Monday, 23 January 2012

Blog Tour / Review - Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

I am so excited and pleased to be a part of the Blue Sky Days blog tour for wonderful author and my dear blogger friend, Marie Landry.

Be sure to pop back tomorrow for an excerpt from the amazing Blue Sky Days and also a guest post.

 Author: Marie Landry
Pages: 207
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Self
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Synopsis. (Goodreads)

A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.

When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.

Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.

REVIEW: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Marie Landry is a wonderful blogger friend and I was so excited for her when she announced the release of Blue Sky Days and even more excited when she offered me a copy prior to release, there's always that fear though of What if I don't like it? But I'm so happy that wasn't the case for this book which I absolutely loved.

19 year-old Emma Ward has made the decision to spend her summer with fun-loving and carefree Aunt Daisy in the small town of Riverview, a move which would enable her to assert her own independence and not be ruled by her mother whom she had always tried to please.

Emma had planned her entire life out from the time she was in grade school but things hadn’t gone as she expected and after being out of school for a year, she was still indecisive about what she wanted to do. She needed a plan and focus.

On arrival in Riverview Emma meets Nicholas Shaw who was an absolute dream of a guy - good-looking, understanding and so sweet! But Nicholas has a personal struggle of his own and it really saddened me to read about his journey with a very real and very serious disease, it was heartbreaking, believable and emotional what he was having to endure.

From the very start I loved Emma; she reminded me of me for some reason right down to her love of U2 who I know Marie also loves. She was believable and her emotions and thought process was true to what was happening.

Blue Sky Days has a wonderful cast of compelling characters, each were well thought out with very real emotions which they were having to work through daily to overcome their personal struggles. From the amazing Aunt Daisy who was everything Emma’s cold and distant mother was not to best friends Vince and Maggie and even Emma’s father who really came through in the end.

The emotions evoked in Blue Sky Days were strong from beginning to end and ranged from complete happiness to utter grief, it was a journey of self-discovery for Emma and Nicholas and showed the love, respect and devotion they shared for one another, it is a beautiful and touching romance.

Ms Landry pulls you into the creative and unique story she has created and you are able to truly experience the exciting story she is telling. Her writing is absolutely amazing, it flows beautifully and you are literally immersed in all of the glorious details. I was completely engrossed from the start to finish; the details and imagery were vivid as were each of the characters.

Blue Sky Days is a wonderful, mesmerizing debut from Marie Landry. I’ve fallen completely for this story and the amazing characters and I really hope to be able to read more by this wonderful author in the not too distant future.

About the Author.

Marie Landry has always been a daydreamer. She has created imaginary worlds for as long as she can remember, so it only seemed natural that she would become a writer. With a passion for words that started in early childhood, Marie has written a varied range of works, and has been freelance writing since 2009. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, or having grand adventures with her two precious nephews.

Contact Links:

Marie would like to thank the people who have supported her by showing her appreciation in some small way. So, for every person who buys a copy of Blue Sky Days during the tour and sends Marie proof of purchase via email to irishstar_83{at}hotmail{dot}com she will enter you into a giveaway to win a book of your choice up to $12 CAN from The Book Depository.

Tour Schedule:

Tuesday January 17th: Jessica from Thoughts at One in the Morning {Review, excerpt, and giveaway}
Wednesday January 18th: Michelle from Much Loved Books {Review and giveaway}
Thursday January 19th: Molli from Once Upon a Prologue {Review}
Friday January 20th: Michelle from Much Loved Books {Guest post and excerpt}
Saturday January 21st: Tana from Tana Rae Reads {Interview and giveaway}
Sunday January 22nd: Michelle from Book Briefs {Review}
Monday January 23rd: Sharon from Obsession With Books {Review}
Tuesday January 24th: Sharon from Obsession With Books {Guest post and excerpt}
Wednesday January 25th: Christy from Love of Books {Review}
Thursday January 26th: Mist from Bookaholics Book Club {Guest post}
Thursday January 26th: Kimberlly from Ultimo Romance {Review and interview}
Friday January 27th: LizzieBeth from Lissette E. Manning {Review}
Saturday January 28th: Michelle from Book Briefs {Guest post and giveaway}
Sunday January 29th: Clare from Faery Ink Press {Review}
Monday January 30th: Christy from Love of Books {Guest post and giveaway}
Tuesday January 31st: Anagha from Book Spark {Review and giveaway}
Wednesday February 1st: Darcus and Jess from Starcrossed Reviews {Review and giveaway}
Thursday February 2nd: Giselle from Xpresso Reads {Interview + giveaway}
Friday February 3rd: Asher from Paranormal Indulgence {Review}
Saturday February 4th: Asher from Paranormal Indulgence {Fact Fusion and giveaway}
Sunday February 5th: Hayley from Booking it With Hayley G {Review and interview}
Monday February 6th: Dani from Pen to Paper {Review}
Tuesday February 7th: Amanda from Letters Inside Out {Excerpt}
Tuesday February 7th: Dani from Pen to Paper {Interview and giveaway}
Wednesday February 8th: Patricia from My Journey Through the Pages {Guest post and giveaway}
Thursday February 9th: Amanda from Letters Inside Out {Review and giveaway}
Friday February 10th: Kathy from I Write, I Read, I Review {Review}
Friday February 10th: April from Books For Juliet {Guest post}
Saturday February 11th: Sarita from The Fabulous Gift of Life. A Journal for My Daughter {Guest post and interview}
Sunday February 12th: Sarita from The Fabulous Gift of Life. A Journal for My Daughter {Review and giveaway}
Monday February 13th: Ecey from Ece Red: YA Book Blog {Review}
Tuesday February 14th: Ecey from Ece Red: YA Book Blog {Guest post}

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the beautiful review, Sharon, and for being part of the tour, it means so much to me! And, of course, thank you for your friendship, you're such a wonderful friend! <3


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