Today on my blog I have the Unfolding tour. On my stop there is a spotlight, review, guest post, and giveaway.
Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.
And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town.
When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known—including his growing relationship with Stormi herself.
PRAISE for UNFOLDING
Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he's an outcast and she's the most perfect girl he knows. And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah's physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates life by sensing things before they happen. And her most recent premonition is urging her to leave town. When Stormi begs Jonah for help, he finds himself swept into a dark mystery his small town has been keeping for years. And the answers Stormi needs about her own past could possibly destroy everything Jonah has ever known -- including his growing relationship with Stormi herself. 'Unfolding' by author Jonathan Friesen is a consistently compelling novel from beginning to end and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to highschool and community library YA Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that 'Unfolding' is also available in a Kindle edition ($9.99). -- Midwest Book Review
An awkward 18-year-old and his enigmatic crush discover that their town hides a terrible secret. Gullary, Oklahoma, a former mining town that is now dominated by a maximum security prison and ruled by a group of vigilantes called the Circle, has always been prone to violent storms. White narrator Jonah, afflicted with scoliosis and epilepsy (aka "Old Rickety"), is more preoccupied with Stormi, a "free and wild" spirit with a healing touch and psychic powers, than storms. Wandering in and out of occasionally florid flashbacks peppered with fake Latin, self-deprecating humor, and self-pity, Jonah recounts the awkward evolution of his friendship with Stormi and his misadventures with Old Rickety and his twisted spine. When Stormi predicts a tragic accident and comes under the Circle's suspicion, she and Jonah flee Gullary, learning its dark secret along the way. Someoneor somethingwants justice, and they're its instruments. Several plot points pass in a whirlwind of explanations, losing some emotional impact. Tired tropes, such as epilepsy as a harbinger of evil spirits, abound. However, when the dust settles, some strong character development remains. The biblical, ominous atmosphere of Gullary provides a vivid backdrop for Jonah's and Stormi's feelings of longing and alienation, which are further explored through occasionally poignant banter and conflicted family relationships. The almost-romance is engaging. A flawed but darkly atmospheric read. (Fiction. 13-18) -- Kirkus Reviews
This is not my normal book and I was a little lost trying to understand the heroine Stormi but with that said I enjoyed the book. I really loved the hero Jonah. I connected to him instantly and kept turning the pages to get to know him more. He's a great hero and so easy to connect with. He's honest, kind, social awkward, but he's such a good friend to Stormi. I had a hard time connecting to Stormi but I did like her and how much she was there for Jonah. Overall I would recommend this book. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.
10 Favorite Books Read This Year
1. Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
2. Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
3. The Complete Stories of Winnie the Pooh (I read this every year)
4. I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier (This one haunted me)
5. Until they Bring the Streetcars Back (One the best books you’ve never heard of)
6. Samurai Shortstop by Alan Gratz
7. Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher
8. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
9. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
Hunger Games (I was a little late to the party!)
Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I would also like to say Thank You to Jonathan for letting me review your book and say Thank You to Jean for letting me participate in this blog tour. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below.