{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: This is W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Eeeeeeeppp, I don't wanna introduce this anymore, let's just get to it! My review and an awesome giveaway for my stop at the This is W.A.R. blog tour!

This is W.A.R.
Title: This is W.A.R.
Author: Lisa and Laura Roecker
Publisher: Soho Teen
Date of Publication: July 2, 2013

Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent.

And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone.

No one believes that Willa's drowning was an accident. After all, she held the club record for the 1500 meter freestyle. And the gregory family has a history of making troublesome girls disappear.

They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.

Enter the W.A.R.—the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any cost. Innocence is lost, battles are won, and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.

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Review

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to Soho Teen and Edelweiss for the eARC and to Meredith of Soho Press for the chance to join the blog tour! Still, everything you'll read here are my honest opinions. So let's get to this revenge plot like no other!

After their friend Willa Ames-Rowan drowns and dies after she jetted off in a boat with James Gregory and after everyone at the club turns a blind eye, her friends Madge, Lina, Sloane and Rose form the W.A.R. The goal of the W.A.R. is to bring down the Gregory family, to finally stop how they're above the law and to prevent from all of these from happening again. Each of them loved the kind and fearless Willa and each of them has their own personal motives for wanting revenge. To ease off their guilt, to protect someone, for fear, each of them seeking justice and revenge for themselves and for Willa.

Who here watches the TV show Revenge? In Revenge, Amanda Clarke tries to exact revenge by bringing down everyone who took part in her father wrongly accused of being a terrorist and a mass murderer, eventual imprisonment and murder. She comes back to the Hamptons for the summer as Emily Thorne, a rich and privileged lady yet the kindest, on the surface. She trudges her way in the Grayson family, the largest players in her father's death and the one she's planning on bringing down the most.

This is W.A.R. is the young adult version of Revenge. From the haughty and snob rich people, to everyone being paid off to keep their mouth shut, to the Gregory empire. And Emily Thorne would be so proud of these girls for their passion to their cause. Sure, the W.A.R.'s plans and antics seemed more like pranks than reputation-wrecking and family-breaking (and nothing compared to how bloody Emily's hands are) but you gotta give it to the girls for their plotting and scheming.

This novel is told in multiple POVs, that of the four girls. First was Rose, the daughter of the social climber event planner of the Hawthorne Club, an outcast in the club. Next was Lina, the tattooed rebel who is forever alone in an empty house while her parents are off to somewhere, anywhere but with her. Followed by Sloane, the pretending-to-be-perfect Asian daughter her parents brandishes off. Lastly, we get to Madge, Willa's stepsister, and the one most hellbent on avenging her sister. As we weave through each girl's perspective, we slowly unravel what really happened on the 4th of July for the iridescent Willa to drown.

I can't remember how many times I said "oh shit" and cursed while reading This is W.A.R. I should have counted. It just kept unwinding all the clues and mysteries in a shocking manner. At first, with only Rose's POV guiding you, I still can't figure out what happened. After some time, I did had a hunch and it was correct. But even though I guessed it right, everything that happened and everything the girls did which imminently, indirectly linked and caused Willa's death, were so surprising my chair was metaphorically pulled out of me.

This is W.A.R. is a quick read, clocking in less than 300 pages. But honestly, I felt it was even shorter than that. I think it's one of my quickest reads ever because I was poring through page after page nonstop, just wanting to get to the bottom of this mystery, to get to know what went down that tragic 4th of July. Like how I marathon-ed Revenge, I can't stop not until I realized it was 4AM already and I had to sleep. But even though I stopped reading, my mind was still reeling and thinking through all of what shocker I'm gonna read next.

A gripping tale of revenge full of secrets, lies and scheming, This is W.A.R. is a novel you won't be able to put down until you, the reader yourself, has finally sought and attained that justice for Willa. I highly recommend this to everyone but especially to those seeking for a contemporary YA mystery thriller. Roecker sisters, you rock! Pun totally intended and I'm proud of it.

About Lisa and Laura Roecker

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. A prepubescent obsession with Lois Duncan and their mother's insistence that they read Men Are Just Desserts inspired This is WAR. The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. Cyberstalking is always encouraged at lisa-laura.blogspot.com and @landlroecker on Twitter.


