Thursday, February 4, 2016

In the After by Elisa Dane Blog Tour

Hi, and welcome to my stop on the tour!! Thanks for stopping in today! Below you will find info on the book, the author, Elisa Dane, a Giveaway (YAY!!), and of course, My Thoughts (cause I love to share!!). Oh, and make sure you check out other stops on the tour for author interviews, guest posts, and lots more fun! 

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  • One (1) winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of In the After by Elisa Dane(INT)

In the After by Elisa Dane
Publication Date:  February 2, 2016
Publisher:  Swoon Romance

Sadie Reynolds is a liar with secrets. At school, she’s part of the popular crowd known as AE, despite being broken inside. She hides it well. She has to. The slightest bit of imperfection will land her in the same shoes as her Geeky neighbor named Ian.

Ian and his only friend are the object of Sadie’s friends’ ridicule, ire, and entertainment. The AE rule the school with intimidation and retribution against anyone who would dare question their supremacy.

Sadie steers clear of most of it, terrified someone will find out her secret. She isn’t the least bit perfect. In fact, she suffers from PTSD stemming from the murder of her mother right before her eyes when she was a child. She can barely cope from day-to-day, hiding her truth and trying to fit in. But she knows it’s only a matter of time.

Hayden is a “Waverly,” a kid with the misfortune of living in the small farming town of Waverly that borders the very affluent Lexington Parrish. The AE doesn’t mix with “Waverlies.” Ever.

Desperate to get away from her oppressive friends, Sadie crashes into Hayden at a bonfire and the attraction that sparks between them is nothing short of electric. But Hayden’s an outsider and when things heat up, Sadie will be forced to choose between her friends and her new boyfriend.

Only Queen Bee Britt isn’t having it. She will not allow Sadie to cross her. Sadie can either do what Britt wants her to do or she will reveal Sadie for the PTSD freak that she is.

Sadie does some soul searching about who she is and who she wants to be. She can’t live her life like this. Not any more. One fateful night will help her see how much things have to change.

She’s determined to no longer allow the AE to rule her life. She will be strong, stand up for Ian and love who she wants in Hayden. Determined and invigorated, Sadie goes to school feeling hopeful for the first time in forever.

But, the unthinkable happens.

Shooters attack dozens of students before the two eventually take their own lives, leaving the school a decimated shadow of what it once was.

Suddenly who lives where, wears what or loves whom seems like the least of Lexington Parish’s problems as everyone and everything changes forever in the after.

IN THE AFTER by Elisa Dane is a hard-hitting and heart-warming story of tragedy, love, loss and redemption. It is recommended for readers 14+.

Elisa Dane loves books, chocolate, reality television, her family, and All Star Cheerleading. Not necessarily in that order! She writes contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. She writes what she knows, and it’s her hope that her stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you’ll find a new respect for the sport of All Star Cheerleading you may not have had before. She’s represented by Brittany Booker of the Booker/Albert Agency, and has published a NA paranormal series under her real name, Lisa Sanchez.

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My Thoughts: 

The Cover: The cover to In The After is pretty, a young girl reaching up to kiss a boy. It is a nice touch that it is black and white, but while the cover is sweet, it is not what made me want to read the story.
The Plot:  In The After had a great storyline. It started off a little slow to me, but I think that's because I read a lot of adventure and drama. It got better fast. There was a lot of drama for this well crafted story and the plot bombs just kept coming. Just when I expected something to happen something totally different would take place and catch me off guard.
The Characters:  I absolutely loved our protagonist because I could totally relate to her. Having the weight of both her own and her best friend's worlds on her shoulders, Sadie struggles to act exactly as Britt expects her to. Because if she doesn't, all of their worst secrets will become public knowledge. While I hated Britt with ever ounce of my being, she was the ultimate Queen bitch. She was written supremely, there is just no other way to describe it.
I kept expecting that Sadie would end up with Ian. Another twist I didn't expect. You can actually watch Ian's decline. It was so sad, but again I expected that he would climb out of the depths of hell. Hayden, on the other hand, although he is misunderstood, just seems to be absolutely perfect. A little too perfect if you ask me. I am having a hard time deciding whether I liked this character or not.
Is it Worth Reading?:  Absolutely! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I just couldn't wait to see what devious deed Britt would pull next. And of course, how she would eat crow in the end. While she didn't exactly 'eat crow', I think the point was made and she will be a different person in the future. I think all of the characters will be. I would highly recommend In The After to readers of young adult and drama fiction and give it 5 out of 5 crossbows.

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