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Book Tour Review; Gripped by Jason Donnelly

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Hey Guys!
Today I am here to share with you all my review of Gripped by Jason Donnelly as part of his blog tour! I also have a giveaway for you all! You just need to follow the instructions at the bottom of the review.
Good Luck!

gripped coverAuthor: Jason Donnelly
Publisher: Perfect Edge Books
Published: 7th September 2013
Pages: 279
Format: E-book
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US

Hi, friend.

Have you ever read an advertisement and felt like it was written directly to you? Well, what if it was? And if I told you that there’s an underground group telling you and those around you what to buy, what to wear, and what to consume?

Join the fun. The only thing holding you back is your own personality.

We recommend that you read Gripped with a nice bottled water.

If You Are

When I got the e-mail to participate in this tour, I knew that I shouldn’t sign up as I have too many books to read as it is but then I started reading the sample chapters on Goodreads and found that while it was a little graphic, it actually made me laugh. Thus, I continued reading until I found that I really wanted to know where the story was going to take me and so I made sure to get involved with the book tour. Now, having read the book, I am really glad that I did. While parts of the book made me feel a little uncomfortable, I was fully invested in this story and the mystery surrounding it. When I finished, I couldn’t help but feel like I needed more straight away. I will mention now, however, that this book is an adult book and not YA.

Reading This

How would you deal with it if you walked into an apartment and there was an advert designed specifically for you? With it talking directly to you and, without you even being aware, you’re signed up to take part of this program? When it keeps going well and makes you feel happier and more whole as a person, you’re unlikely to start questioning the program, right? I loved the concept of this book because I know that I would be far too anxious to just do whatever I was told. I loved how it gave you just enough information to keep you on your toes but never too much information to bore you. It was brilliant and you can easily see that Jason Donnelly knows how to keep the suspense building.

Then Your Personality

I want to say that it took a while for me to like the main protagonist of this book but I cannot. Even with his flaws, Mark is an interesting character to read about from the get go. I enjoyed his narrative and feel that his personality is really the main reason that I kept reading. On the other hand, I disliked Emily from the first moment that we met her and my opinion on that did not change throughout the book – but I am definitely curious about her! Finally, the people behind the program were full of mystery and helped to bring a tonne of suspense to the book. I love how distrusting of everyone you feel by the end of the book.

Is About To

One of the main reasons I was able to easily read this book was because of the writing style. Jason Donnelly has a very natural style that easily sucks you in and keeps you hostage. It flowed off the page well and just brought Mark to life in a very realistic way that I really enjoyed. I also felt that the setting of this book helped to make it more enjoyable as it was set in today’s world but there was a twist that definitely had me intrigued. I certainly found this book to be well-written ad I can only hope this is not the only book Jason writes!

Be Made Better

Overall, this book was one that I found myself enraptured in. It leaves you with many questions and sort of throws you through a loop as well, which not many books do. I also finished the book questioning the world we live in, which is always something that I think is empowering in a book. The characters of this book feel real, the mystery keeps you on the edge, and the writing style pulls you in quickly and keeps its hold on you. This is definitely a book that I would recommend you to read, especially if you enjoy books that tell it how it is and provide you with a truly compelling story. And, to finish in the corniest way possible, this book literally gripped me from start to end.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from Novel Publicity for this tour in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **


About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!

Welcome to another exciting publishing house spotlight tour from Novel Publicity. Join us as thee new titles from Perfect Edge–we’re calling them the Perfect Edge Triumvirate–tour the blogosphere in a way that just can’t be ignored. And, hey, we’ve got prizes!

About the book: Hi, Friend. Have you ever read an advertisement and felt like it was written directly to you? Well, what if it was? And if you were told that there’s an underground group telling you and those around you what to buy, what to wear, and what to consume? Join the fun. The only thing holding you back is your own personality. We recommend that you read Gripped with a nice bottled water. Pick up your copy of this Humor/Coming-of-Age/Satire through Amazon US, Amazon UK, or Barnes & Noble.

Jason DonnellyAbout the author: Jason Donnelly is a writer in NYC currently seeking world domination. He has an MFA in creative writing and a horrible amount of debt from a University in Pennsylvania that shall not be named. Over the years, he’s held the title of juggler, college recruiter, adjunct professor, headhunter and is currently a copywriter at a NYC ad agency. Connect with Jason on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win either of two $25 Amazon gift cards, an autographed copy of Gripped, or an autographed copy of one of its tour mates, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? by Andrez Bergen
or Spiral Bound Brother by Ryan Elliot Wilson. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win a $25 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other $25 gift card and the 3 autographed books will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Perfect Edge Trifecta tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!

Perfect Edge Books was founded in late 2011 to unite authors whose books weren’t “obviously” commercial. Our books tend to sit in various genres all at once: literary fiction, satire, neo-noir, sci-fi, experimental prose. We believe that literary doesn’t have to mean difficult, and that difficult doesn’t just mean pointless. We prefer to cultivate a word-of-mouth approach to marketing, and keep production as simple as we can. Learn more at

Learn more about Gripped’s tour mates HERE.

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I'm just a twenty-something year old girl who has a passion for everything related to books, films and writing. I'm a part-time librarian, sharing my love of books and films with the world. I'm from the UK and love everything about the country. If you want to know more about me, feel free to follow me on twitter, add me on Facebook or e-mail me! :-)


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