Friday, January 29, 2016

Rockstar Book Tours, Review, & Giveaway: The Memory of Light (Francisco Stork)

Author: Francisco X. Stork
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Pages: 336
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: She can't even commit suicide right. But for once, a mistake works out well for her, as she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she's never had.
But Vicky's newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending her back to the life that drove her to suicide, Vicky must try to find the strength to carry on. She may not have it. She doesn't know.
Inspired in part by the author's own experience with depression, The Memory of Light is the rare young adult novel that focuses not on the events leading up to a suicide attempt, but the recovery from one -- about living when life doesn't seem worth it, and how we go on anyway.

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“The Memory of Light is filled with hard truths and beautiful revelations. It’s a beacon of hope for those in the dark of depression. This book just might save your life.” -Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After.

“The Memory of Light takes you to that cold strange place that is depression. Vicky’s journey back from darkness doesn’t simplify or sentimentalize the effects of mental illness. Francisco Stork shows us the universe of the human mind, how it can be terrifyingly dark – and how in the company of the right kind heart – infinitely dazzling.” –Martha Brockenborough, author of the Game of Love and Death

“Stork further marks himself as a major voice in teen literature by delivering one of his richest and most emotionally charged novels yet.”— Kirkus, starred review -

“Various studies have estimated that perhaps as many as one in five teens has a diagnosable mental health problem; it’s a subject that needs the discussion Stork’s potent novel can readily provide.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review -

“Vicky’s story has undeniable emotional strength and an encouraging, compassionate message. Stork writes his characters with authenticity and respect… informative and highly rewarding.”— Booklist, starred review

Francisco X. Stork is the author of the acclaimed Marcelo in the Real World which received five starred reviews and won the Schneider Family Book Award for Teens; The Last Summer of the Death Warriors, named a New York TimesEditors’ Choice selection; and Irises. He was born in Monterrey, Mexico, spent his teenage years in El Paso, Texas, and now lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with his family. Visit him online at

The Memory of Light is a young adult novel that focuses on serious mental illnesses such as depression and shows a realistic portrayal of the effects of this illness on not only the person experiencing it but the people around them. 

This story is based on a young girl named Vicky Cruz that allows depression to take hold and she attempts suicide....and her story is about her recovery and the people who help her during the process. 

The Memory of Light is a honest, truthful, heart-wrenching and yet deep psychological story about recovery and the amazing friendships that evolved from all these troubled people. It reflects on how each person in the story has a different story but how they all came together to help each other. It is such a deep, raw story that shows the truths about depression and how it changes and affects not only the person dealing with the illness but everyone else around them as well. 

Battling depression is not an illness that can be cured overnight and it takes time and effort to manage the illness and The Memory of Light shows the trials and tribulations of these young adults as they deal with the disease. I loved how all the characters seemed to come together and basically saved each others lives. 

There are so many people in this world dealing with depression and other mental illnesses and for anyone who has battled or knows someone who has battled the illness then this book will be perfect and will really touch close to home for them. 

I have so much respect for this author who is going to touch so many lives and affect so many people through this beautiful story and I truly hope  this book brings awareness to young people everywhere who might be dealing with the same issues or knows someone who is and this can help them deal with this mental illness. 

5 winners will receive a finished copy of THE MEMORY OF LIGHT, US Only.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/18/2016- Bookish Lifestyle- Interview

1/19/2016- Here's to Happy Endings- Review

1/20/2016- Storybook Slayers- Guest Post

1/21/2016- Such a Novel Idea- Review

1/22/2016- Literary Meanderings- Interview

Week Two:

1/25/2016- Worth Reading It?- Review

1/26/2016- The Bibliophile Chronicles- Guest Post

1/27/2016- Reading List- Review

1/28/2016- Paranormal Book Club- Interview

1/29/2016- Curling Up With A Good Book- Review

1 comment:

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