Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Instinct by Mattie Dunman Virtual Book Tour Stop!-Book Review

Instinct by Mattie Dunman
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Mattie Dunman

Goodreads Blurb: 

To tell the doesn’t really matter if you lie.

It’s impossible to lie to Derry MacKenna. For as long as she can remember, Derry has been plagued by the extraordinary ability to hear, see, and feel the truth. But when Derry and her erratic, self-centered mother move to historic Harpers Ferry, she discovers she is not the only one with hidden talents. 

As the newest reporter on the school newspaper, Derry learns of a high school student’s unexpected suicide and recognizes that the truth behind her death may still be hidden. When tragedy strikes, Derry is drawn into a deadly battle of wits with the only person whom her abilities don’t affect. 

Driven by guilt and an obsession with bringing the killer to justice, Derry finds herself in danger from a vindictive murderer, a sadistic deviant who preys on the weak, and trapped in the middle of a treacherous triangle of attraction between two brothers whose abilities rival her own. Derry must trust her instincts to guide her to the truth and bring her enemies to justice even as she fights for her own survival.

INSTINCT focuses on a gifted, intelligent, and loyal heroine who must contend not only with the inherent dangers of high school bullying and backstabbing, but with loss, grief, and guilt. Against issues of sexual abuse, teenage suicide, and destructive relationships, the heroine learns to cherish the strength of real friendship, understand accountability, and experiences the healing t
ouch of first love.

*copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Instinct by Mattie Dunman is a modern day, fantasy novel written for Young Adults (YA).

For Derry MacKenna, always seeing, and hearing, the truth isn't really much of a "gift." She knows she isn't normal, and looks at herself, and her gift as a freak of nature, used by her own mother for her own selfish reasons. Derry, thinking that high school will be a getaway of sorts for her. She decides to give it a swing, hoping that what she's learned from 'Gossip Girl' and 'The Vampire Diaries' are somewhat true. To her dismay, high school isn't at all exactly how she imagined it would be. To her surprise, what she thought her high school experience would end up being like turns out to be the exact opposite. Filled with tragedy, pain, guilt, relief, and love she tries to take down the murder who took her best friend's life, and she finds people (and her first boyfriend) with "gifts" like hers, along the way. Experiencing what a one-way love triangle, and a first kiss feels like.

I can certainly see this book being a best seller, and on many book shelves.

The novel struck many emotional cords, making me cry, blush, laugh and smile as often as the main character did. The words written made me feel as though I was apart of the story, watching the whole thing play through the eyes of Derry Mackenna. 

I felt throughout the story that I could relate to some of the things Derry was feeling, and I did not want to stop reading. I was hooked from the first page. 

I also enjoyed this book because it was descriptive and easy to follow, while at the same time mysterious and confusing, which kept me guessing all the way to the end. Dunman has created a very relatable, yet supernatural world, that I believe all readers will 



Mattie Dunman

Author Bio:
Mattie Dunman is a lifelong resident of "Wild & Wonderful" West Virginia, and has dreamed of being a writer since she first held a pen in hand.Mattie has pursued several useless degrees to support this dream, and presently enjoys teaching (or tormenting, as the case may be) college students the dying art of public speaking. She spends most of her free time writing, but also indulges in reading and traveling. She is the proud owner of an adorably insane American Eskimo named Finn, and a tyrant cat named Bella, who take up more of her attention than they probably should.

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