I get to be one of the few bloggers to kick off the tour for The Windfall App. And let me start by saying, I really enjoyed this book. A fun YA contemporary with some mystery and romance. Okay, more about it below.
The Windfall App
by Teresa Richards
Pages: 257 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Synopsis: Marina Berghman is a classical piano prodigy, with parents who’ve had her life mapped out since she was in diapers. But their plan leaves no room for her secret love of alternative rock, or Sean, the edgy guitarist who recently moved to town.
When Marina buys a lottery ticket on her eighteenth birthday via the new Windfall app, she expects it to be nothing more than a rite of passage. But she wins—the grand prize of five thousand dollars a day for life. Suddenly given the means to break free from a life she never felt in control of, she’s quick to cut her family ties and turn her back on everything she knows.
But her lottery win was no lucky break. Her prize comes with strings attached, and Marina soon finds herself at the center of someone else’s life or death game. When she discovers evidence linking her dad to the intrigue, she turns to Sean for help. But he’s harboring secrets of his own.
Now Marina must sort out who to trust and who’s pulling the strings, before her prize turns into a noose. (Amazon)
Small disclaimer: This is not a YA romance. Don’t expect it to be romance-y. It is a YA contemporary and a boy and girl fall in love. Carry on.
I first came to know Teresa’s name when I reviewed the book Under a New York Skyline (YA short stories) and she wrote my favorite of the four stories. So when she came to me asking to review her young adult fantasy series, my first thought was no (fantasy) and yes (I loved her writing). Turns out I loved her writing even in a fantasy series.
This time, there was no hesitation when she asked me to be part of her blog tour for The Windfall App. And, of course, I was not disappointed. Teresa can write any story and make it amazing. (And she can play the piano amazingly well, too. Check out the Instagram posts she did in honor of The Windfall App)
Okay, to the story… Marina wins the lottery and just like any eighteen-year-old, starts making “her own” decisions. She leaves home, gets an apartment, meets a cute boy, buys a lot of stuff, and doesn’t stop to think about the consequences of everything. As the reader, I’m like “duh, how could you ignore that fact.” But if I was Marina, I’d probably have made the exact same decisions…which means the author wrote the book really well.
Also, I think Marina and Sean need to put out a street music CD together. Just saying. While we’re on the topic of Sean, I loved him. I knew his secret and loved him more. I think we need a Sean and Marina short story which covers his first Christmas in San Francisco just so we can have more of him. (hint hint Teresa)
Want to buy the book? The eBook is available now and the paperback soon. If you can’t buy the book just yet, request it from your library, and add it to your goodreads list.
Follow the blog tour:
July 27–Brookie Cowles
July 27–Emmy Mom
July 27–Evernight Teen
July 30–Blooming With Books
July 31–Katie’s Clean Book Collection
July 31–Writing Pearls
August 1–My Book a Day
August 1–Singing Librarian Books
August 1–Because I Said So
August 2–Getting Your Read On
August 3–By Robin King
August 4–Good Tales Reviews
August 6–Bewildering Stories
August 6–Alison McBain
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