Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Blog Tour Review: Saving Montgomery Sole

Thank you so much to Fierce Reads for allowing me to take part in the blog tour for Saving Montgomery Sole in honor of Pride Month!! You can visit this link to find the full blog schedule!

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki

Review by Lauren 

Source: copy for review; all opinions are my own

Official Summary:

In sight not see
black light not be

This is the curious instruction that comes with the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet that Montgomery Sole buys online for $5.99. It’s also the next topic of discussion at Mystery Club (members: Monty and her two best friends, Thomas and Naoki), dedicated to the exploration of the strange and unexplained.

When Monty wears the Eye of Know, strange things happen, all targeted at people she despises. Maybe it will help Monty take down her newest enemy, a preacher who has come to save her town from so-called sinners—sinners like Monty’s moms. Or will its mysterious powers mean the end of the friendships Monty cherishes most?

Review: This book is suitable for pride month because Monty has two moms and a gay best friend named Thomas. Not only do these characters appear full-fledged in the book, but Monty has to deal with the idea that other people don't think being gay is alright. There is a new Reverend in town who is putting up posters about the true way to be a family and every time Monty sees one, she gets so angry and starts tearing them down. I appreciated Monty's loyalty to those she loves, but she also has to learn a lot herself about not judging others, as well as talking out her problems instead of trying to rely on things like the Eye of Know.

The Eye of Know was interesting! Monty wears it and bad things happen to people that she doesn't like, but is it coincidence or the actual Eye? Regardless, if Monty believes it's real, she shouldn't be wearing it at all unless she truly wants to hurt people. Along with the Eye of Known, Monty and her two best friends have a Mystery Club they created at school where they look into things like hypnotism and other "mysteries." I thought this was cool, and I liked that she had a couple people in her life that were interested in the same things she was!

I think Monty is a good person, but the book is definitely a growth for her. She does things you wouldn't necessarily agree with, but she's coming into her own and learning what is right and wrong. Sure, she understands that being gay doesn't mean something is wrong with you, but she has her own ideas and prejudices about people that she needs to overcome. I appreciated that though!


Melliane said...

It sounds interesting and it's always nice to see a character evolve like that. thanks for the discovery

Cleo Bannister said...

This sounds like an interesting and thought-provoking read Lauren. Thank you so much for sharing.

Voracious Bookling said...

Monty sounds like a such a nice character plus character growth is always amazing! :)

Joyous Reads said...

Very timely, to say the least. We all could use a lesson in tolerance no matter where you are on this stance.

Erika Sorocco said...

I do always love books that involve friends forming a Mystery Club of sorts!


Tracy Terry said...

Hmm, a book that both appeals to me and yet doesn't. Definitely one I'll keep a look out for if only to satisfy my own curiosity.

Danielle H. said...

This book sounds like it has strong characterization--the auhtor developed characters with flwas and I love that.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

How interesting! I always like it when a mystery club is involved :)

Medeia Sharif said...

I love the cover and description. Great review.

Keertana said...

I love characters like this who are flawed and aren't always making the most perfect decisions. An unlikable protagonist who grows is one of my favorites so I'll definitely be checking this out. Great review!

Jennifer Humphries said...

Well there are definitely some people who I would like to "Eye of Known", but that might not be very nice. And perhaps I would be a poor care taker of such power :)

Nicole Hewitt said...

This is really interesting. Question - does the book end up with a negative impression of Christianity. I have a hard time with books that portray Christians as the "bad guys" without showing the other side to it as well (that some of us put Jesus's commandment to love others first!).

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction