Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Tour: Eleanor by Johnny Worthen - Review/Giveaway

By Johnny Worthen
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Series: The Unseen Book#1
It was a gamble for Eleanor to rejoin humanity, but she was driven to it. She’d been too successful forgetting. The last vestiges of her family hung by a thread in her transformed brain and drove her to be reckless. Ten years later, Eleanor hides in plain sight. She is an average girl getting average grades in a small Wyoming town: poor but happy, lonely but loved. Her mother, Tabitha, is there for her and that’s all she’s ever needed. But now her mother is sick and David has returned. The only friend she’d ever had, the only other person who knows her secret, is back. And Eleanor again becomes reckless.

Eleanor is a modest girl, unremarkable but extraordinary, young but old, malleable but fixed. She is scared and confused. She is a liar and a thief. Eleanor is not what she appears to be.


This was a curious book that I was definitely interested in reading; the premise alone had me intrigued.  I’ve never read anything from this author previously but I was asked to review this so I gave it a shot because it caught my attention and I’m really happy that I did.

We meet Eleanor in the beginning who has quite the secret, and goes through great lengths of hiding and blending into the background to keep this secret from everyone, that is until the one person who does know about it comes back into town.  David.  Now it’s been a long time since a book has literally made me scream out and have my mouth hanging and this book definitely did that because it was definitely not something I was expecting.  But those are the best kind of moments when a book grabs you and makes you feel some type of way. 
Throughout the book both Eleanor and David fight against the attraction they have for one another, more Eleanor than David because she believes herself to be a monster.  A monster that shouldn’t have anyone around her, but even monsters need love too.  Not that I think she’s a monster, I think it’s a beautiful thing and an amazing thing because she is a shape shifter.  Anything about a shape shifter is interesting and this story shows you that not all of them are bad, and of course that sometimes you just have to learn to trust someone.  That’s hard for anyone human or monster to do, trust. 

This book kept me wondering about what was going to happen next the entire time, there were definitely some unexpected moments and others that made you just wonder about the world out there.  What exists and what doesn’t really exist and of course do you believe?  This book was really interesting and I’m happy I was able to pick it up; you really should check it out.  The cover is very simple and appropriate for the book itself.  It’s just a girl out there in the field by herself wondering what to do next with her life. 
About the Author:

JOHNNY WORTHEN graduated with a B.A. in English and Master’s in American Studies from the University of Utah. After a series of businesses and adventures, including running his own bakery, Worthen found himself drawn to the only thing he ever wanted to do—write. And write he does. When he’s not pounding on his keyboard or attending writers’ conferences, Worthen spends his time with his wife and two boys in Sandy, Utah.
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