Blog Tour Review – Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown

 

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Hello lovelies! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. This book is a must-read for all ages and I think it’s absolutely a wonderful and heartwarming story.

I don’t think I have enough words to express how much I loved reading this story. Willa and the Whale is one of my favorite pleasant surprise reads this year and has a special place in my heart. I can’t wait for you to fall in love with Willa and Meg.

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Can a whale talk to a human? Willa thinks so…

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Published: March 3, 2020

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

ISBN: 9781629727318

Retail Price: $16.99  Page Count: Hardcover, 256

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Contemporary

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Cover Illustration: © Iconic Bestiary/Shutterstock.com

Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Emily Remington

 

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“Moving and buoyant, an insightful tale of grief, loss, and resilience.”

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“A moving story that presents raw grief and the hope born of healing in a sensitive, realistic manner.”

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After losing her mom, Willa is grieving and having a hard time living with her dad and his new family on an island off the coast of Washington State. Her dad tries to cheer her up by taking her whale watching, something Willa’s mom used to do.

While all the passengers are on one side of the boat, Willa encounters a humpback whale on the opposite side. Willa feels so lonely that she starts to talk to the whale—and the whale talks back!

The whale, named Meg, quickly becomes a trusted friend and confidante Willa can speak to whenever she’s by the ocean.

Meg offers sound advice Willa needs about dealing with a nemesis at school and trying to figure out why her friend Marc is keeping secrets about his family life.

Before the story ends, it will take all of Willa’s courage and connections to tackle a problem that’s as big as a blue whale!

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Deeply moving, Heartfelt, and Sweet in all the best ways

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My heart feels so happy and filled with warmth and so much love! Willa and the Whale is a unique and beautiful story about grief, sadness and learning how to move on. It’s deeply moving, heartfelt, and sweet in all the best ways.

Chad Morris and Shelly Brown created an amazingly wonderful and poignant story that absolutely touched my heart. I think the authors’ writing style is captivating and had me hooked from the start. I really like how they managed to address sensitive issues in a lighthearted, but meaningful and believable way. The characters are just so delightful and loveable. Willa stole a piece of my heart and I adore her completely. I enjoyed her conversations with Meg, her sense of adventure, her love for the ocean and its creatures, and her spunk. The side characters are pretty interesting too and I didn’t really dislike anyone. The story moves along quite nicely and there’s enough intrigue, drama, and excitement that kept me turning the pages.

I honestly loved so many things about this book. I loved Meg, her humor and her stories. The friendship between Willa and Marc was so endearing and watching them both finally open up to each other was heartwarming. I also loved reading the journal entries before each chapter. I loved exploring the tide pools and learning new facts about ocean life. I loved how everyone came together to solve a problem and I absolutely loved the ENDING!! It was just perfect and my favorite pleasant surprise from this lovely tale. And while some parts of this story are indeed sad and made me tear up a few times, there’s also so much joy, wonder, hope and love.

Willa and the Whale by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown is an unforgettable and affecting story about death, sadness, friendship, family, and acceptance. It’s well-written and such an enjoyable read. But more than anything, I love that it teaches, heals, and reminds us that sometimes letting go doesn’t mean we forget. Everyone and everything that touches us will always be a part of us. And it’s okay to be sad. We all feel it, experience it, and deal with it in our own ways, and whichever way that is, it’s going to be okay.

I honestly can’t recommend this enough and I’m sure plenty of readers would love this too… not just middle grade or young adults. I think this book is perfect for all ages.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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SHELLY BROWN was born in the Northwest and grew up near the ocean. It’s a part of her. She can surf and point out all sorts of sea creatures and plants (though not necessarily at the same time.) Now that she lives in the mountains, she has saved money, planned, and taken Chad and their five kids to both coasts to swim, surf, search tide pools, snorkel, and watch sea lions, seals, turtles, whales, and more. Her soul speaks ocean.

Growing up, CHAD MORRIS was fascinated by blue whales. He read books about the world’s largest creature and did grade school reports on them. He drew pictures of them and taped them to his wall (the pictures, not whales—that would be impossible). He would love to see a blue whale in real life, but he’d rather not meet a Bobbitt or zombie worm. Seriously, he’d prefer his bones not become jelly.

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Blog Tour Review – What the Other Three Don’t Know by Spencer Hyde

 

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Hello sweeties! Today, I’ll be sharing my review for What the Other Three Don’t Know by Spencer Hyde published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. This book releases today and I highly recommend you check it out.

I’ve never read anything by Hyde before and when I first started reading this book, I was expecting a good story about teens, self-discovery, and acceptance. Well, it was definitely more than a good story. and I was surprised by all the emotions I felt.  I honestly didn’t expect to feel so much, but I did and I loved it  and I hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful story.

