up late at night reading with the lights on, Shantallow is the book for you! It definitely made my nights scarier (but I enjoy being scared)!
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(A special thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an eBook of Shantallow by Cara Martin in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.)
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cara Martin is the author of several acclaimed novels for young people published under the name C. K. Kelly Martin. Her most recent novel, Stricken, was released in 2017. A graduate of the Film Studies program at York University, Cara has lived in the Greater Toronto Area and Dublin, Ireland. Within the space of 3500 miles she’s worked a collection of quirky jobs at multiple pubs and video stores, an electricity company, a division of the Irish post office, a London toyshop, and an advertising analytics company. She’s also been an image editor for a dot-com startup that didn’t survive the 90s, and a credit note clerk for Canada's largest national distributor of General Merchandise. Cara currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband and is still afraid of the Child Catcher from the film adaptation of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

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34 comments:

  1. Thank you for being part of the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book ☺

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  2. Thanks for hosting today! This sounds like a creepy read with great characterization too!

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  3. Awesome cover. Creepy in a good way!!

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  4. This sounds like a very scary and intriguing read.

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  5. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2735767-deb-pelletiercouture. done

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  6. I love the cover! The colors are great!

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  7. I'm loving that cover. I don't usually read YA reads but this horror sounds fantastic

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  8. Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well. I appreciate them both.

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  9. Sounds like an interesting read and the cover definitely caught my eye.

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  10. The cover really intrigues me..... looks scary..

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  11. You're right, sounds like it would be a great beginning to a series. I know my twin teens would enjoy this as well.

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  12. The cover captures the reader's attention, and the blurb has you hooked. Sounds spooky!

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  13. Well, this looks creepy and probably bloody.

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  14. The cover looks appropriately creepy.

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  15. Love this cover thank you for sharing!

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  16. This looks so good! Can't wait to read it!

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  17. Haunting cover, thanks for the chance!

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  18. Great cover! I showed this one to my niece & she cannot wait to read this one, as well as myself!

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  19. I am new to Cara Martin, but I look forward to reading her work. I love being introduced to authors who are new to me.

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  20. The cover is great. Thanks for sharing.

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