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The Castaways by Jessika Fleck + Giveaway! #BlogTour

#I joined YA Reads Blog Tours of The Castaways book blog tour which runs from April 3 to April 16. Below are all the information you’d like to know about The Castaways plus my review! And the most amazing part is the Giveaway. Feel free to read or browse this page!

Book Title: The Castaways

Author: Jessika Fleck

Release Date: April 3, 2017

Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous. Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing. Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home. But victory may require more betrayal, sacrifice, and heartbreak than she’s ready for.

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Thank you NetGalley and Entangled TEEN for a free digital copy.

Olive Maxi Gagmuehler, is a victim of bullying. They call her Olive McGaggy. She suffered a lot from the three means girls as they did horrible and disgusting things to her. While running away from one of the bullies in the corn maze she ended up in a corn maze and her adventure begins.

The island controls all the kids there. Kids who are running away into something. A window will open if they face and overcome their fear. Plus, they don’t grow older there. There is no ticking time but days passes by.

The island divided into two groups: Lions and Panther were they fight for who will dominate the island.

I enjoyed reading this book. It’s like I’m in a different world. It is one of the books that I couldn’t turn away. A page turner and almost every part is intense! It was well written and favorite is Bug! Adorable and cute Bug!

However, I’m confused with chronological time of how the kids got there. And I still have questions like: How come Will didn’t age when they supposed to go back to their time? How come he went out after twenty-nine days and half after Olive in the same year? I think he’s supposed to be older and went put to his time?

But still, this book got me hooked and I really enjoyed it though I don’t like the title in each chapter as it kind of bothers me

Reading Period: April 2, 2017

Rating: ★★★★☆

Jessika Fleck is an author, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, Kidliterati, and is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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Giveaway Info:

Prize Pack with The Castaways + swag. An Amazon gift card in the case of an international winner.

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The Excerpt

But everything’s clear. I do know where to go. “I’m going to find that boulder—” I suck in shallow breath. “The…hhh…maze.”

“It’s no use. We’ve tried everything. It doesn’t work! Wait!”

But I’m not listening because it has to work. It’s the only way. If it got me in, it’ll get me back out.

I run until my body, my mind, and, mostly, my lungs give up. Because, problem is, Will’s right. I don’t know how to find it.

I stop.

Will stops.

Bent at the waist, hands on my knees, I cough and spew, trying to catch my breath. The hyperventilation has passed, but my insistence on sprinting like I’m a track star when my

lungs and legs have no business running, has taken its toll.

I look up.

Will isn’t fazed. At some point he took off his shirt and now stands with his hands on his hips, chest rising and falling, barely winded. His abs flex with each effortless breath. “Get

it out of your system?”

It’s when my stomach springs that I realize I’m staring at his body. I quickly glance away and completely ignore his question. “Take me there.”

“I told you. It’s no use.”

“Please,” I whimper. Tears race down my face.

Tucking his T-shirt into the back of his pants, Will walks in another direction.

“Where are you going?”

“I’m taking you. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

With Will now leading the way, I watch his suntanned back, the sweat beading at his shoulders and slowly, one by one, how the beads roll down the center crease. I’m in a daze

or a haze or a trance because all I see is his back, his muscles contracting and tightening with each step, and, like magic, we’re there.

The mossy boulder stands before us and, I swear, it mocks me in all its ordinary, commonplace glory.

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