Book Tour & Giveaway
Hurry! There are only 3 days left to get in on the action.
CBB book tours is promoting The Lakeview Series.
There are all sorts of reviews and a chance to win copies of all 4 of the Lakeview books; Hush, Whisper, Scream and Silence.
In addition we are giving away a $20.00 Amazon gift card!
Here is just one example of a stop on this fun promotional romp.
My So-Called Review:
Throughout this past year I’ve pushed myself to revisit some familiar genres and themes that I’d burned myself out on in years past. One of those genres was the younger side of the young adult which focuses on subjects and themes appropriate for middle schoolers and tweens. This genre was my main focus for the summer since I volunteer at our two local school libraries and like I’ve mentioned before, this is always the hardest age range to find books that kids want to read. After getting off to a bit of a slow start I’ve been pleasantly rewarded with some rather great series this past month. One such series is The Lakeview Series by Stacy R. Campbell and I must say that I absolutely fell in love with these books! Each one is filled with mystery, suspense and romance surrounding a century’s old school called Lakeview Academy.
For me, what really makes this series stand apart from the rest is that each story is linked together but with different characters taking the lead roles in several installments. I think this works really well for teen readers since they can be known to lose patience and interest rather quickly, especially with reading! This style of storytelling keeps each book fresh and new while also giving you the sense of returning to the familiar. Books 1 and 2.5 are told through Blakely’s point of view with books 2 and 3 being told through her younger sister, Halle’s point of view. The style of story is also different from book to book which really fascinated me and kept me on my toes! Book one centers around Blakely discovering she’s a long lost princess and book two centers around Halle and has much darker themes with a ghost/mystery type story. Then with book 2.5, which is really a great little novella, we return to Blakely’s world and she goes on a quest to find her biological dad and finally, book 3 returns us to Halle’s final year in high school which centers on a murder mystery and false accusations.
When I was growing up my absolute most favorite books were the Nancy Drew series, those were the best and I could just sit and read them over and over again and never get tired of them. There’s something about The Lakeview Series that very much reminds me of the Nancy Drew books, its apparent in all four of the books but especially in Whisper, book 2, which I’m sure has something to do with why it was my favorite book in the series 🙂 These are fantastic books that I would absolutely recommend to YA/Tween readers and their parents and if your a school librarian please, please pick up this series for your bookshelves!