September 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Shelter and Seconds Away +GIVEAWAY

Very excited to be part of the blog tour for Harlan Coben's Mickey Bolitar series!  

The main reason I'm excited about these books is because I knew they'd be great "guy" books.  After reading them this thought was completely confirmed!

First about the two books

Shelter (Book #1)

The stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben is now in paperback!

Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he's met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

Seconds Away (Book #2)
When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter, the Butcher of Lodz and the mysterious death of his father, he needs to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.

Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But with danger just seconds away, how can he protect them when he’s not even sure who—or what—he’s protecting them from?

Harlan Coben is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of numerous adult novels, and the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award – the first author to receive all three. His books are published in forty languages with over 47 million copies in print worldwide – and have been #1 Bestsellers in over a dozen countries. He lives in New Jersey.

Official Links

And you need to see the trailer!

Ok, ok now my review!

I'm going to keep this brief for a few reasons - mostly because this post is getting long! and I find that in books like this I have to be so careful to not giveaway things!!!

Did I like the books??? Yes! I have always been a mystery buff.  Before I read nothing by YA and MG I read all of Jonathan Kellerman's, Patricia Cornwell's and James Patterson books.  They are all mystery-type writers.  There were others I read as well, but those were the three big ones.  I just love getting caught up in trying to figure out how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and who I can trust or not trust.  It's just fun, and my brain get completely wrapped up in it.  BUT the one thing I hate more than anything is when the answers are too obvious.  Guess what! That didn't happen with these books.  I was definitely kept guessing not only about things in Mickey's own life, but in the current mystery in the book.  My interest was held to until the very last word! And I'm not exaggerating when I say to the VERY LAST WORD!

Ok I also like Mickey.  He's a great guy.  I like that he's confident but not cocky.  Smart but not just book smart.  Kind but not a push over.  And my kind - I mean truly kind.  He's the type of kid that if I had in my classroom I'd say his parents taught him well.  And since the story centers around Mickey it's extremely important he's likable!  Beyond that the cast of characters that surround him are great.  Love Ema and want to know more about her! I think she has much more of a story than is being shown.  Rachel isn't just your basic popular pretty girl.  And Spoon,  Spoon is just fun!

Final thought:  If you love a good mystery pick up this series.  You won't be disappointed.  Just a great entertaining read.

For the Guys? WITHOUT A DOUBT!

Ok, Ok now the giveaway!

Penguin has offered up:

1 winner will receive:
·Mickey Bolitar tote bag
·Copy of Seconds Away
·Copy of Shelter

To enter:
You must be a US resident
You must be at least 13
Ends Wed Oct 3 midnight

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  1. I loved Shelter. Can't wait to read Seconds Away!

  2. II still need to read book1. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I'm really curious to see what Corben's doing for the YA audience. Thanks for posting about these.

  4. I love tote bags as much as I love a good book. :)