Monday, February 20, 2017

As You Lay Sleeping by Katlyn Duncan - Book Review & Giveaway

 
Book review
 
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Review by Suze
 
Cara's relationship with Joe brings her the popularity she craves. They've been together for a long time and for a while everything was okay between them, but Joe is going to a prestigious university and Cara will be a senior in high school. It's time to go their separate ways. Unfortunately their goodbye is a bit more definite than Cara imagined it would be, as Joe is dead. Cara is being interrogated by the police. Do they think Joe was killed and if so is she a suspect? After Joe's death Cara slowly starts losing the things in life that are important to her. What is going on, is there something she should have noticed and how come someone else knows more about her life than she does?
 
Cara always wanted to be friends with the most popular girl at school. Dating her friend's brother makes it possible, but it also means there are high standards she needs to meet and there's a lot she has to undergo for the sake of acceptance. Joe's death is the beginning of uncertain times for her. Will his sister still be her friend, is she destined to be a social outcast or even worse, do people think she had something to do with it? Cara desperately needs a friend. She also has to find a way to prove her innocence. Will she succeed?

 Cara craves to belong, but instead of being liked for who she is she has to make plenty of sacrifices. Even though this might be one of her biggest flaws I could understand why she wanted to fit in more than anything and I could easily forgive most of the mistakes she's made in her past. She's an interesting main character. She isn't perfect and she doesn't always make the right or most honorable decisions, which sometimes makes her an unreliable main character. However, I admired her capability to be honest with herself and her willingness to look inside herself to see what's there, both good and bad. She's a fascinating mix of personality traits and I couldn't wait to find out more about her.
 
As You Lay Sleeping is a gripping story. Cara knows something doesn't add up, but she can't prove exactly what it is. Katlyn Duncan writes about her problems and feelings in an open and descriptive way. I liked that very much about the story. There are many surprising twists and turns and the ending is strange, thrilling and unusual. As You Lay Sleeping is an intriguing story with a lot of complex psychology behind it. It's well written and compelling and I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down.
 
Advice
 
As You Lay Sleeping is a great choice for readers who like gripping YA stories.

About Katlyn Duncan

 
Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.

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Giveaway

1st prize: $25 Barnes & Noble egift card
2nd prize: digital copy of Soul Taken, This Summer, or Darkest Dawn
3rd prize: digital copy of Elixir Bound by Katie Carroll
4th prize: digital copy of Cruel Summer by K.R. Conway

&

1000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of That Moment When: An Anthology of Young Adult Fiction (Katlyn's short story 'Reflection' is included among 40 other stories from YA authors in all different genres)
2000 entries will unlock: signed paperback copy of Undertow by K.R. Conway
3000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of Tell Me No Lies by Lisa Hall
4000 entries will unlock: paperback copy of Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog
 

 

30 comments:

  1. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and interview too.

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  2. Loved the review. Have added this to my TBR list. <3

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  3. Sounds like an interesting and good read:)

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  4. As you lay sleeping sounds like an exciting read. Thank you

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  5. I love the title and the cover. Then I read the excerpt and I must read the rest.

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  6. I use to think the same way as Cara. Until I realized it's better to be yourself.

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  7. Sounds like a great read. Something I may read with my daughter.

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  8. I love the covet ! Thank you!

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  9. This sounds like a fun read and Cara def sounds interesting! Great review! :)

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  10. Love a thriller just my sort of read. Looks intriguing

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  11. What an intriguing book! I have added it to my tbr list. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Sounds really good!

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  13. Sounds like a great read. I'm interested in knowing just how Joe died and who was responsible.

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  14. The cover is awesome and makes me want to read it!

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  15. This sounds like a great book! I love this cover!

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  16. This books sounds like a must read, and the cover is gorgeous.

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  17. I'm always up for a good mystery :)

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  18. It sounds like this book has a lot of suspense and intrigue.

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  19. This sounds like a very thrilling story.

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  20. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour! :)

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  21. Looks a good read! (@PeanutHog)

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  22. This book looks fab, just the sort of thing I really enjoy

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  23. Not my normal read maybe its about time I had a change, sounds like I'm missing out

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  24. This book sounds good! It's already on my TBR on GR. Thanks for the giveaway! 💖

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  25. Great Review sound like my sort of book

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  26. This sounds like a suspenseful book that would be difficult to put down, thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. looks like a good read

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  28. Sound like a great read! Thanks for the great giveaway x

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  29. Suze you had me hooked as soon as you mentioned 'complex psychology'!

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