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Will I still be loved if I show people who I really am?  

Four high school seniors. Four secrets about to be told.

 

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Published: March 3, 2020

Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing

ISBN: 9781629727325

Retail Price: $17.99  Page Count: Hardcover, 224

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary

Book Design: © Shadow Mountain

Cover Illustration: Danny Schlitz

Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Sheryl Dickert Smith

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If Indie had it her way, she would never choose to river raft with three other high school seniors, mostly strangers to each other, from her journalism class.
 
A loner, a jock, an outsider, an Instagram influencer. At first they can’t see anything that they have in common. As the trip unfolds, the unpredictable river forces them to rely on each other. Social masks start to fall as, one-by-one, each teen reveals a deep secret the other three don’t know.
 
One is harboring immense grief and unwilling to forgive after the death of a loved one. One is dealing with a new disability and an uncertain future. One is fearful of the repercussions of coming out. One is hiding behind a carefully curated “perfect” image on Instagram.
 
Before they get to the end of Hells Canyon, they’ll know the truth about each other and, more importantly, learn something new about themselves.
 
What the Other Three Don’t Know is a poignant and gripping YA novel about the unlikely friends who accept you for who you really are and the power of self-acceptance.

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A haunting, emotional, and exhilarating adventure about friendship, forgiveness, and acceptance. 

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What the Other Three Don’t Know by Spencer Hyde is such a beautifully written YA contemporary story about forgiveness, courage, acceptance, friendship and finally learning to let go and move forward. It’s haunting, exciting, and an asbolutely fantastic emotional adventure and I loved it all.

This story was so utterly heartbreaking at times, but also truly and wonderfully moving. Hyde’s storytelling style captivated me from the start. I enjoyed his literary techniques which made me feel like I was a character in the story rather than just a reader. The vivid and lush descriptions of the settings, the river, and the landscapes enthralled me and I enjoyed experiencing what the characters felt in every moment. I loved the suspense, the thrills, and the anticipation of never knowing what’s going to happen next. I felt like I was friends with the characters and I was taking the journey with them. At the end of it all, I think this book’s best surprise is all the important and inspiring messages throughout the story.

The pacing has a really nice flow and the plot moves just like a river. There are some calm and touching moments that warmed my heart, a few bumps, twists, and turns that surprised me, and some very intense and terrifying situations that had me holding my breath. There was teen drama, action, excitement, suspense, humor, and even romance. This adventure was definitely an exhilarating, emotional, and breathtaking experience I won’t easily forget.

I think the characters are just so precious and wonderful. I didn’t like all of them right away, but by the end, I can definitely say that I love, adore, and admire Indie, Wyatt, Skye and Shelby for different reasons. They’re dealing with their own issues and insecurities so each of them affected me and I coulnd’t help but root for each of them throughout their journey.  I felt their joy, their pain, their anger, their sadness, and their fears. It was real and raw and quite beautiful to watch them all grow and mature. After spending time with themI felt proud of what they’ve conquered and accomplished. I loved seeing them work through their issues, become friends amidst all their differences, and ultimately find the strength to be true to who they really are.

What the Other Three Don’t Know is a such a poignant, touching, and beautiful story. The writing is amazing, the plot is twisty, intense, and thrilling, and the characters are realistic and loveable. I loved the friendships. I loved the chemistry between Indie and Skye. I loved the humor and sweet moments. I loved all the emotions I felt and the scenes that had me on edge. I loved that I couldn’t put this book down and was absolutely engrossed from the start. As a first time reader of Hyde’s stories, I can honestly say that I completely enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this talented and brilliant author.

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher, Shadow Mountain Publishing, in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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That’s how time works. It’s a river that flows right past you. It doesn’t wait for you. You’re lucky if you manage to dip your hand in it and feel the cool currents as it passes.

We are all more than one thing, and that’s how things should be.

The world tells us we can’t be multiple things, but screw that. Be what you want. Be a particle and a wave. Light bends just like the river, but only when we see it correctly. One path is set until we decide to look, then it all changes. Maybe we are all just finally looking.

People matter — not the things. Be the thing that allows you to be you. Don’t let people corner you into being just one.

Because even those we once hated can show us how to love. Because choices will always exist, and when they present themselves, I hope to always reach for the right hand. Because forgiveness is the real river we run in this life.

Life is always dark until we bounce off each other.

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SPENCER HYDE spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He is the author of the YA novel Waiting for Fitz. Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD, specializing in fiction, short humor pieces, and essays. Spencer and his wife are the parents of four children.

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