Sparrow by Mary Cecilia Jackson {Blog Tour}

Thank you to JeanBookNerd for having me on this tour! It was a joy to read and be apart of it!

Title: Sparrow

Author: Mary Ceilia Jackson

Age: Young Adult

Genres: Contemporary

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

Publisher: Tor Teen

Source: Hardcover

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In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, a devastating but hopeful YA debut about a ballerina who finds the courage to confront the abuse that haunts her past and threatens her future.

There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….

My Rating: 

My Thoughts:
This book was completely different than what I thought it would be and I'm glad. I didn't know what to expect -- I just thought it would appeal to me as a dancer, but this was so much more and a bit more darker than I expected. This may not appeal to many people because of the abuse that goes on in a teen relationship.

Savannah is a popular ballet dancer known as Sparrow and she's a girl who has dealt with tragedy and heartache. She's loves dancing and has some awesome friends. When a crush becomes more she thinks life is grand until it's not. Sparrow is an interesting character. To be inside of her mind broke me a bit. I wanted to cry for her and how silent she was.

Tristan is the hot guy that everyone wants and he's nice -- or is he? I didn't care for him whatsoever. He was a grade a douchebag. Lucas was an interesting character. I don't know whether I liked him or not, but he was good for the story.

Overall, be mindful that this is not for the faint at heart and this isn't like the writing of Laurie Halse Anderson, but it's still a good read.

About the Author
Mary Cecilia Jackson has worked as a middle school teacher, an adjunct instructor of college freshmen, a technical writer and editor, a speechwriter, a museum docent, and a development officer for central Virginia's PBS and NPR stations. Her first novel, Sparrow, was an honor recipient of the SCBWI Sue Alexander Award and a young-adult finalist in the Writers' League of Texas manuscript contest. She lives with her architect husband, William, in Western North Carolina and Hawaii, where they have a farm and five ridiculously adorable goats.

- Giveaway is open to International.
- Must be 13+ to Enter
- 5 Winners will receive a Copy of SPARROW by Mary Cecilia Jackson.
- Ends August 17, 2020

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