Monday, August 22, 2016

For This Life Only by Stacey Kade | Blog Tour & Giveaway

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Irish Banana Blog Tour for FOR THIS LIFE ONLY by Stacey Kade! 

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: August 30th 2016
Page Amount: 320 Pages
Price: $17.99 Hardback
ISBN: 1481432486 (ISBN13: 9781481432481)
"A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him."

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as

If you know me well, you know that I absolutely love to make mood boards for my blog! I decided to make a mood board for my stop on the FOR THIS LIFE ONLY! I really hope you enjoy it!

As you can probably tell by the mood board below, this book does contain some pretty heavy themes. I'm actually extremely happy about that, because I feel like a lot of YA in the past had not discussed ideas like the death of a sibling, or the connection to a character's faith, or the aftermath of a disaster. I love how the publishing industry is changing and embracing more books that contain extremely important narratives. While it might not relate to you personally, there is a reader out there who might need a book like this one. 

With that, let's reveal my mood board for this book!

Note: I received a copy of the book in the mail today (8/21) and already finished it! I didn't want to redo the moodboard/explanations because I put a ton of time into this post, and I also want to do a formal review comparing my initial thoughts to my final ones!

I've decided to change this post and make it a little bit different than the post for my Mood Board Mondays, simply because the book isn't out yet (and I haven't received my copy yet!), so I feel like if I tried to answer some of those questions, I would not be able to.

For this mood board, because I haven't read the book yet, I pulled most of what I know about the book from other advanced reviews and the summary. I wanted to try and capture the essence of the story - that is, a boy dealing with the lost of his twin brother - even if I couldn't read the book yet.

The main character in this book loves baseball, and has a very strong connection to his faith, so I wanted to include those two pieces as elements of my mood board. Jace, however, has to give up his passion for baseball when his pitching arm is crushed, in the same accident that killed his twin brother.

Throughout the book, not only does he have to grieve the loss of his twin, but learn how to cope with losing one of his passions as well.

I do know that this book deals with some sort of a friendship/romance through one of the girls that he meets, but seeing as I didn't know the exact nature of it, I didn't want to include it in my mood board. Instead, I wanted to focus my mood board on Jace and his family, along with the feelings he might be dealing with. The little girl in the mood board is his younger sister. I thought it would be interesting to include her in the mood board, because I wonder how much of the story focuses on her and how she is coming to terms with something that she might not understand completely.

Overall, I really enjoyed creating this mood board for the tour! I can't wait to get my hands on this book and read it! I'll definitely be writing a review on this, and I would love to see how my initial interpretations of the story compare to the writing.

Now, for the giveaway!

3 Finished Copies of FOR THIS LIFE ONLY (US Only)

This giveaway is being run TOUR WIDE, so I Turn the Pages is not personally responsible for this giveaway nor if any of the items get lost in the post, etc. 

Click below to enter!

Don't forget to rack up some more entries in the giveaway and stop by the other posts on the tour as well!

What was one book that you needed to read about when you were younger? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you SO much to Irish Banana Blog Tours and Stacey Kade for allowing me to promote a book that is very much needed in the YA world!

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