Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ The Lakeview Series by Stacey R. Campbell

Welcome to my tour stop for The Lakeview Series by Stacey R. Campbell!  This is a Young Adult/Mystery series and the tour runs from August 3rd -14th with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule and make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post!!

About Hush (Lakeview #1):

HC w-awardFor small-town girl Blakely Henry, any hope of finding her biological parents died when she stopped believing in fairy tales and Disney princesses. That is, until she spots her boarding school’s new British exchange student, Max Ryder, staring at her. Why would a boy who looks like he stepped out of the pages of a magazine be looking at her? Because Max knows something Blakely doesn’t.

Following the tragic demise of one of Europe’s most beloved royal families, Max has stumbled upon information he thinks may lead to a lost royal heir, and now he is on a quest halfway around the world to see if he’s right.

Sworn to secrecy by his university professor and the headmaster of Lakeview Academy, Max is admitted into an exchange program with the sole purpose of finding out the truth. But will his personal feelings for Blakely get in the way?

When a stolen email surfaces, Blakely and her friends’ lives are threatened, and Max starts to question what he is really after.

From the exclusive rolling lawns of Canada’s most prestigious boarding school to the University of Saint Andrews’ hallowed grounds, Blakely’s quiet, unassuming life is turned upside down. Is she really who she thinks she is? Can she survive long enough to help Max unearth the truth? 

About Whisper (Lakeview #2):

WC w-awardIt's Halle Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . .

On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s spirit walks the halls of her father’s school, waiting for someone who can.

One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal.

Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them.

Once Leigh and Calum are forced work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.

Silence high res copyAbout Silence (Lakeview #2.5):

Searching for the answers about the father she never knew, Blakely Henry, now Queen of Tamura, takes her family on a cross-country adventure through the hill towns of Southern France. 



About Scream (Lakeview #3):

Scream high res 2It’s Halle Henry’s final year at Lakeview Academy, and she is determined to make it her best year yet. But when drugs are discovered in her boyfriend Alex’s backpack and he is expelled, Halle’s life spins out of control.

Refusing to believe the accusations against him, Halle vows to get to the bottom of what really happened and bring Alex back to campus so they can graduate together.

Now, all Halle has to do is save her boyfriend, solve a murder, graduate from high school, and keep from getting killed in the process.

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!

Thank you so much to author, Stacey R. Cambell and to CBB Book Promotions for inviting me to participate in The Lakeview Series Blog Tour and for providing me with a complimentary copy of these books in exchange for my honest review!

View More: http://suzannerothmeyer.pass.us/stacycampbellAbout the Author:

Stacey R. Campbell lives in the San Juan Islands with her husband and three daughters. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and a dyslexic writer that believes there is no such thing as a bad reader.  She is the author of the young adult novels Hush, Whisper, Silence & Scream and the highly acclaimed middle grade swashbuckling Pirate book ARRGH!

When not at her desk writing she can be found hiking, sailing, or skiing. She enjoys chocolate in any shape or size, too many cups of coffee and laughing (often too loudly as her daughters say) with her friends and family.
 Stacey is available for classroom visits via Skype and loves working with writers and readers of any age; especially those with learning disabilities like her own.

 Learn more about Stacey R. Campbell and her up coming releases by visiting her website at www.staceyrcampbell.com.

$20 Amazon Gift Card (INT), set of eBooks of The Lakeview Series (INT),
set of paperbacks of The Lakeview series (US)
Ends Aug. 18th, 2015
Prizes are provided by the author, hosts are in no way responsible
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.


  1. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed these books so much! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  2. Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  3. This sounds like a great series to read.