Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chasing Invisible Book Blast, Review & Giveaway

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Could you handle life in the spotlight?

Julia Alexander is a quite girl from a small town. Content to spend her days with her small group of friends and a pile of books, Julia thinks her future is set. When she unexpectedly meets Chase, a fellow college student and budding musician, she is unaware of just how drastically things are about to change.

Suddenly thrown into the limelight, her life is no longer her own. Relentlessly followed by the paparazzi, Julia is forced to make tough decisions about fame, love, family and relationships. But just how much will Julia have to sacrifice to become invisible...


Karen Pokras Toz, recently discovered her love for writing. Karen writes middle grade and adult contemporary fiction. Her middle grade children's novels have won several awards including the Grand Prize in the 2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and First Place for a Global E-Book Award for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI). A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family. For more information visit her website.

Have you ever attend a twitter party? While they can very fast paced and hectic at times, they are always so much fun. Be sure to stop by tonight at 8 pm EST to help Karen celebrate the release of Chasing Invisible, and be sure to tell us HI! (@MariettaHSzoo). You can follow along using Twubs


June 18th - In the Land of Dreams - Excerpt
June 19th - Tyrneathem - Top Ten List
June 20th - Cu's e-Book Giveaways - Character Guest Post
June 21st - Muddying the Waters - Review and Author Interview
June 22nd - Rayborn Rambles - Review
June 23rd - The Journey Continues - Review and Author Guest Post
June 24th - The Book Connection - Review
June 25th - Pavarti K Tyler - Excerpt
June 26th - Library Girl Reads and Reviews - Author Guest Post
June 27th - Lubs Book Chatter - Character Guest Post
June 28th - Fiona's Book Review Blog - Interview
June 29th - Kats Read - Author Guest Post
June 30th - From the Bootheel Cotton Patch - Book Promo
July 1st - fuonlyknew - Excerpt
July 2nd - Fresh Pot of Tea - Excerpt
July 3rd - Lindsay and Janes Views and Reviews - Review and Character Guest Post
July 4th - Girl Who Reads - Tips on Thursday
July 5th - The Avid Reader - Book Promo
July 6th - Lissette E. Manning - Review and Author Guest Post
July 7th - Ohana Day Academy - Review
July 8th - Ali's Bookshelf - Review






I was given an advance copy of Chasing Invisible before we left for our camping trip 2 weeks ago for the purpose of this review. I am a member of Karen's Street Team, and therefore I have been aware of Chasing Invisible for sometime now. I've been extremely eager to read Chasing Invisible so I was beyond stoked when it finally arrived in my inbox. I completed Chasing Invisible on the last night of our trip as I sat around the campfire with the girls. I tried to playing my crying off at the end as smoke in my eyes, but I don't think anyone bought it! 

Although this is a new genre for Karen, you certainly could not tell. Karen has a way with words that pulls you in and never lets you go. One of the biggest things that I loved about Chasing Invisible was that I could see Karen in Julia in certain ways. Her love for books and desire to help get books out to everyone. For me, it just connected me to Julia all the more. 

I have to admit that at first I did not care for the back and forth in the timeline. It wasn't until all the pieces of the puzzle started to fall into place that I understood the back and forth in time. Of course had Karen written every detail of Julia's life, not only would have taken forever to read, I'm sure it would have just been to much and likely boring. However, Karen was able to add just enough details of Julia's past to make us understand why Julia was so hesitant to date, as well as an understanding of her relationship with her parents.

All Julia's life she has poured herself into books and her studies. Her Mother doesn't seem to understand her, and is always telling her how she should be living her life. Her Father on the other hand always has the right words for her. 

When Julia comes home from college for Christmas break her friends, Mother and Father all have words of advise on how she should be enjoying college. Julia tells them she is enjoying college and goes on about how she loves all her classes. Her Father tells her there is more to studying all the time. That she needs to get out, make friends and have fun.

When Julia's friend Robyn, who she meet in her junior year of college, invites her out to listen to a band, she is hesitant.  After some begging she finally gives in but just for a few hours, or so she thinks. Robyn drags her to an after party so she can hang out with one of the band members that she has a crush on. When Julia steps outside to get some fresh air she runs into another band member Chase. 

The weeks following Chase is outside almost everyone of Julia's classes, always asking her out. After several failed attempts Julia finally gives in. It isn't long after Chase and Julia are in a serious relationship when his friend sends a tape of his song to a producer. Chase quickly climbs the ladder to stardom and Julia's private life is no longer so private. Will she be able to handle to paparazzi constantly hounding her every move? Can she accept that they will do anything to get a picture of her children? Can she protect them? Will she ever be able to be invisible again? If so, to what length must she go to get out of the limelight?

WARNING: The end is a real tear jerker so have the tissues on hand!

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DISCLAIMER: A GWR Publicity event paid for by the author. Giveaway is sponsored by the author and is responsible for prize fulfillment. Marietta Homeschooling Zoo received no compensation for this post.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the review and for being a part of the Chasing Invisible Tour!