“Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as thee new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Triumvirate–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!”
I am reviewing Gripped by Jason Donnelly!
About the book: Hi, Friend. Have you ever read an advertisement and felt like it was written directly to you? Well, what if it was? And if you were told that there’s an underground group telling you and those around you what to buy, what to wear, and what to consume? Join the fun. The only thing holding you back is your own personality. We recommend that you read Gripped with a nice bottled water.
I think the quote from Roberta Donnelly, the authors mother, on the front cover pretty much summed up my thoughts on the book. “After the shock of the first paragraph, I actually liked the book.”
Yep. This book starts of kinda like ‘woah, what am I reading?’, but it’s a seriously good book I promise. (Even if it did forever ruin the song ‘Come on Eileen’ for me.) (thanks for that Jason.)
It took me a while to warm up to the main character Marky, he’s almost too realistic. Most authors sugar coat their characters, ignoring the not so dignified parts of life. We’ve all seen them, characters who never seem to need to go to the bathroom? Well Marky is most definitely not sugar coated, in fact if there’s an opposite to sugar coated then he’s that, as you find out extremely quickly. All the characters are well developed and they all show some serious personality, none of this dull secondary characters who’s only purpose are to move the story along for the main character, even the cat has more of a personality than most secondary characters in other books (yep, the cat was one of my favourite characters).
Your Personality Is What’s Holding You Back, is the program that Marky had never heard of and never signed up for but ends up taking part in. It promises to completely change his life for the better, and his personality is the only thing holding him back.
After I’d gotten over the shock of the opening few lines, I was utterly gripped (haha, see what I did there?), this book was so refreshing. It had a whole different tone to the majority of popular books out at the moment. And it was scary, now this book is by no means a horror but it scared me, the idea of something like The Program being real is totally believable it shook me up a bit. And I really felt the confusion and helplessness that Marky felt throughout the book.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and the ending was good drawing the book to a satisfying close. However there was a few things that felt unexplained, making me feel like someone had cut a couple of chapters from right near the end.
But I definitely recommend this book to everyone, it really pushed me out of my comfort zone, it was uncomfortable and edgy, and if the first chapter does seen abit iffy, power through cause it’s definitely worth it.
Now is anyone else craving a bottle of Evian?
Jason Donnelly is a writer in NYC currently seeking world domination. He has an MFA in creative writing and a horrible amount of debt from a University in Pennsylvania that shall not be named. Over the years, he’s held the title of juggler, college recruiter, adjunct professor, headhunter and is currently a copywriter at a NYC ad agency. Connect with Jason on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Gripped, or an autographed copy of one of its tour mates, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen or Spiral Bound Brother by Ryan Elliot Wilson. Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter.
You can find the contest entry form on the official Perfect Edge Trifecta tour page via Novel Publicity.
Perfect Edge Books was founded in late 2011 to unite authors whose books weren’t “obviously” commercial. Our books tend to sit in various genres all at once: literary fiction, satire, neo-noir, sci-fi, experimental prose.
“There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbours will say,” Cyril Connolly wrote, and we believe he was right.
Perfect Edge seeks books that take on the crippling fear of other people, the question of what’s correct and normal, of how life works, of what art is.
Our authors disagree with each other; their styles vary as widely as their concerns. What matters is the will to create books that won’t be easy to assimilate. We take risks, not for the sake of risk-taking, but for the things that might come out of it. We prefer to cultivate a word-of-mouth approach to marketing, and keep production as simple as we can. Learn more at www.PerfectEdgeBooks.com.
Learn more about Gripped’s tour mates HERE.