Monday, September 7, 2015

Feiwel & Friends ARC Review & Interview: The Detour (S.A. Boden)

The DetourHardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

On her way to a writer’s conference, a bestselling teenage author takes a detour that has been deliberately set up by her biggest fans—a mother and daughter who kidnap her.
Livvy Flynn is a big deal—she’s a New York Times-bestselling author whose YA fiction has sold all over the world. She’s rich, she’s famous, she’s gorgeous, and she’s full of herself.
When she’s invited to an A-list writer’s conference, she decides to accept so she can have some time to herself. She’s on a tight deadline for her next book, and she has no intention of socializing with the other industry people at the conference.

And then she hits the detour. Before she knows it, her brand new car is wrecked, she’s hurt, and she’s tied to a bed in a nondescript shack in the middle of nowhere. A woman and her apparently manic daughter have kidnapped her. And they have no intention of letting her go. 
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S.A. Bodeen

Stephanie is the award-winning author of the Elizabeti's Doll series of picture books, as well as several others. Her young adult novels include the award-winning The Compound and The Raft, and her next YA The Detour releases October 2015. The first two volumes of her middle grade series, Shipwreck Island and Lost, are available now.

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book? 
It was a combination of the state of social media, as well as a slew of young writers getting big book deals. I began to muse about the two and how they could intersect in a not-so-nice way…

2. Who is your favorite character in the book? 
Although she scares me, I rather like Flute Girl.

3. Which came first, the title or the novel? 

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
 I would give away too much of the story if I answered this…

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
 Nothing about this business is in my control: Will a publisher buy my manuscript? Will anyone read my book? Will they like it? How many copies will sell? etc. The only thing under my control is whether or not I write today. So I write. 

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book? 
The curtain on the concrete is so creepy to me. Like a window to nowhere…

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015? 
I can’t wait to read The Fall by James Preller.

8. What was your favorite book in 2014? 
Too hard to choose! I had so many faves. I’ll go with The Martian by Andy Weir. 

9. What’s up next for you? 
More YA. The next one comes out Fall 2016. And the third book of my Shipwreck Island middle grade series comes out in 2016 as well.

The Detour is about a young author, Livvy, who is headed to a writer's conference when she suddenly has a car accident and needs help. A woman and her young daughter show up at just the right time and Livvy thinks she has been rescued....little does she know..these so called "rescuers" have different intentions in mind....

"She picked up a stick about as thick as a good-sized snake and wielded it like a baseball bat, her fists tightened around it with none of the care she showered on her flute. And before my vision started swimming and I passed out, the last thing I saw was Flute Girl swinging the club straight at my head."

The Detour is a quick, creepy read that is full of tension and just the right amount of suspense. There was always something happening and the amount of mystery was perfect. 
How do this women and her daughter know Livvy? How do they know so much about her? What are their reasons behind kidnapping her?? Each twist in the book will have readers turning pages trying to see what will happen next. 

The Detour is the perfect book to get into the Halloween spirit...If you are looking for a quick yet suspenseful book then you should definitely check this out! I really enjoyed it!! 

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Feiwel & Friends  for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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