Published by HarperCollins Canada on 2014-04-29
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
In this funny and touching novella, bestselling author Catherine McKenzie returns to the story of Amber Sheppard, It Girl and celebrity train wreck from McKenzie’s reader-favourite novel, Spin.
Life has been rough for starlet Amber since leaving rehab. She’s been two years sober, but no one seems to believe her -- not the gossip media, not casting agents, and most certainly not her spotlight-loving parents. With her friendships ruined by betrayal and her career at a standstill, Amber’s just trying to get her life back on track. It doesn’t help that her former love, movie star Connor Parks, keeps trying to draw Amber back in, not just to their relationship but to his hard-partying ways.
One fateful night, Amber breaks down and agrees to join him on board his private jet as it readies for take-off -- a decision that will change her life forever and expose her to a whole new level of scrutiny and heartbreak.
“Short, sharp, sophisticated, you'll want to read it all in one breath. Spun is the next best thing, and should vault Catherine McKenzie to the top of the charts again, right where she belongs.”—Gwendolen Gross, bestselling author of When She Was Gone
“I’ve loved everything Catherine McKenzie has ever written, but this one tops them all. The voice is lively, the dialogue is snappy, and the pace is perfect. Spun is a story I’ll read over and over.”—Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet
“For anyone who read Spin and wondered, ‘What happened next?’ Spun is a short story that is long on compelling, believable drama. An arresting tale that pits impulse against intellect and desire against need, Spun explores the importance of caring as much about tomorrow as today. Its suspenseful conclusion will make your hold your breath through the very end. I loved it.”—Therese Walsh, author of The Moon Sisters and The Last Will of Moira Leahy
I received this book for free from publisher/pr firm in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I was recently contacted by Catherine McKenzie to see if I would like to review her newest book/ novelle Spun and you didn’t have to twist my arm or ask me twice because as soon as I got the email I wrote back with a yes please.
The first book was Spin and I loved it and when it ended I was left wondering about the Amber, Katie, and Connor so it was nice to see that Catherine had written this novelle to sort of bring a little update on them.
I won’t get into Spin but if you want to know what I thought you can click HERE and it will take you to my review.
Spun is told in Amber’s point of view. It was really nice to hear Amber’s side. Amber has completed two years of rehab and she is very proud of herself for what she has managed to accomplish. Its been hard for her because at every turn there is someone who is trying to put her down and not believe her. I mean she says she is clean and sober but when you see someone stumbling around you have to wonder, right?
Even though Amber has moved on with her life and is trying to get her life back on track, she is still drawn to Connor, who she realizes is toxic to her recovery. You can see she wants to be with him and wants him to get help. She drops everything to rush to him when he calls her. Little does she realize that this will be the last time she sees him.
When she hears the news she is upset wondering if she had stayed could things have been different? Its a tough call to make and one that I think she regrets making. Would you be able to stay or would you walk away?
Since its such a quick read I don’t want to give away too much but if you loved and enjoyed Spin then I highly recommend you pick this up to read.
3 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway / Spun Blog Tour”
I haven’t read MdKenzie’s work yet but I know a lot of people who love it.
Kathy, her books are a quick and fun read. I really enjoy her books. Perfect summer reads 🙂