Monday, September 28, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel
Welcome to my tour stop for Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel! In her most recent novel, Sheimel has written an emotionally gripping tale of how we choose to define ourselves. This tour runs from September 21st thru October 2nd and consists of reviews, interviews, excerpts and guest posts for your enjoyment! You can check out and follow the tour page for all of the details and be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win a copy of Faceless!  

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Available Formats: eBooks, Hardcover, Audio
Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Publication Date: 09-29-15          Pages: 352  
This emotionally gripping novel about a girl who gets a face transplant is Wonder for a YA audience.

When Maisie gets into a terrible accident, her face is partially destroyed. She's lucky enough to get a face transplant--but how do you live your life when you can't even recognize yourself anymore?

She was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student...a normal girl. Now all that has changed. As Maisie discovers how much her looks did--and didn't--shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what "lucky" really means.

 From Alyssa Sheinmel, the acclaimed author of Second Star, this is a lyrical and gripping novel that will challenge readers to think about how we create and define ourselves.

My So-Called Review: 
I would like to start this review off with a little dare. Yes I know that may be a little unconventional in a book review but seriously, I dare you all to read the synopsis for Faceless and then tell me that you don’t totally want to read it! When I was first sent the information for this book with the possibility to review it I quickly read the synopsis and then gasped. Then I read it again, a bit slower the second time, after that I couldn’t click the little button fast enough to sign up, saying YES I wanted to review this book and be a part of this blog tour! I was completely fascinated by the concept this book was presenting and the fact that it was written as a YA book, the possibilities this presented were beyond intriguing to me. I was even more thrilled to be granted a print copy (really obsessed with print books right now) and the day it arrived I did a little happy dance, threw the book I was currently reading aside (sorry other book but you had to go!) and greedily dug in to Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel. I had a feeling this would be good, great even; but I still wasn’t prepared for how blown away I’d be after reading my first book by Sheinmel!

Faceless starts off with a bang, within the first chapter we find Maisie Winters waking up in a hospital after suffering a terrible tragic accident in which she’s lost most of her face. Prior to this accident Maisie was a your typical all American teenager; a junior in high school, a track star, gets good grades and has a boyfriend and best friend that she loves dearly. This all changes once she discovers she’s been in a medically induced coma for a month but there is a silver lining of sorts. Maisie has become eligible for a face transplant but she and her parents must act fast if they would like the transplant to happen. They of course agree (what parent wouldn’t!), hoping that this will give Maisie a second chance at a “normal” life. But nothing could have prepared her for the after effects of her transplant! Not only does she now feel like an outsider in her own skin but she must deal daily with the pain and swelling as she heals from her surgery, the many types of medication with some truly negative side effects, and the constant rounds of physical therapy to regain the facial motion we all take for granted. And this is just the physical side effects, what happens when Maisie sees her boyfriend and best friend for the first time looking like someone they’ve never seen before. How will everyone at school adjust to the “new” Maisie when they can’t even stop staring at her?

Oh this book broke my heart so many time, I felt deeply for Maisie through every step of her recovery process! I just wanted to reach into this book and give her a hug her, to tell her that everything would be ok with time; it’s not often that a book evokes this amount of emotion in me. Sheinmel writes Maisie’s journey with a breathtaking tenderness, her initial fear and anger, that feeling of lost hopelessness, and then the depression. Yes this is a somewhat tough and heavy story to read at times but underneath it all there’s a beautiful story about hope and discovering who we truly are, regardless of what is seen on the outside. Faceless is a story that teen and tween girls really must read, there are so many aspects that I think teenagers can relate to in a story like this and the message behind it all is so very important for our daughters to read! Mothers with teenage girls should also read this before giving it to their daughters but before you do, grab the tissue box cause you’re gonna need it! I had my 16 year old daughter read this the moment I finished it and she read it in one sitting on a Saturday, by Sunday she informed me that she’d already passed it on to her best friend! If it ever manages to make its way back to my house then I will be donating it to our high school library; yep, it’s that kind of book!

A huge thank you to the publisher, Scholastic Press, for providing me with an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and thank you to Rock Star Book Tours for inviting me to participate in this awesome book tour!!


About the Author:
I was born in Stanford, California, and even though I moved across the country to New York when I was six years old, I still think of myself as a California girl.

Like so many writers, I grew up loving books. I loved stories so much that when there was nothing to read, I wrote my own stories just to give myself something to read. And when there was no pen and paper to be had, I made up stories and acted them out by myself. I played all the parts, and I was never bored.

  3 Finished Copies of Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel (US ONLY)
Contest Ends October 4th, 2015
  Prizing provided by the author, hosts not responsible


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