Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Tour {Review + Giveaway} Eleanor by Jason Gurley


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: Eleanor begins in 1962 with the first Eleanor. Eleanor is a young wife and mother who lives with the regret of never following her dream and becoming a professional swimmer. 1962 leads into 1985 where we meet Eleanor's twin grandchildren, Esmeralda and Eleanor. Through a series of events, (which I won't give anything away, but I will tell you that you really have to read this book) we are forwarded into the future, 1993 to be exact and Eleanor is trying her best to hold her family together.

Told in multiple perspectives - Eleanor, Agnes, Paul, and little/teenage Eleanor, Eleanor is captivatingly beautiful in it's writing. Jason Gurley has created the perfect blend of fantasy and drama to create a YA novel that is simply amazing and a must read for 2014.

Being completely honest, there were a few times where I was confused and didn't seem to know what exactly was going on, but I stuck with the book and am so glad I did. The ending was perfect and knew exactly how to leave the reader craving more. Rereading Eleanor a second time made everything easier to understand and allowed me to see things that I had missed the first time around.

Eleanor is book that will simply take your breathe away and lead you into another world. I highly recommend Eleanor to readers and have added this book to my list of the best 2014 reads. I will be telling my local librarian all about this book in hopes that we can get it on our shelves. 
About the Author:

Gurley_Jason_3 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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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful review! I agree sometimes it was over my head but I just went with it and it all worked out in the end. Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop!