Monday, January 21, 2013

Blog Tour Review: Shrapnel by Stephanie Lawton

It’s been six years since Dylanie and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but her.

Now she’s sixteen, her dad’s moved out, her mom’s come out of the closet and Dylan’s got a spot on Paranormal Teen, a reality TV show filming at historic Oakleigh Mansion. She’ll spend a weekend with two other psychic teens—Jake and Ashley—learning how to control her abilities.

None of them realized how much their emotional baggage would put them at the mercy of Oakleigh’s resident spirits, or that they’d find themselves pawns in the 150-year-old battle for the South’s legendary Confederate gold. Each must conquer their personal ghosts to face down Jackson, a seductive spirit who will do anything to protect the gold’s current location and avenge a heinous attack that destroyed his family.

Stephanie Lawton? Yes. Ghost stories? Yes. Stephanie Lawton ghost story? Yes, please, times a billion! So when the blog tour came around for this, I stood up and shouted ‘I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE’. Or as much as one can do that over an email and not look, you know, completely psychotic.

So everything Stephanie Lawton did just freaking perfect in her first novel, Want she brings back in Shrapnel. What is that? A kick ass heroine and a love triangle for the ages.*

*This from a girl who claims she hates love triangles. I amend that now. Stephanie Lawton is the only author I’ve ever read that doesn’t make me want to claw my eyes out while reading a love triangle.

We alternate between 3 POVs, Dylanie, Jake and Ashley. Dylan, who’s rough and tough and doesn’t give a crap what anyone (ghosts included) think (or at least that’s what she tells herself). Jake, a polite Yankee who would just love to be normal for once and Ashley, a sweet little Belle who would give anything to undo her past. Mix these kids, a tenacious Civil War ghost and a TV crew and you are asking for a good time.

Now, I mentioned a love triangle, didn’t I? Poor Dylan has both sexy and very alive empath Jake and the sexily mysterious and slightly psychotic Civil War ghost Jackson vying for her attention. You might think this an unfair triangle cause when you think of Civil War soldiers you think men in too-tight double-breasted jackets looking like a stuffed sausage. Uh. No. Jackson has all the charm a Southern gent should have and in no way resembles a processed meat. However, like with Want, I unabashedly waved my ‘team’ flag then as I do now. The answer is Jake.

This book left me just wanting more and more of these characters and this story. It’s a quick read and I turned the last page I whined to my sleeping cat “but I want more!!”. The cat didn’t care. I feel like this is pretty obvious, but I want more Stephanie Lawton books. Basically, she couldn’t write them fast enough for me.

And as if you need another reason to go get this book: there might be a blurb somewhere on the outside (back) of the book. It might be mine. Might. It might have also made my life. This is truth.

If you like the sound of Shrapnel, also check out Want by Stephanie Lawton and The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith.

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