Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blog Tour/Giveaway: Stained by Cheryl Rainfield

 
I'm excited to be part of the Stained book tour. You even have a chance to win an e-book copy of  three books by Cheryl Rainfield. Open to everyone, so please read below!

 
Stained by Cheryl Rainfield
 
Review by Lauren
 
copy for review, but all opinions are my own

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Official Summary: Sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

Review: I've been hearing about Cheryl Rainfield for awhile now, but Stained is the first chance I've had to read one of her novels. I definitely want to check out her other titles now!

Stained is the story of a girl named Sarah who is used to being the outcast, being bullied. That doesn't mean she accepts it though. She's happy to stand up for others, but when it comes to herself, she wants treatments to change the way she looks so she can know what it's like to live life without the stares of pity, disgust, humor.

Everything starts to change when Sarah is kidnapped on her way home from school. Her ordeal is horrifying and sometimes difficult to read. There are aspects of a girl getting kidnapped that the author did touch on, which I appreciated. This includes a girl's period and show how she deals with it. I doubt I'm the only one who has thought of this when you hear about teen girls getting kidnapped for over a month. I think it just made the book seem even more realistic.

Sarah's time away from home is brutal, and she's physically, sexually, and mentally abused, but she always tries to keep hope. Her attacker wants her to think the worst of herself and believe that nobody truly loves her, but Sarah is desperate to keep her thoughts true, even though it is anything but easy.

One of the things I really liked about Stained is that the book is told in dual point of view, between Sarah and a boy she goes to school with, Nick. Nick loves Sarah and wants to do anything he can to make sure she comes home safe...so his point of view allows viewers to witness the pain her parents are going through, as well as the lengths to which they go to make sure nobody gives up on Sarah, especially as the months go by and people begin to suspect she may be dead.

I will admit that parts of Sarah's point of view can be repetitive. Obviously, there isn't much different that can happen as she's locked up, so it makes sense, but it's just something I thought I'd note. As the book gets closer to the conclusion, I found myself glued to the pages, wanting to know what will happen next. It's definitely an intense conclusion!

Stained is about the parts of you hidden, the layer beneath your skin that truly defines who you are and what you can do. It's intense, but not overly graphic. I would definitely say it's suitable for older teens on up though.

Giveaway!

Readers will get an extra entry into the grand prize of an ebook reader for every comment they leave on a blog in the tour (one extra entry per blog). Follow the tour here.

Enter Today- Open Internationally, but you must be 13 or older (or have parent permission). I have no control of these prizes once I submit the winner's name. ONE WINNER for all three books!

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13 comments:

Liviania said...

I've heard lots of good things about this one, which has me curious! I'm glad to hear it isn't overly graphic, which is always a worry.

Candace said...

This sounds like a very emotional read. I do like that things are discussed that we girls might wonder about and usually aren't brought up in kidnapping stories. It sounds like a good book!

Lauren Elizabeth said...

This certainly sounds like quite an intense read! I've heard wonderful things about it, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it overall, even with the repetitiveness of being locked up. Great review!

Tracy Terry said...

Having heard lots of mixed reviews (most of them positive it has to be said) I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Certainly a book I'd pick up if I were to see it in the library but I'm not sure I'd buy it as like yourself I've heard several bloggers report it is repetitive in places which does annoy me.

Tanja - Tanychy said...

I have never heard of this book but somehow you're right. Every time when I read a book about kidnapping girls many natural things are mostly pulled out, like period. Somehow I feel it makes this book more real. Great review :)

Erika Sorocco said...

The subject matter of this kind of creeps me out - I find it upsetting because it's such a real possibility. :/

Jasprit said...

I'd never heard of this book before, but you may have noticed that I like my gritty, intense reads. Also I think I would really appreciate the dual pov in this book too. Thanks for putting another great book on my radar Lauren and for another great review! :)

Brandi Kosiner said...

Def an intense and emotional story.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oooh sounds really good!

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Sounds like a tough read, but I like the fact that it tells a survivor story and about a girl who is bullied. Such an important topic. Thanks for sharing!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I don't know how I'd deal with this book since I tend to run away from such topics... I am sometimes overly sensitive, I admit it. But I do appreciate that it was done realistically.
Wonderful review, Lauren.

Melanie said...

This one sounds like a heart tearing and gritty read! Something I'd probably love to pieces. Added to the TBR.

Fab review, hun! <33

Medeia Sharif said...

I read the galley. It's a fast read and amazing, although at times hard to read.