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BLOG TOUR --- The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass [Review & Giveaway]

Title: The Cresswell Plot
Author(s): Eliza Wass
Edition: Paperback; 288 pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - Book Depository

Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/2/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Interview
10/2/2017- The Book Nut - Review

10/3/2017- Novel Novice - Guest Post
10/3/2017- Eli to nth - Review

10/4/2017- Sugar Dusted Pages - Interview
10/4/2017- Here's to Happy Endings - Review

10/5/2017- The Hardcover Lover - Excerpt
10/5/2017- Kourtni Reads - Review

10/6/2017- BookHounds YA - Guest Post
10/6/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks - Review

Week Two:
10/9/2017- Tez Says - Guest Post
10/9/2017- JustAddaWord - Review

10/10/2017- Rainy Days and Pajamas - Excerpt
10/10/2017- RhiReading - Review

10/11/2017- Blushing Bibliophile - Interview
10/11/2017- Savings in Seconds - Review

10/12/2017- Omg Books and More Books - Guest Post
10/12/2017- Jena Brown Writes - Review

10/13/2017- For the Love of KidLit - Interview

10/13/2017- Bibliobakes - Review

The Summary

The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.

My Review

Dark with extreme religious views, the Cresswell children are trapped within their own house by both their fear and belief in their Father, a self-proclaimed conduit for God.  Ostracized by the community they live in, each Cresswell child rebels against and succumbs to their Father's teachings and rules.  But it is through Castley that they may all be saved.

The Cresswell Plot immediately sucked me in.  It is dark, there is no doubt about it.  Full of both psychological and physical trauma, the warped family you meet between the pages never lets you go until the last word.  Six children, all "paired" together for their life in Heaven, they have never known any life outside the one their tyrannical Father has provided.  Through this coming of age story, you see the outside world press in on these teenagers, as each struggle against the darkness that awaits them.

A claustrophobic ride into the spiral of a cult existence, there is hope at the end of the tunnel.  But it is sure to take you for a harsh ride into the darkness of the human psyche, and takes turns you're not sure how the Cresswell children will get out.  

Final Rating

About the Author
Eliza Wass is an author, journalist and the wife of the late musician Alan Wass. Her debut novel, The Cresswell Plot, was published in 2016 to critical acclaim by Disney-Hyperion. She has contributed articles to The Guardian, Grazia, NME, Shortlist and THE FALL.

Her second book with Disney-Hyperion, The Life and Death Parade, will be published in June 2018.


3 winners will receive a finished copy of The Cresswell Plot Paperback, US Only

1 comment:

  1. This sounds wonderful. I was already intrigued by the plot before/for a while but seeing your review has reignited my interest in the novel. Great review!


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