Always Emily Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

April 13, 2014 blog tour, book review, giveaway 10

Hey guys! Welcome to my tour stop on the ALWAYS EMILY by Michaela MacColl blog tour, hosted by Chronicle Books!

Below you will find my review and links to the book trailer and a link to an excerpt. Also, each stop on the tour is giving away a signed copy of ALWAYS EMILY! So if you want extra chances to win this book, make sure you stop by everyone’s post on the tour!

Always Emily by Michaela MacColl

Released: April 8, 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pages: 282

Emily and Charlotte Brontë are about as opposite as two sisters can be. Charlotte is practical and cautious; Emily is headstrong and imaginative. But they do have one thing in common: a love of writing. This shared passion will lead them to be two of the first published female novelists and authors of several enduring works of classic literature. But they’re not there yet. First, they have to figure out if there is a connection between a string of local burglaries, rumors that a neighbor’s death may not have been accidental, and the appearance on the moors of a mysterious and handsome stranger. The girls have a lot of knots to untangle—before someone else gets killed.

In ALWAYS EMILY, Bronte sisters Emily and Charlotte clash heads as much as impossible. They have two very different personalities and ideals about life. But when someone they know is possibly in danger, their father’s life work is on the brink of being ruined, and their brother’s mysterious behavior is cause for concern, they put their differences aside to help stop whatever is about to happen.

I can’t decide which sister in this book I liked more! Emily is a bit on the rebellious side and will do whatever she wants to do. Both sisters live in a household where imagination and freewill are allowed, so she has a very hard time taking orders from her oldest sister. Charlotte, being the oldest, feels like it is her responsibility to keep things running smoothly. She wants to make sure that Emily has a good education, that they both become respectable women, and have a backup plan if their father passes away. While both girls’ actions can be frustrating at times, they both have very admirable characteristics. Each chapter focuses on one or the other sister and lets us see their strong personalities. I really liked how MacColl structured the book.

Based off the summary for the book, I was expecting a lot of high stakes mysteries and crimes. Really, the book focuses on one. Yes, there are some minor events that take place, but it’s the dire one that the girls turn all their attention to, as it should be. Emily, being the gutsy of the two, comes across a stranger in the moors who she deems needs her help. Charlotte is very reluctant at first, especially since this stranger is a handsome male. I don’t want to share who he is due to spoilers but I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed his character and the presence he added to the book. He inadvertently brought the best in both girls and brought them together as sisters.

The setting for this book set an awesome backdrop for this type of novel. The moors are just as creepy and mystifying as the cover of the book looks. The plot was fast paced and kept my attention the entire time. I was never sure what was going to happen to the girls, their family, the stranger boy, or any of the other characters in the book. I just knew that I wanted everything to go okay, despite the dangerous stakes. Emily and Charlotte’s relationship grew as the novel went on, which made me very happy. They always had the other’s back but didn’t know how or want to show it until when it really mattered. While I was expecting a little bit more mystery and high stakes crime, ALWAYS EMILY was a very enjoyable read. Being a historical fiction, I loved getting to immerse myself into a time and place I haven’t been before, but it still had a fresh and relatable feel to it.

4 Thought Clouds
I received a hardcover copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

4-13: The Bookish Daydreamer
Thanks to Chronicle Books, each stop on the tour is giving away a signed hardcover copy of ALWAYS EMILY!
The Rules:
  • One (1) winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of ALWAYS EMILY from Chronicle Books
  • US or Canada only
  • No cheating.
  • Ends April 28th at midnight
  • Winner will receive an email from me and must respond within 48 hours
  • Chronicle Books will ship out the book

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10 Responses to “Always Emily Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway”

  1. Cait

    This sounds really interesting…is it like a rewrite off the Bronte sisters or actual historical fiction?? Loving the eerie cover!!

    • Christine P

      Nope! It’s historical fiction with the Bronte family as the main characters. Their characteristics and some of the events that take place are actually real, but the main plot is fiction. The cover is awesome. You should see it undressed, so pretty!

  2. Natalie Natflixandbooks

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I have it on my Kindle, but haven’t gotten to it yet. I do like the structure of alternating between two characters, so I’m loving that aspect. Also, I love creepy settings like the moors. Great review!

    • Christine P

      One sister was definitely my favorite compared to the other haha. It’s told in more of a 3rd person way with each chapter focusing on one of the sisters. I probably should have mentioned that, whoops! But yes, a really good book!

  3. Yun-A

    I accidentally submitted an entry, but I don’t live in the US or Canada. So sorry about that. Could you delete my entries please?

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