Saturday, July 21, 2012

An AToMR Event - Review: ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis Graves + Giveaway!

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by Tracey Garvis Graves
Publication Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Plume (Penguin)
Pages: 336
Source: Publisher

Two people stranded on an island struggle to survive—and slowly fall in love—in the runaway New York Times bestseller, now available with a reading group guide and a letter from the author.

Anna Emerson is a thirty-year-old English teacher desperately in need of adventure. Worn down by the cold Chicago winters and a relationship that’s going nowhere, she jumps at the chance to spend the summer on a tropical island tutoring sixteen-year-old T.J.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to go anywhere. His cancer is in remission and he wants to get back to his normal life. But his parents are insisting he spend the summer in the Maldives catching up on all the school he missed last year.

Anna and T.J. board a private plane headed to the Callahan’s summer home, and as they fly over the Maldives’ twelve hundred islands, the unthinkable happens. Their plane crashes in shark-infested waters. They make it to shore, but soon discover that they’re stranded on an uninhabited island.

At first, their only thought is survival. But as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
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On the Island is an example of exemplary storytelling! Tracey Garvis Graves knows how to incite emotions in readers when weaving familiar events into a breathtaking fictional story. Anna and T.J. captivate their audience through their chemistry, love, and shared hardships.

There's more to On the Island than a recount of daily activities when Anna and T.J. are stranded on an island in the Maldives. There's a flow to Graves' writing that inclines readers to focus on the characters and thoughts. Their words carry more weight when their actions are limited, and the perspectives changing with each consecutive chapter allows readers to know the characters more personally. 

Devastation after devastation takes hold of Anna and T.J. Hearts will race as each worry and tragedy seems so profound that the reader experiences them as well. Readers will be able to  agree that On the Island is a summer favorite and an impossible to put down read. Surviving while stranded on an island is a popular 'what if' situation in films and T.V., but Graves takes it to a whole new level!

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**Thank you for participating in the ON THE ISLAND Event! This week in addition to reviews and posts, select blogs are hosting a word from the author's favorite quotes in the book as a Scavenger Hunt! There is one quote from Anna and one from T.J. Visit each stop this week to find the hidden words (they will be numbered for order) and after July 22nd, submit your answer to the quotes here! Random winners for books and swag will be chosen and notified by July 29th.

**Also, next week July 23-27, there will be even more events and chances to win the book and swag!
  • Monday, July 23 at 8:00 pm CST - Chat with the author Tracey Garvis Graves! We will be chatting with the author on Savor Chat: Come join us! (You can sign in with twitter or facebook)
  • Each day look at #ontheisland on twitter for random shout outs to win books and swag! @Tale_of_Reviews
  • ON THE ISLAND released in bookstores Tuesday, July 10th! If you see the book in stores or 'in the wild' take a picture. Please tweet it and use hashtag #ontheisland. Or you can post it to facebook! Please submit twitter and facebook links of your post/tweet here!  All entries need to be submitted by July 29th.

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