Blog Tour: Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith

Posted September 20, 2016 by Samantha in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: Pasadena by Sherri L. SmithPasadena by Sherri L. Smith
Also by this author: The Toymaker's Apprentice
Published by Penguin on September 13th 2016
Genres: City & Town Life, Friendship, JUVENILE FICTION, Lifestyles, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 240
Rating: three-starsthree-starsthree-stars

"Beautiful clothes, bad habits, ugly secrets: Sherri L. Smith probes the vulnerable underbellies of a lot of toothy sharks in this page-turning California noir."--E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars  Bad things happen everywhere. Even in the land of sun and roses. When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay. Now everyone is a suspect--family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own. In a homage to the great noir stories of Los Angeles, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's Pasadena is a tale of love, damage and salvation set against the backdrop of California's City of Roses.

Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the PASADENA blog tour!

Review

Prior to starting Pasadena, people had been comparing it to Veronica Mars, and I absolutely agree. If you love the noir, dirty underbelly side to mystery shows, Pasadena is exactly what you need. The story opens with Maggie’s death which the authorities rule a suicide, but which her best friend, Jude, rules a murder. As Jude lines up the potential suspects behind the complex person that was her closest friend, she grapples with her own history of sexual assault and family conflict.

I love the characters in Pasadena. They are nuanced, and all have a potential motive for wanting Maggie gone. The cast is also beautifully diverse. Jude’s friend, Joey, is one of my favorite characters with his sweet, quiet charm and loyalty. However, Jude’s tough attitude and hard-hitting grief also makes her stand out as a phenomenally written character.

While I am blown away by the characters, the mystery plot fell a little flat for me. I thought the first third or so created a compelling case with a variety of sneaky suspects, but the build up slowed after a while, and the ending twist was a little disappointing.

This quick, engaging story takes readers to the dark side of a town called Pasadena where friendships might be as thick as blood but often lack honesty.

About the author:

Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith is the award-winning author of YA novels LUCY THE GIANT, SPARROW, HOT SOUR SALTY SWEET, FLYGIRL and ORLEANS. In October 2015, she makes her middle grade debut with THE TOYMAKER’S APPRENTICE from G.P. Putnam and Sons for Penguin Random House.

Sherri has worked in film, animation, comic books and construction. Her books have been listed as Amelia Bloomer, American Library Association Best Books for Young People, and Junior Library Guild Selections. FLYGIRL was the 2009 California Book Awards Gold Medalist.

She loves her family, travel, chocolate chip cookies, reading, and and a really good cup of tea.
(from Goodreads)
 
Tour Schedule:
Wednesday, September 7 – Teen Librarian Toolbox (guest post)
Thursday, September 8 – The Book Smugglers (guest post)
Friday, September 9 – Great Imaginations (review & giveaway)
Monday, September 12 – I Read Banned Books (guest post)
Tuesday, September 13 – The Compulsive Reader (review & giveaway)
Wednesday, September 14 – Finding Wonderland (interview)
Thursday, September 15 – Portrait of a Book (review)
Friday, September 16 – For the Love of Words (review & giveaway)
Monday, September 19 – In Wonderland (interview)
Tuesday, September 20 – The Forest of Words and Pages (review)
Wednesday, September 21 – Here’s to Happy Endings (review)

Samantha

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