Switchback Blog Tour
Welcome back to my blog! Today I am participating in the blog tour for Switchback by Danika Stone which has been organised by Xpresso Tours.
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Author: Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: 28 May 2019
Source: Xpresso Tours / Netgalley
Rating: 3.5 Stars
I absolutely loved Stone's Internet Famous. So when I saw that this book was up for a tour, I jumped at the chance to be part of it.
Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for providing me with a copy of this book. Just a quick disclaimer for those reading this review, I have received this book for free. Please note that this does not affect my opinions in any way. All thoughts are my own.
I loved Stone's writing in Internet Famous but I found that the writing in this book was a little slower. The slow pacing made the beginning feel as though it was long. However, as the humour and the events began to play out, the writing picked up in pacing. I loved the dialogue between Vale and Hugo. My geeky side definitely had a fun time with the two characters spoke about gaming.
The plot was one of those that left my heart racing wondering what was going to happen next. The book starts off slow but slowly builds to this point where you start to question what is going to happen. But in a good way. I found myself unable to put the book down because even though a part of me knew they had to end up okay. I found myself worrying just as much as their parents and teacher.
I loved Vale and Hugo as characters. They were both diverse and had a lot of depth to them. Vale is an aro-ace character who has parents who don't quite understand what that means. She is one of my favourite characters because she is not afraid to be herself and she refuses to fall in line with what is considered normal. Hugo is a tall boy who is friends with everyone. He doesn't mind being the class clown but he is unsure what to do when others bully Vale. I loved that their friendship was strong and only grew as the plot continued.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. Stone, as always, delivers. I struggled with the writing in the beginning but as the book progressed, the better the pace became. The plot had me sitting on the edge of my seat with my heart racing. The characters made me envious of their friendship but they also made me laugh and smile because of the connection they shared. I loved the representation of aro-ace in this book, I thought that Stone did a great job! Thank you so much to Xpresso Tours for providing me with a copy of this book.
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens: INTERNET FAMOUS (Macmillan, 2017) and ALL THE FEELS (Macmillan, 2016); and adults THE DARK DIVIDE (Stonehouse, 2018) and EDGE OF WILD (Stonehouse, 2016).
Ms. Stone’s work has received both recognition and literary praise. In 2017, Chapters included EDGE OF WILD in “Our Favourite Canadian Fiction”, and INTERNET FAMOUS was nominated for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (2018) as well as selected as one of Fierce Reads’ “9 Perfect Summertime Reads” (2017). EDGE OF WILD (previously entitled TATHAGATA) was a quarter-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013), a finalist in the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize (2015), and took second place in the Publish or Perish contest (2015). ALL THE FEELS was selected for Swoon Reads’ fourth list (2015) and was nominated for YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (2016), and for CYBILS’ Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (2016).
Ms. Stone’s books have been reviewed by VOYA, Teen Reads, and School Library Journal. Danika has also featured in the BN Teen Blog, Clash, Quillable, Fierce Reads, Lethbridge Living Magazine, CJSR’s Word, and on CBC’s Daybreak.
When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.
Yours in Reading,