Giveaway


Moreover, you can win a key necklace as featured in the novel from Lisa and Laura! Click the tour banner to know how!

26 comments:

  1. Ooh, this sounds so good. I haven't watched Revenge (it's on my list) and I may have to pick this up first!

    Thanks for a great review.

    Sarah

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    1. You should definitely get on to This is W.A.R. and you should definitely watch Revenge! Revenge is such a campy and addicting soap opera, you won't be able to stop. Thank you for your kind words and thanks for dropping by, Sarah! :D

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  2. I am dying to get a hold of this book!

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    1. Good luck on the giveaway then! It is REALLY good! :D

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  3. I've been so interested in this book since I've heard of it. I feel like I haven't heard many people talking about it, though. Boo.

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    1. Actually, there aren't much reviews too and there have been mixed opinions about it. But I loved it and I do hope you love it too whenever you get around to reading it! Thanks for commenting, Lisa!

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  4. I don't watch Revenge but it's on my list.

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    1. Hope you get to watch it soon, Jennifer! It's great! Campy but really addicting.

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  5. I entered your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a copy of
    This is W.A.R. By Lisa and Laura Roecker.
    In response to your questions of
    Do you watch Revenge? Do you think Emily Thorne will be proud of these girls? What interests you about THIS IS W.A.R.?
    No i haven't watched
    the television show Revenge.
    I am interested in this book because
    the cover caught my eye and after reading what this book was about i wanted to read it.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!

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    1. A lot of you here love the cover! No, thank you to Soho Teen for the giveaway. :P Thanks for joining the giveaway, Wayne!

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  6. I absolutely love Revenge! It's one of my favorite shows. I definitely think Emily Thorne would be proud of the girls! I'm really interested in reading this book because I love mysterious books and I don't think there are enough in YA. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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    1. Krystianna! You should definitely read This is W.A.R. if you're a fan of Revenge like me! And I love mysterious books in YA too. Thanks for dropping by!

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  7. Yes, I watch Revenge! It's awesome! I can't wait to read this book!

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    1. Then do read This is W.A.R., Darith! If you love Revenge. And eeepp, Revenge! <3 Thanks for dropping by!

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  8. I haven't actually watched Revenge. I'll have to check it out!
    I'll admit the cover is definitely part of why I want the book (it's so gorgeous!) I also love thrillers and your review has me convinced that it will rock! Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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    1. Do watch it, January! It's good! Wee, thanks. *blushes* Biggest compliment for a reviewer. Thank you for joining the giveaway!

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  9. I've only watched like, one episode of Revenge. xD But anyways, I am SO excited for this book because it sounds really intense and kind of dark, and your review made me TONS more interested! :)

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    1. Seriously, thank you SO much for saying that my review helped you get interested for it. You don't know how happy it makes me. Do watch Revenge and I hope you get to read THIS IS W.A.R. sooner rather than later, Lexi!

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  10. I love Revenge and I think these girls would do Emily proud even though I think Emily is starting to waver a little bit and I can't wait to see what happens not only on Revenge but in this book too.

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    1. I know, Revenge isn't as good as it has been but it was still good. If you love Revenge, then this book is for you! Thanks for dropping by, Krystal!

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  11. I'm very excited about this one. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Everyone should be excited for this book because it rocks! Thanks for dropping by, Bridgid!

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  12. Oooo, I actually didn't like this one as much. I gave it three stars. I found it a little dry and boring. BUT, I liked the ending ;)

    Not entering the giveaway - but great review! I'm so glad you liked This Is W.A.R., Dianne!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I think I actually saw your review for this. I've also read some negative reviews and so-so reviews so maybe I'm one of the few who absolutely loved it. I guess I just love murder in YA. Even though you're not joining the giveaway, thank you for dropping by! <3

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  13. This books reviews have been either good, or really really not good. I haven't had the chance to read it for myself, so I honestly don't know which side of the line that I would fall on. With books that have such divided opinions, the best thing to do is always see for yourself. So that is just what I have to do with This Is W.A.R

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    1. Yeah, I've read so many negative reviews to this too. Oh, well, I guess I just love murder in YA so much. Haha!

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