May 15, 2013

Untethered review + Interview with the author + GIVEAWAY!

UntetheredAuthor: Katie Hayoz
Release Date: April 25, 2013
Publisher:  Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Pages: 350
Format: E-book

Synopsis: Sylvie isn't comfortable in her own skin. In fact, there are times she can't even manage to stay inside it. But if there is one thing she's sure of, it's her love for Kevin Phillips. She's willing to stake everything on it--her family, her friends, and possibly her soul.

Sixteen-year-old Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie's loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn't count on it all spiraling out of control.

Untethered explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealous and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability.

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Review: I received this book for review to help get a little publicity out on the book. I decided to read it for my first book on my Read-A-Thon challenge. I am glad I did. It over all was a very good book.

I will start by saying she did well to right it in a good first person that was pretty descriptive the whole time. It helps you to be able to picture the whole book.

This book is about Sylvie. She is a short and very skinny young girl in high school. Her self esteem is super low, especially now that her best friend has gotten her curves over the summer. All the guys want her best friend, Cassie, and she feels none are looking at her. Sylvie's worst nightmares come true when the guy she is in love with starts to fall in love with Cassie. The rest of the book goes between Sylvie's hatred for Kevin, her crush, wanting Cassie instead of her, and the devastation going on at her home life as well. Her episodes gets worse with her out of body experiences. To her, her life can't get any worse....then she finds out that it can.

I over all really enjoyed this book. But I will be honest to say it took me a little bit to get into it. I read this on an e-reader an I was probably 30% into it before I was like okay, I actually enjoy this, I have to see what happens now. I am not sure exactly why that is, she didn't write badly and she has alot of information to drag you in and feel bad for Sylvie, I just had a little trouble getting into it at first.

There were a few problems I had with the book, but in order to tell you all, I will have to give spoilers for the book that I don't want to do. Just trust me when I say, the book is definitely worth reading. I'm just one that looks into the fine print with certain things to find somethings contradict themselves in the book. you are more than welcome to email me on the spoilers and I will happily tell you them, but to be fair to all of you, I will leave the spoilers out of this review.

You still fall in love with Sylvie and are proud of her at the end. The ending could be a little better just because you want to know what happened to a couple of the characters and you never find out what ended up happening to them. So I at the end was still left with the feeling of needing to know how it truly ended. Some endings you can kinda piece them together but this one I am having trouble figuring it out on my own. It could have used a couple more chapters.

I still really enjoyed it, so please don't feel the need to not read it. It is definitely another book that will make you rethink your actions. I have been graduated 7 years now, but as I read this book I thought back to my high school years wishing I did somethings differently and also seeing my own relationships with my boyfriend and family in a new light as well. You get happy to see how the characters progress and are left with a good feeling when the book ends.

There is the family troubles of divorce as well as jealousy coming up to spoil friendships. This book is a good example of how to see that not all experiences are worth letting ruin friendships that you have for so long. Jealousy can be a demon to anyone, especially when your self esteem is so low. You get that fuzzy feeling of learning to love who you are with this book. We all need to be comfortable in our own skin, seeing that we are meant to be how we are.

I hope all of you will give this book a chance, it for sure deserves it. I have linked above how to get it on Amazon in either paperback or through kindle.

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Image of Katie HayozINTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, KATIE HAYOZ


1. There is a lot about out of body experiences in the book. Is this something you have researched yourself outside of your book?

Yes and no. When I was a girl, I fell down the basement stairs and I swear I had a spontaneous projection. I felt myself bobbing near the ceiling, if only for a second, and watched my body tumble down the stairs without me in it. My mom, too, says she had an out-of-body experience when giving birth to my oldest brother. When I was in high school, I "rediscovered" astral projection and bought a dozen books on the subject. But have I tried, purposefully, to send my soul outside of my body? No way. I'm too chicken. Which is weird, because I wasn't scared when I had that OBE above my basement stairs.
However, I have been dipping my toes into paranormal research outside of books and articles. It's what I like to write, so I want to have experienced as much as possible. In March, I attended a channeling workshop. Let me tell you, that was a wild weekend!

 
2. What gave you the idea to write Untethered?
 
I read the book Stranger with My Face by Lois Duncan when I was seventeen. It involved astral projection and I knew I wanted to explore that idea further, so I wrote a short story that same year. The story itself wasn’t very good, but the idea of a teenager playing with astral projection stuck with me for years. The novel barely resembles the original short story, except that the characters’ names never changed, and Sylvie still messes up. While writing the novel, I found myself exploring the idea of self-doubt, insecurity, and obsession more fully than I had imagined I would.
 
3. What was your most favorite part to write about?

The out-of-body experiences, by far. I ended up cutting out probably 3/4 of the projection scenes I had written. They were just so fun to write, and I could let my imagination fly. I originally had a lot more with Sylvie learning and exploring her abilities, but in the end those scenes (no matter how cool) didn't advance the plot. The other parts I loved writing were the flashbacks on Sylvie and Cassie's friendship. Their friendship is the main thrust of the novel and I learned to love those two characters and their past.
 
4. Were there any parts in the book that were difficult to write about?

The main character, Sylvie, is not your usual YA heroine. She’s not drop-dead gorgeous, isn’t a kick-ass warrior, doesn’t have some ancient secret to hide. She astral projects, but it makes her an outcast. She sees herself as a loser of sorts and is somewhat self-centered. All of these things add up to making it extremely difficult to write her as a character the reader wants to root for in the end, despite her flaws. Getting her to the point where we might even begin to sympathize with her took me forever.

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Katie has been nice enough to offer an E-Book of her book to one lucky winner!
 
I will be running the giveaway for a week, and will pick the winner on May 22, 2013. I will be posting the winner here on my blog on that day and sending out an email to the lucky winner!
 
Good Luck!


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