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Welcome to my blog! My name is Kim and I write young adult paranormal, mysteries, and thrillers. This blog enables me to share the two things I love: Books and the craft of writing.

Ask the Girl is my debut novel. Murdered in 1925, Kate must seek the help of Lila and her sister to save her from her demon prison.

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A Riveting Tale of Deception and Moral Ambiguity in Small-Town Colorado

Today, I'm thrilled to be on the BLADESTAY by Jackie Johnson's virtual book tour sponsored by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my review of this riveting tale of deception and be sure to enter the giveaway!



My Review:


"Bladestay" by Jackie Johnson is a gripping tale of deception, danger, and the blurred lines between loyalty and survival. Set against the backdrop of a violent feud in the small settlement of Bladestay, Colorado, the novel follows the resilient and cunning protagonist, Theo Creed. The story takes an intriguing turn as Theo, a seventeen-year-old resident, disguises herself as a young boy to navigate the treacherous waters of a longstanding conflict between two powerful men.

The narrative weaves a complex web of intrigue as Theo infiltrates the inner circle of August Gaines, the magnetic leader of a ruthless gang that has descended upon her town. Johnson skillfully builds tension and suspense as Theo delves deeper into her dangerous charade, prompting her to question her loyalties and grapple with the moral complexities of her actions.

The character dynamics are enriched by the presence of a mysterious outlaw whose acts of kindness contrast sharply with the blood on his hands. This enigmatic figure adds an additional layer of complexity to Theo's journey, leaving readers questioning the true nature of the characters and the web of deception surrounding them.

One of the strengths of "Bladestay" lies in its exploration of facade versus reality, forcing Theo to confront the malevolence she has infiltrated and the unexpected evil lurking in her own community. Johnson masterfully navigates the psychological landscape of the characters, creating a narrative that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

In the end, "Bladestay" is a tale of choices and consequences, as Theo must decipher truth from illusion to save her town. Jackie Johnson's storytelling prowess shines through in this thrilling novel, making it a must-read for those who enjoy a blend of mystery, suspense, and moral ambiguity. "Bladestay" is a cautionary tale that reminds us to be careful who we root for, as the boundaries between hero and villain are not always as clear as they seem.



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