Friday, August 27, 2021

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Eyes of the Forest by April Henry @aprilhenrybooks @XpressoTours

Eyes of the Forest
April Henry
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: August 24th 2021
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult

After a bestselling fantasy writer disappears, only his biggest fan believes he’s in danger. Instead of re-reading his books, she must venture into the real world to uncover the truth in this fast-paced mystery by New York Times-bestselling author April Henry. For readers of Courtney Summers and Karen McManus. 

Bridget is RM Haldon’s biggest fan. She and her mom sought refuge in Haldron’s epic fantasy series Swords and Shadows while her mom was losing her battle with cancer. When Bridget met Haldon at one of his rare book signings, she impressed the author with her encyclopedic knowledge of the fantasy world he’d created. Bridget has been working for him ever since as he attempts to write the final book in his blockbuster sword and sorcery series. But Haldon has gone missing, and Bridget is the only person who seems concerned. Can Bridget piece together Haldon’s cryptic clues and save him before it’s too late? 

Master mystery-writer April Henry weaves another heart-stopping young adult thriller in this story that seamlessly blends suspense with an exploration of fan culture. 

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My Review:

We get to see the Eyes of the Forest through several different sets of eyes. First there is RM Haldon a fantasy author then we have Bridget a teenager in high school who is RM Haldon’s biggest fan and then there is Derrick who is also a big fan of RM Haldon and then we have Ajay, whom Bridget met at school. Bridget and Ajay become fast friends when she introduces him to RM Haldon's fantasy series Swords and Shadows.

Bridget began reading Swords and Shadows when she was around eight-years-old when her mother was dying of cancer. She has been reading his books over and over ever since. She met RM Haldon at a book signing once. After there meeting Bridget began working for him as he was so impressed with her knowledge of his fantasy series.

When RM Haldon goes missing Bridget is the only one who believes he is in trouble. She tries going to the police but they only think she is just a crazy fan. Left with no choice Bridget begins her own search for RM Haldon. Can Bridget find RM Haldon before it is too late? Where is RM Haldon? What has happened to him?

I am a big fan of Stephen King. He is my favorite writer of all times. Eyes of the Forest reminded me so much of Stephen King’s Misery. We have a kidnapped author who has a big case of writer’s block. We have a kidnapper who tries to force his favorite author to write a book from his favorite series.

Eyes of the Forest is a fun, fast-paced read that grabbed me from the first page. The suspense alone was enough to keep me hooked not to mention our great cast of characters. I can’t wait to read more of April Henry’s work in the future.

I would like to recommend Eyes of the Forest to all those mystery fans out there. The time has come to one-click your copy of the Eyes of the Forest! 

Author Bio:

April Henry is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award; The Night She Disappeared; and Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, Books One and Two in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon. 

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Giselle said...

This sounds like an exciting thrill ride! Great review!

Book Club Reviewer said...

This looks like a great read! Our book club is always looking for new books to read and review. Let us know if interested in adding this to our book club.