Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blog Tour: Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

by Ann Redisch Stampler

Release Date:
January 7th, 2014

Simon Pulse


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Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother -- whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her...and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not. 

And it may be more than Emma can handle. 

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop... 

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler's spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

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Today we’re spotlighting Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler! 

We hope you will check out all the stops along the tour for more reviews, deleted scenes, interviews, guest posts, and giveaways!

Please Tweet with the hashtag #afterpartybooktour

Blog Tour Schedule

Mon, Oct 6 - Read Now Sleep Later
Tue, Oct 7 - What a Nerd Girl Says 
Wed, Oct 8 - Fiktshun 
Mon, Oct 13 - Nite Lite Book Reviews 
Tue, Oct 14 - The Windy Pages 
Wed, Oct 16 - A Bookish Escape 
Fri, Oct 17 - Movies, Shows & Books and
Mon, Oct 20 - She Reads, She Blogs 
Tue, Oct 21 - Books Unbound 
Wed, Oct 22 - The Consummate Reader 
Thu, Oct 23 - Kid Lit Frenzy 
Fri, Oct 24 - The O.W.L. for YA 
Mon, Oct 27 - The Thousand Lives 
Tue, Oct 28 - Books Turn Brains 
Wed, Oct 29 - Fangirlfeeels 
Thu, Oct 30 - Romance Bookie 
Fri, Oct 31 - The Reader’s Antidote 
Mon, Nov 3 - Proud Book Nerd 
Fri, Nov 7 - Girls with Books  

My Thoughts:

Afterparty is the first book that I've read by Ann Redisch Stampler.  It was a fascinating, suspenseful, and thrilling page turner.  It started out slow for me, but then gained momentum, as things began to get more intense.  

Emma is use to moving to different locations frequently, because of her father's career as a scientist.  When he gets the opportunity to move them to Southern California, she begs him to take it.  She is excited when he agrees, because she wants a new beginning with more fun and excitement in her life.  When she starts a privileged private school, she has trouble fitting in, but quickly makes friends with Siobhan, whom she has met once before.  At first Siobhan is everything that Emma could want in a best friend.  She is loyal, fun, adventurous, and the two grow extremely close.  However, as Emma and Siobhan begin to spend more time together, things begin to go downhill quickly.

Siobhan is looking forward to the biggest party of the school year, called afterparty.  She makes a check list of things for Emma to do that will "prepare" her for afterparty.  Soon Emma, who is used to being perfectly behaved for her very strict father, realizes she is in over her head.  The more time Emma begins to spend with Siobhan, the more she see's how mentally unstable her best friend is.  Will Emma turn her life around in time, or will it be too late?

Afterparty was a bit of a psychological thriller.  Siobhan was an interesting and unpredictable character, who had me turning the pages quickly to see what she would do next.  Emma was a very likable character.  She was a typical teenager who longed to fit in, and have a friend.  Her father was way too strict.  This caused Emma to rebel and want to experience adventure in her life.  Emma had a really good heart, and conscience.  She felt badly about lying to her father, and was constantly struggling with her decisions.  I also enjoyed getting to know Dylan, the guy that Emma had a crush on.  It was really evident how much the two of them liked each other from the beginning.  Dylan was a really fun character, and was good for Emma.  

My Rating:

I give Afterparty, by Ann Redisch Stampler, 4 Dark, Suspenseful, Thrilling, Mind Games Filled Stars!  This story isn't quick and easy reading.  It reads more like literature.  While it started out slowly, it quickly gained momentum, and I couldn't put it down!


US only, 
ends November 14, 2014 

Please use the Rafflecopter widget to enter! 

The grand prize includes: 

-A hardcover copy of Afterparty 

-Emma’s contraband Sephora make-up 

-Emma’s Kate Spade make-up bag 

-Emma’s Bob Marley tee shirt 

-Emma’s vintage mother-of-pearl barrette 

-Emma’s cat’s eyes sun glasses 

-Emma’s ice blue nail polish 

-The sparkly hair pins Dylan pulls out of Emma’s hair 

-Dylan’s Kurt Cobain tee shirt 

-Siobhan’s gold nail polish 

-Mara’s Bakelite-style orange bracelet (+ two more

-Mara’s (tiny) Felix-the-Cat ring

Good luck!

About the Author

Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of young adult novels Where It Began and Afterparty, as well as several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books and an honor book, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband. 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Lindy, Gorgeous blog! Thank you so much for being part of the Afterparty blog tour, and for your review. The more readers see Afterparty as a bit psychological thriller, the more pleased I am. Much appreciated! Ann


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