Friday, September 29, 2017

Tour Spotlight/Giveaway!! The West Woods, by Suzy Vadori

Welcome to the blog tour for 
The West Woods,
sponsored by
YA Bound Book Tours!!

For my stop, I'm featuring 
a mini-review with excerpt!
There's also a tour-sponsored giveaway!!

The West Woods
(The Fountain Series, Book 2)
Suzy Vadori
Trade Paperback, 290 pages
Evil Alter Ego Press
September 22, 1027
Contemporary Fiction, 
Fantasy, Speculative Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction

Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus Boarding School. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school's fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.

As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.

This mini-review is of the excerpt below, 
not the entire book.

This short excerpt offers an interesting inside look at the rather troubled relationship between Courtney and her dad. We get a glimpse of her feelings about this boarding school she's so eager to escape. It looks like the author has woven some psychological depth into this novel, and I really like that! This type of plot will never fail to intrigue me. 
 I like Courtney's voice, too. She certainly has a poetic flair about her, as she describes the ivy growing on the school buildings. 
In short, I definitely want to read this one! Of course, I want to read the first book, The Fountain, as well! I think this is a series to watch!

Chapter One

No Retreat

Courtney had one foot out of the car door, with her body still firmly planted inside. Her throat tightened as the campus loomed before her. A dusting of snow graced the trees and roofs. Though she’d attended St. Augustus for ninth grade and half of the tenth already, it didn’t feel like home.

The school’s buildings were set well back from the road, and Courtney stared at them now. The whole scene felt out of place in Massachusetts. She’d always thought the oldest building on campus could be a castle like you’d find in France or England. At one time, its coating of green ivy had fascinated Courtney, like it was being gobbled up by the vines. As the semesters had passed, though, the plain red brick of the newer buildings seemed more in tune with the personality of the school she’d come to know.

Courtney sighed as she watched her dad walk away from the parking lot toward the dorm with her older sister Hanna. Winter break had ended too soon.

“I’ll wash your car every night if you reconsider?” she called out.

As if he hadn’t heard her, her dad pulled the lapel of his suit jacket up over his face against the cold and continued walking toward the dorm. He didn’t turn back. She wracked her brain for something else to offer, but came up with nothing.

After a long pause, Courtney hoisted her duffel bag from the car seat beside her up onto her shoulder. She pulled her long, bushy red hair out from under its strap. She could just stay in the car. Once her dad got Hanna settled in her room and returned to the parking lot, the two of them could go. Home. Courtney pictured his face turning a deep shade of red if she tried that. It wasn’t going to be that simple. She’d argued her case all last semester, the entire winter break, then the whole car ride up here from Boston today. He hadn’t given an inch.

Finally, she pulled herself off the leather seat of the car and stepped out into the staff parking lot where they weren’t supposed to park. Jim Wallis regularly ignored "No Parking" signs. Besides, he wasn’t planning to stay long. Courtney shut the car door with a satisfying slam.…

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This is the first book in this 
EXCITING series!!

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Suzy Vadori is an operations executive by day, writer by night. The Fountain was her debut novel for Young Adults, and was an Aurora Award Finalist in 2016. The West Woods is Book 2 in The Fountain Series, a prequel telling the story the year before The Fountain takes place.

Suzy is an involved member of the Calgary Writers' community; she has served as Program Manager for Young Adults at "When Words Collide" (a Calgary festival for readers and Writers) since 2013. 

Suzy lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with her husband and three kids. 


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