Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door blog tour hosted by JeanBookNerd.  My stop includes a spotlight plus my review of this book. 

Title: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
Author: Karen Finneyfrock
Publisher: Viking Children's 
Publication: February 21st, 2013
Format: paperback
Pages: 272


That’s the day the trouble started. 
The trouble that nearly ruined my life. 
The trouble that turned me Dark. 
The trouble that begs me for revenge.

Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year.

But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia’s quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she’s forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.

This debut novel from Karen Finneyfrock establishes her as a bright, bold, razor-sharp new voice for teens.

My Review

This book was full of awesomeness.  I loved everything about it.  Celia is the type of girl that anyone could relate to.  After her best friend moves, her parents do a "trial separate", and the incident that happened in middle school,  Celia dresses in dark to hide her pain and seek revenge.  She uses poetry as an escape outlet which I loved.  Poetry was the one thing that saved her other than Drake.  When this new guy shows up and shares his darkest secret with Celia, she then wonders which is more important.  the friendship or the revenge.   I really loved how Celia was vulnerable and tough at the same time.  She really did care what they others were doing and saying to her she just acted as if she didn't and plotted.  

This story was beautifully written and well crafted.  I loved how Karen incorporated poetry in this book.  Celia's poetry was beautiful.  It shows us that anyone can write poetry to express themselves.  The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door is one of the books that grabs your attention after the very first page and won't let go.  Once I started this book, I honestly couldn't put it down.  I wanted to know what was going to happen and what those secrets were.  When I found out what happened in middle school, I was a little let down.  I thought something really huge happened, but that wasn't the case at all.  It didn't take from the story though.   

The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door was an enthralling story that had me hooked after the very first page.  I enjoyed following Celia on her journey through this book.  I loved her as a character.  This book focuses  a lot on how important friendship is.  Celia faces a lot of issues that kids in school face today.  That is what also draws a reader in.  I got to see and fell how she felt.  I highly recommend this book to everyone.   

Karen Finneyfrock is a poet, novelist and teaching artist in Seattle, WA. Her young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, is due from Viking Children’s Books on February 21, 2013.Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, was released on Write Bloody press in 2010.  She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.



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