Wednesday, 10 September 2014

BLOG TOUR - Eleanor by Jason Gurley **GIVEAWAY**


Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for the epic

Eleanor by Jason Gurley

Find out more below about this amazing story, 
read my review and enter the giveaway


Eleanor

Eleanor by Jason Gurley 
450 pages
Time is a river. 
1985. The death of Eleanor's twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor's mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.
1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time... when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it's only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives... and something rips her out of time itself.
And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.

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MY REVIEW

I've no idea where to start with this one, I really loved this book but I don't know how to put it in to words without making a total mess of it, but hey I'll give it a try.

Eleanor is a truly epic read, Jason Gurley whose work I have read previously in the anthology Synchronic has done such an amazing job creating the world that the characters live in.

This story flits through time, we have scenes from the sixties, eighties and the nineties , the main story revolves around Eleanor, at the age of six she is involved in a car accident in which her twin sister Esmerelda is killed, her mother who was driving is inconsolable with grief and since the accident has turned cold and unloving against her remaining daughter, turning to drink and telling Eleanor it should have been her that died.

Eleanor at the age of 14 has her first incident in which she goes through a door at school and ends up somewhere totally different, scaring her immensely she finally finds her way back home but it keeps happening, she sees so many terrible things and each time she disappears they scale of time gets longer and longer until she disappears for so long she is declared dead.

She seems to be in a sort of rift between life and death, and in that rift she meets another, another who wants Eleanor to help her family mend its broken bonds, will she manage to make everything alright?

As a mother of two young daughters, reading this book really affected me, I found it so hard that Eleanor's mother really couldn't stand her surviving daughter, I know they where twins and every time her mother looks at her she sees her late daughter, her mother is truly in a dark place.

Eleanor is one of these books that I feel I need to go back again and read straight away, when it ended even though I had a grasp of what had happened I just felt like for example the tv show Lost I need to experience it again to look for those "aaaahh" moments when things become clear.

I apologise that this review is a little vague but Eleanor is a book you need to experience for yourself, in it you will be overcome with emotion, grief for the loss of the daughter and also the loving mother-daughter bond, bewilderment and fear as Eleanor experiences her incidents alone and joy as the story comes to an end and the realisation of what Eleanor has been going through.

Jason Gurley has done a superb job and I'm already adding his back catalogue to my wish list, though I wish Amazon UK would make his title Great Fall which seems to be only available on the US Kindle Worlds available over here as I know I will love that!

Eleanor is awarded 5 out of 5

I was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review



About the Author:

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 Jason Gurley is the author of the bestselling novel Greatfall as well as The Man Who Ended the World, the Movement trilogy and Eleanor, a novel thirteen years in the making. His short stories, including The Dark Age, The Caretaker, The Last Rail-Rider and others, appear in his collection Deep Breath Hold Tight: Stories About the End of Everything. He is work has appeared in a number of anthologies, among them David Gatewood's From the Indie Side and Synchronic and John Joseph Adams's Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects. Jason is a designer by trade, and has designed book covers for Amazon Publishing, Subterranean Press, Prime Books and many independent authors, among them bestsellers Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and others. Jason lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

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Giveaway:
Five $20 Amazon Gift Cards (INT)

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4 comments

  1. Amazing review Heather! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Agree that it was a great book to read, but really hard to review!

    Kate @ If These Books Could Talk

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    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by!

      Totally great book but extremely hard to it justice!

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