September 27, 2013

Review + Giveaway: Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards


Welcome to my review stop on the Six Months Later blog tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. 

At each stop on the tour, there will be a "Question of the Day", which you may answer to earn more points on the Rafflecopter. The more QODs you answer, the more likely you will be to win the tour-wide giveaway. Basically, more points in the Rafflecopter = better chance to win the prize pack.

Find the entire tour schedule at the end of this post!

Title: Six Months Later
Author: Natalie D. Richards
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Contemporary/Suspense/Mystery
Release Date: October 1st, 2013
My Review Copy: ARC via Netgalley

Blurb:
Forgetting changed her. Remembering might destroy her. 
Chloe didn't think about it much when she nodded off in study hall on that sleepy summer day. But when she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.
What happened to her?
And why can't she remember?

***My Review***
This is one of those books where once you start reading, those pages will just keep flying because you just HAVE to know what happens next. There is just soo much mystery surrounding Chloe's memory loss. Six Months Later is suspenseful, tension-filled, creepy...and I loved every single moment!
The mystery and suspense start at the beginning of the second chapter, which I loved, as there are never any slow parts in the book. By that time, we have already been introduced to our main character Chloe, and I felt like I knew her after only one chapter. This really attests to the author's quick but thourough character building. Speaking of characters, I may not have liked them all, as there are some not-so-nice ones, but they all fufilled their roles perfectly. Long story shot, Natalie Richards presented her characters in such a way that you really get to know everyone in all of the ways that count. 
I loved the relationship between Chloe and her best friend Maggie. Right from the start we see that Chloe is a loyal friend to Maggie, which I really admired. Some things happen that cause a rift in their friendship, but that is all part of what happened during the mysterious "six months" that Chloe cannot remember. I will say that there is quite a bit of romance here for those of you who look for that. There are two love interests in this story, Blake and Adam, or so it would seem. We soon find out that nothing is quite what it seems at all. 
The pacing was perfect. I flew through this story, but NEVER because I was skimming. As I said before, you will simply be dying to uncover the mystery along with Chloe. I had made some guesses as to what was behind her memory loss, and though I had the general idea right, there were many revelations that completely shocked me!
The one thing that bugged me a little was that Chloe's mother was such a strange bird. She loved to push things under the rug, and would get soo upset when Chloe would try to explain what was happening to her. This made Chloe feel as though she had to downplay her memory loss to apease her mother, which caused her to feel very much alone in what was a very scary situation. Even though I wished her mother would have been more caring and less neroutic, I understand that this was vital to Chloe's growth as a character and drove the plot forward. Also, it is quite real. I'm sure there are many girls who have mom's like Chloe's and will feel connected our main character in a deeper way because of that.
There were a few plot points that some may say were left unresolved. I noticed this too, though I feel it would be "spoilery" to point them all out specifically. The main revelation at the end was more than enough for this reader, and it left some of the minor mysteries for me to specualte on after I finished the book. Personally, I felt that just enough was revealed for me to make my own conclusions regarding some of the loose ends concerning a couple of the minor characters.  My opinion on this is that in any mystery(whether fictional or real life), you may never find an answer to everythingThat is just how life is. If every single detail were neatly laid out in the end, it would have seemed phony to me.
Overall I was very impressed with Six Months Later. It has everything I look for in a mystery/suspense/thriller. The characters were engaging; the plot was nicely developed, quick, and suspenseful. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a contempory setting with a ton of mystery, a sprinkling of suspense, and a dash of romance thrown in for good measure!

***My Rating***
4/5 STARS

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About the Author:
Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.)  She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction.  When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.

***Tour Giveaway***
- (1) Autographed copy of Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
- (1) Starbucks Gift Card
- Some promo goodies
OPEN IN U.S./CANADA ONLY

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Question of the Day (QOD)
After reading my review above, do you think you would enjoy Six Months Later? Why or why not?
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Tour Schedule
SEPTEMBER 25th
The UnofficialAddiction Book Fan Club & A Reading Nurse -> Welcome to the Fantastic Flying Book Club & Find Me Reviews


SEPTEMBER 26th
Reader Rising -> Review + Dream Cast
Book Worm In Barrie -> Review
Book Swoon -> Review + Excerpt
Nick's Book Blog -> Review + Interview

 
SEPTEMBER 27th
Paper Cuts -> Review + Excerpt
Jessabella Reads -> Review 
Curling Up With A Good Book -> Review + Dream Cast

SEPTEMBER 28th
Addicted 2 Novels -> Review + Excerpt
Doodle's Book Blog -> Review
Book Sp(l)ot Reviews -> Review + Dream Cast

 
SEPTEMBER 29th
The Bookish Outsider -> Review + Interview
Coffee, Books and Me -> Review + Favorite Quote

 
SEPTEMBER 30th
Some Like It Paranormal -> Review + Excerpt
Peace, Love And Fangirl -> Review + Dream Cast
The Life & Times of a Book Addict -> Review + Excerpt 


OCTOBER 1st
Forever 17 Books -> Review + Favorite Quote
Best Chick Lit -> Review
Literary Meanderings -> Review
Wicca Witch 4 Book Blog -> Review + Guest Post

OCTOBER 2nd
The UnofficialAddiction Book Fan Club -> Find Me Review
A Reading Nurse -> Six Months Later Review

OCTOBER 3rd
The UnofficialAddiction Book Fan Club -> Six Months Later Review
A Reading Nurse -> Find Me Review




12 comments:

  1. Hi Jessica!!

    Thank you so much for having me and for your lovely review -- I'm super excited to be here and so happy you enjoyed Six Months Later! Thanks again!

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  2. I definitely think I would enjoy this book based on your review, just from the first few sentences!! This sounds like a definite page-turner!

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  3. I would like it because of the mystery, suspense and a little romance thrown in for good measure.

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  4. Suspenseful, thrilling and creepy! Sounds so good. I am looking forward to this one. Thank you for participating in the tour and giving me the chance to hear about this one!

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  5. This sounds like a really good read. I love books where you just have to keep reading to figure it out!

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  6. I love mystery and suspense and i think I'd love this book too :))) Can't wait to read it :)

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  7. I love a good mystery/romance when it can keep me guessing. I think I would very much enjoy this book.

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  8. I love a good mystery novel, and after your review I will be adding this to my TBR list for the future!! you have a awesome blog as well

    xo
    Sarah @ The Ultimate Bookworms.

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  9. I definitely think I'd like it because I love fast-paced books that keep you reading all day! Thanks!

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  10. OMG! just reading the blurb makes you want to read the whole book! the review was awesome! im gonna recomment it to my sister coz she likes mysteries and mind blowing books! Thank you!

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  11. This book sounds a little scary and quite the mystery, seems like a perfect pick for Halloween. Thanks for giveaway.

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